Beef/Pork Export Struggles and Apples Top Consumed Fruit
**Operators of wineries, apple orchards and farm tourism destinations in the Sierra Nevada foothills are anxiously trying to gauge impacts of the ongoing Caldor Fire in California’s El Dorado County.
Still largely uncontained, the fire has spared farms in the popular Apple Hill region, but has devoured nearby forests, hundreds of structures and closed Highway 50 as the area gears up for tourism season.
**While U.S. beef and pork exports achieve impressive volumes in 2021, port congestion and other shipping obstacles continue to frustrate exporters.
Travis Arp, U.S. Meat Export Federation director of export services, says cargo backlogs are especially problematic on the West Coast, leading some exporters to seek alternative routes when shipping to Asia.
The situation is getting attention in Washington, D.C. where the recently introduced Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 aims at changing practices.
**Apples held the top spot for total fruit consumed in 2019 at more than 25 pounds per person adjusting for losses.
www.agrimarketing.com reports, recent estimates show Americans consumed an average of 1.4 gallons of apple juice, roughly 10 pounds of fresh apples, and a total of 3.3 pounds of canned, dried, and frozen apples in 2019.
Among the top seven fruits in 2019, apples were the only fruit available in all five forms: fresh, canned, frozen, dried, and juice.