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Washington Conference Offers New Twist; Registration Opens

Apr 02, 2010

Registration is now open for IDFA's members-only Washington Conference, scheduled to be held June 16 and 17, in Washington, D.C. The first 25 members to register will receive a signed copy of "The Second Civil War" by Ronald Brownstein, a political correspondent and columnist who believes partisanship has paralyzed Washington and polarized America.

"It's possible that there's never been a more interesting time to visit our nation's capital," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "We encourage all members to take advantage of the rare opportunities for access and networking that Washington Conference offers."

This year's conference will be held in downtown Washington, D.C., at The Madison, a luxurious, yet kid-friendly, hotel that is close to all major attractions, including the White House, the National Mall and The Smithsonian. The conference program will include many popular events from the past, including a review of pending legislation that will affect dairy processors, dairy policy briefings by Washington insiders and networking opportunities with members of Congress and administration officials. (Pictured above is Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) (left) greeting Fred Calvert, chief operating officer of fluid operations, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association.)

In a change from past years, on the opening day of the 2010 conference IDFA will celebrate the 28th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party, one of the most popular events on Capitol Hill for members of Congress, their staff, and the general public, then go to Tipton's residence on Capitol Hill for dinner. Also new this year, the conference will close with a pizza tasting to showcase how food manufacturers are re-formulating to meet demand for healthier versions of old favorites.

Back by popular demand, the Family Fun Program, inaugurated last year, will continue in 2010 with even more fun for spouses and kids. Two highlights of this year's program include VIP, behind-the-scenes tours of George Washington's beautiful Mount Vernon Estate and the U.S. Capitol building.

IDFA members are urged to register today to take advantage of the special room rate for Washington Conference and receive a complimentary autographed copy of "The Second Civil War."

Members with questions regarding the conference agenda may contact Ashley Burch, IDFA assistant director of political programs, at or (202) 220-3534. For information about registration or hotel reservations, contact Kellie Bland, IDFA meetings registrar, at or (202) 220-3522.

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