As part of the U.S. Apple Association (USApple) annual fly-in, 17 accomplished and aspiring Young Apple Leaders were selected by the organization to represent the industry and meet one-on-one with members of Congress to discuss hard-hitting issues affecting the future of agriculture, the food supply, and our nation’s health.
Joined by another 60 apples growers, the group descended on Capitol Hill on March 23, 2017 and asked Congress to consider the most important issues impacting their profession, their local family business, and their role in sustaining future food supply. The issues discussed at length were agriculture labor reform, NAFTA, the USDA Market Access Program, the Farm Bill, and research initiatives.
“With a new President and a new Congress, now is a critical time to advocate for the apple industry,” said Jim Bair, President and CEO of USApple. “We thank the Young Apple Leaders for adding a leadership voice to our message and being a part of the solution. It is appreciated.”