After the Dog Days of Summer, Join Us this Fall to Chart the Course of the Industry
Many of us are asking ourselves where the summer went and it is difficult to find a good answer. I hope that you had some deserved down time with family at some point. Here at ABA, it seemed like there was little abatement on the policy front. Congress made incremental progress on federal spending bills, several of which contain provisions ABA is advocating. The regulators continued to push an aggressive regulatory agenda that we discussed in my June column. In fact, even Washington’s traffic – widely regarded as worst in the nation – didn’t let up this summer.
As Washington starts its mad dash to the end of the year finish line, the plate of policy issues impacting the baking industry will continue to overflow. We also are very concerned and working hard to find interim solutions to ease the potential return of avian flu and the impact on egg supplies. Have no doubt though that ABA is on top of it.
If you have ever wondered how ABA develops its strategies and policies on the numerous issues impacting the industry, you have the opportunity to experience the process up close and personal. This October 19-22, ABA will hold its Fall Policy Conference, essentially a mini-convention featuring the NextGenBaker executive leadership program, policy issue education sessions with ABA Committees and Capitol Hill meetings with policy makers. The ABA and ATBI Boards will also join us to host their annual Joint Boards Meeting with a focus on evaluating strategies and conducting a round table discussion on the issues impacting the industry.
These four days in October will be the perfect opportunity to strategize with peers, mingle with policymakers and the industry’s top executives and contribute to the development of the next generation of baking industry leaders. After the dog days of summer, October would be a great time to join your industry in Washington.