Court rules Washington growers must pay for rest breaks

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for their rest breaks, a decision that will have a significant impact on the way the state’s growers pay their employees. Dan... more »

Gamarra joins PMA as global business development manager

Natalia Gamarra joined Produce Marketing Association (PMA) on Aug. 3 as the new global business development manager. Gamarra holds eight years of international business experience and possesses proficiency in languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Her... more »

Obituary: Marvin Sundquist

Marvin Sundquist was a wonderful man who loved God, family, his community, the Valley and nature. He had a big heart for education, music and the arts and the field of agriculture. Marvin was a... more »

McFerson named director of the WSU tree fruit research center

Jim McFerson is the new director for the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) in Wenatchee, starting Aug. 24. Former director Jay Brunner will continue part-time to support the leadership transition until he... more »

DOL threatening hot goods injunctions in Washington state

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is conducting inspections in Yakima Valley apple orchards. Inspectors have apparently discovered minors working in the fields, and they are threatening to impose a hot goods injunction, according to wafla. Wafla, an... more »

United Fresh unveils 2015 Compensation & Benefits Report

The United Fresh Produce Association has released its 2015 Compensation & Benefits Report for the fresh produce industry. Now in its third edition, the report showcases data from produce companies on a range of more than... more »

New safety-training website tailored for agriculture

Farm and other agribusiness operations looking for convenient, cost-effective ways to improve workplace safety and meet compliance requirements under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have a new option available online.Good Day’s Work is... more »

Jon Clements: IFTA Study Tour 2015 recap

Along with approximately 140 other lucky IFTA members, I had the good fortune to attend the IFTA Study Tour to Washington July 15-17, 2015 which visited orchards in the Columbia Basin area of southern Washington... more »

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