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Senate Panel Agrees To Historic GMO Labeling Bill
The Midwest Food Processors Association applauded a U.S. Senate committee's agreement on June 23 to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods, otherwise referred to as GMOs.  Read MWFPA's news release here and the letter it signed onto as part of the Safe and Affordable Food Coalition. 

The bill would give food and beverage manufacturers options in disclosing whether a product contains GMOs. The form of disclosure may be a "text, symbol, or electronic or digital link," according to the bill. Companies would have the option of using quick-response (Q.R.) codes, phone numbers or web sites instead of on-pack labeling.

The measure would also override any state or local law. A GMO law in Vermont that requires labeling on packaging is scheduled to go into effect on July 1.

When and if the Senate will take up the measure has yet to be determined.  The House would also need to vote on the bill as the Senate measure differs from the bill passed last year by the House.  That chamber has already adjourned for the Fourth of July holiday.
 
Landmark Amendments to Federal Chemical Safety Law Enacted
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law.

The legislation is the first comprehensive update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since Congress first enacted the law in 1976 and is expected to have far-reaching impacts on the U.S. industry. TSCA is the federal law that gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate a broadly defined class of chemicals.

Because the Act requires EPA to evaluate chemicals currently used in commerce as well as new products, it significantly expands EPA's authority to regulate widely used industrial chemicals-including those that were grandfathered in by the 1976 law.

Accordingly, any business that uses chemicals in its operation should brace for regulatory changes and supply chain impacts. As President Obama noted during the bill signing ceremony last week, "this is a big deal."

Read more about the Act and its implications from MWFPA associate member Michael Best & Friedrich here

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IL About To Go One Year Without A Budget
In IL, Thursday marks the end of a full year without a state budget. The new fiscal year starts Friday, July 1.

Despite canceling every Wednesday session thus far in June, the General Assembly returned to Springfield on Wednesdayfor the first time since adjourning roughly one month ago.

The four caucus leaders and the Governor met extensively throughout Wednesday. Cautious optimism is in the air as the outline of a deal appears to be in the works. As a positive sign, the House and Senate both added today as an additional session day. The hope is there will be an agreement and final votes today on a temporary stop-gap budget for higher education, social services and state government operations.


It is not clear whether any of the non-budget items will be addressed such changes to collective bargaining and workers' compensation reform. 
 
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MN Special Session A Challenge
MN Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders continue to discuss the possibility
of a special session, though Capitol observers note it will be a challenge to find agreement on the terms  of a special session between all parties. 

Lawmakers adjourned the 2016 regular session last month without transportation funding or public works legislation. They later lost a popular package of tax cuts when Dayton let the bill die without his signature  over a potentially expensive wording error.

Republicans and business leaders are pushing for other topics in the session such as a local preemption bill that lets the state overrule local laws on raising minimum wage and granting sick time to all workers.

Minneapolis recently passed a sick time ordinance and may have a referendum on a $15 an hour minimum wage. St. Paul is drafting an earned sick and safe time ordinance.  Dayton balked at that suggestion saying the issue hasn't been discussed and can't be given careful consideration in a one-day special session. 
 
The governor has spent time traveling the state making his case for what should be included in a special session: corrections to the tax bill that he pocket vetoed earlier, a substantial bonding bill and investments in transportation top the list.

Republican legislative leaders maintain that Governor Dayton's demands are too expensive
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Friday/Weckel Awards Announced
cash MWFPA has selected six candidates to receive Friday/Weckel scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. The recipients are as follows:
 
Carlton A. Friday Scholarship Award
1.             Emily Hefty               UW-Platteville     $1,500
2.             Lauren Sipple             UW-Madison       $1,500
3.             Marlee Bonham         UW-Platteville     $1,500
 
Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarship Award
1.             Ian Fox                      UW-Madison       $1,500
2.             Jordan McLane          UW-Platteville     $1,500
3.             Stephanie Thiel          UW-Madison      $1,500
 
Letters will be sent to each recipient notifying them as to their selection and inviting them to the MWFPA convention November 29 - December 1, 2016 
 
Thanks to the HR Committee for all their time and effort in reviewing the various applications and selecting the winners.

