U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will keynote the United Fresh Washington Conference’s General Session Breakfast.

From 8-9:30 a.m., Sept. 18, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., 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,” United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel said. “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, Perdue became the 31st  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2017.

As the product of Georgia, a state where agriculture is a leading economic driver, Perdue recognizes that agriculture is an issue and industry that 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 U.S. farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

Follow the leaders

The United Fresh Washington Conference on Sept. 16-18 will bring 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.

The General Session Breakfast requires a United Fresh Washington Conference registration. If you have not yet registered for United Fresh Washington Conference, visit

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

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