Following a Turbulent Year, the Apple Industry Looks to Rebound, Says USApple

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

USApple Donates to Emergency Feeding Program for School Kids

Falls Church, Va. (October 27, 2019)—The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) today announced it has donated funding from its grant program, Apples4Ed, to the School Nutrition Foundation’s “Help Feed School Kids Now!” emergency feeding campaign. The $20,000 donation will aid SNF’s frontline work to ensure that students who depend on the National School Lunch Program do … Continued

USApple Passes Gavel to New Board Chair

Falls Church, Va. (Sept. 10, 2019) —The U.S. Apple Association has named a new chair to lead its board of directors. Mike Preacher, a marketing executive for one of the country’s leading fruit grower and shipping companies, will serve the 2020-21 term. Preacher is the marketing director of Domex Superfresh Growers, a fifth-generation, family-owned, agricultural company … Continued

Following a Turbulent Year, the Apple Industry Looks to Rebound, Says USApple

Falls Church, Va. (August 21, 2020)—Following a shaky year, including COVID-19 market losses, the apple industry is cautiously optimistic, said U.S. Apple Association President and CEO Jim Bair today at the industry’s 125th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. The virtual two-day meeting showcased growers, apple business leaders, and diverse speakers and topics, including Bair’s State of … Continued