Migrant Labor

Apple Picker Shortage
4:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Labor Shortage Hits Some Apple Growers Hard

Washington apple growers have been having a hard time finding workers to pick their fruit.
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The apple harvest season is starting to wrap up across the Northwest. Despite record yields, many farmers had trouble getting their time-sensitive crop off the trees because of a short labor supply.

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Northwest News
9:55 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Washington’s Strong Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, hefts a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. This year in Washington state farmers say apple pickers are in very short supply.
Anna King


Washington state apple farmers are gearing up to harvest the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The shortage comes as apple prices are high because of crop damage elsewhere in the country. Correspondent Anna King has our report from an apple orchard outside of Prescott, Washington.

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Worker Shortage
3:46 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Washington’s Asparagus Farmers Face Labor Shortage

Jim Middleton is a asparagus farmer north of Pasco. He’s had to disk under 15 acres of asparagus in the hopes he can get someone to help harvest next week.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington asparagus farmers are plowing out giant fields during what should be the prime of their harvest season. That’s because there is a shortage of migrant farmworkers this year.

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