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Why We Advocate: CEOs Share Insights at Regulatory RoundUP

May 25, 2016
Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, stresses the importance of advocating with government officials at a recent talk.

Every four years government reinvents itself. As the Obama administration focuses on its legacy projects and Democrats and Republicans battle for the White House and state houses across the country, it is more important than ever to remain engaged with the regulatory process that affects you and your businesses. A new panel has been added to Regulatory RoundUP so you can learn from food and beverage industry leaders about the importance of engaging with state and federal officials throughout the regulatory process.

Moderated by Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, the panel includes John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, Inc.; Peter Larkin, president and CEO with the National Grocers Association; and Robb MacKie, president and CEO of the American Bakers Association.

These industry veterans will share strategies on how to deliver your messages effectively throughout the regulatory process, and how to help shape the rules that affect your business at “Collaborating with Regulators: Why Your Participation Matters,” the breakfast session on Tuesday, June 14th.

“The work of our government relies on people representing their interests and those of their constituents in order to arrive at the best outcomes on policies,” said Tipton. “Government decisions affect both people and organizations, and public officials cannot make fair and informed decisions without considering information from a broad range of interested parties; all sides of an issue must be explored to produce equitable government policies.”

Regulatory RoundUP, June 13-14 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., will also provide the opportunity for dairy professionals to hear firsthand from other decision-makers and regulatory officials who have direct responsibility for the rules that affect dairy plants, products and personnel. The full list of speakers and sessions are available on the Regulatory RoundUP agenda.

Registration for the event is available here.

The final day to secure a hotel reservation at IDFA's special group discount rate is is May 29, 2016.

For more information about the event, contact Maria Velasco, IDFA meetings coordinator and registrar, at

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