Growers of the Year
Featured stories about legislation, trade, and people, including awards, appear in this issue.
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 [...]
Mark Rice, like almost every other commercial fruit grower, is concerned about his future labor supply. Rice needs about 100 workers during harvest, and [...]
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 [...]
David Rice is president of Rice Fruit Company and manager of packing and storage operations.
In recent years, Rice Fruit Company has responded [...]
Mark Rice chose to go with Kiku, a high quality Fuji fruit strain that is easier to grow than Honeycrisp but can sell at [...]
Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left are Rita Rice (married to [...]
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit Company, which is located in [...]
Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry Marketing Committee
Nominations for three [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Hiring prisoners to pick the tail end of their apple crop was a “last ditch” effort, but Scott McDougall believes it paid off. With [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Washington State’s juice and wine grape crop will [...]
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 [...]
Who would guess that, with unemployment at or just below double digits for three years, basic industries such as agriculture, food processing, restaurants, [...]