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Vermont To Target 'Willful Violations' Of GMO Labeling Law
As Vermont is set to become to the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified foods on July 1, the state's attorney general says his office will target "willful violations" by manufacturers and not products that were produced before that date still on store shelves.

Because some shelf-stable food will be produced and distributed before July 1, the state is allowing for a six-month period for those products to move through the system.  Read more

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MN Senate Dems, GOP Outline Supplemental Budget Proposals
Senate DFL leaders have outlined a nearly $800-million supplemental budget proposal, much of it for tax changes, broadband internet expansion in rural Minnesota and racial equity proposals.

The Senate Democrats' budget-change proposals add about $800 million to the state budget, a figure aligning much closer to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's plan than one issued by Republicans who control the House.

Democrats kept their proposed new gasoline tax on their wish list, freeing up much of the projected $900 million budget surplus for other spending. Republicans, on the other hand, want to split the surplus between tax cuts and new transportation spending, while taking money from existing programs to fund any new programs.

Capitol watchers say striking a transportation funding deal remains a high priority this session, but little progress has been made in bridging the gap between the House and Senate plans.

With the release of the budget targets, Senate DFLers are now officially entering the final stages of negotiating spending priorities at the Capitol. House Republicans outlined a much smaller plan for the final year of the current two-year budget cycle. Theirs calls for small spending increases in some areas of state government and no new spending in others.  Read more from the
St. Paul Pioneer Press here and the Fargo (N.D.) Forum here.  
 
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IL Budget Standoff Continues, Employee Leave Legislation Advances
The political standoff in Springfield continues on as the state is in its tenth month with out a state budget.  
 
Discussions are ongoing at the statehouse with members and staff meeting to discuss a budget fix and what a new source of revenue might look like.   
 
Four legislative leaders met for roughly an hour last week in the Governor's office, but there was no word on whether the meeting was conducive towards ending the current stalemate.

However, a small group of budget leaders from both parties sat down with the Governor's staff to discuss the budget in a closed door meeting last week.  The group is planning to meet again this week.  
 
Despite the lack of a state budget, pertinent legislation is still before the legislature. Of special note are a handful of employee leave bills that are before the General Assembly.  There has been action to report on a few of those bills.
   
HB 4036 (Lilly) would require all employers to provide a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period. This bill passed the House 72-26. The bill has since arrived in the Senate with Sen. Toi Hutchinson as the sponsor.     
 
An agreement has been reached between business and industry groups and the AARP, which has been pushing this legislation, to tighten up HB 6162 (Skoog).  An amendment is expected that will remove business and industry opposition.  
 
HB 3297(C. Mitchell) would require any employer employing one
one or more individuals to provide paid health care time, accruing at a rate of one hour for every 22 hours worked for an employer with 50 or more employees and at a rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked for an employer with fewer than 50 employees. MWFPA has been participating with a business and industry coalition that is working with the sponsor to mitigate some of the concerns businesses have with this measure.

The other leave bills that are currently on the floor include  HB 5738 (Cabello), SB 2613 (Bertino-Tarrant), and  SB 2147
 (Hutchinson).

MWFPA generally opposes efforts to mandate employee leave policies. 
 
 
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IL Meat Labeling Bill Held In Committee
Facing strong opposition from IL food manufacturers and other business interests, Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Port Byron) put his meat labeling bill on hold without a vote in committee.  HB 5526 would mandate that meat sold in Illinois must be labeled with country of origin information.
 
MWFPA supported the recent repeal of the COOL labeling requirement which had drawn the ire of the World Trade Organization for violating international trade rules and would have resulted in billions of dollars in tariffs from Canada and Mexico. 

After the federal law was repealed, Rep. Smiddy sought to impose a state law requiring the same type of labeling that would have violated trade agreements.  An amendment was filed, but not considered, that would have made it permissive allowing companies to voluntarily label their meat with the country of origin.

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Last Chance To Register For MWFPA Food Sanitation Seminar


Register now for MWFPA's full-day seminar looking at the sanitation problems and solutions that are found in today's food plants.  Go to MWFPA's website "Events" page for registration materials and more information.  Plan to attend on April 21, 2016 at the Stoney Creek Hotel, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd. in Onalaska, WI.

Sponsorship opportunities for the morning, lunch, and afternoon programs are available.

Thanks to our exhibiting companies:

Great Lakes
Hydrite  
chicago glue
Midwest Rubber

 

Registration Now Open For MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble
Golf Outing 2012
MWFPA's Spring Summit and Scramble is set for June 1-2, 2016, at the Kalahari Resort and Trapper's Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells, WI. For more information and on-line reservations, visit our event website:
   
This is a Members-Only event. On Wednesday evening, June 1st, a reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Double Cut Grill at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center. The shotgun style golf tournament will be played at Trapper's Turn June 2nd, starting at 8:00 am followed by lunch, awards and cash prizes. Register early!  This event fills up fast!
 
Last year over 200 golfers participated in this event and over $3,000 in cash prizes were awarded. 
 
