June 18, 2019
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President Signs Executive Order Streamlining Approvals for GMO Crops
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President Trump signed an executive order recently directing federal agencies to ease rules for approving genetically modified crops and other agricultural biotechnology.

Read more .
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Cannabis Situation Still Looks Foggy For Food

At a time when some say the CBD market is poised for explosive growth, the food, beverage and agriculture industries may face issues similar to ones dealt with in other plant-based foods: mycotoxin and other crop quality concerns, interstate commerce and reliable ingredient suppliers in addition to food safety issues.

Read more about the foggy outlook for cannabis in this article from Food Business News.
MWFPA, 900+ Food & Ag Groups Call For Approval Of USCMA
MWFPA joined more than 900 food and agriculture companies and associations today in requesting the U.S. Senate and House leadership to move quickly to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Signatories noted that, “USMCA will benefit the U.S. agriculture and food industry while providing consumers a more abundant supply of high-quality, safe food at affordable prices . . . USMCA builds on the success of the NAFTA agreement, and will ultimately lead to freer markets and fairer trade.”

Other manufacturing and agriculture organizations signing onto the letter include the American Frozen Food Institute, the Illinois Manufacturers Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council.

Read the text of the letter here .
Deadlines Set for FDA To Establish Reporting Requirements for “High-Risk” Foods

A consent decree that requires FDA to designate “high risk” foods by September 2020 and publish the record keeping requirements by November 2022 will set into motion new traceability demands under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Read more here .
Bill Would Halt Food Mergers & Acquisitions

A bill introduced in Congress would put an indefinite moratorium on large mergers in agribusiness and food processing and retailing.

The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act,(S.3404/H.R.6800) was introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI).

Read more here .
WI Budget Committee Passes Transportation Proposal, Doesn’t Raise Gas Tax

Th e WI legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance has approved a transportation proposal that would provide $393 million in new revenue through fee based increases in addition to $90 million in a one-time general fund transfer. The measure passed on a 11 to 5 vote with Republican Senator Duey Stroebel voting opposed along with committee Democrats against the Republican transportation motion.
Wisconsin Capitol
Budget Committee Completes WI Spending Plan

The WI Legislature's budget writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has completed its work on the 2019-21 state spending plan. The committee approved the amended version of the budget 12-4 along party lines.

The budget blueprint now goes to the full Legislature for approval before the June 30 fiscal year deadline. After budget passage in the full Legislature, the budget will go to Gov. Tony Evers, who has six days to act on the bill. The governor has the option to sign the budget, veto the entire budget, or line-item veto certain provisions.

The Committee completed its work by including a tax plan providing a $322 million middle class tax cut, with the majority of the credit going to individuals with incomes of $150,000 or less. The motion passed 12-4 along party lines and includes vapor products in the definition of tobacco products and impose an excise tax on vapor solution effective October 2019.
MWFPA's Culotta Attends lL Agribusiness Roundtable

Since his appointment as President of MWFPA in May, Jason Culotta has been on a whirlwind tour of member facilities, meeting with our board of directors individually, marketing the association to potential new recruits and attending various food industry functions.

At left is Jason along with with Dr. Alaina Kanfer from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of IL. The two were attending the IL Farm Bureau's Agribusiness Roundtable recently which brought together representatives from throughout the food and agriculture industries for a day of information and networking. Each year, the roundtable focuses on a central theme, hearing from company representatives on topics like sustainability, animal welfare, ingredient sourcing and more.
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WI H as Most-Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency Programs in Nation

WI already led the nation in milk production, cranberry production and NFL championships.

Now, Wisconsin can also boast that it runs the most-cost-effective energy efficiency programs in the country. The state achieved the highest rate of energy savings per dollar spent, according to a federal study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

That top cost-effectiveness ranking is the cherry on top of a recent third-party evaluation of FOCUS ON ENERGY®, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable resources program. Read more .
Membership Directory Updates: It's Time to Review Your Company Information!

MWFPA has upgraded to a membership management tool that is all encompassing. Now you have the ability to register for events, pay membership dues and connect with other members by searching the member directory through InfoHub .
NOTE:   InfoHub will be the source for the next printed membership directory, so please take a moment now to update your information!  

The InfoHub is your one-stop shop for all things MWFPA. It's also our team's one-stop shop for all member data - we need your help to keep us in the loop on company changes, locations and employee updates. We've done our best to ensure the new system has accurate data, but with all new technologies comes a few glitches.
  Go to Info Hub   now to create your login and review your company information for accuracy.
Questions? Contact Jane Algiers at 608-255-9946.
Mark Your Calendar: MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
September 19, 2019 : Food Energy Forum , Miron Construction, 1471 McMahon Drive , Neenah, WI.
Join MWFPA, Focus on Energy and Miron Construction for a forum designed to increase awareness of projects that could be implemented to reduce energy consumption within food manufacturing plants. Watch for further information in this newsletter and at the MWFPA website .

October 10, 2019 : MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge , Milford Hills Gun Club, Johnson Creek, REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW OPEN. REGISTER HERE.
December 3 - 5, 2019:   MWFPA 115th Annual Convention and 92nd Processing Crops Conference . Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Brian Elliott | Midwest Food Products Association | Ph: (608) 255-9946 | Fax: (608) 255-9838
Web: www.mwfpa.org