January 1st 2012 Issue

Prison worker experience was positive

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Hiring prisoners to pick the tail end of their apple crop was a “last ditch” effort, but Scott McDougall believes

More rules proposed on child labor

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Proposed new rules from the federal Department of Labor would further restrict the kind of work young people may do

Georgia peach growers use H-2A

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Peach growers were conspicuously absent from the list of fruit and vegetable producers who suffered crop losses when some 11,000

H-2A is not for everyone

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One of the biggest of the many problems with the H-2A foreign guest-worker program, from the grower’s point of view,

H-2A program requirements

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The federal H-2A foreign guest-worker program allows employers who are short of workers to bring people into the United States

Last Bite — A cherry with royal titles

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The Napoleon cherry, a light, yellow-skinned variety, has been called different names through the centuries, several of them relating to

Grape calculators revised

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The online Northwest Grape Cost of Production Calculators, developed for wineries and vineyards, were recently updated to reflect today’s values.

The

Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

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Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Suphasuk Pradubsuk

Washington State’s juice and wine

Good Point — Labor outlook is poor

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Frank Gasperini

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

Concerned about labor

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Mark Rice, like almost every other commercial fruit grower, is concerned about his future labor ­supply. Rice needs about 100

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