Fergus Falls, Minn.
— A state farm career specialist says there are opportunities to fill in for apple farmers in Minnesota’s apple production.
The apple industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, but with growing competition from new players like the green apple and the red apple, the state farm industry is expected to see a slowdown this year.
“I think that apples are going to continue to be one of our top priorities for the state of Minnesota, especially as we look to the future, but I think we’re going to have to look at apple farming a little bit more closely,” said Dan Schreiber, the executive director of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, an industry trade group.
Farmers are increasingly finding themselves on the losing end of new apple technology that helps growers to harvest and preserve the fruit and turn it into apple cider, and are finding they have fewer apples to sell for profit.
There are currently nearly 10,000 apple farms across the country.
For the second year in a row, apple growers in Minnesota lost out on the state’s first-ever state apple crop in 2017.
It was a stunning loss for apple growers and was particularly discouraging for some, like Schreib, who has been in the industry since he was a boy.
He said the market was very tight at the beginning of the year, and he was working on a big apple crop that would help him to save enough money to buy a house and get out of debt.
When he didn’t have enough money for that apple crop, he decided to start working for the State Farm industry in Fergus County, just outside of Minneapolis.
Schreiber said he’s currently one of four apples-producing apples-in-the-possession specialists who work at State Farm’s Farm Fresh apples program.
Each year, they harvest apples for State Farm to sell at retail stores and retail farmers markets.
A year earlier, Schreber had been the apple producer for the farm and had been working with the state for five years.
After the apples harvest, he’s one of only a handful of apple farmers who get paid by the state to do that job.
I’ve always been a family guy, but this year, I just kind of lost it.
I’ve just kind a lot of feelings and I kind of just went in and made a lot more apples than I wanted to make,” Schrebb said.
In 2017, Schubert earned about $15,000 to harvest his apple crop and turned the apples into cider.
To keep up with that demand, Schumbert has been working on growing the state apple program.
Schreib said apples are in high demand, and it can be a challenge to find a job with State Farm.
This year, Schriiber said, there were more apples in his inventory than he could harvest from his field alone.
State Farm is looking for people who can harvest apples and produce apples in the field.
People can be trained in the state apples program to work on the farm, or in the fields, or on the road to becoming a farm worker.
Schriiber has been able to train some of his current and former apples-growing colleagues to work at his farm.
They’ve given him tips on how to get their skills to be the best, Schruib said.
Schuib said he expects the apple crop to be more productive this year than it was last year.
But he has been forced to take a backseat to other apple growers this year because of the new technology.
Some apple growers are now growing apples in different areas of the state, which has made it difficult for him to find jobs.
That means he is now competing with other apple farmers for the same apples, Schibert said.”
And I’ve got a job to do.””
And then I’m like, I’m a farmer.
And I’ve got a job to do.”