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The United Fresh Produce Association, in partnership with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, will host a special educational session Friday, Sept. 11 at the Canadian embassy in Washington.

As one of three concurrent field educational sessions during this year's Washington Public Policy Conference, the embassy visit will give attendees the opportunity to meet with Canadian agricultural officials and discuss trade matters between the two countries. CPMA Chairman Adrian Abbott of B.C. Tree Fruits Ltd. will welcome attendees and moderate the event.

"We appreciate CPMA joining us to host this event," Robert Guenther, Uniteds senior vice president of public policy, said in a press release. This briefing will offer our U.S. members who are either conducting business in Canada or who may be considering exporting products to Canada a better understanding of the Canadian standards and processes. The event will also offer tips and ideas to ensure that the process is easier, as well as provide a point of contact for specific questions.

The produce trade between Canada and the United States is important to both countries, Jane Proctor, vice president of policy and issue management for the CPMA, added in the press release. We share many common interests from ensuring consistent government rules on matters such as food safety and inspections to facilitating standardized best practices in the marketplace.

In appreciation to CPMA for co-hosting this event, we are pleased to extend United Fresh member registration rates for the Washington Public Policy Conference to all CPMA members, Mr. Guenther added in the press release. We hope that our Canadian industry colleagues will take this opportunity to come see Washington, learn about the U.S. government system and its effect on the North American produce industry, and enjoy a visit to their beautiful embassy.

The annual conference, Sept. 9-11 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of policy- oriented activities, including visits to more than 140 congressional offices and a private town hall meeting with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.