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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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Last Bite — A cherry with royal titles

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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

Grape calculators revised

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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

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Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

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Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Suphasuk Pradubsuk

Washington State’s juice and wine grape crop will likely be

Good Point — Labor outlook is poor

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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, and

Concerned about labor

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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

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Challenges lead to changes

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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 to several

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Quality fruit is Rice heritage

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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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The time is right

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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),

Hort leaders discuss top issues of coming year

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David Douglas
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit Company, which is located in Pasco, Washington.

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Committee nominations

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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

What changes will you make in 2012?

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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

Prison worker experience was positive

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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

More rules proposed on child labor

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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

Georgia peach growers use H-2A

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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

H-2A is not for everyone

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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

H-2A program requirements

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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.

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