IFPA’s Burns to Take Over as CEO; Stenzel Moves to Consulting Role

Cathy Burns, currently Co-CEO of the new International Fresh Produce Association formed by the combination of United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), will become its singular CEO effective March 31.  Tom Stenzel, currently Co-CEO and past President of United Fresh, will move into a consulting role, working closely with Burns through June 2022. 

Burns and Stenzel Announce Industry Officers of New Association

Future Co-CEOs Cathy Burns of Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Tom Stenzel of United Fresh have named the Executive Committee that will serve as officers for the new association.

Statement by Tom Stenzel, President & CEO of United Fresh Produce Association, on House passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

“Today, the House of Representatives took an important step towards reforming our agricultural labor system by passing the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H. R. 1603) by a vote of 247 to 174. The legislation will stabilize our current workforce and make improvements to ensure that a future workforce is available to meet the growing needs of the fresh produce industry.”

Statement by United Fresh Produce Association President and CEO Tom Stenzel on the reintroduction of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 1537)

“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act introduced by Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) is a testament to the efforts the agriculture industry and our friends in labor and of course to the bipartisan members of Congress who are supporting this legislation.”

Perishable Pundit’s Mailbag — Welcome Comments About Possible PMA/United Merger

Following our piece — Shouldn’t Our Industry Associations Try To Support One Another? After Coronavirus, The Time May Be Right To Look At PMA/United Merger Once Again — Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit heard from many industry leaders. This was a thoughtful missive from one of the former chairmen of a national association.