Labor

Big Washington apple crop brings marketing challenges

Can Washington state’s apple industry come close to successfully marketing 2014’s record crop of 155 million 40-pound-boxes? The consensus is resoundingly positive, based on comments made during the state’s largest gathering of growers, packers, shippers... more »

Washington growers claim H-2A wages are too high

Last month, the minimum wage for thousands of workers in Washington jumped by nearly 5 percent to $12.42 an hour.The new pay raises apply only to a select group of people: foreigners hired as seasonal... more »

Oregon blueberry growers settle with Department of Labor

Two Oregon blueberry farmers who were strong-armed into paying $220,000 rather than risk losing an entire harvest, according to a federal judge, have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.Click here to read... more »

New vineyard establishment cost resource published

One of the major categories of wine grapes grown in the Great Lakes region is the hybrid. Developed primarily from European and American parents, these grapes combine favorable wine characteristics with pest tolerance and often... more »

Hard cider: New industry faces shortage of trees, labor

Despite being a very old practice, the making of hard cider is virtually a new industry in the United States. The recent growth in sales has been “staggering,” and the U.S. apple industry as a... more »

Precision agriculture poised for growth

An agricultural engineering professor, in the forefront of high-tech innovation, believes there are significant advantages for specialty crop operators who pursue and adapt precision agriculture technologies. The bottom line – impacted by such trends as... more »

Pruning is more science than art these days

FGN recently asked Jim Schupp, an associate professor of pomology at Penn State University, and Peter Hirst, a professor of horticulture at Purdue University, to answer a few questions via email about winter pruning. You’ll... more »

Vacuum harvester redesigned to be self-propelled

A mechanical harvester that’s been in development for some time has undergone enough tweaks that its designers are nearly ready to bring the machine to the marketplace. Once again this fall, the machine – called... more »

Current Issue

Sustainability takes many forms

Boyer Orchards goes from side business to award winner in three generations

ITC: No harm seen from blueberry imports

Growers quickly see benefits of drip irrigation

Riverdance Farms finds success with farm-visiting crowd

Errotabere Ranches leads on Western challenges

New Minnesota apple triumps over scab disease

Researchers ponder presence of cranberry false blossom

Carbon farming payments possible with soil-building

Create efficiencies for filling online customer orders

Notes from the Farm column: Pipe layers spur ideas for installing irrigation lines

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Wage increases naturally lead to job loss – ag included

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