USDA Hosting Free PACA Trust Provision Webinar

1/9/2013

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) Fruit and Vegetable Program is inviting registrations for a free, interactive webinar on January 24 on the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) Trust provision.

The PACA Trust provision gives sellers of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables priority status in recovering funds owed by buyers who become insolvent or file for bankruptcy protection. By following a few simple steps, produce suppliers have received hundreds of millions of dollars that they were owed.

Webinar speakers will provide information on three specific areas:
  • Josephine Jenkins, acting chief of the Investigative Enforcement Branch, AMS PACA Division, will explain the statutory foundations and basic steps you must take to protect your business.
  • Jason Klinowski, agricultural and food law attorney, will discuss the PACA Trust from the private practitioner's viewpoint and share current case law.
  • Karla Whalen, AMS PACA Division director, will provide an update on U.S. efforts to gain financial protection for U.S. produce shippers selling into the Canadian market under the Regulatory Cooperation Council.
Speakers' formal presentations will be followed by a real-time, interactive question and answer session.

This informative webinar is designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers of all sizes. It is free and available to anyone with Internet access. However, registration is required and space is limited. Similar webinars will be hosted throughout the year. To view previous webinars online, visit the webinar archive.

For more information: 
Christopher Purdy
USDA
Tel: +1 202 720 3209
christopher.purdy@ams.usda.gov