Tom KarstJoel Nelsen, (left), president of Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual, talks with Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, Ariz., during the Washington Public Policy Conference opening reception Oct. 1. The farm bill. Immigration. Food safety.
There's no lack of hot-button issues produce industry members can discuss with legislators at the Washington Public Policy Conference.
The United Fresh Produce Association's annual event kicked off with receptions Oct. 1, and continues Oct. 2 with the annual March on Capitol Hill, when attendees meet with legislators to discuss the latest issues.
The day began with keynote speaker Kathleen Merrigan, U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy secretary, followed by individual breakout sessions for grower-shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesalers and retailers.
Brian Walsh, president of the American Action Network, will address the role of social media in political campaigns, and provide insight on the competing influence of Super PACs and political parties during the campaign.
The Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill, which brings fruits and vegetables to Congress' doorstep for sampling, caps the day of events.