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Growers of the Year

Featured stories about legislation, trade, and people, including awards, appear in this issue.

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  • The time is right

The time is right

  • January 1st, 2012

Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left are Rita Rice (married to [...]

Committee nominations

  • January 1st, 2012

Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry Marketing Committee
Nominations for three [...]

Grape calculators revised

  • January 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Georgia peach growers use H-2A

  • January 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Good Point — Labor outlook is poor

  • January 1st, 2012

Frank Gasperini

Who would guess that, with unemployment at or just below double digits for three years, basic industries such as agriculture, food processing, restaurants, [...]

H-2A is not for everyone

  • January 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Concerned about labor

  • January 1st, 2012

Mark Rice, like almost every other commercial fruit grower, is concerned about his future labor ­supply. Rice needs about 100 workers during harvest, and [...]

H-2A program requirements

  • January 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Challenges lead to changes

Challenges lead to changes

  • January 1st, 2012

David Rice is president of Rice Fruit Company and manager of packing and storage operations.
Richard Lehnert

In recent years, Rice Fruit Company has responded [...]