Agriculture Sonny Perdue (center) greets Robert Sakata of Sakata Farms in May in Brighton, Colo., during one of his numerous visits to fruit and vegetable operations. ( Courtesy USDA )

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is scheduled to speak at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference.

He will deliver the keynote speech 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 18.

Perdue will address immigration reform, the need for a stable and legal workforce and increasing fresh produce access, according to a news release.

“His experience working within the administration and with Congress positions Secretary Perdue to deliver unique insights to our attendees and to the fresh produce industry overall,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO, said in the release.

The conference is Sept. 16-18 in Washington, D.C.