President Biden Visits USApple Member; Hears About Grower Challenges

USApple Announces New NextGen Apple Fellowship; Applications Open Dec. 1

Falls Church, Va. (Dec. 1, 2021)—The U.S. Apple Association today announced the launch of its new emerging apple leader program, the NextGen Apple Fellowship. The program will focus on providing eight fellows annually with career development, one-on-one mentoring, hands-on advocacy experience, community service work and many other added benefits. Applications open today, December 1. Like … Continued

Statement on Easing of Tariffs on EU Imports

Statement by Jim Bair,President & CEO U.S. Apple AssociationRe: Easing of Tariffs on EU ImportsNovember 2, 2021 “This weekend’s announcement that the Biden Administration will ease tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union should be congratulated as good news. Hopefully this will be the first step in helping reclaim market share for … Continued

USApple Launches 2021-22 Apples4Ed Grant Program

Falls Church, Va. (October 1, 2021)—The U.S. Apple Association has launched its 2021-22 Apples4Ed initiative—a grant program that supports healthy eating initiatives in public schools across the United States. USApple will fund five $4,000 healthy eating initiatives on campuses in 2022.   “After a pause due to the pandemic, we are happy to once again be … Continued

Many Apple Businesses Will be Left Out of COVID-19 Assistance Program

Falls Church, Va. (Sept. 9, 2021)— Many U.S. apple businesses won’t qualify for Critical COVID-relief assistance that was announced today by the Agriculture Department, said the U.S. Apple Association. The $700 million Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program is intended to support businesses that incurred worker housing and transportation costs, as well as personal … Continued

USApple Elects Chris Alpers as Board Chair for 2021-22 Term

Chicago (August 20, 2021) —The U.S. Apple Association has named a new chair to lead its board of directors. Michigan grower Chris Alpers of RedPath Orchards and Alpers Farms will serve the 2021-22 term. A third-generation grower, Alpers is the operations manager of RedPath Orchards and Alpers Farms and a partner in Alpers Tree Sales … Continued

USApple Launches New In-Depth Apple Outlook Report

Chicago (August 19, 2021)—While the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the apple industry up and down the supply chain, it has also presented unique opportunities, according to a new report released by the U.S. Apple Association today at the organization’s 126th annual Outlook Conference. Considering these opportunities, and despite a challenging 18 months, apple production is … Continued

USApple Kicks Off 126th Annual Outlook Conference in Chicago

Chicago (August 19, 2021)—The U.S. Apple Association today kicked off its 126th annual Outlook Conference in Chicago. The in-person, two-day meeting will showcase growers, apple business leaders, and a full range of high-profile speakers and topics. USApple is one of the first agriculture associations to resume in-person conferences since COVID-19 began. “Outlook attendance numbers show … Continued

President Biden Visits USApple Member; Hears About Grower Challenges

Falls Church, Va. (July 6, 2021)—During a stop in Northern Michigan this weekend President Biden visited grower and former Young Apple Leader Juliette King McAvoy of King Orchards in Central Lake.  Joining the President were Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. Stabenow chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. They talked about big … Continued