Watch other crops for labor trends

By |April 1st, 2012|

Eastern Washington State is the world’s fastest-growing region for blueberry production.

Tree fruit growers anxious about the labor market in [...]

Few alternatives to H-2A program

By |April 1st, 2012|

Tom Roach outlined labor options at a recent Washington Growers League meeting.

Growers worried about securing a work force for [...]

Housing helps attract workers

By |April 1st, 2012|

Mike Gempler (facing camera) tours Sage Bluff housing project.
GERALDINE WARNER

Housing—be it state-subsidized tent programs, onsite grower-owned, or public [...]

H-2A basics

By |April 1st, 2012|

Lucio Machado picks Golden Delicious in a Wenatchee, Washington, orchard.

Fear of a repeat of last fall’s labor shortage in [...]

Contractors are a source of workers

By |February 15th, 2012|

Using farm labor contractors can be beneficial for both employers and workers, as they can turn sporadic seasonal [...]

Inmates available

By |February 1st, 2012|

Inmates are available to work in Washington State orchards for the same hourly wage as other ­employees receive.

Dan Fazio, [...]

Refugees available for orchard work

By |January 15th, 2012|

For growers who find the H-2A foreign guest-worker program too daunting, hiring refugees might be a way to ease [...]

Good Point — Labor outlook is poor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Frank Gasperini

Who would guess that, with unemployment at or just below double digits for three years, basic industries such [...]

Concerned about labor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Mark Rice, like almost every other commercial fruit grower, is concerned about his future labor ­supply. Rice needs about [...]

Hort leaders discuss top issues of coming year

By |January 1st, 2012|

David Douglas
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit [...]