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Policy Engagement Education Sessions

Policy Engagement Education Sessions   | 

Attendees took a deep dive into key fresh produce policy topics that were front and center in Congressional meetings, during the United Fresh Washington Conference. Attendees heard from policy experts, industry colleagues and legislative staff on the most critical message to take to Capitol Hill and the most effective strategies to engage with our elected leaders on policy issues impacting the fresh produce industry. Each session included interactive peer discussion. 

Road to Success: Infrastructure Legislation Shifting into High Gear
As the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 comes to the House and Senate Floor, there will be no greater time for fresh produce industry supply chain experts to learn ways to maximize the opportunity with new investments in roads, bridges and ports that will help fresh produce move more efficiently in the United States and around the world. Engage with leading infrastructure specialists that can help you deliver messages both here in DC and at home that can help your company operate more efficiently.

Speakers:

  • Peter Friedman, Executive Director, Agriculture Transportation Coalition
  • Max Fisher, Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Economist, National Grain and Feed Association
  • Jason Craig, Director of Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson

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Critical Food Safety Issues Ahead
It’s been more than a decade since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law. However, certain regulatory components including traceability, agricultural water requirements and the farm definition are still outstanding. How will these issues be resolved over the next two years? Other issues will include regulation related to heavy metals and consumer date labeling. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide input to the association on key priorities and strategies to address these and other food safety issues.

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer McEntire, Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, United Fresh

Speakers:

  • Sarah Sorscher, Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs at Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Christian Lovell, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s Office
  • Cheryl Enlow, Vice President of Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Calavo
  • Billy Mitchell, National Farmers Union
  • Mike Taylor

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Beyond the Produce Box: How to Boost Fruits and Vegetables in Nutrition Policy
USDA’s food procurement has historically left most fresh fruits and vegetables on the sideline from its feeding programs. As a result of the economic fallout of COVID-19, the produce box program unlocked the potential of the existing fresh produce supply chain to get produce to those in need. Join us as we discuss the lessons learned from the box program and how to advocate for USDA procurement programs that better prioritize a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Moderator: Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director, Nutrition Policy, United Fresh

Speakers:

  • Jack Baran, Business Development Non-Traditional Channels, Ole Tyme Produce Inc.
  • Rayne Thompson, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, Sunkist
  • Sam Chasin, Senior Manager for Youth Development Partnerships & Policy, YMCA of the USA
  • Trevor Moe, Senior Director, Partnership Development, Save the Children

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4. Can We Push Workforce Modernization and Immigration Reform Over the Finish Line?
As bipartisan Senate negotiations begin on how to address agriculture’s labor challenges, learn who in the Senate is involved in those efforts and what you can do to lead in this crucial effort. Agriculture immigration reform is being considered both as standalone legislation, and as part of a larger package of reform. Now is the time to make our collective voices heard.

Speakers:

  • Kristi Boswell, Counsel in the Legislative & Public Policy Group, Alston & Bird
  • Jon Baselice, Vice President of Immigration Policy, Chamber of Commerce
  • Lynn Jacquez, Principal, CJ Lake LLC
  • Layla Soberanis, Senior Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union

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For questions on the Washington Conference, contact Angela Tiwari, United Fresh Director, Grassroots & Political Action, at 202-303-3416.