USApple Kicks Off 2019-20 Apples4Ed School Grant Program

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

Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Backgrounder

Background: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule in June 2015 that significantly expanded the definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS), under the Clean Water Act. The rule grants the federal government regulatory control over virtually any waters – and many land areas that only temporarily hold … Continued

Chlorpyrifos Backgrounder

Several years ago, environmental groups petitioned EPA to revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos due to alleged impacts on drinking water and human health. The claims were largely based on a series of epidemiological studies that could not be substantiated or replicated, and were contradicted by actual monitoring data from sources such as the Washington State … Continued

Apple Juice and Arsenic Backgrounder

What is arsenic? Arsenic is an element that can be found in water, air and soil. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), arsenic occurs in the environment from erosion of arsenic-containing rocks, volcanic eruptions and contamination from various industrial sources. In the early to mid-1900s, arsenical insecticides were used in agriculture.  Insecticides containing arsenic were … Continued

Statement Re: House Approval of USMCA

“The U.S. Apple Association applauds today’s House approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), as Mexico and Canada represent our top two export markets, totaling nearly a half-billion dollars in annual sales. Growing apples is a risky business and locking in our largest markets adds certainty for the long haul. It lets U.S. growers get … Continued

USApple Applauds House Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

The U.S. Apple Association today applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Farm Workforce Modernization Act with a strong bipartisan vote of 260-165. The organization noted with appreciation that most representatives from apple states voted in favor of the bill. The legislation includes provisions to stabilize the current domestic workforce by creating an earned … Continued

Statement re: Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Statement by Jim Bair,President & CEOU.S. Apple AssociationRe: Farm Workforce Modernization ActNov. 21, 2019 “The U.S. Apple Association applauds Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and the House Judiciary Committee for advancing the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. This meaningful agriculture labor reform will greatly benefit the U.S. apple industry, which is why we joined more than 300 … Continued

Introduction of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

“The U.S. Apple Association applauds Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., and others for the introduction of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, meaningful agriculture labor reforms that will greatly benefit the U.S. apple industry, which relies heavily on foreign born labor. “The Farm Workforce Modernization Act will stabilize the current agricultural workforce by … Continued

USApple Kicks Off 2019-20 Apples4Ed School Grant Program

Falls Church, Va. (October 9, 2019)—The U.S. Apple Association has launched its 2019-20 Apples4Ed initiative—a grant program that supports healthy snacking initiatives in public schools across the United States. USApple will fund five $4,000 healthy snacking initiatives on campuses in 2020. “When children have access to healthy nutrition, they’re more likely to be healthy and … Continued