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Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left are Rita Rice (married to Ben),
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit Company, which is located in Pasco, Washington.
Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry Marketing Committee
Nominations for three grower positions in
Many growers, particularly on the West Coast, didn’t have enough workers to pick their fruit last fall. The new year has just begun, but already
Hiring prisoners to pick the tail end of their apple crop was a “last ditch” effort, but Scott McDougall believes it paid off. With 8,000
Proposed new rules from the federal Department of Labor would further restrict the kind of work young people may do on farms—and might even restrict
Peach growers were conspicuously absent from the list of fruit and vegetable producers who suffered crop losses when some 11,000 seasonal farm workers failed to
One of the biggest of the many problems with the H-2A foreign guest-worker program, from the grower’s point of view, is the inability of the
The federal H-2A foreign guest-worker program allows employers who are short of workers to bring people into the United States to do seasonal agricultural work.
The Napoleon cherry, a light, yellow-skinned variety, has been called different names through the centuries, several of them relating to royalty. In the West, it’s
The online Northwest Grape Cost of Production Calculators, developed for wineries and vineyards, were recently updated to reflect today’s values.
The cost calculators, designed specifically for
Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Washington State’s juice and wine grape crop will likely be
Who would guess that, with unemployment at or just below double digits for three years, basic industries such as agriculture, food processing, restaurants, and
Mark Rice, like almost every other commercial fruit grower, is concerned about his future labor supply. Rice needs about 100 workers during harvest, and about
David Rice is president of Rice Fruit Company and manager of packing and storage operations.
In recent years, Rice Fruit Company has responded to several
Mark Rice chose to go with Kiku, a high quality Fuji fruit strain that is easier to grow than Honeycrisp but can sell at a
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