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An East Wenatchee, Wash., orchardist said he will get out of farming after being fined and barred from hiring H-2A workers for three years by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Gene Welton, who farmed 160 acres and whose parents started Welton Orchards and Storage in 1964, disputed Labor Department claims that he mistreated workers.

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