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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!

Julie Manes, Director of Government Relations, United Fresh Produce Association

Stephanie Gadbois, Republican Senior Counsel, House Judiciary Committee, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee
Lynn Jacquez, Managing Partner and Principal, CJ Lake, LLC

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.

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

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
Angela Ellard, Staff Director/Chief Trade Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee, Trade Subcommittee


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.

Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director of Nutrition Policy, United Fresh Produce Association


Kellie Adesina, Democratic Senior Counsel, House Agriculture Committee
Kristy Anderson, Senior Government Relations Advisor, American Heart Association
Mike Beal, COO, Balls Food Stores, Hen House Markets, Kansas City, KS


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.

Tyson Redpath, Legislative Counsel, United Fresh Legislative Counsel, The Russell Group

Danielle Beck, Coordinator of Agriculture Tax Policy Coalition and Director of Government Affairs, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Caroline Harris, Chief Tax Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
Aaron Junge, Tax Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee, Tax Policy Subcommittee
Ryan Stroschein, Manager, K·Coe Isom
Patricia Wolff, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation

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

Come together, sit with your March on Capitol Hill teams, and prepare to bring a strong message to Capitol Hill. Chairman of the United Fresh Government Relations Council, Charles Wingard, Director of Field Operations, Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc., as well as United Fresh’s 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, will address attendees and prepare them to deliver a clear message to Capitol Hill.


Administration Briefings and National Arboretum Tour
Wednesday, September 20 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Conclude your 2017 Washington Conference experience with a DC Insider event! Administration briefings will be available at the White House Executive Office Building and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Or, hop on a private tram tour of the U.S. National Arboretum! These events are available on a first-come, first-served basis for all registered Washington Conference attendees.

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.