USApple is a founding member of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, which has successfully advocated for specialty crop provisions starting with the 2008 Farm Bill.
Specialty crop programs have proven critical to the health and growth of the apple industry. A $5.7 million multi-year, multi-institution grant awarded under the Specialty Crop Research Initiative to fight the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug saved the industry an estimated $400 million in potential losses.
The industry receives more than $5 million annually under the Market Access Program, which plays a critical role in apple exports. The federal crop insurance program has assisted apple growers in recovering from unexpected weather related losses which are occurring with greater frequency. The fact that approximately 72 percent of the apple crop is insured stands as solid evidence of the importance of crop insurance to apple growers. Other Farm Bill programs have been used for marketing and to advance food safety initiatives.