The Washington Conference

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 10, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Produce Advocacy Bootcamp Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Produce Advocacy Bootcamp

Whether you’re new to The Washington Conference and advocacy or you’re a seasoned advocate for fresh produce and floral, this experience is designed to give you an empowering foundation on the process and issues that you’ll need to advocate with confidence. You’ll also gain – through presentations and role-playing with the IFPA’s Government Relations team and experienced advocates from our industry – useful, actionable tips, tricks, and takeaways that you’ll be able to immediately use in your meetings on Capitol Hill and with any policymaker.   

9:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Volunteer Leadership Meetings

Grower-Shipper Council  

Fresh-Cut Processor Council  

Wholesaler-Distributor Council  

Foodservice Council  

Floral Roundtable  

Business Solution Provider Roundtable  

Food Safety Council  

Organics Committee  

Political Advisory Committee  

Supply Chain Council  

U.S. Government Relations Council  

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Women’s Fresh Perspectives Networking Lunch

For the last 12 years, the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference has been an essential, cherished part of IFPA’s yearly in-person event lineup. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to experience that power – showing your support for the strength of our industry’s commitment to gender equality and inclusion. Come network with the best and brightest and set the stage for the next generation to advocate for and achieve IFPA’s goal to grow a healthier world for all.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Issue Forums

2:00 – 3:30  Building a More Resilient Food System and Workforce

USDA invests in areas of critical importance to our industry annually.  These investments address immediate needs of rural business and economic development, supply chain infrastructure, and workforce development.  Together, they lay the groundwork for the future by enhancing supply chain diversity and resiliency through regional food center development and climate smart agriculture practices, which we will learn more about in our second session


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Doug Bohr
Chief Education & Programs Officer
International Fresh Produce Association


3:30 – 5:00 Sustainable Agriculture & Packaging Through a Supply Chain Lens

What’s new in climate-smart agriculture? What are the latest developments in industry efforts toward greater sustainability? How will packaging regulations affect food safety and food waste? Find out more about what’s new, what’s next and how IFPA is working to lead, shape, and help our members understand these key topics.  


Max Teplitski

Dr. Max Teplitski
Chief Science Officer
International Fresh Produce Association

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome to DC: Washington Conference Opening Reception 

Join old friends and make new connections as we kick off the 2024 Washington Conference and celebrate the start of Produce Week in Washington.    

7:30 PM - 9:15 PM

Allied Association Roundtable Dinner

by Invitation Only

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Leadership Alumni Event

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Produce Safety Immersion Program Alumni Event

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

7:45 AM - 10:00 AM

State of the Fresh Nation Breakfast & General Session

7:45 – 9:15 AM State of the Fresh Nation Address, Cathy Burns

CEO, Cathy Burns’ State of the Fresh Nation sets the tone for the day of advocacy Coupled with the Opening Keynote and Policy Roundtable that follows, you’ll be inspired and energized, ready to learn and grow as advocates for the fresh produce and floral industry. Don’t miss it! 

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Cathy Burns
International Fresh Produce Association

9:15 – 10:00 AM IFPA 2024 Policy Priorities Roundtable

Take advantage of the wisdom and experience of IFPA’s Government Relations thought leaders and gain an empowering understanding of the issues that are essential to the fresh produce industry. You’ll take these insights with you to Capitol Hill for your meetings with legislators from the United States House and Senate – and back to your team to strengthen your organization’s voice for fresh. 


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Mollie Van Lieu
Vice President, Nutrition & Health
International Fresh Produce Association


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John Hollay
Director U.S. Government Relations
International Fresh Produce Association


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Sara Neagu-Reed
Director of Production & Environmental Policy
International Fresh Produce Association


Anne MacMillan, Legislative Counsel, Invariant  


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Education
Advocate for Fresh on Capitol Hill: Focus on Priorities

Head to Capitol Hill with a greater understanding of our industry’s priorities, empowered to discuss them with confidence and a clear understanding of how our three key issue areas impact fresh produce and floral:  

  1. Nutrition & Demand Creation - The importance of increased and inclusive access to and sustainable demand for healthy fresh produce.
  2. Labor & Workforce - A strong workforce that meets our industry's needs across the supply chain, focused on finding and retaining the talent we need to grow.
  3. Farm Bill & Agriculture Policy - Understand how the largest investment in food and agriculture affects farm livelihoods, shapes how and what food is grown.
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Advocate for Fresh Luncheon & Awards

Join the whole fresh supply chain in celebrating the fresh sector’s industry's Advocate of the Year and their influence in ensuring the Power of Fresh is felt all year long. We’ll also honor the 2024 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships recipients, Career Pathways Interns and IFPA's Produce Safety Immersion Program participants.    

Following, we will be joined by champions in the U.S House of Representatives to discuss their points of view on issues important to fresh produce and floral. 


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Rebeckah Adcock
VP, U.S. Government Relations
International Fresh Produce Association

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Advocate for Fresh on Capitol Hill:
Congressional Meetings U.S. House of Representatives

You are the Power of Fresh! Join the largest grassroots effort in the fresh produce and floral industry as we advocate for Fresh on Capitol Hill. This is your time make your voice heard in face-to-face meetings with your elected officials and their staff, helping politicians to understand and support the most important issues to your business – including labor, increasing consumption, and the farm bill – and share how actions taken in Washington directly affect you, your community, and the entire supply chain.   

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Joy of Fresh on Capitol Hill

Rayburn Courtyard, Rayburn House Office Building  
Celebrate the wonderful bounty that fresh produce and floral provides for health, happiness and the economy! Connect with hundreds of DC influencers – key congressional and administration staff, allied partners, consumer advocates and fellow IFPA Washington Conference attendees @ The Joy of Fresh!   

7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

IPFA’s Return on Influence: FreshPAC Reception & Dinner                  Waterside Ballroom, Intercontinental Washington, D.C. - The Wharf

Leave your personal mark on DC. There's never been a more important time to influence politics and policy to drive fresh produce and floral industry success and growth. FreshPAC lets you be most active in the political process by supporting and helping to elect pro-produce candidates. Please reach out to Angela Tiwari if you are interested in receiving additional information about the FreshPAC.   

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

#PowerofFresh Breakfast & Keynote


Donald Prater

Dr. Donald A. Prater
Acting Director
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Agency Roundtable - Focus on Food Safety with FDA

Sit down for an interactive roundtable where top FDA Human Food Program (HFP) officials and the fresh produce supply chain come together. Discuss industry and administration priorities and critical top of mind issues from the key areas within the new HFP. Showcase how industry and government can work together to enhance food safety – not just in times of crisis but 365 preventive strategies.  Come prepared to ask questions. 


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Natalie Dyenson
Chief Food Safety & Regulatory Officer
International Fresh Produce Association


12:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Advocate for Fresh on Capitol Hill: Congressional Meetings
U.S. Senate

It all comes down to this! Take what you’ve learned, what matters to you and your organization, and your commitment to advocating for our fresh industry and deliver it with passion to the U.S. Senate.