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 Promotes Mitchell Liwanag to Manager of Environmental Affairs

February 24, 2023 U.S. Apple Association

The U.S. Apple Association today announced the promotion of Mitchell Liwanag to Manager of Environmental Affairs. In his new role, Liwanag will represent USApple in matters concerning the environment, including pesticides, water, energy, climate and stewardship, as well as identify new areas for the organization to engage and participate in the areas of sustainability and the climate.

USApple Announces 2023 NextGen Apple Fellowship Class

February 7, 2023 USApple

The U.S. Apple Association today announced the 2023 class of its emerging leader program, the NextGen Apple Fellowship. Six fellows from across the country have been chosen to participate in the 2023 class. In its second year, the program focuses on providing fellows with professional and leadership development, one-on-one mentoring, hands-on advocacy and community engagement.

Statement by Jim Bair, President & CEO U.S. Apple Association Re: Unfinished Agriculture Labor Reform

December 26, 2022 U.S. Apple Association

“This week the Senate will adjourn without finishing its work. The House twice passed bipartisan legislation to reform our broken agriculture labor system and the Senate failed to act. A good bill passed the House, and a better one was introduced in the Senate. To get right up to the finish line – but not cross it – is a bitter pill to swallow when the bill would have improved the ag workforce picture by every measure.

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.