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MN Legislature Concludes Session, Passes Budget & Workforce Mandate Proposal

In MN, The Governor called a one-day special session for Friday, May 24 and, in a marathon 24-hour session, the Legislature passed the bills required to implement the state’s biennial budget. The bipartisan budget agreement reached by the Governor and legislative leaders spends roughly $48.3 billion, a 6.2% increase over the previous biennium, but did […]

No Special Session Yet In MN, Possibly On Friday

As of today, MN legislators do not have a special session scheduled, but have many more details in hand about the bills they must pass. Legislative leaders had hoped to schedule their session for today, but Gov. Walz has not yet announced when he will call lawmakers back to pass the budget measures that were […]

AG-FDA Spending Bill To Be Unveiled

According to POLITICO, the House Appropriations Committee is set to unveil its draft fiscal 2020 Agriculture-FDA measure this morning.  A subcommittee markup is set for 10 a.m. on Thursday. The measure is expected to include $24.3 billion in discretionary funds, a $1.3 billion (or 6 percent) increase from current levels. Health advocates and the Sustainable […]

Bill To Ban PFASs From Food Packaging Introduced In Congress

According to Chemical Watch, Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) has introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in food packaging. The “Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act of 2019” (HR 2827), introduced on 17 May, would amend the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to “deem […]

MWFPA, MN Agriculture Groups Call For USMCA Ratification

MWFPA, and a collection of MN’s leading agribusinesses and agriculture-related trade associations, has called on Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA, signed by the three countries in November 2018, was crafted as a replacement and update to the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It still must be ratified […]

MWFPA, Agriculture Groups Urge USMCA Approval

MWFPA, along with a group of 66 food and agriculture companies and trade groups, have sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to ratify the U.S. trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The letter was signed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, Bayer, International Dairy Foods Association, Land O’Lakes and the National Cotton Council, […]

USDA Posts FAQ Regarding BE Labeling And Promises Future Guidance

According to Keller and Heckman LLP ,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued an FAQ for manufacturers concerning its bioengineered (BE) food labeling rule (formally known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS)). The final rule was issued in December 2018 and does not come into effect for several years, […]

MWFPA Scholarship Winners Announced

The MWFPA Human Resources Committee has selected 26 applicants to receive this year’s MWFPA Scholarships.  The recipients and the companies with which their parents or guardians are employed, as well as their home city are below.  Each of the awardees will receive $1,000. Lindsay Bauman                      Brakebush Brothers, Westfield, WI McKenna Bell                          Can Lines Engineering, Brillion, […]