January 1st 2012 Issue

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

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

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