Apples

Harvest dilemma spotlights immigrant labor crisis

Washington apple farmers are so desperate for pickers, one grower hired inmates from a minimum-security state prison at $22 an hour to help with the harvest.The dilemma demonstrates just how messed up this nation’s immigration... more »

The next big apple?

John Seabrook writes about the process of building a better apple, focusing on the creation of a new variety “trying to take its place as the next hot apple” called SweeTango. He goes to Minnesota,... more »

Suttons Bay farmers preserve ag corridor

In a world where optimism seems to be in short supply these days, it was heartening to sit down with fruit farmers Jeff and Nita Send and their partners, Scott and Penny Emeott.The Suttons Bay... more »

New hort president: Growers rely on Extension

For Ed Robinette, this has been a pretty good year. His family business, Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, celebrated 100 years of being a west Michigan fruit grower. Long-term success takes leadership, and the growing... more »

BMSB and SWD continue to worry growers

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) have packed a serious one-two punch to the fruit industry recently, and as they continue to spread, so do fears that there is nothing that... more »

Farmers gear up for unexpected boom after new free trade pacts

With the fall apple harvest winding down in Washington state, growers would normally be scaling back jobs, but not this year. Three new free trade agreements passed by Congress and signed by President Obama have... more »

Editorial: As prisoners pick apples, problem goes untouched

We'll pass on the temptation to equate hard labor with farm labor. But we will note that having prisoners pick apples -- while creatively congealing worker supply and demand -- points to a situation that... more »

Farmers gear up for unexpected boom after new free trade pacts

With the fall apple harvest winding down in Washington state, growers would normally be scaling back jobs, but not this year. Three new free trade agreements passed by Congress and signed by President Obama have... more »


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