International Fresh Produce Association Backs Industry Advocacy in Washington, DC; Cathy Burns Discusses
WASHINGTON, DC - When our industry comes together in the name of fresh produce advocacy, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) hosted one such gathering recently, bringing together over 250 industry leaders and volunteers at the Spring Policy & Regulatory Forum. After a series of committee and council meetings and education sessions, volunteers met with elected officials, members of the Administration, and Embassy professionals.
“Nutrition, health, climate, labor, farm bill, food safety—all of these are topics of importance to legislators, their staff, and most importantly, the constituents who elected them to office,” said Cathy Burns, Chief Executive Officer. “Your participation in this forum is especially relevant as issues like the farm bill, food safety, labor, trade, and more are being debated in Congress. You are helping us deliver on our vision to be an impactful champion for our industry through advocacy.”
The forum began on April 25 with expert presentations and panels covering topics from traceability to the Farm Bill, a press release explained.
Burns reminded the audience that “a year ago our industry was facing many challenges—ranging from inflation, market instability, global conflict. While we’re still addressing these obstacles, as an industry, our products remain at the center of the conversation when it comes to changing the health of our citizens and the world.”
Members of IFPA’s Government Relations staff were joined by representatives from IFPA member companies, academia, regulatory agencies, and media for discussions on:
- FDA Traceability Requirements
- Nutrition Opportunities via the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP)
- Perspectives on Mergers and Acquisitions in Produce Industry
- The Farm Bill as Food Policy
On April 26, leaders discussed industry talking points to prepare to march on the Hill. Teams met with Senators, Representatives, and their staff to discuss industry needs and concerns on Food Safety, Nutrition, Workforce, and the Farm Bill which is up for reauthorization this year.
Next, IFPA will host a series of Fresh Impact Tours which will be regional meetings taking place at member locations September 12–15. Members of the industry can also sign up to join the Advocacy Action Network to be informed on how to act and advocate on behalf of the industry.
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