Labor

Labor shortages reported during California harvest

This year, California farmers planted fewer acres and let go of hundreds of farm workers. But despite the downsizing, labor shortages are being reported across the state. Here’s more from the Sierra Sun Times: Contra... more »

Agritourism operations must prepare for emergencies before they happen

If there’s an emergency at your agritourism operation, do you have a plan in place to deal with it? Eric Barrett, an Ohio State University Extension educator, advises farm markets on how to deal with... more »

EPA updates pesticide protection rules

EPA has revised the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard regulation. The revised regulation seeks to protect and reduce the risks of injury or illness resulting from agricultural workers’ and pesticide handlers’ use and contact with... more »

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 »

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Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

Smart tech wipes out pests: The latest trends in spraying automation

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

Georgia peach success: Pearson Farm’s six generations find orchard happiness

FIRA preview: Tree fruit tech options abound at ag robotics conference

Fresh Views: Grapevine disease management tackled

Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

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