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. […]
The IL Senate has approved restrictions on insurance companies writing workers’ compensation policies. The plan that passed 34-21 Tuesday is identical to one Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed last year. Read more from the IL State Journal Register
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s time to register for MWFPA’s Spring Summit & Scramble to be held May 30 – 31, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort &Trappers Turn Golf Club, Wisconsin Dells, WI. Plan to join us for our annual association business and networking event. Register now at our website. For further information and a downloadable registration form, click here.
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. 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 […]
MWFPA and the canned food industry continue to strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s plans to announce tariffs or import restrictions on tinplate steel – a unique type of steel that is specifically made for food cans. The President announced that next week he will sign off on a 25 percent tariff for imported steel and […]
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 – […]