USApple Applauds House Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Falls Church, Va. (Dec. 11, 2019)

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

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