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MWFPA Friday/Weckel Scholarships Announced
The MWFPA Human Resources Committee has chosen six candidates to receive Friday/Weckel scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. The recipients are as follows

Carlton A. Friday Scholarship Award
1.  Faith Buhrandt  UW-River Falls  $1,500 
2.  Alyssa Demrow  UW-Platteville  $1,500 
3.  Sabrina Huebl  UW-River Falls  $1,500 

Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarship Award

1.  Jordan McLane  UW-Platteville  $1,500 
2.  Allison Raffetto  UW-River Falls  $1,500 
3.  Michelle Schmitt  UW-River Falls  $1,500 

Letters have been sent notifying each recipient of their selection and inviting them to the annual convention in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to the HR Committee for their work with our scholarships! 
"Accurate Labels Act" Introduced In Congress
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) have introduced the Accurate Labels Act, a proposed amendment to the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act that would require information about the "chemical composition of, and radiation emitted by" a food product to be based on the "best available science."  
According to a press release from Moran, the bill "ensures that consumers have access to accurate and easy-to-understand product information" by (1) "[e]stablishing science-based criteria for all additional state and local labeling requirements"; (2) "[a]llowing state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone-enabled 'smart labels' and on websites, where consumers can find up-to-date, relevant ingredients and warnings"; and (3) "[e]nsuring that covered product information is risk-based."
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Immigration Votes Set For Next Week
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on two immigration bills next week to address the legal status of people brought to the U.S. as children.  
One is a conservative proposal ( H.R.4760) drafted by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would replace the H-2A guestworker program with a new one called H-2C. It would also legalize young unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers, end the diversity visa program, and require employers to use E-Verify.
The other is compromise legislation pulled together by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Republicans called the "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act."  
The bill provides a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, allowing legalized immigrants to apply for green cards after five years, based on a points system.
It also contains $25 billion to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and a provision that the government can cancel Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals visas if the wall funding is rescinded. Also included is a provision ending the diversity visa lottery program.
Neither bill is expected to pass the House. Republican senators, who previously said immigration was a dead issue, said Thursday the House immigration plan drafted by Ryan could get a vote in their chamber.  "If the House passes something the president would sign, I'll take a look at it," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). Trump said today that he would not sign the House GOP's compromise immigration bill.
MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
October 11, 2018MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge. Caribou Gun Club, 30649 380th Street, Le Sueur, MN.
November 27 - 29, 2018MWFPA 114th Annual Convention and 91st Processing Crops Conference.  Kalhari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
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Other Educational Opportunities
June 20-22, 2018: Introduction to Food Chilling & Freezing Course . Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI.  Here is your opportunity to focus on the most important principles and practices of food chilling and freezing, two key operations integral to the vast majority of food consumed around the world. For more information, click here
September 24-26, 2018: Women In Agribusiness, Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, CO. For more information and to register, click here.  
September 30 - October 2, 201810th Annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit , Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN. Register by June 30, 2018 to receive an early bird rate of $800!  Click here to register.
October 29-30, 2018Organic & Non-GMO Forum, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, St. Louis, MO. Attend the only event that covers both the practical and business issues surrounding the organic, non-GMO, and conventional supply chain, and addresses the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector.  
For more information, sponsorship inquiries, media partnerships, or speaking opportunities, please contact Managing Director Joy O'Shaughnessy at or (207) 244-9544 x 103. Register and receive further information here
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Check Out MWFPA's Customized Property & Casualty Insurance For Members Only
The Midwest Food Products Association is pleased to announce that its members now have access to an exclusive insurance program that is written specifically for our industry.  With assistance from the risk management firm Hays Companies, this program offers a customized Property and Casualty insurance program. 

The program offers a complete insurance program for all business types, from processor to manufacturers, logistics to wholesaler and anything in between.  No market segment is excluded, and no organization is too large or too small.  

Learn more about what the MWFPA Insurance Program can do for you by visiting the program's website:

For more information about the program, contact: Brad Van Swol at:Email:;  Phone: (414) 290-3581 
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