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Nick Hammond, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

May 12th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / The Dalles, Oregon
age / 32
crops / Cherries
business / Foreman for Curtis Orchards
other experience / Works with bush-sized trees based on Australian system and central-leader and steep-leader systems.

How did you get your start?
I started out farming with my parents in our peach orchard. We farmed that until I was

Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Marcus Morgan, 36, The Dalles, Oregon.  (with Miss Blue)
crops / Cherries
business / Orchard manager for Morgan & Sons Honey Company.
other experience / He has worked the family farm since he was a child. At one point he pursued professional bull riding as a career. Volunteers as an auctioneer

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Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

March 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 24
crops / Apples, cherries and juice grapes
business / Fieldman for Apple King. Partner in family run Eddie Farms.
other experience / Graduated from the tree fruit program at Wenatchee Valley College.

How did you get your start?
After college, I worked for Apple King as a fieldman. That

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Calvin Mercer, Young Grower from Alderdale, Washington

February 11th, 2015|3 Comments

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grower / Alderdale, Washington
age / 36
crops / wine grapes
business / Austin Sharp Vineyards
other experience / After graduating from Washington State University, he joined the family cattle business and then switched to co-own and manage a vineyard with his father Rick and cousin Rob Mercer.

What was your background before starting a

France ships apples to U.S.

With an oversupplied European market, shippers are looking for new outlets.

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Nick Hammond, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

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grower / The Dalles, Oregon
age / 32
crops / Cherries
business / Foreman for Curtis Orchards
other experience / Works with bush-sized trees based on Australian system and central-leader and steep-leader systems.

How did you get your start?
I started

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New farm-worker housing opens

The Cashmere, Washington, facility can house 200 people.

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Sharing workers saves costs

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Small growers who can’t justify the high costs of employing foreign guest workers through the H-2A program can reduce the financial burden by sharing workers with other growers.

Growers employing H-2A workers must pay all attorney

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H-2A is doable – with help

Get the housing and transportation parts right, growers advise.

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Make sure workers are happy

Supervisors must treat them with dignity and respect.

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Is organic fruit growth on the horizon?

Will demand keep up with expanding organic tree fruit production?

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Growers League opens farmworker housing

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U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse took the opportunity to visit the new Brender Creek seasonal farmworker housing complex in Cashmere while in Washington State this week.

The Washington Growers League, a non-profit organization based in Yakima, held

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Vintage variation in the vineyard

There’s no room for error in a cool vintage.

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Lowering injuries by reducing ladder work

The shift to pedestrian orchards gives workers a safer footing.

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Dealing with DACA

Programs allow undocumented workers to defer deportation, but present pitfalls for employers.

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Child care could expand labor pool

Providing child care could allow women to work more hours.

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