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Labor & Economics

Featured stories about labor and economics appear in this issue.

How are you attracting and retaining the labor force you need?

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   Micky George Grower and shipper, Sultana, California Providing benefits “We will continue doing what we’ve been doing for a long time,” said

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Protect the family farm, ag women urged

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Mary Lou Peterson is the first female county commissioner in Okanogan, and runs orchards with her husband, Dan. Photo by Geraldine Warner

New irrigation specialist on board

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Irrigation engineer Dr. R. Troy Peters, the new Washington State University Extension irrigation specialist, is eager to help growers improve their irrigation management techniques and

Family farms need leadership

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Management can be a difficult issue in many family farms because of the closeness of the family members, Aaron Clark noted during the Washington Women

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Surround tested in grapes

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The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on the right were treated with the kaolin clay product Surround. Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Growing good crops of large fruit

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The first month after bloom is a critical time for ensuring that apples reach their full potential size at harvest, according to Dr. Alan Lakso

On-farm irrigation trials

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Grape grower Mike Sauer is not afraid to experiment on a small scale with different irrigation regimes. Sometimes, the practices work, while other times, he’s

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Cooling off grapes

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John Farmer, left, and Luke Ransom check bud development of Barbera grapes, one of the earliest varieties to break at Alder Ridge Vineyards

Concentrating flavors

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Wise use of deficit irrigation can help growers make the most of limited water supplies and pay off in concentrated flavors—at least in red grapes.

Recognizing and preventing heat stress

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Hot summer days are ahead, and it is time to refresh our knowledge in the recognition, prevention, and first aid of heat-related disorders. Working outdoors

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Northwest sweet cherry crop full of potential

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SOURCE: David Severn, Washington State Fruit Commission Though early season estimates for the 2006 Pacific Northwest sweet cherry crop show potential

New Zealand growers tackle labor shortage

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The most expensive element in a vineyard is the labor required to produce the grapes, but for Kim Crawford and other New Zealand wineries, laborers

Fresh research on cherry health benefits

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Scientists say eating fresh Bing cherries might help fight the inflammation of arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. In a study conducted by chemist

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Robotic harvester will selectively thin and pick fruit

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A robotic harvester being developed by Vision Robotics employs a two-step approach. First, a scout system maps the location of the fruit on

New Latino viticulture program launched

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The first Latino viticulture education program in Washington State doesn’t open its classroom doors until November, but already, the state’s wine industry has raised more

How will platforms impact workers?

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Getting rid of ladders should not only make the orchard a safer place, but might open up orchard jobs to a larger pool of people.

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Go over the row to reduce costs, boost returns

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A simple mock-up shows the idea behind the over-the-row platfom that is being developed.  A team of research and Extension people

Project seeks to improve worker skills

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A broad group of agricultural industries, labor representatives, work force training organizations, and a non-profit organization is working together in Oregon to create a more