Growers asked to tax themselves

Michigan growers to vote in February on proposed Tree Fruit Commission.

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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 [...]

  • Guest worker summit planned for labor conference

Guest worker summit planned for labor conference

  • January 7th, 2014

A half-day summit on how seasonal employers can best use the federal H-2A guest worker program to obtain a legal workforce will be held on February 12, the day before the Washington Farm Labor Association’s annual conference in Kennewick.

The summit will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center, [...]

  • No ban on small cherries

No ban on small cherries

  • December 19th, 2013

Washington’s fresh cherry packers will continue to be allowed to ship 12-row red cherries, members of the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee decided at their meeting in early December.

The committee commissioned economist Dr. Desmond O’Rourke to study the financial impact on the industry of shipping 12-row cherries, the smallest size [...]

Feedback wanted on Washington’s consolidation plan

  • December 6th, 2013

Four Washington tree fruit industry organizations will consolidate next summer, and the question now is how best to do it, Robert Kershaw told members of the Washington State Horticultural Association at their annual meeting.

“People keep asking me what are the odds of this coming together,” he said. “It’s a [...]