USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Senator Lindsey Graham, House Minority Leader John Boehner Scheduled to Speak at Washington Public Policy Conference
Produce Industry’s Policy Conference Delivers Blockbuster Speaker LineupWASHINGTON, D.C. – The architect of Obama Administration’s “buy local” movement, one of the most important “deal makers” in the United States Senate, and one of the most recognizable faces in the House of Representatives will address attendees at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference in September. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will speak at the conference’s Wednesday Keynote General Breakfast Session, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will address congressional visit attendees after Wednesday’s luncheon session and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) will join the United Fresh’s political supporters Wednesday night for dinner to benefit United FreshPAC, the association’s political action fund. “The produce industry is in a very unique position,” said United Fresh President Tom Stenzel. “We are currently invested in the outcomes of many important discussions on Capitol Hill; from locally-grown, energy, climate change and food safety, to labor, immigration and child nutrition. Having this caliber of lineup to address many of these important issues, the Washington Conference provides our attendees, the tools needed to continue tackling these issues. Deputy Secretary Merrigan, Senator Graham and Minority Leader Boehner are each at the core of these debates in Washington and having them speak to the industry is a fantastic opportunity.”
- Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan – One of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Deputy Secretary Merrigan oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA’s many programs, including the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” effort as well as USDA’s other local food initiatives. Under these efforts, Merrigan pushes USDA to more simply connect farmers and consumers and support local and regional food systems.
- Senator Lindsey Graham – Known as an independent and bipartisan voice, Senator Graham has long been one of the Senate’s most important members, engaging in discussion with the White House and his Democratic colleagues on key issues such as immigration reform, climate change and energy policy. He has been an important supporter of the produce industry in South Carolina and across the country on a number of important issues.
- House Minority Leader John Boehner – A former chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Minority Leader Boehner continues to shape issues that affect not just the produce industry but the entire country. As a key leader in the Republican Party, Rep. Boehner has appeared in many venues and across all of the major national media outlets discussing his party’s views on issues ranging from national security, energy, business, taxes, and health care.