Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Political Advisory Committee
The Politics of Food - Key Debates That Will Shape the Federal Policy & Regulatory Agenda for 2023!
As we plan for the future, it is worth reflecting on the environment in which the produce industry operates. 2022 brought us rising prices, labor challenges input cost, transportation challenges, inflation, and consumer doubts. But has we face these challenges we must also look ahead to our future and how we connect the fresh produce and floral supply chain to guide our industry to new opportunities.
Join industry colleagues for a thought-provoking exploration of four key topics that will dominate the food and agriculture policy in our Nation's Capital for 2023. You will hear from influential leaders, policy players, and both Administration and congressional representatives. Your role will be to discuss what collective action can we consider to create a vibrant future for the fresh produce and floral industry.
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Ray Starling, Author of Farmers vs Foodies
We are pleased to be joined by Ray Starling, to discuss his recently released book Farmers vs Foodies. Ray has taken his many years of working in the food and agriculture space including serving as the Special Advisor for Agriculture for the President of the United States, Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Agriculture, and Chief of Staff for Senator Tom Tillis of North Carolina. Ray describes the battle with one side are “insiders” who understand the industry and are rightly proud of it, many of whom have dedicated their lives and livelihoods to it. On the other side are “outsiders” who champion the in-vogue notion that the industry is broken. Outsider influence in the food and farming system is growing, and Farmers versus Foodies offers a sincere inquiry into why that is the case.
General Session Discussion
During the general session we will dive into important, timely topics that are front and center for the fresh produce industry and political stakeholders. After each presentation, volunteer leader attendees will engage in tabletop discussions to share views and guide IFPA thought leadership.
Are you ready for FDA’s Traceability Requirements?
In section 204 of FSMA, Congress gave FDA the authority to require additional traceability records for certain foods. FDA recently finalized a traceability rule using this and other authority, which affects the bulk of the produce supply chain, including all fresh-cut produce and several fresh produce commodities. When enforcement begins in approximately 1,000 days, will you be ready? Is your entire supply chain preparing for this? How does the Produce Traceability Initiative fit in? This discussion will identify what you need to know to prepare for one of the most important requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act since its passage 12 years ago.
A Trillion Dollar Retail Opportunity: Nutrition in SNAP
Over the next 10 years, it is estimated that the nation’s largest federal feeding program – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - will spend $100 billion a year on benefits redeemed at retail. As Farm Bill deliberations begin, 2023 offers a timely opportunity for Congress to review the outcomes of federal nutrition programs. This debate ranges from budgetary implications to what type of foods should be eligible. Historically, restrictions and incentives are debated, but rarely given serious consideration during the Farm Bill process and allegiances do not fall neatly on one side of the political aisle. But now, with a record number of new Members of Congress and a renewed focus on the implications of diet-related disease on public health and the economy, could this be the year that dietary quality comes to the forefront? In this session, you will hear different perspectives on this debate providing you the opportunity to consider where IFPA should focus efforts in 2023.
Perspectives on Consolidations, Acquisitions, and Mergers
In a post-pandemic world, businesses are focused on strengthening their market positions up and down the supply chain. Some of the techniques used to gain those positions have caught the attention of the Administration and Congress as they examine how consolidations, acquisitions, and mergers impact the marketplace, consumers, and supply chain partners. A recent USDA report focused on how concentration in the food retail industry is impacting local markets and communities. Contrast that federal assessment with the near weekly occurrence of new partnerships and business acquisitions that are reshaping the landscape of how produce moves locally and internationally. Join this conversation to hear policy makers and industry experts debate how these activities offer business opportunities while also raising concerns about the marketplace.
Farm Bill as Food Policy: Breaking Down & Building Up the Largest Public Investment in Food & Agriculture
Each reauthorization of the Farm Bill devotes hundreds of billions in public funding to a wide range of programs and policies that regulate ag production, farming, and food. Touching on issues from economic safety nets to pest management to trade and many more, this massive legislation reaches every corner of the food industry and the rural economy. For fresh produce and florals alone more than $3 Billion dollars flow directly into programs such as research, technology, school snacks for kids, prevention of pest and disease. Understanding how and why the Farm Bill impacts your part of the marketplace will help you better understand the federal government’s influence on your business and, as a volunteer leader, make you better informed to advise IFPA on advocacy priorities. Round out the day by exploring what Farm Bill programs would change the trajectory of fresh.
Welcome Happy Hour
After a busy day, here’s a fun opportunity to make a fresh impact with fellow industry leaders by personally supporting FreshPAC. The FreshPAC provides the resources needed to help elect and re-elect federal congressional candidates who advocate for the produce industry. By collectively contributing personal resources, the produce industry can make a difference in key campaigns across the country. To learn more about the FreshPAC and to purchase a ticket contact Angela Tiwari at email@example.com or 202-303-3416
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Continental Networking Breakfast
Continental breakfast will be served for all attendees in the common area and can be enjoyed in individual meeting room
Standalone Volunteer Leadership Meetings
- Food Safety Council
- U.S. Government Relations Council
- Grower-Shipper Council
- Fresh-Cut Processor Council
- Wholesaler- Distributor
- Organic Committee
- Sustainability Council
All attending volunteer leaders may observe in person meetings.
Lunch General Session
Interactive readouts from morning meetings prior to lunch. Following lunch, IFPA staff will walk attendees through each of our key message points for Congressional and Regulatory tracks.
March on Washington: Congressional, Administration and Embassy Meetings
Join industry colleagues for issue specific congressional, Administration and Embassy meetings. As you register, note your first and second issue area track preference, International Fresh Produce Association will pair you with appointments to address the latest critical issues impacting our industry, food safety, workforce, nutrition & increasing consumption, international trade, sustainability, and Farm Bill.
March on Washington Tracks
The future of our industry hinges on a reliable workforce in all segments of the supply chain. Join us for key discussions on our challenges and how we need federal policies to help us plant, harvest and deliver our products to consumers.
- Nutrition & Increasing Consumption
As the industry looks to implement our fruit and vegetable moonshots stemming from the historic 2022 White House Conference on Nutrition - hear from regulators and engage with policymakers around the policy levers and industry engagement needed to make this a reality.
- Farm Bill
All congressional districts are significantly impacted by the Farm Bill. Personally deliver 2023 Farm Bill priorities to urban, suburban to the most rural congressional districts highlighting points that are of most consequential to their constituents.
- Food Safety
The visibility of produce safety issues has caught the attention of regulators, policymakers, and the public. Engage with regulators at FDA who develop and implement food safety requirements, USDA AMS who supports voluntary industry audit standards, and policy makers who have been increasingly attentive to how FDA works with the industry to support food safety efforts.
- Climate & Sustainability
The fresh produce and floral industry set ambitious goals with the aim to be an industry leader on stewardship and sustainability. Put those intentions into action by joining these discussions on climate/carbon, sustainable packaging and regenerative agriculture with federal agencies, decision makers and stakeholders.
Thank you for Attending the 2023 Policy & Regulatory Forum