Who will pick Washington's apples?

"On any given day in October, weather permitting, about 45,000 workers are needed to harvest Washington’s tree fruit. If all goes well, before the snow falls they will have picked about $1.5 billion worth of food. That’s for apples alone, and perhaps an underestimate. This is a...

With migrant workers scared off by immigration crackdown, Wash. orchards desperate for pickers

"Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn’t forced them to leave some fruit on trees. Growers in Washington state, which produces about half of the nation’s apples, say the labor shortage was made worse by a late start to...

Immigration crackdowns cost Washington apple growers

"Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn't forced them to leave some fruit on trees." Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2011 .

H-2A Visa System Fails Pacific Northwest Pear Growers

"The Pacific Northwest grows the majority of the nation's pears, and they're predicted to have the third-largest harvest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries — not enough workers to pick the fruit." - NPR, Oct. 7...