Two federal officials and an attorney who specializes in cases involving the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act are scheduled to participate in a free online seminar presented by the Agricultural Marketing Service.

The 90-minute Web seminar is set to begin at 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 24. To register go to Registration is required and space is limited, according to a notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program.

The agenda will cover topics for fresh produce growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers of all sizes. The PACA Trust provision gives priority status to sellers of fresh produce in recovering money owed by buyers who have become insolvent or file for bankruptcy.

A real-time question-and-answer session with the presenters will follow their formal remarks.

Speakers for the Jan. 24 seminar include:

  • Josephine Jenkins, acting chief of the Investigative Enforcement Branch, AMS PACA Division, who will explain the statute and basic steps sellers must take to protect their businesses;
  • Karla Whalen, AMS PACA Division director, who will provide an update on efforts to gain financial protection for U.S. produce shippers selling into the Canadian market under the Regulatory Cooperation Council; and
  • Jason Klinowski, agricultural and food law attorney from the firm of Freeborn & Peters LLP, who will discuss PACA from the private practitioner’s viewpoint and share current case law.