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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 […]

U.S. Department Of Commerce Announces Steel And Aluminum Tariff Exclusion Process

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its procedures for excluding products from the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum product imports. The Department will start accepting exclusion requests from U.S. industry today. Read the Dept. of Commerce news release here.  See the Federal Register notice on the process for filing exclusion requests.

WI Gov. Signs Worker’s Comp “Exclusive Remedy” Bill

WI Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 781, important legislation that was introduced just 3 weeks ago in response to a Court of Appeals decision from January that upended the “exclusive remedy” of worker’s compensation for some workers. The decision, which Act 139 overturns going forward, allowed injured workers who had been placed by a staffing service […]

Changes Made To Guestworker Bill For Ag

It remains to be seen if House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte‘s immigration bill will get a floor vote. But the Virginia Republican is staying responsive to ag concerns and made several amendments last week that are aimed at the H-2A guestworker program overhaul portion of the immigration bill. Many Republicans – namely Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows – […]

Achieve Results Through Leadership Thursday

It is important that you have effective leaders in your workplace to empower and influence your people to achieve business and team goals.  Developing leadership skills can not only provide important business proficiencies and aid professional development, but also help develop interpersonal skills.On Thursday, February 22, 2018 the Midwest Food Products Association is once again […]

Rauner Urges IL Pension Changes, Other Reforms In Budget Address

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner  unveiled his fiscal 2019 budget yesterday, a $37.96 billion blueprint calling for reforms to help get IL back on track. Rauner stressed having school districts share teacher pension costs, getting a handle on state employee health insurance, and various other reforms. Besides again advocating for an overhaul of employee pensions, Rauner […]