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Moffitt To Keynote United Fresh Washington Conference On Sept. 21

Jenny Lester Moffitt

USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt will keynote Tuesday morning’s Opening General Session Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21,  during this week’s United Fresh 2021 Washington Conference at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

Moffitt oversees the Agricultural Marketing Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and is in charge of assuring fair competition in the marketplace, protecting U.S. crops and livestock from pests and diseases, and regulating genetically engineered crops, among other duties.

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on Moffitt’s nomination on July 15, and voted to advance her out of the committee with bipartisan support on July 26. Moffitt was later confirmed by the Senate in a hearing on Aug. 11.

When nominated for the position by President Biden, Moffitt was serving as Under Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture. In that role, she partnered with other government agencies and lawmakers, with the agricultural industry, nonprofits and community organizations to address some of the biggest challenges facing California, the nation and the world: drought and the effects of climate change, healthy soils and conservation agriculture, animal and plant health issues and others.

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, Moffitt’s work was focused on healthy food access, fostering a resilient food system and ensuring the safety of farm workers.

“From growing up and working on a farm, to her impressive work as under secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Under Secretary Moffitt knows as well as anyone the opportunities and challenges facing fresh produce,” said Robert Guenther, SVP of public policy for the United Fresh Produce Association. “We are excited for our Washington Conference attendees to hear the perspective of a leader so heavily immersed in the key issues within the produce industry.”

This week’s Washington Conference, Sept. 20-22 in Washington, D.C., once again will include face-to-face Congressional meetings as the produce industry advocates for the most critical issues impacting the fresh produce supply chain, including labor, food safety, nutrition policy and infrastructure.

The event also features a Produce Advocacy Bootcamp for attendees new to communicating with Congress, workshops detailing the public policy issues facing the industry, general sessions with top national leaders and networking events throughout as the industry’s leaders come together in common purpose to build a stronger business climate.

Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain, including growers, shippers, fresh cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations.

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