WASHINGTON - A provision in the U.S. Farm Bill allows apple exports from U.S. to Canada to now move at a swifter and more cost efficient pace.
A press release says U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY21) worked to exempt bulk shipments of U.S. apples to Canada from inspection required under the Apple Export Act. This is saving apple growers up to $300 per truckload and allowing growers to create their own distribution schedules.
"New York State is home to some of the world's finest apples and hardest working growers," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "But this costly inspection was hurting our growers and holding our economy back. Now our apples can reach markets faster, help New York's apple growers cut costs, and help our economy grow."
New York is the second highest producer of apples, producing 30 million bushels each year. Washington produces the highest in the U.S.
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