- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York apple growers expect to benefit after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reached agreement with China to allow all U.S. grown apples access to the Chinese market.

The agreement was announced Monday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He said the apple industry expects exports to China to reach 5 million bushels annually.

Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, says New York growers aren’t likely to start shipping apples to China anytime soon because of high transportation costs. But Washington state, which produces 70 percent of U.S. apples, will increase exports. Allen says every Washington apple sold to China is one that’s not sold on the East Coast.

Allen says Washington exports 40 million bushels of apples a year, which is 10 million more than New York grows.

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