November 15, 2018

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(as of 10/31/18)
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 ELECTRONIC ILLNESS & INJURY REPORTS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO OSHA 
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has started requiring the electronic filing of OSHA 300A logs (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).  
 
Covered establishments (check  here to determine whether or not this applies to you) were required to electronically submit information from their 2017 OSHA 300A log  by July 1, 2018 through a portal on the  OSHA website.  If you missed the July 1 deadline you can still file the information, although it will be flagged "late" by OSHA.
 
OSHA has also announced recently that they are going to focus some of their inspections on establishments that have not yet filed their 300A logs electronically. So, even if you get the information filed late, it may be worthwhile to do so.  
 
View the OSHA announcement  here.
 
LABOR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES H-2A AG WORKER CHANGES
Proposed changes to the H-2B and H-2A temporary worker visa programs aimed at modernizing and streamlining the recruitment process were announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) November 8.
 
The H-2A program allows employers to higher foreign workers on a temporary basis to fill positions for agricultural work they are unable to secure domestic labor to do. The H-2B program does the same but for non-agricultural work.
 
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DEMOCRATS TAKE HOUSE, GOVERNORSHIPS; REPUBLICANS TIGHTEN GRIP ON U.S. SENATE 
Democratic Donkey Traditionally, the first mid-term election after a president's election results in losses for the leader's party in Congress.
 
This was again the case during the recently concluded 2018 mid-terms where the Democrats won back the House, but failed to win a majority in the Senate.  It is a highly unusual for the President's party to lose seats in one chamber of Congress while gaining seats in the other.
 
Democrats gained 36 seats in the House and control that chamber 228-199 with 8 seats undecided as of Nov. 12. Republicans control the Senate 51-47 with two seats undecided as of Nov. 13.
 
At the state level, Democrats retook control of the
Minnesota House and won gubernatorial victories in IL, MN and WI.   
  GOP Elephant
Democrats have picked up seven governors' seats, giving them control of 23 governorships. Republicans control 25.
There are two races that are still undecided.
 
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FEAST TRADE SHOW FEATURES OVER 80 LOCAL FOODS BUSINESSES
Join over 80 growing , "local foods " businesses from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota that need your services during the FEAST! Tradeshow's Makers' Forum, 8am to 1pm on Friday, Nov. 30 in Rochester, Minn.
 
As one of the technical assistance providers that make up the Support Services Mini Expo, you can introduce your services to the general assembly during the morning welcome, then the morning and lunch offer ample time for businesses to seek you out to strike up conversations about their needs.  
 
After 1:00, the businesses take to their own booths for the Buyers' Expo portion of the day, which gives you the opportunity to witness their product, booth, packaging, and sales tactics. An awards ceremony at 4:30 caps off the day, honoring businesses with exemplary marketing, social benefit practices, and local ingredient sourcing.
 
Exhibitor applications are still coming in, with many already posted on the FEAST! website: local-feast.org/2018_vendors
 
See the schedule and register online by visiting the FEAST! tradeshow page HERE. 
 
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DEADLINE APPROACHING: SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS NEEDED FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
MEMBERS WE CAN USE YOUR HELP! The November 18 deadline for submission of items to the MWFPA convention's silent auction is fast approaching.  The auction assists in raising money for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund.
 
Last year's auction allowed us to award $17,000 in MWFPA Scholarships to the children of MWFPA members in 2018.
 
Items on our donation wish list incl ude: 
  • Sports Tickets
  • Golf Items/Sporting Goods
  • Experiencial Donations
  • Electronics
  • Gift Cards 
  • Cash Contributions
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING! Click here for more info.
 
 
FOOD PROCESSORS, UW COLLABORATE TO REMOVE GUESSWORK FROM WASTEWATER DISPOSAL
MWFPA member Del Monte - Cambria and Al Bodden were recently featured in a University of Wisconsin publication concerning advances in wastewater disposal.

Click here to read the full article.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
A warm welcome to our new members! MWFPA has many things to offer its members and we look forward to serving you. 
 
Fluid Handling, Inc. - The Company's line of business includes the wholesale distribution of industrial machinery and equipment specializing in the sale of heat transfer and heat reclaim products.

Norflex, Inc. - A custom film manufacturer that specializes in high-quality stretch, shrink, custom additives, and converter-grade films used for industrial packaging and agricultural applications.

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MARK  YOUR CALENDAR: EVENTS YOU 
DON'T TO  WANT TO MISS
MWFPA EVENTS:
November 27 - 29, 2018MWFPA 114th Annual Convention and 91st Processing Crops Conference.  Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.  REGISTER HERE 
 
May 29-30, 2019MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble.  Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI. 
 
OTHER INDUSTRY EVENTS:
November 27 - December 6, 2019:  UW-Extension Soil, Water & Nutrient Meetings.  Receive research updates in the field of soil, water and nutrient management at various locations around the state of WI.  For more details, see:
 
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MEMBERS ONLY: CHECK OUT MWFPA'S CUSTOMIZED PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE
The Midwest Food Products Association is pleased to provide its members with access to an exclusive insurance program that is written specifically for our industry through Hays Companies.
 
Learn more about what the MWFPA Insurance Program can do for you by visiting the program's website:
 https://mwfpa.haysprograms.com/

Or contact: Brad Van Swol at: bvanswol@hayscompanies.com;  Phone: (414) 290-3581.  Kathy Yoss at: kyoss@hayscompanies.com Phone: (414) 259-8405.
 
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