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Washington Conference Education

Insider’s View on Key Business Issues in DC
What is Happening Right Now Concurrent Education Sessions
Tuesday, September 19 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Attend any one of our concurrent educational offerings below

Is There a Legislative Solution to the Produce Labor Crisis?
We’ve all heard about it, and now it is time to take action. The fresh fruit and vegetable industry relies now more than ever on migrant labor. But with inaction by Congress, and an Administration keen on enforcement without protections for agriculture, we are in danger of losing our workforce. Hear how immigration reform which protects our current workforce and provides a modern, streamlined, functioning, and more market-oriented system for future guest workers is the only solution to this problem and how best we as an industry can bring about change!

NAFTA Negotiations Are in Full Swing – Implications for the Produce Industry
With consumers demanding year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables of all varieties international trade has become an integral component of our industry toolbox. In September negotiations amongst the NAFTA partners will be in full swing with fruit and vegetables at the center of negotiations for agriculture. It is time to fight to protect fresh fruit and vegetable trade and find win-win-win solutions for everyone involved.

A Nutrition Revolution for Fruits and Vegetables in SNAP
Healthy and nutritious food for students is a no-brainer and the produce industry has made important policy and regulatory steps, shaping federal nutrition policy to drive increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. When it comes to the SNAP program, we need to ask Congress whether massive federal tax money should be spent randomly on any foods without regard to health or program cost efficiency, or whether those resources should be invested in healthier foods. We believe the 2018 Farm Bill debate on SNAP can be turning point in how we think about this program. This debate will set the stage for long-term consideration of moving SNAP toward a public health nutrition program to better serve the people who need it most, and better allocated federal resources.

Can Congress Develop a Tax Code that Drives Economic Growth?
While tax policy might not seem like the most interesting topic, it sure can have a profound impact on businesses from small family operations to large international corporations. There are many concepts in tax reform that are quite favorable such as elimination of the estate tax, reduction in corporate tax rates, and immediate expensing of assets. However, some proposals could have an unforeseen impact on the food and agriculture sector and could outweigh gains with overall tax reform. Policymakers need to know that, in order for America’s fruit and vegetable providers to be competitive in the marketplace, when it comes to tax policy, they need to focus on lowering punitively high tax rates and simply our nation’s tax code. America’s businessmen and women need a tax system that promotes business growth and innovation, rather than making it harder for them to make sure America has an ample supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Crafting Our Message for Capitol Hill
Tuesday, September 19 | 11:15 am – Noon

Prepare to Bring a Strong Message to Capitol Hill. Tom Stenzel, President & CEO; Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy; Dr. Jennifer McEntire, Vice President, Food Safety & Technology and Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director of Nutrition Policy of your United Fresh team will address attendees and prepare to deliver a clear message to Capitol Hill.

Never has there been a more critical time for the produce industry to come together in Washington, D.C. to experience the Power of Fresh. REGISTER TODAY!

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