Conferences and Events
In keeping with the national effort to contain the COVID-19 virus, CFA’s 43rd National Food Policy Conference gathering took place online, July 28th and 29th. The success of that event led to the launch of a new series of speaker and panel discussions throughout the year. Our next Virtual National Food Policy Conference Series event will ask a panel of experts about the future of food safety regulations at USDA.
The National Food Policy Conference is a key national gathering for those interested in agriculture, food and nutrition policy. It explores the critical food policy issues of the day with an unusually diverse mix of policymakers, advocates and scientists. Major speakers include cabinet members and leaders on food and agriculture policy on Capitol Hill.
For over 50 years the Consumer Federation of America has worked to advance the consumer interest on a wide range of issues central to the health, safety, and financial well-being of consumers. Our success over the years would not have been possible without the efforts and support of allies in government, media, and other consumer organizations who have fought to advance pro-consumer policies, shined a spotlight on consumer abuses, and joined us in the campaign to right consumer wrongs. For the past 49 years, CFA has recognized these champions with presentations of the Philip Hart Public Service, Esther Peterson Consumer Service, and Betty Furness Consumer Media Service awards. This year, as we approach the 50th year of the Awards, CFA will be presenting our first-ever Lifetime Achievement Awards to individuals whose lifetime of service advocating for consumers is deserving of special recognition. The efforts of these extraordinary individuals represent the fundamental goals of CFA since its inception. These Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented at a special virtual award ceremony in October.
Federal and state policy makers and regulators continue to address pressing banking, insurance, investment, and real estate issues affecting consumers, after more than two decades of financial services deregulation and reregulation. To keep consumer advocates and educators informed about these issues, the Consumer Federation of America presents an annual conference on financial services, planned with the assistance of consumer groups and the financial services industry.
Each year, Consumer Federation of America’s Consumer Assembly serves as the consumer movement’s principal meeting where issues are debated and new initiatives are presented. Since the Assembly’s inception in 1967, thousands of consumer activists and representatives of cooperatives, trade unions, business, government, and the press have participated in this annual conference.