Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the House of Representatives committee on agriculture, will keynote United Fresh’s Washington Public Policy Conference’s breakfast and general session on Wednesday, Oct. 5, exploring the key issues likely to emerge as Congress begins to consider the reauthorization of the Food, Conservation & Energy Act of 2008, more commonly known as the farm bill.
“Given the importance of maintaining the standing of fruits and vegetables in the 2012 farm bill, the opportunity to hear from Chairman Lucas is a great thing for our industry and for the leaders in attendanceat this year’s Washington Public Policy Conference,” United Fresh Senior Vice President of Public Policy Robert Guenther said in an Aug. 3 press release. “United Fresh has a long history of working with House agriculture committee leadership on issues vital to the specialty crop industry, and we look forward to continuing that relationship with Chairman Lucas.”
Rep. Lucas represents Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District and is currently in his 10th term as a member of Congress. His district is one of the larger agricultural regions in the United States. It includes all or portions of 32 counties in northern and western Oklahoma and takes up almost half of the state’s land mass. Prior to his election to the House in 1994, Rep. Lucas served five-and-a-half years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
“Throughout his tenure, Chairman Lucas has proven himself to be a champion on agriculture issues — both for his home state and for the nation,” Mr. Guenther added in the release. “We look forward to his insight on the upcoming farm bill, as well as his perspectives on food safety, nutrition and on how the recent debt-reduction efforts will impact funding for agriculture initiatives.”
Rep. Lucas’ address on Wednesday adds to a busy schedule of events for the annual conference, including discussions with federal regulators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and the popular Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill. Additionally, this year’s event is expected to include the most visits to congressional offices on Capitol Hill by conference attendees in the event’s history.