By Chris Butts, GFVGA Legislative Affairs
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) board members and staff recently participated in United Fresh’s Virtual Washington Conference.
With travel still limited and much of Washington remaining shut down because of COVID-19, produce industry representatives from across the country gathered virtually on Sept. 21-25 to advocate for fruit and vegetable growers on issues impacting the industry.
Meetings with USDA officials and elected representatives, normally held in person, were conducted via Zoom. While certainly different than face-to-face visits, the format allowed GFVGA members to share concerns on issues ranging from trade concerns, labor and the continuing impact the coronavirus has had on produce production and sales.
GFVGA members thanked the Georgia delegation for their continuing support of initiatives including USDA’s Farmers to Family Food Box Program and CFAP. Georgia growers also urged representatives and officials to bolster their support for fair trade and initiatives aimed at supporting American businesses during these unprecedented times. See the full story in GFVGA’s fall Grower News.