With a weighty list of discussion topics and a tour of the White House vegetable garden on the agenda, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee will meet Sept. 13-14 in Alexandria, Va.

The meeting, at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria Hotel, will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 14, according to a news release from the USDA.

The agency said topics of discussion include audit requirements, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act program, marketing agreements, food safety, local grower/education initiatives, commodity purchasing programs, and work group reports.

The meeting is open to the public and information about reserving a place can found by contacting USDA official Pamela Stanziani, at (202) 690-0182 or by e-mail at Pamela.stanziani@ams.usda.gov.

Committee member Mike O’Brien, vice president of produce and floral for St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc., said the committee’s working groups will make recommendations for the full committee on Sept. 14.

The event also is expected to include a Sept. 14 tour of the White House vegetable garden, O’Brien said.

The USDA established the committee in August 2001 to look at the issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and how the agency could better meet its needs. The committee was re-chartered March 31 of last year and the USDA appointed new members for two-year terms in December 2009 from industry nominations.