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Washington Apple Farmer Is “Optimistic” As Workers Get Vaccinated

As the vaccine rollout ramps up in the United States, more people, including health care workers, essential workers and seniors are becoming eligible to receive the shots. Most recently, the state of Washington expanded eligibility to agricultural workers.

Getting farm workers vaccinated is critical, said Patrick Smith, who with his family runs Loftus Ranches, an apple and hops farm in Yakima, Washington. Smith said farm workers often live and work in close quarters.

“They are on the front lines of the food production industry in this country, and putting them at a high priority to get vaccinations, like the state of Washington has done here, is welcomed,” Smith said. Read more…..

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