January 15, 2019
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USDA Releases GMO Labeling Rules
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the final federal GMO labeling rule. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard requires food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to label foods containing genetically modified or bioengineered ingredients.

To make the required disclosure, food producers have four options: text on the label; a symbol; an electronic or digital link that would take consumers to a website explaining the ingredients; or a text message sent to consumers’ mobile phone or similar device.

Read more here.
Proposed H-2A Guest Worker Rules Draw Opposition
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed modifications to job-advertising requirements for the H-2A guest worker program has drawn opposition from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The H-2A program provides visas for guest workers to fill agricultural positions for which domestic workers cannot be found. Currently, farmers looking to hire foreign workers through the H-2A program must first advertise the positions via a newspaper of general circulation in the area of intended employment.

Read more here.
Gov’t Shutdown Affects Some Food Safety Inspections
As the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on, impacts at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and elsewhere in the government are building, affecting everything from trade aid payments to implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

The shutdown has caused the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to suspend routine food safety inspections of seafood, fruits, vegetables and other foods, due to a lapse in federal funding, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb sought to reassure stakeholders and consumers that the agency was operating to the best of its abilities. Read more here.
Pritzker Sworn In As IL Governor, Promotes $15 Minimum Wage
JB Pritzker has been sworn-in as the 43rd Governor of IL. After taking the oath of office, Governor Pritzker delivered his inaugural address. Linked here are his prepared remarks .

Pritzker says his first acts as Governor is for IL to become a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance.
Other topics addressed by Pritzker was a $15 minimum wage, growing the state’s economy, legalizing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana, and strengthening education.
Evers Sworn In As WI Governor, Pledges Fix To Transportation Crisis
WI Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for a rejection of "the tired politics of the past" in his inauguration speech, urging lawmakers to find bipartisan solutions to the biggest issues facing the state.

Evers, the state superintendent of schools since 2009, took over for Republican Scott Walker and faces a Republican-controlled Legislature that may oppose many of his biggest priorities.

This marks the first time since 2006, when Democrat Jim Doyle was governor, that the entire Legislature is controlled by the opposite party of the governor.

During his address, Evers reiterated the priorities that defined his campaign, including increased funding for public schools, universities and technical colleges, an overhaul of Wisconsin’s infrastructure and roads to fix the state’s “transportation crisis,” and a health care system that will provide adequate treatment to 2.4 million Wisconsin residents with pre-existing conditions.
Walz Assumes MN Governorship Pledging "One Minnesota"
Democrat Gov. Tim Walz took the oath of office on Monday as MN’s 41st Chief Executive. The former Congressman and high school teacher said his number one goal is to unite the state into what he called “One Minnesota.” Read his inaugural address here.

Walz takes over from Democrat Mark Dayton, who's retiring after eight years as governor. Walz will be the first Democrat in state history to succeed a two-term governor from his party.

He will face the only split legislature in the country. After flipping 18 seats in November, Democrats took control of the House, while in the Senate Republicans hold a two-vote majority.
Wisconsin Second In Adding Manufacturing Jobs In 2018
Wisconsin added the second-most manufacturing jobs among U.S. states in 2018, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The data showed Wisconsin had a total of 490,000 manufacturing jobs as of November, which is 19,000 more than the state had in November 2017. Only Texas, which added 36,000 manufacturing jobs during the same period, added more than the Badger State.

Trend Watchers Look Into Food Industry's Future
Several companies and organizations have have assembled their lists of expected food trends for 2019. Read about what they see for the future of food in this article from the AG JOURNAL.

What Blockchain Means For The Ag and Food Industries
When most people think of blockchain, they think of its application to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. However, the technology has the potential for much broader uses across a wide swath of industries, particularly including agriculture and food.

Read more from MWFPA associate member Michael Best
Welcome To Our New Members
Southshore Companies - An ISO 9001:2015 certified third party logistics provider delivering cost effective integrated logistics and outsourcing supply chain solutions to businesses in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.

Axis Communications - Combining intelligent technology and human imagination, Axis offers solutions based on sight, sound and analytics to improve security and optimize business performance.

Munzing - manufactures paints, varnishes, lacquers, enamels, and allied products, specializing in paints or paint additives. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Munzing

Fluid Handling, Inc - Assists its customers in selecting and applying an extensive lineup of fluid handling, heat transfer, and steam equipment manufactured by leading U.S. and World manufacturers.

Proforte - services include engineering, web development, mobile application development and digital marketing solutions.

Veolia Water Technologies - specializes in water treatment solutions and provides the complete range of services required to design, build, maintain and upgrade water and wastewater treatment facilities for industrial clients and public authorities.

ComEd / Franklin Energy - a leader in energy efficiency, demand response, and other distributed energy resources, through both organic growth and acquisition.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019
11 AM - 12 PM CST
The produce industry is still reeling from the November announcement from the Federal Government to not eat romaine lettuce. In this webinar we will discuss why FDA took this action and what it means to both the produce industry and the food and beverage industry as a whole.
Are there lessons for others in the food industry from this action, and if so what are they? Is this just an issue with growers of produce or does it have lessons all the way up and down the supply chain?
  • Why did the FDA take this unusual action?
  • What does it mean for the future?
  • Is this a new approach FDA will take more often
  • What can we learn from this?
  • How can others in the food industry avoid a commodity wide "Do Not Eat" announcement?
2019 Leadership Series Seminar: Resolve Employee Conflict
February 14th
As a leader, the ability to navigate through conflict and communicate to resolve conflict is a core competency. It produces many benefits, including increased productivity, improved cohesion and teamwork, and creative problem solving.

This course includes:
  1. Pre-knowledge assessment
  2. Performance contracting
  3. eLearning
  4. Live workshop
  5. Post-knowledge assessment
  6. Reinforcement with access to coaching

$450/per person (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

This seminar is presented by Russell Associates.

Thanks to Our Seminar Sponsors
Mark Your Calendar: MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
February 5, 2019: AMO Meeting .

February 7, 2019:  WI Dept. of Natural Resources/Food Industry Meeting, NOAH'S Event Center, 5020 American Family Drive, Madison, WI.
February 14, 2019:  Resolve Employee Conflict Seminar . MWFPA Conference Room, lower level, 4600 American Pkwy., Madison, WI.
February 20, 2019:  MWFPA Board of Directors Meeting.   
May 29-30, 2019:  MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble . Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI. 
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
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