India’s tariffs on U.S. apples come to an end, a plus for Washington growers

BY: - September 6, 2023

India lifted retaliatory tariffs Wednesday on imported U.S. apples and other crops that are important to Washington state, according to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office. The country was a sizable foreign export market for Washington apples, with $120 million worth of the fruit sent there in 2017. But in 2019, after the Trump administration imposed […]

Yakima orchard owners settle yearslong lawsuit, paying $500K in back wages

BY: - July 13, 2023

The owners of two Yakima orchards have paid $500,000 in back wages to over 400 farmworkers, settling a yearslong lawsuit brought by the state.  The settlement comes after a Department of Labor and Industries investigation found that workers at G&G Orchards Inc. and RC Orchards LLC weren’t paid properly for the fruit they harvested between […]

Washington apple growers cheer as India says it will end tariffs

BY: - June 22, 2023

India will soon end retaliatory tariffs imposed on American apples and crops such as chickpeas and lentils, the White House announced Thursday, signaling a win for Washington crop growers who say they faced significant losses since the tariffs were enacted in 2019.  President Joe Biden made the announcement Thursday as part of Indian Prime Minister […]

Crop growers and Cantwell press for Washington state Farm Bill priorities

BY: - June 12, 2023

With work underway in Congress to draft a new version of a major agricultural policy law, Washington producers of crops like apples, cherries and potatoes, backed by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., are emphasizing the importance of programs to support farming research and expand overseas markets for U.S.-grown goods. But the latest negotiations to reauthorize the […]