Northwest farmers http://www.kplu.org en 5 Things One Anthropologist Learned While Working As A Migrant Berry Picker In Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/5-things-one-anthropologist-learned-while-working-migrant-berry-picker-wash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150538151&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seth Holmes is a doctor and anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley who did something that wouldn’t occur to most white, middle-class, highly-educated Americans.</p><p>About a decade ago, he spent a year and a half traveling, living with and working alongside migrant indigenous Mexican farmworkers from the state of Oaxaca. His stint included two seasons picking strawberries and blueberries on a large farm in Skagit County.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16719 at http://www.kplu.org 5 Things One Anthropologist Learned While Working As A Migrant Berry Picker In Wash. Washington Farmers Expecting Third Largest Cherry Crop Ever This Season http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-farmers-expecting-third-largest-cherry-crop-ever-season <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149219543&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Northwest sweet cherry growers say they'll likely pick 20 million boxes full — their third largest haul ever — this season. But there’s plenty that can happen to cherries before then, even on the day of harvest.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah grow about two-thirds of the nation’s sweet cherries. And this year, demand should be even higher for those candy-like fruit as a result of the dismal cherry growing weather in California. The continuing drought in that state and poor pollination has thinned out their crops.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:35:37 +0000 Anna King 16514 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Farmers Expecting Third Largest Cherry Crop Ever This Season Fewer Northwest Farms, But They’re Bigger And More Valuable http://www.kplu.org/post/fewer-northwest-farms-they-re-bigger-and-more-valuable <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148436600&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The number of farms in the Northwest is dropping, according to newly-released federal farm data.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">But there's more to the story. The average size and value of Northwest farms are going up.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:01:04 +0000 Jessica Robinson 16455 at http://www.kplu.org Big Jump In Use Of Temporary Foreign Farmhands In 2013 http://www.kplu.org/post/big-jump-use-temporary-foreign-farmhands-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Northwest farmers hired significantly more foreign guest workers this season under a special immigration program. Farms in Washington state accounted for most of the increase in this region, followed by Idaho. Oregon farmers tend not to use the special visa much.</span></p><p>Farmers worried about having enough hands to process labor-intensive crops can hire temporary foreign workers after they prove they can't find anyone in this country. The guest workers recruited here through this legal avenue mostly come from Mexico.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:41:16 +0000 Tom Banse 11694 at http://www.kplu.org Big Jump In Use Of Temporary Foreign Farmhands In 2013