January 1st 2012 Issue

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

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

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