• Growers make H-2A work

Growers make H-2A work

  • May 1st, 2014
Washington is the fourth largest employer of H-2A workers in the country after North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Michigan growers worry about labor

If nothing gets done to solve immigration issues this year, and, with it, assure a supply of domestic seasonal workers for agriculture, farmers will have to find ways to adjust.

Dawn Drake, manager of the Michigan Processing Apple Growers, said that Michigan Farm Bureau and its affiliate, the Michigan Agricultural [...]

  • Paying for rest time

Paying for rest time

  • April 29th, 2014
Paying a piece-rate equivalent for rest breaks helps keep workers productive and motivated, a labor specialist says.
  • Bryan Mrachek, Young Grower, March 1, 2014

Bryan Mrachek, Young Grower, March 1, 2014

  • March 6th, 2014

Bryan Mrachek / grower / Malaga, Washington

age / 27

family farm / Lucky Bohemian Farms, which is owned by Laura and Mike Mrachek, Bryan’s parents

crops / Cherries, apples, wine grapes and blueberries

title / Farm Manager

other experience / Viticulture technician with Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

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Give feedback on crop insurance

  • January 29th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture will hold listening sessions in February to get feedback from specialty crop growers on the effectiveness of the crop insurance programs available to growers.

Judy Olson, director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Washington, said as the [...]