Monthly Archives: April 2018

Just One Day Left To Apply For Friday/Weckel Scholarships

Hurry!! Tomorrow, April 27, is the last day to apply for MWFPA Friday/Weckel scholarships for 2018. The MWFPA Human Resources Committee can award a total of six $1,500 scholarships from the two funds (three from each fund). Undergraduate students attending, or planning to attend, UW Madison, Platteville or River Falls and majoring in agriculture or […]

FDA’s Food Defense Plan Deadline On The Horizon

The Food and Drug Administration and advisers to the food industry have intensified efforts to ensure food manufacturers develop and implement food defense plans before a July 2019 deadline. The F.D.A.’s intentional adulteration rule — officially known as Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration — is one of the seven foundational rules required […]

Farm Bill Rewrite Contains Canned Vegetable Provision

The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill this week which contains a change allowing “canned, dried, frozen or pureed” products in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  The change has been sought by MWFPA in conjunction with the American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition. […]

WI Ends Legislative Session; Ag, Business Fare Well

Legislative activity for the WI 2017-18 Legislative Session has ended except for a small amount of committee work.  Legislators will now focus on legislative and budget items for next session and the November elections. Generally speaking, the business and agriculture community fared well this session with the passage of the high capacity well bill, Wisconsin […]

Study: Wisconsin Food Manufacturing Needs Attention To Reach Potential

If Wisconsin’s food processing industry is to realize its full economic potential, it needs more attention including a reliable regulatory environment, a skilled workforce and recognition of the industry’s importance to the state’s economy and quality of life. Those are the key conclusions from a joint study, Be Bold III: Accelerate Wisconsin, released by Competitive […]

Washington Post Publishes Story on Frozen Foods

A great article on frozen foods was published in today’s Washington Post. It hits all the highlights – convenience, taste, changing labels and products, food waste, demographics. The article, “Frozen food is no longer just the sad refuge of dieters with office jobs,” also referenced a RBC Capital Markets report which showed growth in the […]