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Foreign guestworkers help ag face a growing shortage
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Foreign guestworkers help ag face a growing shortage
The number of foreign guestworkers used to harvest Washington state crops jumped 37 percent this year from last. It’s indicative, sources say, of a continuing labor shortage.

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Brothers in southern Indiana farm hops for beer brewers
INDIANA EXCHANGE: Brothers in southern Indiana farm 7 kinds of hops for beer brewers
Stormy blossom leads to smaller navel orange crop
Stormy blossom leads to smaller navel orange crop
Growers are expected to harvest 70 million cartons this season, down from the 75 million produced in the 2016-17 season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Canned wine aimed at active drinkers
Canned wine aimed at active drinkers
Selling wine in cans rather than traditional bottles is gaining in popularity.
US senators call for lower tariffs on pecan exports to India
Several U.S. senators are urging federal trade officials to take action to lower tariffs on pecan exports to India in hopes of helping growers in a number of pecan-producing states
Raisin producers assessing damage from rain during harvest
Raisin producers assessing damage from rain during harvest
Growers were already expecting a smaller crop this year before thunderstorms dropped as much as a half-inch of rain in some vineyards just as grapes were drying on the ground.
Walnut growers set to harvest smaller crop
Walnut growers set to harvest smaller crop
The anticipated 650,000-ton walnut crop in California is 5 percent smaller than last year’s, but the smaller nut set has led to larger sizes, according to a government report.
Apple, pear pickers cope with wildfire smoke
Apple, pear pickers cope with wildfire smoke
Smoke from wildfires in the Cascade Mountains has plagued apple and pear pickers in the Wenatchee Valley and elsewhere in Northcentral Washington for many days. It maybe benefitting fruit more than hurting, but is making pickers’ jobs harder.
Much of SW Idaho’s fruit crop decimated by January cold snap
Much of SW Idaho’s fruit crop decimated by January cold snap
A cold snap that brought temperatures as low as 23 degrees below zero has reduced the region’s fruit and grape crop. Apple and almond trees do best.
Vintners scramble to protect grapes from heat amid harvest
Vintners scramble to protect grapes from heat amid harvest
Triple-digit temperatures in California’s prime wine-producing regions have prompted vineyard owners to step up irrigation and pick some grapes more quickly.
Farmers, beekeepers put aside differences to aid bees
A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers over the decline in bee populations and get them to work together with scientists to reverse the trend

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