Trade, labor and the farm bill

Workers prune Kanzi apple trees at the Mt. View Orchard, East Wenatchee, Wash., on March 13. The same day, growers lobbied members of Congress regarding trade, labor and the Farm Bill.

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Seven young members of the Washington apple industry lobbied members of Congress about tariffs, the new trade treaty with Mexico and Canada, labor and other issues during the U.S. Apple Association’s annual Capitol Hill Day on March 13.

The group met with Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and six other members of Congress. Impacts of trade and tariffs, labor shortages and congressional approval of the new U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement were the top items discussed.

“It was a privilege and honor to join with other young apple advocates from our state and across the country to represent the apple industry,” said Garrett Joeckel, of CMI Orchards, Wenatchee.

The other six were: Toni Lynn Adams, Washington Apple Commission; Nicole Gordy, Sage Fruit Co.; Logan Janin, Taggares Fruit Co.; Tyler Monson, Monson Fruit Co.; Aylin Moreno, McDougall & Sons; and Marianne Plath, Washington Fruit & Produce.

“Voicing our needs was an incredibly rewarding experience and encouraged me to become more involved in our industry,” Moreno said.

U.S. Apple Association’s Young Apple Leaders program is sponsored by industry organizations and businesses.

— Dan Wheat

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