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Labor

Featured stories about labor appear in this issue.

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New AVA boasts fine wine, not snakes

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An inside view of grapes grown on the Lyre trellis system at the Outlook Vineyard. Yields can be increased with the Lyre system,

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Storing Honeycrisp

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

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H-2A provides a reliable work force

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Rob Valicoff used H-2A guest workers for the first time this year, hoping to ensure a legal work force and to avoid a

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Companies help farmers

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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 the

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Sticker shows apple maturity

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Robert Klein’s sticker turns color as an apple ripens. A thumbnail-sized white sticker that turns blue as the fruit to which

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Do guest workers pencil out?

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Is an employer better off trying to recruit workers at the orchard or bringing in guest workers through the federal

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Thinking outside the box

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

Heusers head TO 50th annual meeting

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Wally Heuser has never missed an annual meeting in the entire history of the International Fruit Tree Association, and will be in Tasmania, Australia, in

In My View: Mike Gempler

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

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Good to Know: Growing Quality Montmorency Cherries

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Weather conditions in 2006 were not kind to Montmorency cherries in some areas of Michigan’s Great Lakes region. The two

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New IFTA president likes the cutting edge

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Incoming IFTA President Neal Manly Neal Manly, chief marketing officer with Willow Drive Nursery in Ephrata, Washington, will take over as

Apple Lines

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

What the H-2A program requires

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An employer applying for temporary foreign guest workers must meet a number of conditions: Recruitment: The employer must try

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International collaboration

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A half century ago, when Dwarf Fruit Tree Association took root, very few growers had trees on dwarfing rootstocks, and

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In My View: Jim Hazen

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

Quick Bites

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

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Grant funds sliced pear research

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The Pear Bureau Northwest will do research this winter to identify the obstacles to producing fresh sliced pears. The bureau

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Last Bite: Why the “Big Y”

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

Rainier cherry is Fogle’s legacy

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Dr. Harold W. Fogle, inventor of the Rainier cherry, died last October in Takoma Park, Maryland, aged 88. Fogle grew up in West

Apple growers hold off on claims

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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. Backed

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Washington State grower pioneered nectarines in Yakima Valley

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Second-generation orchardist Ray “Bud” Redman, Jr., who was one of the first to grow nectarines in Washington State’s Yakima Valley,

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Poor returns fuel cherry dumping allegations

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Cherry growers in British Columbia, Canada, have announced plans to launch a trade action against Washington State growers following indications

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Pear conditioning must be consistent

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Pears in clamshells at retail About 40 percent of d’Anjou pears from the Pacific Northwest are conditioned before they reach the

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New Brunswick apple grower diversifies

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Ferme Bourgeois Farms distributes apples, including those from Washington State, to stores throughout New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in Canada.

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Diversify against adversity

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Tom Hattrup grows six pear varieties and focuses on the fresh market. Photo by Madeleine Warner Harvest is a whirl

Robotic harvester in the works

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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 at

Redefining wine appellations

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

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Robot-ready orchard

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

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Manage canopy to optimize grape flavor

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California wine grape growers long ago traded bushy canopies for sleek trellising systems, but they continue to discover the importance

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Growers reduce potential exposure to OPs

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In 2004, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries adopted a cholinesterase medical monitoring program. It requires that agricultural

Evaluating the sensory qualities of grapes

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Determining when a grape has reached peak maturity is increasingly the job of field technicians trained to recognize the sensory characteristics of grapes, but Dr.

B.C. orchardists struggle to find workers

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Rick Lagaah estimates he lost half of his crop because he couldn’t find enough pickers to harvest his 100 acres of apples. “I only found

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Young winemakers are the industry’s future

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A new generation of winemakers gathered together during a Washington State wine convention. From left to right: Julia Hall, OS Winery; Mathew Gray,

Running out of time

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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 for

Reaching the Hispanic market

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

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Making piece rate work

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

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From vineyard to winery

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

Labor shortages might worsen

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