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
|10:00 am – Noon||Volunteer Leadership Meetings
|1:00 – 3:30 pm||
Produce Advocacy Bootcamp
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 + Corridor B
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||
Sponsored by Abasto, Blue Book Services, BrightFarms, Courchesne Larose USA – Green Earth Produce and Robinson Fresh
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
|7:15 – 7:45 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
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!
|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.
|9:45 – 11:15 am||Allied Association Roundtable (Invitation Only)|
|11:30 am – 1:15 pm||
General Session Luncheon
Sponsored by American Packaging Corporation
|2:00 pm – 5:00 pm||
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)
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
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.