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Oregon's 2011 cranberry crop resulted in high yields and prices, growers say.
Grower Ted McKenzie, a member of the Oregon Cranberry Growers Cooperative, said he received 35 cents a pound or $35 for a 100-pound barrel of fresh cranberries. Wayne Everest, an independent grower, said he's heard of producers getting 30 to 35 cents a pound. Mike Stamatakos, vice president of agricultural supply and development for the Ocean Spray cooperative, said the 75 members of Ocean Spray "will likely earn a return per barrel of approximately $65 -- a record-setting return in company history."
In 2010, the volume of the cranberry crop was down and the price was about half of what growers earned this year, grower Scott McKenzie said. He explained that a hard freeze in December 2009 damaged buds and a cold, wet pollination period during the following May and June resulted in a decreased 2010 crop.
With a shortage of berries carried over into 2011, the year's Oregon crop was in high demand. McKenzie said the Neil Jones Food Co. of Vancouver, Wash., made an early offer of 24.5 cents a pound to independents and then Smuckers followed with a 30 cents offer. "There has been more competition for the berries this year than there has been in the last several years," he said.
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Friday, July 10, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
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The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling. This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card. In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation. Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
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This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.