Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.
New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.
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Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.
James manages the wine grape crops on the family’s estate in the White Bluffs region of central Washington. He works alongside his brother John, and parents, Bob and Crista Whitelatch.
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Saved fungicide sprays for powdery mildew keep $2 million-plus in grape growers’ pockets.