U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Keynote Washington Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will keynote the United Fresh Washington Conference’s General Session Breakfast, Wednesday morning, September 18, from 8:00 – 9:30 am at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Secretary Perdue will address the key issues facing the produce industry, from immigration reform and the need for a stable, legal workforce, to expanding fresh produce access for all Americans.

“United Fresh is thrilled to further build our relationship with Secretary Perdue as he headlines our advocacy conference this September,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “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.”

Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Secretary Perdue became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017. As the product of Georgia, a state where agriculture is the leading economic driver, Perdue recognizes that agriculture is an issue and industry which cuts across political party boundaries. He recognizes that the size, scope, and diversity of America’s agricultural sector requires reaching across the aisle so that partisanship doesn’t get in the way of good solutions for American farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

The United Fresh Washington Conference, September 16-18, brings together hundreds of produce leaders from all sectors of the industry for education on critical industry issues and meetings with members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials. This year’s conference will introduce several new events to prepare attendees for successful meetings on Capitol Hill.

The General Session Breakfast requires a United Fresh Washington Conference registration. If you have not yet registered for United Fresh Washington Conference, visit www.unitedfresh.org and make your plans to attend and hear one of the preeminent leaders in agriculture today.

Media are invited to attend but must pre-register by contacting Mary Coppola, United Fresh’s Vice President, Marketing & Communications.


About United Fresh Produce Association
Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association serves companies at the forefront of the global fresh and fresh-cut produce industry, including growers, shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Western Regional office in Salinas, Calif., United Fresh and its members work year-round to make a difference for the produce industry by driving policies that increase consumption of fresh produce, shaping critical legislative and regulatory action, providing scientific and technical leadership in food safety, quality assurance, nutrition and health, and developing educational programs and business opportunities to assist member companies in growing successful businesses. For more information, visit www.unitedfresh.org or call 202-303-3400.