Statement by Jim Bair,
President & CEO
U.S. Apple Association
Re: President Joseph Biden Inauguration
Jan. 20, 2021

“As President-elect Joseph Biden is sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States, the U.S. Apple Association looks forward to working with the Biden Administration on our top advocacy priorities. We applaud the Biden team for meetings with USApple and other farm organizations since last fall, which laid the groundwork for a strong working relationship with the agriculture sector. It is also a pleasure to welcome back Agriculture Secretary-nominee Tom Vilsack, who knows and understands agriculture. We are glad to have renewed our relationship with the Secretary and his office. We are pleased with the nominations of Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative and Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security Secretary. We look forward to working with them and their teams once confirmed.

“Although we usher in a new administration, USApple’s policy objectives remain the same: securing agriculture labor reform, regaining and growing lost international markets, and urging full funding for crop research and protection. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Biden Administration on these top objectives and more. Come January 21, we intend to hit the ground running.”