The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) spent a day at the Capitol meeting with members of the Arizona Legislature!

This week, FPAA made waves at the State Capitol during a series of insightful meetings with influential figures, including Governor’s Staff Jen Loredo, Billy Kovacks & Will Greene, President Warren Petersen, Sen. TJ Shope, and others.

The highlight of the week was our spirited March on Phoenix, a powerful demonstration of our commitment to keeping FPAA’s priorities at the forefront of legislative minds. Notably, our visit in 2023 secured partial funding commitments for Santa Cruz County’s significant Rio Rico/Ruby Road, Frontage Road project.

Engaging with leaders like Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, Rep. John Kavanagh, Minority Leader Mitzi Epstein, Sen. Rosanna Gabaldon, Rep. Steve Montenegro, and Director Jennifer Toth from ADOT further solidified our presence and influence.

Participants included; FPAA Chairwoman-elect Raquel Espinoza of Produce House, Esteban Paz of Produce House, Board member James Martin of Wilson Produce, and Guillermo Valencia of Valencia International. From Veridus; Jeff Sandquist and Jeremy Gerlach. FPAA staff included; President Lance Jungmeyer, Vice President Allison Moore, and Communications Coordinator Saul Macias.

This collaborative effort emphasizes FPAA’s dedication to advancing key initiatives and projects crucial for our community. Stay tuned for more updates on our impactful engagements with the Arizona State Legislature!

About FPAA:

Founded in 1944 in Nogales, Arizona, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas has grown to become one of the most influential agricultural groups in the United States. Today, the FPAA provides a powerful voice for improvement and sustainability by serving the needs of more than 100 North American companies involved in the growth, harvest, marketing, import, and distribution of produce. For more information, visit