Labor shortage http://kplu.org en In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom http://kplu.org/post/washington-state-picker-shortage-threatens-apple-boom In western Michigan, there <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/17/161276597/shriveled-mich-apple-harvest-means-fewer-jobs-tough-year-ahead">aren't enough</a> apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.<p>This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:59:45 +0000 Anna King 6573 at http://kplu.org In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom Northwest farmers, shop-keeps wait anxiously for cherry workers http://kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-shop-keeps-wait-anxiously-cherry-workers PASCO, Wash. – With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy -– it’s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that’s the case in Northwest orchard country where there appears to be a dwindling supply of migrant workers for cherry picking. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:18:47 +0000 Anna King 5324 at http://kplu.org Northwest farmers, shop-keeps wait anxiously for cherry workers Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind http://kplu.org/post/worker-shortage-may-force-apple-growers-leave-some-fruit-behind <p>Across the Northwest, apple growers are having a hard time bringing in their harvest because of a worker shortage. The result may mean certain lower-priced varieties of apples don&rsquo;t get picked at all.</p><p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:10:46 +0000 Anna King 2921 at http://kplu.org Worker shortage may force apple growers to leave some fruit behind