Apple Storage Backgrounder

Growers Urge Sec. Perdue to Consider Tree Fruit in CARES ACT Funding; USApple Launches COVID-19 Resource Site

Falls Church, Va. (April 13, 2020)—In an effort led by the U.S. Apple Association and Northwest Horticultural Council, tree fruit organizations are urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider the unique circumstances of growers during allocation of CARES Act funding. A letter sent to Sec. Perdue by a coalition of national, state and regional tree … Continued

Apple Tree Insurance Program Video

A video on the new apple tree crop insurance policy is now available below. The video was produced by the AgriLogic consulting group, who worked with USApple on the development of the policy. It provides an overview of the new policy, coverages and basic terms and conditions. Apple Tree Overview from AgriLogic Consulting on Vimeo.

Agriculture Workforce Coalition’s 3/17/20 Letter

The following is a letter from the Agriculture Workforce Coalition on behalf of numerous agricultural councils and associations regarding the suspension of regular visa processing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. March 17, 2020 The Honorable Mike Pompeo Secretary U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520  Dear Secretary Pompeo:  We are writing to express deep concern … Continued

Food Safety & the Early Science of Toxicology

My family met up over the holidays in Salzburg. We mostly stuck together as a family, but on the last day we agreed each could go their own way to see something of particular interest to them. Some went in search of Sound of Music filming locations; others went to famous Austrian coffee houses. I … Continued

USMCA Signing

Statement by Jim Bair, President & CEO “Locking in our two largest export markets is a sorely-needed win for apple growers across the U.S. The U.S. Apple Association commends President Trump for signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). “The USMCA is significant for the U.S. Apple Association and its members as Mexico and Canada represent … Continued

Senate Passage of USMCA

Statement by Jim Bair, President & CEO “U.S. apple growers across the nation today are applauding the Senate for getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) over the finish line with overwhelming bipartisan support. Senate passage of the USMCA is significant for the U.S. Apple Association and its members as Mexico and Canada represent our top … Continued

Agriculture Labor Backgrounder

Update: In March of 2021, the House passed the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA), for the second time. Once again, USApple advocated for the bill and most “apple” congressional members voted for the measure.  Attention then turned to the Senate, where Mike Bennet (D-Colo.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) agreed to take the lead. Negotiations began … Continued

Apple Storage Backgrounder

How old is an apple by the time someone buys it at the grocery store? The question should not be about the “age” of the apple, or the time since it was picked, but rather it should be about how fresh the apple is. Growers and researchers have focused on the challenge of maintaining the … Continued