1. An experimental Solid Set Canopy Delivery System is designed for:
a.    Applying pesticides
b.    Evaporative cooling
c.     Dispensing pheromones
d.    Irrigation
e.    Frost control

2. The name of the DBR fruit harvesting system stands for:
a.     Drive-By Reaper
b.    Dwan Byl Rennack
c.    Dirty Bucket Replacement
d.     Dietrich Brown Rasch

3. E-verify is an electronic system for:
a.     Verifying citizenship
b.    Verifying bulk e-mails
c.    Verifying eligibility to work
d.    Verifying eligibility to drive

4. Employers recruiting workers through the H-2A guest-worker  program must pay them:
a.     Minimum wage
b.    Adverse effect wage rate
c.    The prevailing hourly wage
d.    The highest of a, b, or c
e.    Whatever they pay other workers doing the same job

5. What portion of Washington’s apple acreage is treated with miticides?
a.    9 percent
b.    24 percent
c.    55 percent
d.    70 percent
e.    76 percent

6. Which employers will either have to provide a health insurance plan for workers or pay penalties when new ­regulations take effect on January 1?
a.    Employers with fewer than 50 employees
b.    Employers who hire no part-time or seasonal workers
c.    Employers with more than 30 employees
d.    Employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees
e.    Employers with fewer than 120 employees in the previous 12 months

7. The penalty for not providing a health care plan, if required, will be:
a.    $3,000 per employee per year, excluding the first 50 employees
b.    The equivalent of the federal poverty level
c.    $2,000 per employee per year, excluding the first 30 employees
d.    $300 per month for the first 50 employees, and $1,000 a month for the rest

8. Picking apples with two hands at the same time increases picking efficiency by how much compared
to picking with one hand?

a.    10 percent
b.    30 percent
c.    50 percent
d.    200 percent

 
Q1:     All the answers are correct. (“No more airblast spraying?” November 2012)

Q2:     c. (“Growers try the DBR vacuum apple harvester,” www.goodfruit.com)

Q3:     c. The E-verify program compares information from an employee’s I.9 form with U.S. government records.

Q4:    d. (“H-2A program requirements,” January 1, 2012)

Q5:    b. (see “Value of biological control” in this issue)

Q6:.    d. (“Start working on health care now,” April 1, 2013)

Q7:    c. (“Start working on health carenow,” April 1, 2013)

Q8:    b. (Source: Dr. Renate Spraul, German researcher in labor management)