Blueberry Farm Agrees to Pay $45K for Labor Violations

A blueberry farm in a town known as the blueberry capital of the world has agreed to pay $45,000 in penalties for violating federal labor laws. AM New York more »

More Fruit Growers Ready to Use Guest-Worker Program

Anticipating another tight labor market and fearful of immigration enforcement that could lead to heavy fines, local growers are expected to expand their use of a federal guest-worker program in the upcoming season. Yakima Herald-Republic more »

Wine, Grape Industry Has a Heady Bouquet

With 935,000 acres of vineyards and grape farms, nearly 5,000 wineries and 1.1 million jobs, the wine-and-grape industry sends an estimated $162 billion rippling through the U.S. economy each year, a consulting firm said. The... more »

Some Areas See Crops Reduced by Weather

On the first day of summer, the Michigan Frozen Fruit Packers Association pulled together its members to evaluate the outlook for production of fruit crops, in Michigan and the nation.About 150 people attended the 51st... more »

California Chooses Ott to Head Apple Commission

The California Apple Commission has chosen Alex Ott to fill the position of executive director, effective April 4.For the last five years, Ott has been director of government relations for the California Grape & Tree... more »

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