Labor

Plenty of Apples, but Possibly a Shortage of Immigrant Pickers

With a look of supreme satisfaction, Jeff Crist squinted at the Ginger Golds and Jonamacs ripening under an incandescent sun at his apple orchard here: the trees were so laden that they almost seemed to... more »

Plenty of Apples, but Possibly a Shortage of Immigrant Pickers

With a look of supreme satisfaction, Jeff Crist squinted at the Ginger Golds and Jonamacs ripening under an incandescent sun at his apple orchard here: the trees were so laden that they almost seemed to... more »

Protester Survives His Month-PlusTime in Jail

In our last issue, we reported about Don Perry, a 79-year-old retired metallurgist whose daughter and son-in-law operate Becker Farms, an orchard and farm market, in Gasport in western New York. Perry went to jail... more »

Branches Become Mini-Trunks for Sweet Cherries

In a new experimental orchard in Prosser, Wash., and in cooperating orchards throughout the state, sweet cherry trees are being planted at a slant and then bent near horizontal and fastened tight to a trellis... more »

U-Pickers Won’t Be Grinning

Peaches and Asian pears usually start to ripen this time of year at Reed Valley Orchard in Bourbon County, nearly ready for people to come pick. Not this year. Kentucky.com more »

Blueberry Co-op Fails, But Pickers Still Wanted

Plans for a blueberry cooperative among several farmers in the U.P. have fallen through, but the woman who wanted to start the group isn't giving up. WLUC TV-6 more »

Time To Lobby Hard for Farm Worker Reform Legislation

Well, it finally happened – the long awaited legislation to reform immigration and tighten U.S. borders finally came to Congress for debate. The AgJOBS provisions many farm groups wanted is in the package, along with... more »

Senate Debates New Immigration Reforms, Including AgJOBS

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and officials of the Bush administration reached agreement on the elements of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, including the provisions for temporary workers for agriculture contained in AgJOBS. The agreement... more »

Labor Shortage Hindering Harvest

A local labor shortage will likely force field workers to work longer hours for Coachella Valley farmers during the grape harvest. Palm Springs, Calif., Desert Sun more »

Labor Pool Short for Grape Harvest

As grape farmers gear up harvest this week, one labor contractor estimates the pool is short 20 percent. The Desert Sun more »


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