March 18, 2019
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Budget Blueprint Addresses Food Safety
The executive branch has released its Federal budget proposal

FDA’s food safety programs have escaped cuts in the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget, and instead are slated for funding increases, including a $16 million bump to support implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and another $16 million increase for better detection of foodborne illness.

For USDA, a total of $927 million dollars has been requested specifically for federal food safety and inspection.

Read more from Food Safety Magazine .
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Several members of the American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition participated in a recent lobbying effort on Capitol HIll.

Pictured here, left to right, are Sean Reilly, Can Manufacturers Institute; Jon Brekken, Seneca; Congressman Jim Hagedorn, (MN-1); Nick George, MWFPA; and Mike Rettig, Giorgi Global Holdings.

Productive meetings were held by 15 representatives of the food industry with members of the House and Senate agricultural committees providing them with an overview of AFVPG's public policy initiatives. They addressed pressing issues such as 232 tinplate tariffs, the inclusion of all forms of vegetables in federal food programs, and buy American provisions that were included in the 2018 Farm Bill.
FDA Commissoner Gottlieb Resigns
Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner who was one of the most active members of the Trump administration in preserving and promulgating regulatory initiatives, announced that he is resigning after two years in office.

Gottlieb had served as FDA chief since May 2017.
The 46-year-old doctor was among President Trump’s most popular appointees. While some Democrats initially questioned his ties to conservative groups and the pharmaceutical industry during his confirmation, Gottlieb quickly won respect from lawmakers of both parties.
The largest labor group in the United States vowed to work to defeat the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal unless the Trump administration agrees to make changes involving the pact's labor, enforcement, intellectual property and other provisions.

An executive statement lists the group’s concerns about the pact's labor standards, saying the new deal includes "some modest improvements" but "will not end the race to the bottom in the workplace."
W I Budget Bill Seeks to Reinsert Anti-Business Qui Tam Law
In his 2019-21 state budget address , WI Gov. Tony Evers proposed several reforms related to Wisconsin civil procedure. Most notably, the governor is seeking to restore private individuals' ability to bring "qui tam" claims by reviving the False Claims Act.

The law was repealed in 2015 and allowed private individuals to bring lawsuits on the government's behalf. Evers's proposal goes even further than Wisconsin's previous qui tam law by applying the law not only to Medicaid fraud and but to all state agencies.

Read more from the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council .
Steel Tariffs Will Be Resolved As Part Of USMCA Passage: Mnuchin
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers that the Trump administration will work out a solution on steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico as part of its efforts to get the new NAFTA passed through Congress.

"The idea is, one, we'd like to pass the USMCA as quickly as we can," Mnuchin said. "And as part of that, we'd like to reach a resolution on the steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico."

The comments come as lawmakers continue telling the Administration that it must remove the tariffs if it wants Congress to consider approving USMCA.
IL Energy Bill Set For Hearing In House Committee
IL House Energy and Environment Chairwoman, Ann Williams (D-Chicago), announced this week that the committee will hold a subject matter hearing on her clean energy bill, HB 3624 , and a renewable energy bill, HB 2966 (Davis-East Hazel Crest), this week.

The Chairwoman has also noted that there will not likely be room for discussion in the subject matter hearing, and that the bills will be brought forward and explained by one individual, completely leaving out industry and energy consumers from these initial conversations.
HB 3624 seeks to re-regulate Illinois' energy marketplace and move Illinois to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 and achieve a carbon-free power sector by 2030. HB 2966 incentives wind and solar projects as it pushes for increased renewable energy procurement.

MWFPA will work with manufacturing interests in IL to oppose any legislation that will significantly increase rates on food processors.
Wage History Bill Passes IL House
The House has passed HB 834 (Moeller-D), that attempts to shrink the gender wage gap by tackling the issue of wage and salary history, by a vote of 86-28-0.

The bill prohibits an employer from using wage or salary history when making hiring or promotional decisions.

The IL Manufacturing Association (IMA) opposed the legislation because it allowed an employee to double dip by suing an employer in both state and federal court and it removed the ability of a company to offer an affirmative defense. Identical legislation passed the legislature last year but was vetoed by Governor Rauner.
MN House Committee Approves Omnibus Ag Bill
The MN House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division voted 8-6 to approve HF1733, as amended , The omnibus agriculture and food policy bill. and refer it to the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin) is the sponsor.

The measure includes a number of provisions requested by the Department of Agriculture relating to industrial hemp, including a modification that would change the definition of industrial hemp to include all species of cannabis.

Read more.
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
Have Your Children Applied For A Friday/Weckel Scholarship?
The Carleton A. Friday Scholarship and
Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarship programs
offer up to three $1,500 scholarships (total of six) to deserving undergraduate students who are majoring in agriculture or food science within the University of Wisconsin system (currently Madison, Platteville and River Falls).

Each student needs to complete only one application and required financial forms to apply for both the Carleton A. Friday and Kenneth G. Weckel scholarships.

The deadline for submission of applications is April 26, 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

The Annual Member Spring Summit & Scramble is Right Around the Corner!
 MAY 29, 2019 - Summit
Kalahari Convention Center and Resort
MAY 30, 2019 - Scramble
Trappers Turn Golf Course

Mark Your Calendar: MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
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.

828 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI

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.

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:

April 3, 2019: Lessons on Becoming a Certified USDA Vendor , Webinar, 2 p.m.(EST).
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to a live, interactive webinar on lessons learned in becoming an approved USDA Foods vendor. Each year, AMS purchases over 300 different food products to feed millions of school children, families, and other qualified individuals through USDA’s nutrition assistance and international food aid programs. Find out how your company can participate in these purchases that support American agriculture. The webinar is FREE. However, registration is required and space is limited. Andrea Lang, New Vendor Coordinator, AMS Commodity Procurement Program will be your speaker. More details are available here:  Become a USDA Foods Vendor

May 23, 2019: PFAS: Life Cycle, Regulations and Solutions , Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI. Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists and learn the history, chemistry, sampling techniques and current treatment options of PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) as well as developing regulatory proposals throughout the country. Over 4,700 PFAS exist in the world today. Many PFAS transform into highly persistent perfluorinated chemicals in the environment. Short-chain PFAS tend to be more water soluble and move more easily through soil to contaminate ground-water, surface water or drinking water. Click here for an agenda and a registration form .
Brian Elliott | Midwest Food Products Association | Ph: (608) 255-9946 | Fax: (608) 255-9838