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

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  • 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 [...]

  • Good Point: A troubling case

Good Point: A troubling case

  • November 27th, 2013
The enforcers of federal law are apparently trying to send a stern message: as a produce farmer,if you send adulterated food to market, you may be charged with a crime.

Northwest seeks food safety answers

  • November 22nd, 2013

The states of Washington, ­Oregon, and Idaho are working with the Center for Produce Safety to fund research that will help Pacific Northwest growers comply with new federal food safety ­regulations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and will issue standards [...]

  • Arsenic and fruit juice

Arsenic and fruit juice

  • November 18th, 2013

The fruit juice industry is keeping quiet these days, not relishing a public debate over how much arsenic should be allowed in juices, particularly apple and grape juice.

Arsenic is a scary word. In 2011, Consumer Reports and the Dr. Oz television show raised concerns when they reported that testing [...]

  • Good Point:  The EEOC is targeting Pacific Northwest growers

Good Point: The EEOC is targeting Pacific Northwest growers

  • November 18th, 2013

Growers should be on alert for claims made by employees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination based on gender, race, national origin, disability, and religion.

The commission is targeting Pacific Northwest farmers. It has announced that its national priorities now include [...]