USApple Board at White House to Discuss Trade, Ag Labor

March 16, 2023 US Apple Association

The U.S. Apple Association’s Board of Directors met this morning with White House policy staff at the White House to discuss critical issues impacting the apple industry. Sixteen USApple board members from across the country met with Joan Hurst, director for agricultural affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Kelliann Blazek, special assistant to the president for agriculture and rural policy. The loss of exports, agriculture labor, and renewal of the farm bill were top of discussion.

USApple, Congressional Leaders Make One Last Push for Ag Labor Reform

December 16, 2022 USApple

USApple President & CEO Jim Bair today joined Sen. Mike Bennet (D-Colo), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and agriculture stakeholders in support of the Affordable and Secure Food Act (ASFA) introduced today by Senator Bennet.

USApple Remarks Urging Senate to Pass Labor Reform

November 17, 2022 US Apple Association

The following remarks were made by USApple President & CEO Jim Bair today at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Bair joined other agriculture industry leaders, congressional members and farmers from across the nation urging the Senate to act immediately on labor reform legislation. More than 150 farmers, farm leaders and farm business owners are in Washington, D.C. the next two days meeting with lawmakers urging their support.

USApple Sees Drastic Loss in Apple Exports to SE Asia as Chinese New Year Begins

February 3, 2022 USApple

The U.S. Apple Association today said apple exports to Southeast Asia have declined by 40% in the last three years. The drastic drop in exports is especially being felt as Chinese New Year (Feb. 1) gets underway. The holiday helped secure a large market for the U.S. apple industry prior to a series of retaliatory tariffs imposed by China. USApple is calling on the Biden Administration to eliminate Sec. 232 and 301 tariffs on Chinese products so that China in turn will drop its retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products including apples.