Executive Order is not the answer to ag’s labor problems, but it does help.
Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.
The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.
During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.
A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.