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Featured stories about labor appear in this issue.

Apple Lines

  • December 1st, 2006

I am writing this article after reading the Good Fruit Grower November edition which features apple marketing and “Coping without the commission.” The topic [...]

Reaching the Hispanic market

  • December 1st, 2006

Victor Palencia, winemaker at Willow Crest Winery, believes there is an untapped market for Washington wines in the Latino segment of the population. [...]

Robotic harvester in the works

  • December 1st, 2006

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has given the go-ahead to a California robotics company to begin developing a robotic apple harvester. When engineers [...]

  • In My View: Jim Hazen

In My View: Jim Hazen

  • December 1st, 2006

The first week of December culminates months of work by the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Planning Committee to develop [...]

  • From vineyard to winery

From vineyard to winery

  • December 1st, 2006

Victor Palencia is likely the youngest winemaker in the Pacific Northwest, hired as assistant winemaker before he was legally [...]

  • Robot-ready orchard

Robot-ready orchard

  • December 1st, 2006

For engineers figuring out how to build a robotic apple harvester, the Auvil Fruit Company orchard at Vantage, Washington, is a dream come true. [...]

Quick Bites

  • December 1st, 2006

California commissions combineThe California Apple Commission has announced a joint management venture with the California Kiwifruit Commission in October. The new arrangement allows both [...]

  • Last Bite: Why the “Big Y”

Last Bite: Why the “Big Y”

  • December 1st, 2006

The Yakima Fruit Growers Association was established as a growers’ cooperative in 1911 for the purpose of packing, storing, and marketing the fruit of [...]

  • Storing Honeycrisp

Storing Honeycrisp

  • December 1st, 2006

As production of Honeycrisp increases, the apple industry will need to know how best to store the variety, Dr. Dana Faubion, former Washington State [...]

Running out of time

  • December 1st, 2006

In the closing days of the 109th Congress, the National Council of Agricultural Employers is urging an all-out effort from agriculture to lobby congress [...]

  • Making piece rate work

Making piece rate work

  • December 1st, 2006

Facing rising labor costs and a shrinking pool of workers, Yakima Valley Orchards has been studying its options. [...]

Labor shortages might worsen

  • December 1st, 2006

West Coast tree fruit producers dodged a bullet this year. In Washington, hailstorms that shrank the crops and cool fall weather that extended apple [...]

Redefining wine appellations

  • December 1st, 2006

Gail Puryear believes it is time to redefine wine appellations in Washington State. In the early days, appellations (known as American Viticultural Areas) were [...]

Apple growers hold off on claims

  • December 1st, 2006

Apple growers in Canada have halted plans to file a formal complaint regarding the alleged dumping of U.S. apples north of the 49th parallel. [...]

  • Companies help farmers

Companies help farmers

  • December 1st, 2006

Several companies are helping growers to comply with the complexities of the federal foreign guest-worker program. Employers using the H-2A guest-worker program services of [...]

  • Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

  • December 1st, 2006

“I’m looking for someone who wants to buy some unique and irreplaceable equipment to carry on the business.” Dave Johnson’s [...]

In My View: Mike Gempler

  • December 1st, 2006

Uncontrolled illegal immigration has caused rapid change and destabilization in some communities, resulting in resentment, fear, and economic and social challenges. This has resulted [...]