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Schedule of Events

All events will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington unless otherwise noted.

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Monday, September 20, 2021

8:00 am – Noon Mount Vernon Guided Tour
Separately Ticketed Event
Step back in time and experience a private tour of Mount Vernon, the historic home of America’s first president, George Washington. There is so much to see including the historic mansion, farm, lush gardens, intriguing museum and galleries. All just a short drive from Washington, DC. Transportation is provided. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Transportation sponsored by The Packer
9:00 am – Noon

Government Relations Council Meeting
Independence Ballroom BCD

Sponsored by North Bay Produce

10:00 am – Noon Volunteer Leadership Meetings
  • Supply Chain Logistics Council Meeting, sponsored by Laws Logistics
    Independence E

  • Finance & Business Management Council Meeting
    Washington Boardroom

  • Fresh-Cut Processor Board Meeting

  • Supply Chain Logistics Council Meeting
    Independence E

  • Grower-Shipper Board Meeting
    Lafayette Park

  • Wholesaler-Distributor Board Meeting
    Independence I

  • Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council Meeting
    Farragut Square

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Produce Advocacy Bootcamp
Independence A

Don’t be intimidated if it’s your first time in Washington! This bootcamp will offer simple and effective strategies to make your voice heard, an in-depth review of key issues and tips on making your week’s congressional meetings both memorable and impactful.

Sponsored by Frontera Produce and Walter P. Rawl and Sons

4:00 – 5:30 pm Volunteer Leader Forum (Invitation Only United Fresh Volunteer Leaders)
Independence Ballroom A

United Fresh Market Segment Boards and Expert Council volunteer leaders will join United Fresh Board Chairman Danny Dumas for a celebration of the role of volunteer leaders in the association, and a look ahead to what’s to come for the new association.

Sponsored by Bayer CropScience
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception
Grand Foyer

United Fresh welcomes attendees to our nation’s capital. It’s a great opportunity to meet and network with your industry friends and partners while enjoying the buzz of Washington.

Sponsored by Abasto, Blue Book Services, BrightFarms, Courchesne Larose USA – Green Earth Produce and Robinson Fresh

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

7:00 – 8:00 am Farmers to Families Coffee Hour Open House (Open to All)

Join fellow Farmers to Families suppliers, contractors, and nonprofit partners in a casual gathering and conversation reflecting on the industry’s contribution in delivering 176 million boxes of food to those in need. We will be joined by AMS Administrator Bruce Summers.

8:00 – 9:30 am

Opening General Session Breakfast
Independence A

Keynote Speaker: USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt

Kick off our first general session with some of the most important players for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. Key leaders will address issues and opportunities affecting our industry and share their own perspectives on how the fruit and vegetable industry can work with Congress and the Administration to reach our next milestones in building a stronger industry.

The session will conclude with the presentation of the United Fresh Produce Advocate of the Year Award. Each year, United Fresh recognizes an organization that has gone above and beyond in advocacy on behalf of the fresh produce industry. Join us in celebrating this year’s award winner!

Keynote Speaker: USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt

Sponsored by Bolthouse Farms

9:45 – 11:15 am Policy Engagement Education Sessions
Take a deep dive on the key topics impacting the fresh produce industry in our nation’s capital. Hear 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.

Sessions include:
9:45 – 11:15 am Allied Association Roundtable (Invitation Only)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm

General Session Luncheon
Independence A

Keynote Speaker: Cedric Richmond, Senior Adviser to President Biden and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement 

Attendees reconvene for this luncheon session with key Congressional leaders who are shaping our industry’s future. Hear about the major legislative initiatives that will be front and center when the produce industry comes to town this September.

Sponsored by American Packaging Corporation

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Congressional Connections
Your opportunity to deliver a powerful message to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact your business. Attendees will engage in strategic, dialogue with key members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials, Share our industry’s message and educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of the full supply chain of fresh fruits and vegetables and the sector’s impact on jobs, growth and consumer demand.

Sponsored by Taylor Farms, Torrey Farms and Paul Marshall Produce

Transportation sponsored by The Packer

6:00 – 8:30 pm

United FreshPAC Reception & Dinner (Separately Ticketed Event)
Rooftop Terrace of Charlie Palmer Steak

Cooking for The President with White House Chef Marti Mongiello
Experience a spectacular evening overlooking the Nation’s Capital with like-minded peers in support of the United FreshPAC. This annual reception and dinner honors those industry members who have made a personal commitment to strengthen our industry by giving back financially. To learn more about United FreshPAC, contact Angela Tiwari.

Sponsored by Bowery Farms, D’Arrigo Brothers NY, Driscolls, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc., Frey Farms and Grimmway

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 am

General Session Breakfast 
Independence A

Hear from pivotal policymakers whose decisions today will affect the fresh fruit and vegetable industry tomorrow.

Keynote Speaker: Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

We’ll also recognize the recipients of the 2021 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships, celebrate the graduation of Class 25 and introduce Class 26 of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program.

Sponsored by Dole Food Company and The Produce News

Morning/Early afternoon Congressional Connections
You are the Power of Fresh! Share personal testimony of how actions taken in Washington directly affect you, your community and the entire produce industry.
1:00 – 5:00 pm United Fresh Board of Directors Meeting (Invitation Only)

Sponsored by Pairwise
6:00 – 8:00 pm United Fresh Board of Directors Dinner (Invitation Only)

Sponsored by FMC

Post Washington Conference

           Virtual Congressional Connections

Keep the conversation going after attending the Washington Conference by participating in virtual conversations with Members of Congress, regulatory officials and the Administration that are exclusively available to Washington Conference registrants. See our Congressional Connections page for more details.

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