September 15, 2020

Reps for Biden, Trump campaigns to ‘tangle’ during United Fresh Washington

Representatives of the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns will tangle live at the United Fresh Annual Washington Conference, advocating their case for why their candidate is the best choice for the produce industry to lead the country for the next four years.

Ray Starling, Chief of Staff to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Photo: Ken Hammond, USDA

“We don’t expect fisticuffs online, but be ready for some verbal sparring as election season heats up at noon ET Wednesday, Sept. 23,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel.

Ray Starling, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and Tom Vilsack, former Secretary of Agriculture under President Obama, will kick off Wednesday’s general session. They’ll then be followed by renowned political expert Frank Luntz to forecast how he sees the 2020 election likely unfolding.

“We’ve worked closely over the years with both Ray Starling and Tom Vilsack, who are both well-respected and well-positioned to provide key insights on what our industry can expect under either the Trump or Biden administrations in 2021 and beyond,” Stenzel said.

Tom Vilsack, former Secretary of Agriculture

Later at 6 p.m. ET, attendees will convene for United Fresh’s “Produce Industry Election Night Celebration” networking event, where there will be some “fun debate” on the issues and then a chance to cast votes to see which candidate our attendees would choose as our next president. There will even be prizes for the Zoom breakout team that comes closest to guessing the final vote totals for online polling.

Some 350 produce leaders are already registered for this year’s Washington Conference. Attendees will enjoy keynote general sessions, workshops, fun networking events and our “Virtual March on Capitol Hill” with a choice of 50 different Congressional Zoom visits.

With no airplane or hotel needed, you can join in this unparalleled experience with a click of a button. Register at

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