According to USApple, approximately 95 percent of U.S. apple sales are made between packer/shippers and large supermarket chains, but data from these sales were not captured by USDA and therefore were not included in the CFAP analysis. USApple’s data further demonstrates:
- Shipping volumes in the study period declined 24 percent.
- Stocks on hand are 15 percent larger than the previous record, and 26 percent above the five-year average.
- With less than two months until the new crop harvest, a record-setting 19 percent of the 2019 crop remains to be marketed.
“These data overwhelmingly make the case that apple growers meet USDA’s criteria for the direct financial support intended by Congress,” said Bair. “But, as of June 15, of the total $2.9 billion USDA has sent to more than 220,000 farmers, so far as we are aware, none has gone to an apple grower.”
Groups that joined USApple on the letter include California Apple Commission, Michigan Apple Committee, Midwest Apple Improvement Association, New England Apple Association, New York Apple Association, North Carolina Apple Growers Association, Northwest Horticultural Council, Pennsylvania Apple Program, Washington Apple Commission, Washington State Tree Fruit Association and Wisconsin Apple Growers Association.