USApple Asking For Removal Of Steel And Aluminum Tariffs

Recently, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office met with counterparts from India to start Ag trade negotiations. USApple said while they appreciate the effort to restart negotiations with one of the largest markets in the world, more needs to be done. USApple President and CEO Jim Bair said India historically is a strong market for American […]

USApple Donates $20K To Help Feed Kids

The U.S. Apple Association, USApple, has donated $20,000 for the School Nutrition Foundation’s “Help Feed School Kids Now!” emergency feeding campaign. USApple’s Tracy Grondine, said every year they give $20,000 to needy schools that support healthy eating initiatives. “This past year we were unable to do it because of COVID. A lot of schools weren’t meeting in person […]

Gerlach Joins USApple

The U.S. Apple Association, better known as USApple, announced Monday that Chris Gerlach will join later this month as the Director of Industry Analytics. Organization officials said Gerlach has a wealth of experience in public policy research and economic analysis for large, mission-driven organizations. He comes to USApple from the International Council of Shopping Centers […]

Apple Industry Asks USDA To Reconsider CFAP Funding

On Tuesday, the U.S. Apple Association, joined by apple organizations across the nation, asked the USDA to reconsider growers for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, funding. According to the groups, USDA’s analysis that determined apple prices and grower eligibility is fatally flawed and does not match the reality of what is happening in the industry. […]

USApples: Ag Workers Should Get Emergency Visa Services

On Wednesday, the U.S. Apple Association joined other national agriculture organizations calling on the State Department to expedite all H2-A and other non-immigrant agricultural worker visas. In a letter to Secretary Mike Pompeo, the Ag Workforce Coalition, (of which USApple is a founding member) called for the State Department to treat all agricultural workers under […]

USApple Kicks Of Apples4Ed Program

The U.S. Apple Association has launched its 2019-20 Apples4Ed initiative.  The grant program supports healthy snacking initiatives in public schools across the United States.  USApple will fund five $4,000 healthy snacking initiatives on campuses in 2020.   The Apples4Ed application can be found at Public schools with students enrolled in any grade from Kindergarten through 12th […]

USApple Rolls Out New Logo

On Tuesday, the U.S. Apple Association unveiled a new logo.  The new logo direction is inspired by the next generation of leaders in the apple industry and embraces a fresh, organic feel with a minimalist design approach, according to USApple.  The shape of the logo mark is an abstract representation of an apple, but it […]

Mathison Named Apple Man Of The Year

Last week, Stemilt’s president, West Mathison was awarded 2019 Apple Man of the Year during the USApple Association’s Conference in Chicago.  USApple says Mathison was chosen for his work introducing new and modern varieties to the apple industry, including Pinata®, SweeTango® and the company’s newest apple, Rave®.   Mathison has been president of Stemilt since […]

McKinney to USApple: Trade Must be “Free, Fair and Reciprocal”

 During the 124th annual meeting of apple growers in Chicago, USDA undersecretary Ted McKinney said trade must be free, fair and reciprocal trade for American Ag.  McKinney told growers and business owners about the importance of a “two-way street” in trading partnerships.   “We want to get trade on a balanced and level field,” said […]

USApple: Apple Exports Down Nearly 30%

According to the U.S. Apple Association, apple exports dropped 27% from 2017 to 2018.  That announcement came Thursday during the organization’s annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference in Chicago.   USApple officials said due to growing trade tensions and escalating tariffs from top export countries, the overall farm gate income for U.S. apple growers fell […]