More than one way to grow apples in South Tyrol

With about 8,000 people growing apples in Italy’s South Tyrol province, it’s hard to pinpoint a “typical” grower. But visiting the farms of Stefan Klotzner and Kurt Komiss – as the International Fruit Tree Association... more »

House Judiciary Committee to mark up immigration bills this week

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and several House Republicans have unveiled four pieces of legislation to "strengthen the interior enforcement of our immigration laws, remove the ability of the President to unilaterally shut... more »

West Coast ports up and running again

West Coast ports began running at full speed Monday, the first weekday in more than two months operations have been even close to normal because of a labor dispute.Dock workers and port owners agreed on... more »

Michigan growers urged to fill out survey

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams is encouraging the state’s fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.“The fruit industry... more »

South Tyrolean growers cooperate to survive

South Tyrol’s apple industry gives new meaning to the word “cooperative.” Members of the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) saw that firsthand in November during a tour of the Italian province, which is nestled in... more »

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 »

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