The U.S. Apple Association today announced that Christopher Gerlach will join the organization as Director of Industry Analytics. Gerlach has a wealth of experience in public policy research and economic analysis for large, mission-driven organizations.
The United States and China signed a trade agreement today that should improve access for U.S. fruit and vegetable exporters. Overall, China agreed to buy $200 billion worth of U.S. exports in the first two years of this first phase of the deal.
While not all growers export, trade is critical to the future of the entire industry. If those apples don’t find homes overseas they flood the domestic market, leading to supply issues that impact everyone’s bottom line.
U.S. apple growers are bracing for another round of retaliatory tariffs from China, the U.S. Apple Association said Aug 28.. The country has said it will begin unleashing new tariffs on a wide range of U.S. goods, including an additional 10 percent on apples for a total of 60 percent, beginning Sept. 1.
Free, fair and reciprocal trade for U.S. agriculture was the resounding message from Agriculture Under Secretary Ted McKinney at the U.S. Apple Association’s 2019 Outlook and Marketing Conference in Chicago. McKinney spoke at the 124th annual meeting of apple growers and businesses about the importance of a “two-way street” in trading partnerships.