Press Releases

Washington Apples Expecting Lighter Crop Volume

In early August, the first estimate for the Washington apple crop predicted a crop volume of 134 million boxes (40 lb.), on par with the previous season of 133 million boxes. Since the time of the initial estimate, extreme windstorms, wildfires on the West Coast, and more accurate reporting of crop load on the trees as harvest progressed, suggest a lighter total crop volume for the 2020-21 apple harvest. Over… read more

Board Meeting 5-21-2020

Due to COVID-19, the Washington Apple Commission May 21st, 2020 Board of Director’s Meeting will be held via Zoom video conference call.

Washington Apple Commission March 26th Board of Director’s Meeting

Due to COVID-19 and Governor’s Proclamation, the March 26th Washington Apple Commission Board Meeting at 10:00 AM will be held via Zoom conference call. Members of the public and media may access the conference call with the below call-in information:
ZOOM
Time: Mar 26, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Dial-In: +1 253 215-8782
Meeting ID: 668 762 060

Washington Apples License Plate Proposed

[WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, DEC 11] The Washington Apple Commission is proposing a new Washington specialty license plate to celebrate Washington apples, the state’s leading agricultural commodity and support the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF).

WASHINGTON APPLE WEEK: FROM OUR TREES TO YOUR TABLE

[WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, NOV. 25] The Washington Apple Commission is launching the first worldwide Washington Apple Week Dec 1st-6th, celebrating the high-quality apples grown in the state. The global celebration across 14 countries will feature the exclusive campaign “From Our Trees to Your Table”, focusing on telling the story of Washington apple growers.

WASHINGTON APPLES ANNOUNCE NEW VIDEO SERIES

A new video series from the Washington Apple Commission shares an inside look at the Washington apple industry to educate consumers, international trade and retailers.

2019-20 Washington Apple Crop Estimate Announced

[WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, AUG. 7] – Washington apple growers have reported the first crop estimate for the 2019-20 season. The crop forecast is to be 137 million 40 lb. boxes., an increase of 17.6% from the 2017-18 season and aligning with the volume of the previous two years’ harvests.

Washington Apple Industry Welcomes Removal of Tariffs

[WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, MAY 20] – On Friday, May 17th, the U.S., Canada and Mexico reached an agreement resulting in the removal of steel and aluminum tariffs by the U.S. administration and removal of retaliatory tariffs on imported U.S. goods. The elimination of the 20% duty on apples shipped to Mexico is welcome news to the Washington apple industry. Washington accounts for 90-95% of all U.S apple exports and Mexico is Washington’s #1 export market with 13 million boxes shipped to Mexico annually.

Young Apple Leaders from Washington State Met with Congressional Members on Capitol Hill to Discuss Trade and Labor

[WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, MARCH 26]-Seven Washington individuals travelled to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress on March 13, 2019 to advocate of behalf on the apple industry.

USDA Approves Washington Apple Commission Proposals for $8.4 Million in Trade Mitigation Funds

  [WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, FEB 21] The Washington Apple Commission will be receiving $8,457,600 through the USDA Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) funding program designed to help mitigate the damages from the additional trade tariffs on imports of Washington apples in several key export markets.   The Washington Apple Commission submitted detailed proposals in November 2018, and on January 31st, 2019 received notification that USDA would award $8.4 million to the apple… read more