Tom Vilsack, (left) representing Joe Biden’s campaign, and Ray Starling, representing Donald Trump’s campaign, will speak at United Fresh Produce Association’s virtual Washington Conference. ( Photos courtesy United Fresh Produce Association. )

Representatives of the Biden and Trump presidential campaigns will speak live at United Fresh Produce Association’s virtual Washington Conference, making their cases why their candidate is best for the produce industry.

“We don’t expect fisticuffs online but be ready for some verbal sparring as election season heats up,” association president and CEO Tom Stenzel said in a news release.

The discussion starts noon EDT Sept. 23, Tom Vilsack, former secretary of agriculture for President Barack Obama, and Ray Starling, former chief of staff to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

They’ll be followed by political expert Frank Luntz, who will forecast the election.

At 6 p.m. EDT, attendees will convene for networking with a debate on the issues and then a vote to see who attendees would elect — with prizes for the participants coming closest to guessing the final vote totals.

As of Sept. 14, there were 350 registrants for the Washington Conference, which includes keynote speakers, workshops, networking events and a virtual march on Capitol Hill with a choice of 50 Congressional video conferencing visits.

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