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Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

The Washington Conference provides you and your industry colleagues the opportunity to deliver a powerful message to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact your business. Don’t leave our industry’s future in someone else’s hands!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

8:30 am – 11:30 am Volunteer Leadership Meetings (various locations)

Grower-Shipper Board  Government Relations Council
Fresh-Cut Processor Board Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council
Wholesaler-Distributor Board Supply Chain Logistics Council
Retail-Foodservice Board Leadership Alumni Board
Finance & Business Management Council  United Fresh Start Foundation Board
8:30 am – 11:30 am Produce Advocacy Bootcamp

Don’t be intimidated if it’s your first time in Washington. This bootcamp will offer simple and effective strategies for getting the produce industry’s voice heard and effective review of key issues and tips on making your message memorable for the week’s congressional meetings.

Noon – 2:00 pm Opening General Session Luncheon
2:00 pm- 5:00 pm They Did What??? Lessons Beyond Produce Forum

Let’s take a break and learn from other industries! Join industry executives, top association CEOs, and government relations leaders from other industries to see how they approach issues in DC. Hear from and ask questions of influential opinion leaders from outside produce and get unique insight.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill Opening Reception

Have you ever seen the impact of sharing the fresh bounty of our industry with Members of Congress and key Congressional staff? Back by popular demand, the freshest reception of the year on Capitol Hill features fresh produce sampling by more than 20 member organizations as we bring the Power of Fresh to our VIP customers in the nation’s capital. Interested in exhibiting

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

8:00 am – 10:00 am Opening General Session Breakfast

Agricultural challenges continue from the need for a stable, legal workforce to expanding fresh produce access for all Americans. We’ll kick off our conference with an invitation to the Administration’s top agricultural official.

10:15 am – 11:45 am Preparing for Our March on Capitol Hill | Breakout Sessions

Following a joint review of key issues for our Congressional visits, attendees can choose a deeper dive on the topics of greatest interest. 

Noon – 1:30 pm General Session Luncheon

As we prepare for Congressional visits this afternoon, we’ll hear from both Republican and Democratic House of Representatives members who provide their take on the broad business of the House today, and how we can maximize our impact on the issues we care about.

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm March on Capitol Hill: U.S. House of Representatives Meetings
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm United FreshPAC Reception & Dinner (Separately Ticketed Event)

Industry leaders come together in this annual advocacy event that raises funds to increase support for key members of Congress, strengthening the produce industry voice on Capitol Hill. To learn more or for more information contact Angela Tiwari atiwari@unitedfresh.org 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

8:00 am – 10:00 am General Session Breakfast
10:00 am – Noon Produce Industry Engagement Meetings Around DC
12:30 – 1:45 pm Capitol Hill Grab and Go Lobby Lunch
U.S. Senate

Come grab a quick ready-made lunch and meet up with your Senate Meeting team. Limited seating available in the room or take your lunch to go.

2:00 – 5:00 pm March on Capitol Hill: U.S. Senate Meetings
6:00 – 8:00 pm United Fresh Board of Directors  and Leadership Alumni 25th Anniversary Celebration (Separately ticketed event)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

8:00 am – 3:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

*Schedule subject to change.

For more information and to get engaged, contact Angela Tiwari, Director of Grassroots and Political Action, at 202.303.3416.