New USMCA is a Positive Step for Growers This Harvest Season

By Diane Kurrle, Senior Vice President

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

USApple’s Bair Urges USMCA Passage at Trade Event

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2019)—USApple President & CEO Jim Bair today spoke at a press conference in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). The event took place at the International Trade Center during the final stop of the Farmers for Free Trade motorcade tour, which has spanned 20,000 miles, … Continued

Apple Growers Brace for New Round of Chinese Tariffs

Falls Church, Va. (Aug. 28, 2019)—U.S. apple growers are bracing for another round of retaliatory tariffs from China, the U.S. Apple Association said today. The country has said it will begin unleashing new tariffs on a wide range of U.S. goods, including an additional 10 percent on apples for a total of 60 percent, beginning … Continued

Top USDA Trade Official to USApple: Trade Must be “Free, Fair and Reciprocal”

CHICAGO (Aug. 23, 2019)—Free, fair and reciprocal trade for U.S. agriculture was the resounding message today from Agriculture Under Secretary Ted McKinney at the U.S. Apple Association’s 2019 Outlook and Marketing Conference in Chicago. McKinney spoke at the 124th annual meeting of apple growers and businesses about the importance of a “two-way street” in trading partnerships. “We … Continued

USApple Fly-In Brings Growers Together on Top Policy Issues

On March 13, apple leaders from coast to coast will gather in Washington, D.C. for USApple’s annual Capitol Hill Day.  With a dozen states participating, all facets of the industry will be represented. Top issues to be covered include the importance of trade, particularly maintaining duty-free access to the North American market, implementing the new … Continued

Apple Growers in Washington to Talk Trade, Ag Labor at FlyIn

Washington, DC (March 13, 2019)—More than 90 apple growers from across the nation met Wednesday in Washington, DC, to take part in the U.S. Apple Association’s (USApple) annual Capitol Hill Day. Meeting with more than 100 legislative offices during the fly-in, they expressed their support and concerns for priority issues like ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada … Continued

Statement Re: State of the Union Address

“The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) welcomes President Trump’s State of the Union remarks on the importance of trade, especially as it pertains to the agriculture sector. With more than 30 percent of fresh apples destined for overseas markets, trade policies play a critical role in the health of the apple industry. “Mexico and Canada are … Continued

New USMCA is a Positive Step for Growers This Harvest Season

As growers around the country are in full swing of a busy apple harvest, important policy issues that affect them are taking place in Washington. Of these issues, trade, a top priority for growers, has seen some positive movement in the last few weeks. On September 30, negotiators announced an agreement for a new United … Continued