apple growers

Washington’s New Apple Joining a Changing Industry
 
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Developed in a lab, trademarked and focus-group tested, apple growers in the nation's top producing state are preparing to introduce a brand new apple variety.
But as the first "Cosmic Crisp" trees are planted next year, the new apple highlights a changing industry,…
Shortage of Farm Worker Becoming More Intense
The shortage of farm workers in Eastern Washington could become even more intense with a recent state supreme court ruling. The number of fruit pickers is currently down by a third. That comes as the state supreme court recently upheld a law that would fine employers $500 for any mistake made on far…
Labor Shortage a Big Concern for Yakima Apple Growers
All those apples on the trees in the Yakima Valley are expected to add up to a record crop this year but like years past there's talk about a major labor shortage. The Washington growers clearing house in Wenatchee estimates the crop at 145 million boxes for both the fresh and processed ma…