USDA Announces Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee to Meet in August

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee will hold a meeting Aug. 14-15, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va.

The committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 15. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is coordinating the meeting which is open to the public.

Agricultural labor, production, food safety, and trade matters are among topics to be discussed. Meeting details are available in the Federal Register published July 22, 2019.

Members of the public who wish to submit written comments related to the fruit and vegetable industry should do so on If you wish to speak at the meeting or arrange for special accommodations, contact Designated Federal Officer Darrell Hughes at (202) 348-2576 or Comments and registrations to speak must be submitted by July 31, 2019.

Information about the meeting and the committee is available on the AMS Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee web page.

USDA established the committee in 2001 to examine the full spectrum of issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry and create a forum to provide suggestions and ideas to the department on ways to improve programs to meet the changing needs of the produce industry. Committee members represent a broad cross-section of the industry.