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    U.S. Ag Sec. Schafer to Keynote United Fresh Meeting

    The agency leader will also tour produce exhibits during the upcoming United Fresh convention in Las Vegas.

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer will deliver the keynote address at the United Fresh Annual Meeting & Breakfast General Session on Tues.,, May 6 during the United Fresh Las Vegas show. Following his keynote address, the secretary is also scheduled to visit the United FreshTech and United Fresh Marketplace shows later that morning.

    "Since coming to Washington, D.C. in January, Sec. Schafer has led the Administration's efforts to complete work on the most important Farm Bill ever for fruits and vegetables," said United Fresh president Tom Stenzel. "With two weeks to go before the convention, we still believe it is possible for the Congress and Administration to agree on a final Farm Bill, and we are hopeful to join the Secretary in a celebration of this accomplishment."
     
    Whether completed or not, the Farm Bill and its impact on the fruit and vegetable industry is sure to be at the center of Secretary Schafer's keynote address.  He is also expected to provide insights on a variety of issues impacting the produce industry, including immigration reform, implementation of the new Women, Infants and Children (WIC) fruit and vegetable vouchers, and USDA's outreach and assistance to the industry in areas such as food safety and training.

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