January 1st 2012 Issue

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

Challenges lead to changes

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David Rice is president of Rice Fruit Company and manager of packing and storage operations.
Richard Lehnert

In recent years, Rice Fruit

Quality fruit is Rice heritage

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Mark Rice chose to go with Kiku, a high quality Fuji fruit strain that is easier to grow than Honeycrisp

The time is right

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Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left are

Hort leaders discuss top issues of coming year

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David Douglas
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit Company, which

Committee nominations

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Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry Marketing Committee
Nominations

What changes will you make in 2012?

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Many growers, particularly on the West Coast, didn’t have enough workers to pick their fruit last fall. The new year

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

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