Dan Wheat

Central Washington field reporter

Jesus Soto picks Cosmic Crisp apples at Lyall Orchards, Grandview, Wash., Sept. 30. Sales of the new apple start Dec. 1 and marketers hope lim…

The first commercially harvested bins of Cosmic Crisp apples at Lyall Orchards, Grandview, Wash., Sept. 30. They were headed to Kershaw Fruit …

H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers from Mexico use a Bandit Xpress-DBR harvest assist platform picking Fuji apples at Valicoff Fruit Co., Wapato, …

A record 257,667 H-2A-visa agricultural foreign guestworker positions were certified by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2019, but the rate of growth slowed to 6.1% after five years of more than 18%.

Mountain States Legal Foundation files its final brief seeking to overturn a 2018 U.S. District Court ruling reinstating federal threatened species listing for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Golden leaves and cull apples on an orchard floor tell the end of another harvest season near Ellensburg, Wash., Oct. 23. About 50,000 workers…

A pickers wanted sign for Fuji apples along U.S. Highway 97 in Pateros, Wash., Oct. 7, 80 miles south of the Canadian border. Generally, farm …

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A new farm labor bill appears to have widespread support on first blush, but the depth and extent of that support is questionable as organizatons say it doesn’t do enough to control labor and housing costs.

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