CiderCon® 2021 Will Be a Hybrid Event

By Michelle McGrath | August 7, 2020

Whether we are in Chicago or in our online community, CiderCon 2021 will take place!

Annual Membership Survey Time!

By Michelle McGrath | July 15, 2020

We are working to finish a new strategic plan for the American Cider Association, and it’s very important to us that we hear from America’s cideries. You can be a part of guiding our programming to grow and sustain a diverse and successful cider industry by completing our affiliate membership survey. There are two versions…

6/23/20 Webinar Recording: Intro to Managing Distributor Relationships

By Michelle McGrath | June 30, 2020

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6/18/20 Recorded Webinar of PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates

By Michelle McGrath | June 19, 2020

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Spring 2020 Apple Crop Conditions

By Woodley Smith | June 18, 2020

Written by Greg Peck, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University Gee whiz, 2020, you really have it in for us! In the midst of a global pandemic in mid-May apple growers throughout the Midwest and Eastern US endured several nights of potentially damaging cold temperatures. At our research farms in Ithaca and Lansing, NY we…


By Michelle McGrath | June 12, 2020

We are working to bring our members relevant virtual content during this time. Our webinars are free if viewed live, and they are always accessible to our active members as recordings on our member page after logging in with your account. JUNE 18: New Developments in PPP Loan Forgiveness Speakers: Richard Lyons, Partner and Co-Chair…

By Michelle McGrath | June 10, 2020

The American Cider Association (ACA) has been quiet on social media for the last two weeks. We’ve been listening, learning, and working on a sincere, actionable response. When it comes to standing up for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) we have made critical mistakes in the past and we have done harm with…

Congress Passes PPP Critical Improvements

By Michelle McGrath | June 4, 2020

Today, Congress passed a bill that aims to address concerns over the structure of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program has been a bittersweet solution for cideries who have had to consider laying off staff due to state-mandated tasting room closures. Yes, it provided needed funds to pay employees. But the restrictions on…

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SBA Re-Opens EIDL For Ag Biz Only

By Michelle McGrath | May 4, 2020

When the SBA first started offering Economic Impact Disaster Loans (EIDL) with an associated cash-advance to help counter the impact of the Corona virus on small businesses, farm-based businesses were disqualified from applying. Farming advocates were hopeful that the USDA was going to provide financial relief to those businesses as prescribed by the CARES Act,…

American Cider Association Virtual Listening Tour

By Michelle McGrath | April 21, 2020

Virtual Listening Tour: May 12-15We’re hitting the virtual road! Please join the board of the American Cider Association for a listening tour next month. What you can expect:  Program & resource updates from Executive Director Michelle McGrath, including the legislative & compliance landscape for cider and COVID-19 pandemic updates Virtual Listening Session led by Michelle with your Regional…