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Larson Orchard settles lawsuit with H-2A workers
Larson Orchard settles lawsuit with H-2A workers
A Washington tree fruit company has agreed, in an out-of-court settlement, to pay lost wages and rehire 18 seasonal foreign guestworkers in 2019 whom went on strike in 2017.

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Apples still top crop in Washington
Apples still top crop in Washington
For more than a decade apples have been Washington’s top value agricultural commodity and that continued in 2017 at $2.43 billion of the state’s total $10.6 billion in farmgate value.
California winery works with investigators on label controversy
California winery works with investigators on label controversy
Federal investigators have already checked records at winery, owner says.
Part of Methow Valley under apple maggot quarantine
Part of Methow Valley under apple maggot quarantine
The northern part of Okanogan County’s Methow Valley is being added to the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s apple maggot quarantine to try to slow spread of the pest that’s already in some commercial orchards there.
Fees proposed for Washington farmers who hire foreign workers
Fees proposed for Washington farmers who hire foreign workers
Washington Employment Security Department proposes fee, enforcing H-2A rules
Apple crop estimate takes big drop
Apple crop estimate takes big drop
Washington’s apple crop looks like it’s 10.8 percent smaller than estimated two months ago. Fruit set was lighter than first thought due to cool weather during bloom and pollination. The smaller crop should give growers, packers and...
Study shows fungicides effectively limit hazelnut disease
Study shows fungicides effectively limit hazelnut disease
Without fungicides, mature hazelnut orchards in Oregon may have perished due to Eastern Filbert Blight years ago, according to a study published by Oregon State University.
Texas pecan growers monitor tariffs, markets during harvest
Texas pecan growers are about to find out what the front line of an international trade war is like
Napa Valley winery rejects 2,000 tons of S. Oregon wine grapes
Napa Valley winery rejects 2,000 tons of S. Oregon wine grapes
Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, of California, has canceled contracts to buy at least 2,000 tons of wine grapes from Southern Oregon growers due to smoke taint from this year’s wildfires.
Idaho vineyard harvest: Wine grapes back on track after poor 2017
Idaho vineyard harvest: Wine grapes back on track after poor 2017
Idaho vineyards mostly recovered this year after a heavy, long-lasting winter wreaked havoc on the 2017 crop.
Hazelnut growers accept three-tiered initial prices
Hazelnut growers accept three-tiered initial prices
The agreed upon prices are well below last year’s initial level of 96.5 cents per pound.

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