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SEPTEMBER 21-25, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

The United Fresh Washington Conference will bring the industry together virtually this fall to shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact your business.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Noon – 1:00 pm EDT Volunteer Leader Meetings
  • Finance & Business Management Council
  • Government Relations Council
  • International Advisory Board
  • Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council
  • Supply Chain Logistics Council
Noon – 4:00 pm EDT Food Safety Council Meeting
6:00 – 7:00 pm EDT Volunteer Leaders and Government Relations Community Networking Event
Hosted by the United Fresh Government Relations Council

All members who serve on a United Fresh volunteer board, council or committee are invited to come together for conversation and networking. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Noon – 1:00 pm EDT Opening General Session – Advocating for the Fresh Produce Industry
In March when COVID-19 shut down our nation, United Fresh worked to drive new solutions to help the fresh produce industry keep the supply chain moving, and find financial relief for companies devastated by the crisis. Today, the produce industry is never more instrumental in feeding the world, and more than $4.5 billion in government funding has been invested in supporting our industry. Join us as we share how our work together continues to serve consumers and the industry in our most trying times.

Invited Speaker: USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT Grower-Shipper Board Meeting
3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT Education Sessions

Advocacy in a Virtual Environment 
Just like your own business, our work in Washington DC doesn’t stop just because we’re not in person. COVID-19 has created challenges with advocacy but also unique opportunities to engage with elected leaders in a virtual setting. Congressional meetings, committee hearings, and constituent engagement have all been reframed to allow for education and advocacy in a new way. Learn from experts on effective ways to create productive sessions with elected leaders and administration officials. Discover how to bring these officials into your operations and build a positive education opportunity in real time 365 days a year.

Speakers:

  • Dana Brennan, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, Grimmway Enterprises, Inc
  • Alex DiNovo, President & COO, DNO Produce
  • Kim Durcho, Vice President, BIPAC
  • Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director, Nutrition Policy, United Fresh Produce Association

What We Can Learn from Other Food Sectors
While we’re all tackling the fresh produce industry’s challenges, what can we learn from other sectors? Let’s visit with other food sectors to understand how they are managing their supply chain from the initial chaos of a nationwide shutdown to the “new normal” as the country begins to slowly open back up.

Speaker: David Carlin, Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy, International Dairy Foods Association

4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

Rising Leaders Meet Up: Leaning Into 2020

Are you a “rising leader” in our industry? This is your chance to connect with your peers to talk about the issues most important to you.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Noon – 1:00 pm EDT Election 2020 LIVE! General Session
“With only weeks remaining until the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, join us for a lively dialogue between parties. We’ll hear from both the Trump and Biden campaigns who will share their outlook of what 2021 would look like under their administrations. Then our favorite pollster Frank Luntz shares his insights into how the election is likely to unfold.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Frank Luntz, Political Analyst
  • President Donald Trump Campaign Representative
  • Vice President Joe Biden Campaign Representative 
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT Fresh-Cut Processor Board Meeting
3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT Education Sessions

What’s the Future of Federal Nutrition Programs?
This impactful session focuses on how schools are adapting their eating environments during the COVID-19 pandemic, how our industry can sustain the gains of fresh produce consumption in nutrition programs in the age of COVID, whether school salad bars can ever come back, and whether COVID-19 might actually lead to new importance for fresh produce in federal nutrition programs.

Speakers

  • Jacqlyn Schnieder, Deputy Chief of Staff, Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Katie Wilson, Executive Director, Urban School Food Alliance

Managing Workforce Challenges in a COVID-19 Environment
The produce industry faces challenges in workforce availability, worker safety, and increased government requirements at the federal, state, and local levels. This session will highlight the most successful tools industry leaders have used during the pandemic and how we can continue to create a safe and stable work environment.

Speakers:

  • Jon DeVaney, President, Washington State Tree Fruit Association
  • Toby Purse, Chief Farm Officer, Lipman Family Farms
6:00 – 7:00 pm EDT Election Night Celebration Networking Event
It’s not quite November 3, but we’re having our own election night party. We’ll take some time for you to debate the issues and who should be our next President. Then, it’s time for the vote — who does the produce industry support in the big election?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Noon – 1:00 pm EDT General Session – A Bi-Partisan Approach to Governing
Is anyone in Washington, DC listening to America as we call for cooperation and collaboration to serve the entire country, not just our polarized extremes? In this surprising session, learn how COVID-19 has positively impacted relationships between some Members of Congress. Our Congressional panel will share lessons that may help lead to a more bipartisan Congress in 2021 and beyond.

Speakers:

  • Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
  • Representative Rodney Davis (IL-13)
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT Wholesaler Distributor Meeting
3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT Education Sessions

International Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
COVID-19 is a global crisis, affecting produce industry members around the world. Learn from key international companies how agriculture and food systems in their countries have addressed COVID-19 and how it has impacted global trade.

Speakers:

  • Montserrat Duarte, CEO, Agros Produce 
  • Eric Olafson, Director, Global Trade & Business Development, Port Miami 
  • Matias Pinto Pimentel, Head of Economic Department/Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Chile 
  • Viviane Schappo, Senior Director, Supplier Latam, Apeel 

Partnership with FDA and the Fresh Produce Industry  
The fresh produce industry and the FDA have a unique and critical relationship that should be celebrated. Working together, we continually learn about best practices to reduce risk, improve traceability, and mitigate impact when the unthinkable, but inevitable, happens. Learn about the crucial relationship FDA has with our industry around creating guidance, understanding FSMA regulations, addressing outbreak investigations, and navigating the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker: Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, FDA

4:00 – 6:00 pm EDT Virtual March on Capitol Hill
Join industry colleagues, virtually, for engaging congressional meetings. United Fresh will pair constituents with congressional offices to address the latest COVID-19 policy topics while Congress is in session.

Friday, September 25, 2020

10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT Virtual March on Capitol Hill (continued)
Join industry colleagues, virtually, for engaging congressional meetings. United Fresh will pair constituents with congressional offices to address the latest COVID-19 policy topics while Congress is in session.

September 27 – October 2, 2020

10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT Virtual March on Capitol Hill (continued)
Join industry colleagues, virtually, for engaging congressional meetings. United Fresh will pair constituents with congressional offices to address the latest COVID-19 policy topics while Congress is in session.