July 03, 2013
In Today's Issue:
What Your Representative Needs to Hear About Immigration Reform This Week

The House will consider immigration reform soon, and they need to know that the fresh produce industry supports it!

Thank you for all the calls and emails you made – your voice encouraged the Senate to pass the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act with a strong bipartisan vote of 68-32. This landmark legislation will ease the burden on agricultural employers, create more jobs along the entire supply chain, and boost the economy.

But we're not done yet – the House of Representatives is expected to take up immigration reform this month. Before they do, members of the House of Representatives will be holding town halls in their home districts during the July 4th congressional recess and throughout the month. This is your chance to send a clear message that failure by the full House of Representatives to act on immigration reform is unacceptable and that when they act on immigration reform, they must also act on establishing a viable agriculture guest worker program that meets the timely needs of the produce industry.

Go to a town hall. Call their offices. Send an email. Share with them the priorities that the fresh produce industry is focused on:

  • Legislation must preserve agriculture's experienced workforce by allowing unauthorized farm workers to earn adjust to a legal status.
  • For future needs, a new market‐based agricultural worker visa program must be implemented that provides access to a legal and reliable workforce. The visa must have the flexibility to meet the needs of producers, including those with year‐round labor needs.

United has compiled a list of congressional town halls here, which will be updated as more are scheduled. To confirm who represents you in the House of Representatives, visit www.house.gov. Finally, if you are planning a visit to Washington, DC in the coming months and would like to meet with your representatives and their staff about immigration reform, please contact Robert Guenther at rguenther@unitedfresh.org or Julie Manes jmanes@unitedfresh.org in the United Fresh Washington office, and they will be happy to assist with those meetings.

For more information and more ways to contact your representative, click here.

Know the Options to Protect Your Company in a Recall

Learn how to prevent catastrophic losses associated with recalls from insurance experts during the July 10 webinar.

Looking for a roadmap to safeguard your company against a recall? United Fresh will offer a free Recall Ready Risk Management Webinar on July 10 to explore ways to prevent the catastrophic losses associated with recalls, contamination/adulteration, mislabeling and other scenarios. The session, "Managing Risk for Contamination and Recall Events," will feature expert speakers Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology, United Fresh; Jonathan Cohen, Partner, Gilbert LLP; and Michael Lieberman, Capital Risk Concepts; discussing the intricacies of varying insurance policies and endorsement options for government recalls and third-party indemnity.

The hour-long webinar will explore:

  • How certain types of insurance can yield a competitive advantage 
  • How to anticipate events that can disrupt your business or create liability 
  • Insurance endorsement options for government recalls and 3rd party indemnity 
  • Case law that demonstrates how companies incurred or avoided catastrophic losses 

Registration for the webinar is free to all – sign up today!

The Recall Ready Risk Management Webinar is just one component of the Recall Ready Program, which also offers recall plan development, training and workshops to help produce industry companies prepare for and respond to virtually any recall event. The program is designed to leverage the expertise of the food industry's leading professionals in food safety, legal and regulatory counsel and crisis communication.

For more information, please visit www.unitedfresh.org/recallready or contact Erin Grether, government relations coordinator, at 202-303-3402.


Represent Your Family Business on Capitol Hill at the Washington Public Policy Conference

2012 Caplan Family Business Scholarship winners spoke up for their businesses' priorities at the Washington Public Policy Conference.

"The Caplan Family Business Scholarship afforded me such a unique opportunity to connect with our nation's lawmakers and gain a deeper understanding of the policy-making process, and how those policies impact my family business," said 2012 scholarship recipient TJ Rahll, Edward G. Rahll & Sons, Inc. "Walking the halls of Congress was an incredible experience and one that highlighted how important it is to be engaged so that our industry's voice is heard in DC." 

If you'd like to represent your family business on Capitol Hill, applications for the 2013 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program are accepted through July 31. The program awards up to four scholarships for employees of family-owned businesses to attend United Fresh Produce Association's Washington Public Policy Conference (WPPC) in October.

Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to attend the WPPC, September 30 – October 2 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Washington Public Policy Conference brings together hundreds of produce leaders from all sectors of the industry to interact personally and share ideas with administration officials, congressional leaders and industry colleagues.

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was established in 2001 through a generous grant from Frieda's, Inc. to the United Fresh Foundation by Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan. The program is designed to increase family business' involvement in government relations and produce industry advocacy.

To apply for a 2013 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship, participants must complete an application form and written submission outlining why they want to attend the WPPC and what they hope to gain from the experience. Applicants must be employed by a family-owned business that is a United Fresh member company in good standing; the program is open to first-time attendees of the Washington Public Policy Conference.  The application can be downloaded here and must be received by July 31.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact Shannon Young at 202-303-3405, and for more information about the Washington Public Policy Conference, or to register, contact Angela Tiwari at 202-303-3416.

School's Out – But Salad Bars Are Still In!

Salad bars empower kids to make their own healthy food choices, and the momentum to place more in schools across the country is growing!

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools has been rolling on, with the momentum continuing to build, following the donation of 441 salad bars to California schools at the United Fresh 2013 convention in San Diego in May. Support for Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools has led to donations across the country, and paired with new school meal regulations that require schools to significantly increase the amount and variety of colorful fruits and vegetables served each day, many schools are asking for salad bars. In fact, as of July 1, there are more than 600 schools still waiting for salad bars. To see the list, click here.

The United Fresh Foundation's partnership in the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, has helped many schools with achieving their goals of increasing students' access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many produce industry advocates have stepped forward to support the cause, and new stakeholders and advocates are taking notice as well. A recent article focuses on the role that salad bars play in empowering students to make their own healthy choices. Increased daily access to a variety of fruits and vegetables provides a personal experience about choices that can shape behavior far beyond the school lunch line, and carry over outside of school to provide a platform for lifetime of healthy snack and meal choices. The Fresh Fruit Portal article retraces the history of the campaign and looks forward to the future positive impact it will have on creating healthy eating environments.

For more information about Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, visit www.saladbars2schools.org, or to learn how you can support salad bars for schools in your community, contact United Fresh policy and grassroots manager, Andrew Marshall, at 202-303-3407.


New USDA Tool Helps Produce Buyers, Sellers Make Informed Business Decisions

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Fruit and Vegetable Program is hosting a series of free, interactive webinars on the various programs and services available to producers.  At each webinar, participants will hear a presentation from a USDA expert on a specific topic and take part in an interactive question and answer session. 

The second webinar in the series, "Market News: New Custom Average Tool Explained," will take place on July 25 at 2:00 pm ET. The hour-long session will introduce the Fruit and Vegetable Market News, which delivers detailed information to produce buyers and sellers on marketing conditions for hundreds of agricultural commodities at major domestic and international wholesale markets, production areas, and ports of entry. AMS experts will explain the Custom Average Tool, designed to give buyers and sellers of fresh produce a competitive advantage.

These informative webinars are designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers and retailers of all sizes.  All of the webinars are free and available to all. Registration is, however, required and space is limited. Register today to take the first step to gaining a competitive edge and learning how to work together with USDA to meet your unique business needs. 

For more information about the webinar series or USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, please contact Christopher Purdy at (202) 720-3209.


New Member Welcome
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Each week, United Fresh welcomes its newest partners in building a stronger produce industry.

  • Family Tree Farms, Dinuba, CA

United Fresh thanks all current members for their dedication to the association and the produce industry. Please let us know whenever we can be of service to you.  For more details about the benefits of membership, please contact Miriam Wolk at 202-303-3410.

Upcoming United Fresh Events

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Recall Ready Webinar: Managing Risk for Contamination and Recall Events
July 10, Webinar

Produce Inspection Training Program
Sept 16-20, USDA Training Center, Fredericksburg, VA

Recall Ready Training Workshop
Sept 18-19, Embassy Suites Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA

Washington Public Policy Conference
Sept 30 – Oct 2, Washington, DC

Recall Ready Training Workshop
Nov 6-7, Hilton Hotel, Philadelphia, PA