Agriculture reporter Ross Courtney joins host Mike Faulk this week to talk about federal guest worker programs.

Courtney will talk about a recent series of stories he wrote about how growers are continuing to turn to foreign guest worker programs to meet their labor needs despite kinks in the system and potential litigation.

Open Mike is a Web broadcast that takes you inside the Herald-Republic newsroom, where reporter Faulk speaks with other members of the staff to gain their perspectives on a newsworthy event or an aspect of the newsroom operation.

Each new broadcast is posted by noon Wednesday at yakimaherald.com.