2021 Presidential Inauguration Statement

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

USApple Board Green-Lights In-Person Annual Outlook Conference

Falls Church, Va. (May 20, 2021)—The U.S. Apple Association Board of Directors this week gave an enthusiastic go-ahead to hold the organization’s annual conference in-person this summer. The 126th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference will take place August 19-20 In Chicago. The two-day meeting will showcase diverse speakers and topics, growers and apple business … Continued

Reintroduction of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Statement by Jim Bair,President & CEOU.S. Apple AssociationMarch 3, 2021 “The U.S. Apple Association applauds today’s reintroduction of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, H.R. 1537. This legislation is a necessary and important first step in addressing the labor crisis growers and other farmers are experiencing. We thank Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) … Continued

USApple Selects 2021 Young Apple Leaders

Feb. 9, 2021 (Falls Church, Va.) – The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) today announced its class of 2021 Young Apple Leaders (YALs). Fifteen accomplished and aspiring young women and men were selected by the organization to join with, and learn from, USApple leaders and mentors throughout the year. The 2021 Young Apple Leaders include: Ben Bresler, Packaging … Continued

Jim Bair’s Statement on the 2020 Presidential Inauguration

Statement by Jim Bair,President & CEOU.S. Apple AssociationRe: President Joseph Biden InaugurationJan. 20, 2021 “As President-elect Joseph Biden is sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States, the U.S. Apple Association looks forward to working with the Biden Administration on our top advocacy priorities. We applaud the Biden team for meetings with USApple and other … Continued