The Spring Summit & Scramble also offers many opportunities to promote your company by sponsoring:
  • A hole
  • Wednesday evening reception
  • Cash prizes
  • Lunch
  • Donating items for drawings and goodie bags*
All sponsors will be recognized with signage at the event, on our website and social networking pages, and in our bi-monthly e-bulletin. The sooner you sponsor the longer your logo is displayed.
 
This year's golf outing will again afford participants the opportunity to help raise money for MWFPA Scholarships.  In 2016 MWFPA will award 18 $1,000 scholarships to the children of MWFPA member company employees. 
 
LODGING:
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kalahari, (608) 254-5466 at a rate of $99.00 per night plus room tax.  When you call be sure to indicate that you are with MWFPA
 
*If your company plans to bring a door prize, please contact Brian Deschane at: brian.deschane@mwfpa.org, or phone 608-255-9946 in advance of the event so your contribution can be included on the appropriate signage. A MINIMUM of 225 ITEMS MOST BE DONATED FOR GOODIE BAGS.

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MWFPA Sponsorship & Underwriting Opportunities
Take advantage of MWFPA's sponsorship and underwriting opportunities today!

Sponsoring an MWFPA event, such as the upcoming sanitation seminar, provides opportunities to make business connections in intimate settings.  The sanitation seminar provides speaking opportunities during the session in addition to exhibit space.

Upcoming events and sponsorship opportunites include:
  • June 1-2, 2016 - MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble - Kalahari Resort & Convention Center and Trappers Turn Golf Club, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
  • October 6, 2016 - MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge - Milford Hills Hunt Club, Johnson Creek, WI.
  • November 29 - December 1, 2016 - MWFPA Annual Convention & Processing Crops Conference - Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI 
The Association offers an underwriting opportunity associated with this news bulletin.  Broaden your visibility, create awareness of your products and events, and connect with food manufacturers and business leaders. Contact MWFPA for more details. 

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Friday/Weckel Scholarship Applications Due April 29
scholarshipUndergraduate students attending, or planning to attend, UW Madison, Platteville or River Falls are eligible for Friday/Weckel scholarships. Applications are due by April 29, 2016. Last year six scholarships were awarded totaling $9,000.

Information and applications can be downloaded from the MWFPA website, or by contacting Brian Elliott at: brian.elliott@mwfpa.org, or by calling 608-255-9946.

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Better Process Control School Set For April
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is set to present the 2016 Better Process Control School, April 26-29, 2016 in Madison, WI.
 
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.The 
Better Process Control School trains individuals to supervise these critical operations.
 
Training is being offered this year in late April in order to support training of personnel newly hired for the pack season.
 
Registration and schedule information is available online: www.foodsafety.wisc.edu
 
Early registration deadline is April 4, 2016.

MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
April 21, 2016: MWFPA Sanitation Seminar. Stoney Creek Hotel,
3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, WI.

June 1-2, 2016: MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble. Kalahari Resort & Convention Center and Trappers Turn, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

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
April 26-29, 2016: University of Wisconsin - Madison Better Process Control School.  Madison, WI. 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.  The Better Process Control School trains individuals to supervise these critical operations.
 
Registration and schedule information is available online: www.foodsafety.wisc.edu. Early registration deadline is April 4, 2016.

April 26-28, 2016: Iowa State University FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. Iowa State University 1951 Food Sciences Building Ames, IA.  A three day Basic Preventive Controls training designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the Food Safety system for manufacturing safe food. This course will meet the FDA FSMA regulations as an Approved Course under Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA).  For more information, click here.

May 3-4, 2016Dryer TechnologyMadison Concourse Hotel,
One West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703. Expand your knowledge of dryer fundamentals and learn how to apply proven methods to solve problems, and improve energy efficiency and your operations. This course will focus on continuous drying of particulate materials from foods to inorganic chemicals. 
For more information, or to enroll, click here.

May 5, 2016: Atomization and Spray Technology: Focus on Spray Drying Course. Madison Concourse Hotel, One West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703.  Learn about various types of atomizers, as well as how an atomizer works, and how to select an atomizer for specific applications. This course will focus on atomization methods, functions, designs, atomizer performance, and much more. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to compare different atomizers and select the right one for your application. In addition, you will be able to calculate droplet size, cone angle, and other spray characteristics.  For enrollment and other information, click here.

May 11-12, 20162016 IRC Research & Technology Forum. Pyle Center,702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI. Attend several technical sessions covering topics including: mechanical integrity, electric motors & drives, regulatory update, and others. New this year will be a `lightning round` technical session. This annual event is the most cost-effective opportunity for you to update and expand your knowledge of industrial refrigeration systems. Self-register here .  The fee is $139.  On the registration page, be sure to select the appropriate event with the radio button since there is more than one currently listed.

June 13-15, 2016Iowa State University FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. Iowa State University 1951 Food Sciences Building Ames, IA.  A three day Basic Preventive Controls training designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the Food Safety system for manufacturing safe food. This course will meet the FDA FSMA regulations as an Approved Course under Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA).  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. 
 
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