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Please join us on March 15 & 16 @ The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa for the 2022 FPAA’s Spring Policy Summit.  The SPS will feature interactive sessions designed to bring together regulators & industry to identify practical, goal-oriented outcomes for key issues facing the fresh produce industry at the Southwest border.

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Schedule of Events (Subject to Change):

LOCATION: Tubac Golf Resort, Geronimo Room

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

2:00 – 5:00 pm: North American Food Safety Working Group Meeting. (Hybrid Meeting)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Executive Summary: The 2022 FPAA Spring Policy Summit will feature interactive sessions designed to bring together regulators and industry to identify practical, goal-oriented outcomes for key issues facing the fresh produce industry at the Southwest border.

11:00 am – Welcoming Remarks and President’s Introduction – Lance Jungmeyer, FPAA President

Working Through Supply Chain Constraints – Our two opening sessions will take a hard look at the supply chain challenges at the Southwest Border.  Can we work together to create solutions to everyday supply chain and port workflow issues?  Join us as we explore how industry is working with regulators to improve supply chain congestion through operational changes.

11:05 am – Focus on Food Inspections: Hear from U.S. importers and federal agencies involved in food inspections and oversight.  Todd Cato, Southwest Import District Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Steve Eguino, Federal/State Inspection Management Branch, U.S. Department of Agriculture

11:45 am – Focus on Logistics: Hear from U.S. importers and customs brokers along with government officials that directly impact supply chain logistics.  Guadalupe Ramirez, Director of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection; Demetrio Kyriakis, President, K&K International Logistics;

12:25 pm – Grab and Gab Networking Lunch – A Selection of Tubac Resort Lunch Favorites

12:50 pm – New Faces at the Border – Don’t miss this update about State Truck Safety Inspections and changes within Arizona Department of Transportation.  Mark Sanders, Director of the Office of International Affairs, Arizona Department of Transportation; Lt. Colonel Kelly Heape, Arizona Department of Public Safety; and Captain Drew Orozco, Border Liaison Unit, Arizona Department of Transportation.

1:10 pm – A Fresh Perspective: What the ITC Cucumber and Squash Reports Say – Adams Lee, trade attorney with Harris Bricken, shares some insights gleaned from recent ITC reports about the state of the cucumber and squash sectors.
Interested in connecting with the Harris Bricken team? Visit: https://harrisbricken.com/

1:40 pm –Sponsor Message

1:50 pm Food Safety & Imports – What’s New? Make sure your business is prepared. Learn more about the latest FDA food safety regulations, and how the International Fresh Produce Association will play a leading role in working with regulators. Emily Griep, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Global Food Safety Standards, International Fresh Produce Association

2:10 pm – 10 Minute Break

2:20 pm – Do the Right Thing – Worker Social Responsibility is a key supply chain requirement. Learn more about CBP’s Forced Labor Checklist and what companies can do to ensure their supply chain meets current standards. Executive Assistant Commissioner AnnMarie Highsmith, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Marion Avril from AHIFORES.

3:00 pm – Forward Momentum – Tu-Simple and Autonomous Trucking Advancements.  Literally up the road from Nogales, a test route for autonomous commercial trucking is forging a new way to move goods, including fresh produce.  Learn more from Tu-Simple COO Jim Mullen.

3:20 pm – Closing Remarks

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: CLOSING RECEPTION, DOS SILOS – A chance to network with attendees and extend the day’s conversations.

We hope to see you there!!!

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