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Washington H-2A guestworker use keeps growing
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Washington H-2A guestworker use keeps growing
Usage of H-2A-visa agricultural foreign guestworkers in Washington increased 35 percent last year, 15 percent in 2016 and 30 percent in 2015 as growers increasingly rely on it to meet labor shortages.

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SW Washington berry farmer remembered as leader, mentor
SW Washington berry farmer remembered as leader, mentor
Washington berry grower Jerry Dobbins dies at 77.
Long crowned 2018 cherry king for work in NW industry
Long crowned 2018 cherry king for work in NW industry
A retired Oregon State University Extention specialist is honored for helping move the Pacific Northwest cherry industry into high-density orchards of smaller trees and other work.
Oregon winegrowers toast state senator with first leadership award
Oregon winegrowers toast state senator with first leadership award
State Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, received the first Oregon Wine Leadership Award from the Oregon Winegrowers Association during presentation Wednesday at the State Capitol.
Workers take advantage of a perfect day for pruning
Workers take advantage of a perfect day for pruning
Workers are busy from November through March hand pruning more than 300,000 acres of fruit trees in Central Washington. Sunny, warmer days make the job easier.
Apple prices stable despite drop in sales to China
Apple prices stable despite drop in sales to China
With less than one third of Washington’s large apple crop sold, prices show signs of stabilizing and maybe increasing but sales to China, a top export market, are down.
Packing line worker has an eye for bad apples
Packing line worker has an eye for bad apples
Jane McElroy has been working on Wenatchee, Wash., tree fruit packing lines for 37 years, a record few match. She’s seen lots of changes and has a good eye for a puncture, a bruise, a split that causes her to yank those apples.
Seasonal farmworker housing goes up in Central Washington
Seasonal farmworker housing goes up in Central Washington
At least a year behind its original schedule, Washington Grower League seasonal farmworker housing is under construction in Mattawa and is to open in April.
Wine industry to review research efforts
Wine industry to review research efforts
Wine grape growers and winery owners in Washington need to register by Jan. 12 to attend a Jan. 18-19 meeting on wine industry research proposals.
Partially robotic apple picker envisioned
Partially robotic apple picker envisioned
A fourth robotic apple picker inventor to surface says his part-robotic, part-human picking system may be the best step in the next few years.

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