February 18, 2019
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Effort Made To Keep Chocolate From Extinction & Promote GMOs
In an effort to avoid the extinction of chocolate, a nonprofit coalition of farmers called A Fresh Look has released a line of chocolate bars that promote the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Read more here and here.
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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards You Should Know About
The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program was established within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and sets standards for facilities with potentially dangerous chemicals.

DHS inspects facilities determined to be high-risk to insure the facilities have the necessary security measures in place to reduce the risk of terrorist attack.

Read more about the program here.
FDA Issues Guidance On Warning Public About Recalled Products
The FDA has published a final guidance to industry and staff on the issuance of public warnings and notifications in connection with recalls of F.D.A.-regulated products, including human and animal food products.

The release of the guidance is the latest in a series of F.D.A. actions aimed at modernizing and strengthening the agency’s recall procedures.

GOP Takes MN State Senate Seat
Republican Rep. Jason Rarick is headed to the state Senate after winning the special election to replace Democrat state Sen. Tony Lourey, who resigned to take a job as Gov. Tim Walz’s Human Services commissioner.

The win flips the seat long held by Democrats and expands the GOP's narrow majority in the state Senate. The new 35-32 split may make it more difficult for Walz and Democrats in control of the state House to pass key proposals on their agenda this session.
MN's Klobuchar Announces Presidential Run
MN U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined the chase for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Sunday with a frigid campaign kickoff along the Mississippi River with the Minneapolis skyline as a soaring backdrop. The third-term MN senator and former county attorney now is part of an ever growing field looking to take on Republican President Donald Trump. And she’ll be one of a historic number of women in the White House hunt, becoming the fifth so far to press ahead with a bid.
IL Passes $15 Minimum Wage, Gov. Expected To Sign
The IL House voted to pass a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 over the next five years.

The proposal increases the current $8.25-an-hour base wage by $1 on Jan. 1. After a 75-cent jump July 1, 2020, it would increase $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025.

Governor JB Pritzker, a Democrat, has pledged to sign it before Wednesday. That’s when he unveils his first annual budget plan.

The House vote was 69-41 vote. You can click to see how your lawmakers voted in the House of Representatives and SenateRead more from the Chicago Tribune here.
IL Senator Introduces Bill To Force Unionization
Newly elected Chicago State Senator Ram Villivalam (D) introduced legislation this week that could force employees, private and otherwise, into unions. 

SB 1474 creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act and provides that employers and labor organizations may execute and apply agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment. The bill goes on to prevent local units of government from adopted regulations that restrict unionization. 

This legislation comes on the heels of a 4-year battle between former Governor Rauner and labor unions who fought both at the state level and in municipalities across the state over the role of unions in the workforce.
WI Transportation Task Force Reports On Revenue Sources
WI Governor Tony Evers’ Transportation Stakeholder Task Force has narrowed in on several sources of transportation related revenue this week including:

• A 5.5 cent fuel tax increase and a return of indexing
• An unspecified vehicle registration fee increase
• A vehicle miles traveled tax
• An excise tax on motor fuel
• Tolling

Evers said the task force is nearing consensus on the need to increase Wisconsin’s 32.9-cent-a-gallon tax on vehicle fuel.

Read more here.
WI Gov Joins Climate Alliance
WI Gov. Tony Evers has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of 21 governors working to uphold the Paris climate accord.

According to a statement released by the Governor , he has committed to “implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025” among other agreements .

This announcement comes on the heels of Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes’s public support of the Green New Deal (GND), introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Markey (D-MA) earlier this month
Did You Remember Your Dues?
Just a friendly reminder to remit your 2019 membership dues. Invoices were sent out in November and were due the first week in January. 

Don't miss out on all of the exciting MWFPA events coming up this year! Thanks to all of you who have sent in your payment. We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your membership, please contact Jane Algiers at 608.255.9946 or jane.algiers@mwfpa.org
MWFPA Scholarship Application Due Date Approaching
The MWFPA Scholarship may award up to $2,000 (depending on availability of funds) in scholarship money to deserving children of parents or guardians who are employees of MWFPA member companies.

They must also be a high school senior or post-secondary student accepted into, or attending, any post-secondary school in the United States.
Last year seventeen $1,000 scholarships were awarded under the program. MWFPA Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019. The scholarships will be awarded in April, 2019.

For more information and to download an application, click here .
MWFPA is an official partner of ProFood Tech, the premiere event for food and beverage processing.

MWFPA members receive complimentary registration by using code: MWFPACC

MAY 29-30, 2019
Trappers Turn, Wisconsin Dells, WI. Watch for further information coming soon.
Mark Your Calendar: MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
February 20, 2019:  MWFPA Board of Directors Meeting.  

March 20, 2019: Raw Products Committee meeting. MWFPA offices.

March 21, 2019: MWFPA & WCMA Information Meeting with WI DNR, Noah’s Event Center, 5020 American Family Drive, Madison, WI, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

May 29-30, 2019:  MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble . Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI. 

October 10, 2019: MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge, Milford Hills Gun Club, Johnson Creek, WI.
December 3 - 5, 2019:  MWFPA 115th Annual Convention and 92nd Processing Crops Conference . Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

February 21, 2019: 2019 Manufacturing Matters! conference . Hyatt Regency, 333 West Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI. Join over 500 manufacturing professionals for Wisconsin's premier manufacturing conference to learn, network, and celebrate manufacturing in our state.More information and links to sign up for the pre-conference events and the MM19! can be found at: ManufacturingMatters.org < http://www.manufacturingmatters.org/ >

February 25-27, 2019: American Frozen Food Institute Food Safety Leadership Conference,
San Diego, CA. This conference provides informative,  Listeria monocytogenes (Lm)  – specific educational programming in the form of both pre-conference workshops and education sessions.
 For more information, including the schedule, hotel information and pricing, please see the event website: https://affi.org/our-priorities/events/food-safety-leadership-conference/

March 6, 2019: AgTech Innovation Summit .   University of Illinois Research Park
Champaign, Illinois. E xplore how tech is addressing significant changes facing the agricultural industry including prevalent innovations in animal sciences with perspectives from ADM, Elanco, TellTail and AGCO. Register here .

March 26–28, 2019: ProFood Tech, McCormick Place, Chicago, Il. The only event in North America focused exclusively on all food and beverage sectors, featuring 7,000 processing professionals and 450 of the world’s top suppliers with booths covering 150,000 net square feet of exhibit floor. For more information: https://www.profoodtech.com/
Brian Elliott | Midwest Food Products Association | Ph: (608) 255-9946 | Fax: (608) 255-9838
Web: www.mwfpa.org