September 3, 2019

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to keynote United Fresh Washington

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will keynote the United Fresh Washington Conference’s General Session Breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

Secretary Perdue will address the key issues facing the produce industry, from immigration reform and the need for a stable, legal workforce, to expanding fresh produce access for all Americans.

“United Fresh is thrilled to further build our relationship with Secretary Perdue as he headlines our advocacy conference this September,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “His experience working within the Administration and with Congress positions Secretary Perdue to deliver unique insights to our attendees and to the fresh produce industry overall.”

Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Secretary Perdue became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017. As the product of Georgia, a state where agriculture is the leading economic driver, Perdue recognizes that
agriculture is an issue and industry which cuts across political party boundaries.

He recognizes that the size, scope and diversity of America’s agricultural sector requires reaching across the aisle so that partisanship doesn’t get in the way of good solutions for American farmers, ranchers and consumers.

The United Fresh Washington Conference, Sept. 16-18, brings together hundreds of produce leaders from all sectors of the industry for education on critical industry issues and meetings with members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials. This year’s conference will introduce several new events to prepare attendees for successful meetings on Capitol Hill.

The General Session Breakfast requires a United Fresh Washington Conference registration. If you have not yet registered for United Fresh Washington Conference, visit