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WASHINGTON -- The architect of the Obama administration's buy local movement, one of the more important deal-makers in the U.S. Senate, and one of the more recognizable faces in the House of Representatives will address attendees at the United Fresh Produce Association's Washington Public Policy Conference this September.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will speak at the conference's Wednesday, Sept. 15, keynote general breakfast session, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will address congressional visit attendees after Wednesday's luncheon session, and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R- OH) will join the United Fresh's political supporters Wednesday night for dinner to benefit United FreshPAC, the association's political action fund.

These key policy maker speakers will headline the first day of the Washington Public Policy Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel. During the three-day conference, attendees will gather to discuss food safety, farm labor, nutrition and consumption, locally grown and other priority issues for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.

During the annual march on Capitol Hill, industry members will have the unique opportunity to meet in person with lawmakers and staff, discuss food safety policies with Food & Drug Administration officials, hear from key Cabinet officials and engage in face-to-face dialogue with President Obama's executive team.