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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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United Fresh Start Foundation Hosts 2020 FreshStart Conference
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- The United Fresh Start Foundation issued the following news release:

The FreshStart Conference, the United Fresh Start Foundation's annual conference, golf tournament and gala dinner bringing the industry together to increase fresh produce access for kids and families, will once again feature a silent and live auction benefitting the foundation, as well as a General Session and Workshops focused on how the fresh produce industry can increase children's access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and find new business opportunities to serve kids and families.

The conference also ... Show Full Article

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention Commits to Support Dental Infection Control Awareness Month in September 2019
ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug. 23 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention issued the following news release:

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is ramping up its efforts to support Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (DICAM) in September. DICAM is an annual observance of The Safest Dental Visit(TM) to help clinicians and infection control coordinators promote a safe and professional environment, encourage patient dialogue, attract new patients, and enhance the overall image of their practice.

"The goal of DICAM is to truly Take Safety Viral," states Michelle ... Show Full Article

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Supports Pioneering Sustainability Initiative at WorldSkills Kazan 2019
KAZAN, Russia, Aug. 23 -- The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials issued the following news release:

IAPMO, a WorldSkills Global Industry Partner, is excited to support a new social sustainability initiative at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. For the first time in the history of the WorldSkills Plumbing and Heating competition, this year's event will result in the delivery and installation of three new toilet and washroom facilities for the children of the Derbyshkinskiy Orphanage in Kazan.

Traditionally a four-day showcase, the Plumbing and Heating competition this year will ... Show Full Article

Chicago Zoological Society: Register for Brookfield Zoo's Annual ZooRunRun
BROOKFIELD, Illinois, Aug. 23 -- The Chicago Zoological Society issued the following news release:

Whether you're fast like a falcon or steady like a sea lion, on Sunday, September 8, you can help wildlife around the world by participating in Brookfield Zoo's annual ZooRunRun that benefits the Chicago Zoological Society's Animal Care and Conservation Fund.

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the 5K race presented by Aquafina and Gatorade and sponsored by DuPage Medical Group. Family and friends of participants will receive free zoo admission to cheer on their favorite ... Show Full Article

American Occupational Therapy Association Launches Interstate Licensure Compact Initiative
BETHESDA, Maryland, Aug. 23 -- The American Occupational Therapy Association issued the following news release:

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has signed a multi-year contract with the Council of State Governments (CSG) National Center for Interstate Compacts to create an interstate professional licensing compact for occupational therapy. The initiative will improve consumer access to occupational therapy and enhance the exchange of licensure, investigatory, and disciplinary information among states. The goal is to begin state participation by 2024.

"An interstate licensure ... Show Full Article

American Iron and Steel Institute: Steel Imports Down 11 Percent Year-to-Date Through July
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- The American Iron and Steel Institute issued the following news:

Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 3,028,000 net tons (NT) of steel in July 2019, including 1,843,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel (up 48.3% and 6.6%, respectively, vs. June final data). Through the first seven months of 2019, total and finished steel imports are 18,666,000 and 13,536,000 net tons (NT), down 10.6% and 16.4%, respectively, vs. the same period in 2018. Annualized total and finished steel imports ... Show Full Article

American Bankruptcy Institute: President Signs Small Business Reorganization Act Into Law
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 23 -- The American Bankruptcy Institute issued the following news release:

President Donald J. Trump today signed the "Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019" (SBRA; H.R. 3311) into law. The bipartisan legislation, which ABI testified in support of in June, passed the House in late July and the Senate on August 1. The law will take effect in February 2020.

"SBRA ensures that small businesses will be able to reorganize and rehabilitate their financial affairs effectively under the Bankruptcy Code," said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. "ABI commends the Congress ... Show Full Article