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Farm Bill Negotiators Remain At Odds, House & Senate Struggle With Spending Measures  
Farm bill negotiators remain at odds on a range of issues, including commodity, conservation, nutrition and energy programs, calling into question whether they will be able to agree on a new measure before the 2014 farm law expires Sept. 30.  
MWFPA is working with the American Fruit & Vegetable Processor & Grower Coalition to ensure that its "all forms" fruit and vegetable language is a part of the final farm bill.  
Meanwhile, House and Senate appropriators continue to struggle to finish a package of four spending bills that includes funding measures for the United States Department of Agricuture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administraiton. The unresolved policy issues for the USDA-FDA spending measure include details of a provision that would ensure that USDA has a role in regulating cell-derived, cultured meat.   
The House is not in session this week (it will return September 25), and the Senate will be out on Wednesday for Yom Kippur.  
Ag Secretary Wants Congress To Pass New Guest-Worker Program
United States Department of  Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue wants Congress to pass an immigration bill overhauling the H-2A agricultural guest-worker program, even though major agriculture groups in the West oppose the measure, the USDA chief said Monday at a gathering of state ag officials.
The legislation from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) would change the existing program (and rebrand it as H-2C) by expanding it to include both seasonal and year-round labor needs. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) are both co-sponsors of the bill, H.R. 6417.
The Western Growers Association and California Farm Bureau oppose the measure, and several Golden State Republicans are wary because it includes an "E-Verify" provision that would require employers to verify the legal status of their workers - potentially hampering their ability to find enough labor.  
While MWFPA has not opposed the E-Verify system, it advocates that any worker verification system not unduly burden employers, be properly funded, and have a high data integrity confidence factor. Those utilizing E-Verify should be protected from liability should they meet their obligations under the law.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had promised some GOP members a vote on the Goodlatte labor bill before the August recess. That didn't happen, in part because it appeared to lack enough support to pass.
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FDA Not Considering Nutrition Facts Delay
According to POLITICO, the FDA is on track to meet its January 2020 compliance date for the overhaul of Nutrition Facts labels.  
A top USDA official said last week the department aims to start enforcing its genetically-modified ingredients rule at the same time as FDA's Nutrition Facts update takes effect, so food companies only have to update their labels once. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency is not considering a delay to account for USDA's timeline.
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U.S. Food Facilities Must Renew FDA Registrations
FDA Any facility that markets food for consumption in the US has between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018, to renew its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration, a biennial requirement that is distinct from updating registration, said Registrar Corp, an FDA regulatory compliance consulting group.  
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Former Packers' GM, Wolf To Address MWFPA Convention
Former general manager of the Green Bay Packers, Ron Wolf, will be the MWFPA convention's Wednesday, November 27th luncheon keynote speaker. 
Ron hired Mike Holmgren as Packers' head coach, traded for quarterback Brett Favre and signed defensive end Reggie White in free agency. All the moves were instrumental in making the Packers a contender again and culminated in a championship season in 1996 and the Super Bowl XXXI title.  

Under Ron's leadership, the Packers qualified for the playoffs six consecutive years and went to back-to-back Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
He is author of the book, The Packer Way: Nine Stepping Stones to Building a Winning Organization, wherein he describes the nine fundamental principles that he used to build a championship football team and explains how readers can apply these principles to their own professional careers and business practices. 
We're certain you won't want to miss Ron's lively, engaging, and impactful presentation.  Register for the convention now! 

