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September 21-23, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

The United Fresh 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 – 11:30 am Volunteer Leadership Meetings (various locations)

Grower-Shipper Board  Food Safety & Technology Council [8:30 – 4:00 pm]
Fresh-Cut Processor Board Government Relations Council
Wholesaler-Distributor Board Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council
Retail-Foodservice Board Supply Chain Logistics Council
Finance & Business Management Council  Leadership Alumni Board
  United Fresh Start Foundation Board
8:00 – 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.

11:00 am – Noon Allied Association Roundtable
11:30 am – 5:00 pm Partners & Solutions Center open
Noon – 5:00 pm Venture Beyond the Fresh Produce Aisle
Opening General Session Luncheon & Forum

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 – 7:30 pm Celebrate Fresh Opening Reception on Capitol Hill

The center of the action is at the Rayburn Courtyard in the Rayburn House Office Building for the Celebrate Fresh Opening Reception! Take pride as our industry shares the bounty of our production with leaders on Capitol Hill as we advance our industry’s impact and message forward to key Members of Congress and their staffs. The freshest reception of the year will bring the Power of Fresh to our VIP customers in the nation’s capital. 

New this year, the Opening Reception, which is one of the most talked about events on Capitol Hill, is expanding the impact of our presence on Capitol Hill by combining the networking power of the Opening Reception with the hands-on experience of the Fresh Festival.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

7:00 am – 2:00 pm Partners & Solutions Center open
8:00 – 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.

Keynote Speaker: Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA).

10:15 – 11:45 am Policy Engagement & X-Change Session

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.

Representative James Comer (R-KY)
Representative Glenn GT Thompson (R-PA)

2:00 – 5:00 pm March on Capitol Hill: U.S. House of Representatives Meetings
6:30 – 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 contact Angela Tiwari, Director of Grassroots & Political Action, at 202.303.3416.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:30 am – 10:00 am

Partners & Solutions Center open

8:00 – 10:00 am

General Session Breakfast

Hear U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue address the produce industry’s most pressing issues, from immigration reform and the need for a stable, legal workforce, to expanding fresh produce access for all Americans. 

10:00 am – Noon

Produce Industry Engagement Beyond Capitol Hill

From the White House to Embassy Row, get immersed in policy issues in key offices throughout Washington, D.C.,

12:30 – 1:45 pm U.S. Senate Lunch Gather-and-Go

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 – 4:30 pm March on Capitol Hill: U.S. Senate Meetings
4:30 pm Conference concludes
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 & Political Action, at 202.303.3416.