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Washington Public Policy Conference Education


Advocacy & Grassroots Seminar
Featuring: Lessons from the Advocates Panel
Fresh Impact: Next Generation Panel
Connecting Policy Issues to Your Business Sessions
Forum at U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Advocacy & Grassroots Seminar

Monday, September 30, 2013 * 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn simple and effective strategies to strengthen our produce industry's voice from grassroots expert. This seminar will help make you a better advocate, offering insights into the thinking of elected officials and tips on how to make your messages memorable. You'll learn what motivates elected officials, top techniques for effective communication and the "secrets" of working with congressional staff.

Produce Industry Leaders Roundtable: Advocacy in Action

Monday, September 30, 2013 * 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Join four true industry leaders that have been the driving forces for grassroots activities and interactions with government. These Past United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year recipients will share their keys to success in produce business advocacy.

Moderator: Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association

Jim Lemke
Senior Vice President, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Bob Morrissey
Executive Director, National Watermelon Association, Inc.

Charles Wingard
Director of Field Operations, Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.

Fresh Impact: Next Generation Panel

Monday, September 30, 2013 * 4:15pm - 5:00pm

Key rising staff from congressional offices, congressional committees and the Administration will provide critical information and analysis to policymakers and address the issues that mean the most to your business' bottom line. This is your chance to raise our industry's issues with these influential leaders and get their inside perspectives on how ag policy is made in Washington.

Moderator: Tyson Redpath, Senior Vice President, The Russell Group, Legislative Counsel to United Fresh Produce Association

Anne Cannon MacMillan
Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Tom Vilsack at the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Kate Woods
Legislative Director, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)

Rachel McLocklin
Agriculture Legislative Assistant, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Donald Grady
Immigration LA, Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)

Andrew Vlasaty
Minority Senior Professional Staff Member, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, U.S. Senate

Matthew Mika
Director, Government Relations, Tyson Foods, Inc.

Connecting Policy Issues to Your Business Sessions

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 * 9:45am - Noon

Tuesday morning’s three education tracks will focus on the top issues and opportunities facing your business. Engage with leading authorities that will specifically address your business needs. Additionally, each of these enlightening sessions’ will be joined by your United Fresh policy experts to discuss the critical policy issues we’ll be advocating for during our meetings with Congress.

Managing Labor Issues in Your Business

The Critical Need for Immigration Reform
No political issue has been more controversial and yet there iswidespread agreement that our nation’s current immigration system is broken. Find out how immigration reform can help America’s economy and your business.

What Do You Do Now? E-Verify, H2A?
Hear your counterparts in the industry share their stories of what has worked and has not worked for them as they strive to maintain a skilled, dedicated workforce.

How Will Changing Healthcare Laws Affect You?
The announcement of delays to implementation of the Affordable Care Act provide additional time for clarification of the law’s impact. Hear expert information about what we know and don’t know about how this sweeping reform will affect your business.

Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association

Bill L Brim, President, Lewis Taylor Farms, Inc.
Brendan Comito, Chief Operations Officer, Capital City Fruit Company, Inc.
Christopher E. Condeluci, Of Counsel, Venable LLP
Sarah Frey-Talley, President, Frey Produce
Loretta Radanovic, Vice President, Finance, Four Seasons Family of Companies

Addressing Food Safety Challenges Today and Tomorrow

Managing Recalls to Minimize Business Impact
Managing risk has never been more important for produce industry companies in today’s environment. Learn how a recall can impact your business and why you need to be prepared now! In this session, panelists will focus on how to be prepared for a recall and how United Fresh’s Recall Ready Program can assist!

Challenges to Importers/Exporters in Today’s Food Safety Climate
Hear how inadequate Federal resources at our nation’s ports, combined with changing inspection and examination procedures can significantly impact food safety considerations for product being shipped in and out of the country.

FDA Proposed Rules: Industry Response & What’s Next?
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is set to a have a profound impact on the produce industry. Now that all four proposed rules have been released, this session will focus primarily on what United Fresh has heard from its members and how United plans to address FSMA in their overall comments to FDA.

David Gombas, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Food Safety & Technology, United Fresh Produce Association

Jan Berk, Vice President, San Miguel Produce, Inc.
David Durkin, Principal, OFW Law, Legal Counsel to United Fresh
Stuart Jablon, Vice President, Operations, Dole Fresh Fruit, Inc.
Bruce McEvoy, Director of Global Affairs, Seald-Sweet LLC/UNIVEG Group
Bob Mills, Member, United Fresh Produce Association Food Safety & Technology Council
Bill Pool, Manager, Produce Safety, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Walter Ram, Vice President of Food Safety, The Giumarra Companies
Lisa Watson, Principal, Watson Green LLC

Growing Kids' Consumption; Growing New Consumers

School Policy Changes = Growth Opportunity for Produce
Increasing students’ fruit and vegetable consumption is a national priority and new federal nutrition standards are already improving the school food environment. Discover how healthier school breakfasts, Smart Snacks in Schools, and wellness policies will create new sales opportunities for fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, including breakfast in the classroom, a la carte, school vending machines, snack bars, and classroom parties.

Creating a WIN- WIN with School Salad Bars
The growth opportunity for produce gets bigger every year as Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools transforms the school cafeteria and puts fresh fruits and vegetables center stage.

The Role of Retail
Learn how the emphasis on more fresh produce in schools and changing community norms are translating into produce sales at retail and opportunities for collaboration with schools.

Lorelei DiSogra, Ed.D, R.D., Vice President, Nutrition & Health, United Fresh Produce Association

Marla Caplon, Director of Child Nutrition, Montgomery County School District, Rockville, Maryland
Dionysios Christou, Vice President, Marketing N.A., Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc. Del Monte
Sean Leer, Vice President, Gold Star Foods
Phil Muir, President and CEO, Muir Copper Canyon Farms
Jessica Shelly , MBA, REHS, RS, Food Services Director, Cincinnati Public Schools

Forum at U.S. Food and Drug Administration

On Wednesday, October 2, conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet with FDA officials and ask questions on how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other regulatory issues are impacting their produce operations. With the new comment period on the FSMA Rules closing this November, you will have the perfect opportunity to have an honest discussion with top FDA officials face-to-face! You'll also hear about border security topics such as the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), the status of FDA user fees and much more!

United Fresh Produce Association
1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
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Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202 303 3400
Fax: 202 303 3433