April 1, 2019
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Codex Meeting on Food Labeling Scheduled
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an April 9, 2019, public meeting to receive comments on the United States’ positions for the Codex Committee on Food Labelling meeting to be held in Canada in May 2019.

Among the announced topics are (i) “Proposed draft Guidance for the Labelling of Non-Retail Containers”;

(ii) “Proposed draft Guidelines of Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling”;

(iii) “Innovation—use of technology in food labelling”;

(iv) “Labelling of alcoholic beverages”; and

(v) “Criteria for the definition of ‘high in’ nutritional descriptors for fats, sugars, and sodium.”
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (March 27) appeared divided along ideological lines about a long-standing legal precedent that calls on courts to defer to a federal agency's interpretation of its own regulation.

Read more from Bloomberg .
Sharpless Named Acting Head Of FDA
The Trump Administration has named Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless, now head of the National Cancer Institute, as acting commissioner to replace Scott Gottlieb, who has announced his intention to resign recently.

Read more.
USDA Webinar Solicits Imput On Hemp Regulations
Recently USDA hosted a webinar listening session to solicit initial input about the development of regulations regarding the production of hemp.

The purpose of the listening session was for USDA to receive public input that the agency can factor into discretionary decisions that need to be made to implement the specific provision of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Read a review of what transpired during the session and view a recording of the webinar
W I Intermodal Report Released
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Intermodal Subcommittee (a part of WisDOT’s Freight Advisory Committee) was created to “[i]dentify current and future opportunities and challenges to connect Wisconsin industries to world markets through the increased efficiency of containerized shipping.”
After a year of work, the Subcommittee’s report has been released. You can view the whole report here .

The report indicated that there are large volumes of international containers arriving in Southeastern and Southwestern Wisconsin. If those containers could be reloaded with Wisconsin-originating exports, there could be significant potential to increase the number of intermodal facilities in the state.
Report: Workforce Quantity, Quality Threaten Growth
The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), through its Future Wisconsin Project, has released a report that breaks down the state’s workforce challenges and proposes a variety of recommendations to help grow Wisconsin’s workforce and the state’s economy well into the future.

The report, titled the Wisconsin Workforce Competitiveness Evaluation, blended statistical data and long-form interviews with the state’s business leaders to determine specific challenges and how to address them.

Read the report .
IL Energy Bill Passes House Committee
HB 3624 passed out of the IL House Energy and Environment Committee 18-11-0. The Clean Energy Jobs Act calls for Illinois to:

  • decarbonize by 2030; use 100 percent renewables for the electricity sector by 2050;
  • electrify the transportation network, including rebates to install personal EV infrastructure;
  • create numerous job programs and community programs to promote clean energy.

It also requires Illinois to take over capacity markets from PJM. The sponsor has committed to working with stakeholders on this and the multiple energy proposals being discussed to negotiate a possible package.

The measure is opposed by the IL Chamber of Commerce. MWFPA will work with manufacturing interests in IL to oppose any legislation that will significantly increase rates on food processors.
Wisconsin Capitol
WI Speaker's Water Quality Committee Meets
The WI Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality met for the first time in the state capitol and heard testimony from state agencies on water quality issues throughout the state. The committee hopes to put forth bipartisan legislative recommendations on clean drinking water by this fall.

Read more here.
MN House & Senate Move Forward With Budget Targets, Priorities
MN House and Senate leadership both announced their budget targets for the FY2020-21 biennium recently.

These targets reveal significant differences between the House and Senate’s overall budget amounts and spending priorities — and on the question of raising taxes.

However, both have proposed budget totals lower than the Governor’s $49.3 billion biennial budget proposal. Finance committees will now begin marking up and moving appropriations bills. The third committee deadline, the date by which committees must act favorably on these appropriation bills, is April 12.

The House is expected to adopt most, if not all of, the Governor’s transportation plan, including a 20 cent per gallon gas tax increase.

The GOP-led Senate budget plan does not include the revenue enhancements the House has proposed, such as the gas tax increase. 

However, the Senate targets indicate increased spending in transportation funding and a one-time boost of $30 million for broadband expansion in greater Minnesota.
Welcome Our New Members
Ocean Spray - Our newest processor member, Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers in the United States, Canada and Chile. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the North American bottled juice category.

Hoosier Logistics - Our newest associate member, Hoosier Logistics a full service asset based logistics provider headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. It provides temperature control and dry transportation services throughout the country. Its service offerings include full service supply chain management, warehousing, single shipments – and everything you need in between.
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
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 .
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
Save the date and 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 .
Mark Your Calendar: MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
828 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI

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

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, WI.
December 3 - 5, 2019:  MWFPA 115th Annual Convention and 92nd Processing Crops Conference . Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

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

April 23, 2010: Unlocking Potential - Workforce Development Initiatives Summit/Reentry , Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI. This is a day long employer focused seminar on how to utilize the re-entry population as a workforce strategy. I ndustry leaders and employers will come together to learn more about how individuals reentering the workforce from incarceration can be a valuable addition to your workforce and how Wisconsin is working to integrate corrections and workforce strategies. Click here more information and to register. Registration is $75. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

April 29 - May1, 2019: The FDA Better Process Control School , Pyle Conference Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI. Early registration deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019. The Better Process Control School provides the canning industry with qualified personnel to meet FDA and USDA regulations. All processing of thermally processed low-acid or acidified foods which are packaged in hermetically-sealed containers must have certain critical operations supervised by a qualified person. Better Process Control School trains individuals to supervise these critical operations. Science and industry experts will deliver the training. Registration link and more information can be found here: https://foodsafety.wisc.edu

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
Web: www.mwfpa.org