Monthly Archives: December 2018

GMO Disclosure Rule Cleared By OMB

The much-anticipated federal GMO disclosure standard has been cleared by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a final step before USDA publishes the rule. The food and agriculture industries are bracing for the GMO disclosure rule and nervously waiting to find out the details of the regulatory regime, officially known as the […]

MN Enjoys $1.5B Budget Surplus

The state of MN released its economic forecast and projects a budget surplus of $1.544 billion for the two-year budget cycle beginning July 1, 2019. The projected surplus for the following two years (Fiscal Years 2022-23) is $456 million. This is the sixth consecutive legislative session that will convene with a budget surplus. In addition, […]

MWFPA Scholarship Programs Now Taking Applications

Applications for the MWFPA and Friday/Weckel Scholarships are now available. The MWFPA Scholarship may award up to $2,000 (depending on availability of funds) in scholarship money to deserving children of parents or guardians who are employees of MWFPA member companies. They must also be a high school senior or post-secondary student accepted into, or attending, […]

People Have To Eat, So Wisconsin’s Food Manufacturers Have Jobs

Wisconsin food manufacturers account for more than a quarter-million jobs in Wisconsin, but the industry can sometimes remain under the radar. “The food industry is a silent industry. People just don’t think that much about it when they think of manufacturing, but food processors are manufacturers,” said Nick George, president of the Midwest Food Products Association.  […]

Skilled Worker Shortage Hurts Midwest Economy, Says New Economic Report

The economy continued to expand in nine Midwestern and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers, according to monthly survey results released Monday. Minnesota is one of the states included in the survey. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.1 in November from 54.9 in October, the report said.   Read more […]