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3 Easy Ways to Register

1) At our convention website.
MAIL completed   Registration Form   
3) FAX completed Registration Form  to 608-255-9838
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Keep up with the convention
conversation at #mwfpa18.
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Welcome New Members!
A warm welcome to our new members!  Here are some highlights, learn more by clicking on the company name and visiting their website .
Apex Water Solutions - provides problem-solve water treatment in these areas: municipal waste water, landfill leachate and water reuse.
Big Ox Energy - focused on offering solutions to food production industry customers. Their mission is to be a sustainable, scalable, and cost-competitive waste recycling provider. 
DMP Corporation - provider of integrated wastewater treatment solutions. 
Epstein - a multi-disciplinary design and construction company that is focused on serving clients, empowering our employee-owners, and enhancing our communities. 
Earthwise Full Water Solutions - offers water treatment technologies to reduce costs, conserve water and eliminate hazardous chemistries
MDK Zero Landfill - provides scrap processing, recycled material buying and selling and waste stream evaluations. 
NTN Bearing - manufactures and supplies the most comprehensive range of bearings, constant velocity joints, and other precision industrial and automotive equipment to meet a variety of applications, across a variety of industries.
Painters USA - provides interior & exterior painting, floor coating, sandblasting, dry ice blasting, spraying, and industrial cleaning services for commercial and industrial properties, food & agricultural clients. and manufacturing facilities & warehouses nationwide.
Suez   - offers water and wastewater treatment for the food and beverage industry. Suez works with food and beverage clients to identify safe, reliable and well-priced solutions to keep water consumption under control.
Wieser Brothers Construction - a full service general contractor that specializes in design/build, commercial construction.  Wieser Brothers Constructions offers professional service in all aspects of design, construction, and remodeling.  
Welcome to MWFPA!  
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Donate To This Year's Convention Silent Auction - A Good Time For A Good Cause
This year's MWFPA convention will again host a Silent Auction to raise money for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund.    
Please consider donating an item. The deadline for donations is November 18, 2018.  
Items on our donation wish list incl ude:
  • Sports Tickets
  • Golf Items/Sporting Goods
  • Fun Outings
  • Electronics
  • Gift Cards 
MWFPA is also accepting cash contributions of $100 or more, so if you would prefer, simply send a contribution and MWFPA will place the money directly in the scholarship fund or purchase desirable items with appropriate recognition for your company.

Simply fill out a MWFPA 2018 Silent Auction Donation Form online or download a hardcopy and mail it to: MWFPA, 4600 American Pkwy., Suite 210, Madison, WI, 53718. You can also email the form to:, or fax the form to 608-255-9938.

By donating an item with a value of at least $100, you will be assisting the children of MWFPA processor and associate members in making their post-high school education ambitions a reality.  Last year we raised $6,000 enabling us to award $17,000 in scholarships for 2018. 
Additionally, you'll benefit from exposure of your company's name to those who attend the event. Donors will be listed on the event program, and the merchandise you give will be on display throughout the evening with appropriate recognition.
Don't Delay - Donate Today!   
Pull The Trigger Now!! Don't Wait, Register For MWFPA's Sporting Clay Challenge Today!
MWFPA's annual sporting clays challenge on October 11th is a little more than three weeks away!  
Register now for this exciting networking event taking place at the Caribou Gun Club, 30649 380th Street, Le Sueur, MN. 
Whether you are a life-long firearms enthusiast or a newcomer to the shooting sports, this event will provide you and your guests with a safe and thrilling day in a beautiful and relaxed setting.  
Click here to view the event brochure and a listing of sponsorship opportunities.
Come and enjoy a day of networking. Bring your customers or reward a staff member for a job well done. Experienced AND novice shooters welcome.
Last year's event raised $6,000 enabling us to provide $17,000 in scholarships to the children of MWFPA members pursuing a post-secondary education.
Following is the day's itinerary:
10:00 a.m. 
Registration/Shooter Warm-Up (warm-up is optional & paid by participant)
11:45 a.m. 
12:45 p.m.
Safety Review
1:00 p.m. 
Clay Shoot
4:00 p.m.
R eception (h ors d' oeuvres and beer) /Awards. 
See you at the Caribou Gun Club!  View our Facebook photo gallery from last year's event.  
t year's event.    
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
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:;  Phone: (414) 290-3581.
Kathy Yoss at: Phone: (414) 259-8405
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