Packer Interview - Jim Bair
Jim Bair of U.S. Apple previews the upcoming outlook conference and talks industry priorities. ( The Packer )

Previewing the Aug. 23-24 2018 Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, U.S. Apple Association president Jim Bair talked with The Packer’s editor Tom Karst July 31.

With the retaliatory tariffs in place or planned against U.S. apple exports, Bair said the industry faces new barriers in four of the top six apple export markets. Trade issues will be a topic of discussion at the event, but domestic issues also are front and center, he said.

Bair said the Aug. 23-24 event will feature an address titled “Eating Patterns in America” from Darren Seifer, food and beverage industry analyst for the NPD Group, Inc.

Jon Samson, executive director of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, will talk on trucking and transportation challenges, Bair said.

Bair also talks with Karst on the top priorities for apple growers in Washington, D.C., touching on immigration, the farm bill, and trade.