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The Washington Conference

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September 12-14, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

The Washington Conference is the industry’s annual gathering for strategic, face-to-face dialogue with key members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials. Attendees engage in education sessions with top policy experts on the issues of the day. The event also includes various networking activities with fellow industry leaders and the Rising Leaders program for high-potential industry employees.

We are witnessing the most unprecedented presidential battle in decades. This is directly impacting congressional races throughout the country, leaving the control of both the House and Senate unsettled for both parties. Never has there been a more critical time for the produce industry to come together in Washington, D.C. – Sign up today!

Hear What People Are Saying

We all attend a number of events throughout the year. However, the Washington Conference is the only platform in which we discuss policy in depth and can bring our message directly to members of Congress. We can express the critical nature of their vote and how their decisions directly impact the future of the fresh produce industry”
– Jose Rossignoli, General Manager, Tropical Category, Robinson Fresh

“My staff that attended the Rising Leader Seminar last past years grew  with this program, expanded their personal industry network at an accelerated pace and felt a measure of pride to be involved in such a unique experience. They were exposed to the broader issues facing our industry and introduced to the inner workings of the legislative process. Each of them returned grateful and motivated to help move the industry forward. I hope to hear the same enthusiastic testimony from the staff that you bring this fall and hope you experience the same organizational developmental and retention benefits.”
- Brian Kocher, Chief Operating Officer, Castellini Company LLC

March on Capitol Hill

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U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Congressional Meetings
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We are witnessing the most unprecedented presidential battle in decades. This is directly impacting congressional races throughout the country, leaving the control of both the House and Senate unsettled for both parties. Never has there been a more critical time for the produce industry to come together in Washington, D.C. to meet face to face with Members of Congress during our March on Capitol Hill. 

Be part of the conversation and show Congress how strong our industry voice can during ONE focused afternoon of strategic meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. This is your chance to make sure our elected officials hear YOUR voice on the issues that affect your business and our industry.

Discuss the issues critical impacting your business and share your personal experience of how Congress’s actions directly affect you and the produce industry overall. 

ISSUES | Food Safety | Taxes | Appropriations | Water | Food labeling | GMO  | Impact of Media and Social Media on the Industry and/or Politics | Organics | Environmental Regulations and Consumer Perceptions | Immigration Need for DOL to Fix H2A | Transportation | Nutrition | Appropriations | Trade

Schedule of Events

1409080266_editMonday, September 12

All Day Volunteer Leadership Meetings
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
Noon – 4:30 pm Rising Leaders Program (Day 1)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Allied Association Chairmen Roundtable
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Opening Reception at The National Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, September 13

7:00 am – 7:00 pm Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Breakfast & General Session
9:45 am – 11:45 am Connecting Policy Issues to Your Business Education Sessions
Noon – 1:30 pm General Session Luncheon
 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm March on Capitol Hill
U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Congressional Meetings
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm United FreshPAC Presidential Election Party* (Separately Ticketed Event)

Wednesday, September 14

7:30 am – 10:00 am Registration Open
8:00 am – 10:00 am General Session Breakfast
  End of Conference
10:30 am – 1:30 am Rising Leader Program (Day 2)

 

Schedule subject to change.

Hotel & Travel

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The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is the event location for the United Fresh Washington Conference.  The Hyatt is offering a discounted group rate of $289 for conference attendees while supplies last, if booked by Friday, August 12, 2016. We recommend securing your housing as soon as possible. Please click here to reserve your hotel room, or contact the hotel directly at 1-888-421-1442.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-1234 or 1-888-421-1442

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is located 4.6 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Alternatively Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 27.6 miles and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is 31.7 respectively. A variety of ground transportation options are available at the airports.

 

Volunteer Leadership Meetings

United Fresh Produce Association is led by more than 450 individuals currently serving in elected or appointed positions of leadership. These volunteer leaders represent our member companies throughout the entire produce supply chain from farm to table. Attendees are welcome to observe market segment boards and expert policy council meetings.

Market Segment Boards and Expert Policy Councils

Sponsors

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

Platinum Level 

Apio-Color-Logo     Blue Book Services      Chiquita.Brands.Internation      TWC-Del-Monte-Fresh      TWC-FourSeasonsFamilyofComp                        
meister       Produce-Business       ProdProc_web      TWC-TA      
Produce-News       WonderfulCitrus

Gold Level

TWC-Baldor       FGS       TWC-GrimmwayEnterprise
TWC-Manns       Packer

 

Silver Level

ALC-ALCLogistics-Logos      TWC-CalGiantBerry         CHEP_LogoTreatment_2015_0507(WhiteBG)         Frontera            
IFCOGlobal       Monsanto        TWC-Robinson-Fresh      WP_RAWL

Bronze Level

cabbage           caito-foods-logo           FoxPackaging_CMYK          J&D Logo Approved PNG          L & M Company Logo                   
FF---mucci_logo          NorthBay-Produce-Logo          Pear-Bureau-NW        Produce Careers Logo New 2014          
VolmCompaniesLogo          Westlake-Always-Fresh

For more information on the Washington Conference, contact Angela Tiwari, Director of Grassroots and Political Action, at 202.303.3416.