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MWFPA Hosts Management Training Program With Cheesemakers, UW School of Business
In partnership with the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Wisconsin School of Business Certificate Program, the Midwest Food Processors Association is again promoting a custom certificate program designed to build leadership, management, and business acumen in dairy and food industry professionals.

High Performance Leadership and Management Skills for Food and Cheese Professionals provides the skills to lead, motivate, and manage employees to create a stronger, more productive organization. Participants will spend a total of eight days (four, two-day modules) immersed in thought-provoking and pragmatic training, with action learning components, group discussion, team exercises, and case studies built into each module.  Module dates are September 14-15, 2016, November 14-15, 2016, January 23-24, 2017 and March 6-7, 2017.

The program is offered to all MWFPA members. Cost to attend the program is $6,900 per participant and includes instruction, educational materials, meals, parking, and overnight accommodations for all four two-day sessions. Register prior to July 15th and save $200. Complete information on the program can be found at online.  Don't wait - register today for this premiere event.

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MWFPA Partners On Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, Organic & Non-GMO Forum
MWFPA is a proud partner in this years co-located Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit and Organic and Non-GMO Forum. These annual  events are taking place November 14-15, 2016 at the Hyatt regency in Minneapolis, MN. 

The 11th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit is a forum for all participants across the oilseed, grain and feed value chain - from buyers, traders and merchandisers to processors and providers of transportation/logistics services. Discussions will be laser-focused on what new developments have arisen, such as emerging market opportunities for exports to Cuba, or prospects from increased competition on exports from Brazil and Argentina.

Similarly, conversations that are fundamental to engagement in the sector, such as outlook projections, strategies for risk management, and insight on the near-term impacts of weather on agriculture, will be more closely examined.

The 2nd annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum, which was expanded this year after an incredibly successful inaugural year, will focus on the development of supply chains and other business opportunities in the sector. Leading experts will provide both overviews and deep-dives into the most relevant issues facing the sector, including S&D forecasting and the impact of evolving policies.

For more information, see the summit website

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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
October 6, 2016: MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge. Milford Hills, Johnson Creek, WI.

November 29- December 1, 2016: MWFPA 112th Annual Convention and 89th Processing Crops Conference.  Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Other Educational Opportunities
July 18-20, 2016: Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training, Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Task Force, Pomeroy Center, Room 215, University of Minnesota, 1964 Fitch Ave., St. Paul, MN.  Created by the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this course meets the Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual training requirements. Certificates will be issued to each participant documenting completion of this course.  For more information, click here.

August 3, 2016: 2016 Midwest Buyers Mission.  Madison, WI. 
Sign up for the upcoming Midwest Buyers Mission to position yourself and your products in front of pre-qualified international buyers seeking the latest food trends and products from the United States. Register early as meeting slots are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. It's the perfect low-cost opportunity to meet buyers from established and emerging markets in one place!

August 22-24, 2016: Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training.  Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Task Force.  Pomeroy Center, Room 215, University of Minnesota,
1964 Fitch Ave, Saint Paul, MN. Created by the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this course meets the Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual training requirements. Certificates will be issued to each participant documenting completion of this course.  For more information, click here . 
 
September 26-30, 2016: Private Label, Food Service and Retail Products Trade Mission. Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico. Expand your export sales in Mexico by joining Food Export-Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture on the Focused Trade Mission to Mexico, for Private Label, Food Service and Retail food product companies.  Cost:  $400 by the Early Registration Deadline - May 23, 2016. For more information, contact Ashwini Rao/ 608-224-5119/ ashwini.rao@wi.gov.  Register here.

September 29-30, 2016
High Performance Leadership & Management Skills for Dairy and Food Professionals. Fluno Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI.  For more information, see article above, or go to the program website.

October 12-13, 2016: Preventive Maintenance Optimization.
DoubleTree by Hilton,
525 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI.
Stop blindly following your manufacturers' recommendations for preventive maintenance optimization programs. Learn how to transform your existing program into an effective and efficient system, and establish a culture of continuous improvement at this University of Wisconsin School of Engineering course. Click here
 
 
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