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USDA Plans To Release Hemp Regulations In August

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that it is aiming to release its “Interim Final Rule” for the establishment of a domestic hemp production program in August of 2019. Specifically, the timetable states “08/00/19.” According to the notice, “This action will initiate a new part 990 establishing rules and regulations for the domestic […]

WI Gov. Evers Signs State Budget–With Some Vetoes

WI Gov. Tony Evers signed the state’s budget into law today after issuing a few dozen line-item vetoes. The action came after the GOP-controlled Legislature approved the $81 billion spending plan last week, sending it to the governor’s desk. Among the items he struck from the bill was the plan requiring the Department of Transportation […]

Friday/Weckel Scholarship Award Winners Announced!

MWFPA has selected six candidates to receive Friday/Weckel scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. Each recipient will receive $1,500. The winners are as follows: Carlton A. Friday Scholarship Award 1. Madeline Melby -UW River Falls 2. Miranda Arndt- UW River Falls 3. Jordan McLane- UW Platteville Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarship Award 1. Virginia Lee – […]

WI Assembly Passes State Budget

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin State Assembly has passed the state budget. The two-year spending plan approved by the Assembly on Tuesday now heads to the Senate,  where its fate is less certain. Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage in the senior chamber, where 17 votes are needed for passage. But two senators already announced they would vote […]

MWFPA Convention & Trade Show Exhibitor Registration Now Open!

Exhibitors, reserve your booth now for MWFPA’s 15th Annual Convention and Trade Show, being held in the newly expanded Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI, December 3-5, 2019. The Kalahari expansion will more than double the size of the current convention center, from about 100,000 square feet to 212,000 square feet insuring that our […]

Mexico’s Senate Ratifies USMCA Amid Trump Tariff Cease-Fire

Mexico’s Senate ratified a North American trade deal with the U.S. and Canada, becoming the first to do so amid a truce reached with President Donald Trump over an unrelated tariff threat. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – which was designed as a substitute for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – sailed through the […]

WI Budget Committee Completes Work, Plan Heads To Legislature

The WI Legislature’s powerful Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has finished its work on the 2019-21 state budget .  The spending plan now heads to each house of the state legislature–Assembly first, then Senate–for consideration before heading to Gov. Evers desk. The Committee capped off its deliberations by inserting a GOP tax cut plan into […]

US Trade Rep Urges Passage Of US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and US-China trade negotiations emerged as the focal points as US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer faced questions yesterday from the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, echoing his Tuesday session before a Senate panel. Recently, MWFPA joined numerous agribusiness and manufacturing trade associations endorsing USMCA and urging its swift adoption […]