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Vilsack Expects GMO Rulemaking Before End of Year
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack anticipates that USDA will release a notice of proposed rulemaking for GMO labeling regulations before year's end. He added the department will probably send a request for proposal in October for a study - mandated by the GMO labeling law - on the effectiveness of disclosing GMO information electronically. Vilsack said he hopes to complete the study in the summer of 2017.

The Secretary said Congress should fund the study through the continuing resolution currently being debated to fund government beyond the end of the month. Otherwise, he said the rulemaking process could be delayed.

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Coalition for Responsible Gene Editing Formed
The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) has announced the formation of the Coalition for Responsible Gene Editing in Agriculture, a partnership of diverse stakeholders committed to building public trust in gene editing for agriculture and food production. 

"Without a doubt, gene editing is one of the transformational innovations of the decade and has tremendous potential to benefit society and agriculture," said Terry Fleck
, executive director of CFI. 

Science Magazine
referred to a specific gene editing technology as the 2015 Breakthrough of the Year, and the MIT Technology Review listed it as one of its "10 Innovations That Could Change the World."

"The new coalition will consider key steps to ensure the responsible use of the technology that earns consumer trust.
The goals of the coalition include developing stewardship guidelines, engaging stakeholders and involving a broad-base of those engaged in gene editing," Fleck said. These efforts will be guided by core values that address food safety, sustainability, environmental impact, animal well-being, transparency, science, economic viability, consumer trust and respectful collaboration."

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Dayton, Daudt Find No Agreement On Special Session
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt talked about a possible special legislative session last week but didn't resolve any of the issues still preventing it.

Talk of a special session began almost immediately after the regular session ended in May.
At that time the Legislature was unable to agree on a $1 billion-plus package of public works spending.

A $260 million tax cut bill did pass, but Dayton allowed it to die without his signature because of a wording error he maintained would have cost the state $100 million over the next three years. The measure would also have trimmed business property taxes paid to the state by more than $56 million and would have cut farmland taxes by $44 million.

Talks accelerated after the Dayton veto but broke down last month over the issue of funding for the Southwest Light Rail line. Dayton subsequently directed the Metropolitan Council to pursue a backup plan to fund the controversial project. That led to suggestions that a special session could happen after all, with the biggest roadblock resolved.

With all the members of the House and the Senate up for election this year, it has become increasingly difficult to focus legislative attention as the November elections approach.  Dayton and leaders left open the door to passing the tax and bonding bills early in the 2017 session.  However, the outcome of the legislative elections will certainly dictate the 2017 legislative agenda.
In Memoriam
MWFPA was saddened to learn that Bruce Seemann passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016. He was 77 years old.

A graduate of UW Madison with a Master Degree in Food Science, he worked as a chemist for Red Star Yeast in Milwaukee and Post Foods in Battle Creek, MI. There he was on the team that developed Gaines-Burgers dog food. Bruce retired from Moraine Park Technical College in 1999 after 30 years of teaching Food Science and also some reading and math to students who needed some "refreshing".

Memorials are appreciated to St. Jude's Hospital or Fond du Lac Humane Society in Bruce's name.
Additional information and guest book may be found at The MWFPA extends its deepest sympathy to Bruce's family.    
MWFPA 2016 Convention Registration Now Open!!
Online registration is now open for the 2016 MWFPA Annual Convention & Processing Crops Conference! Our premier event of the year is set for November 29 - December 1, 2016 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

The convention draws over 800 attendees and presents the latest products, innovative ideas and technological advances of importance to the food processing industry. 

The convention also provides attendees with unparalleled opportunities to network with a cross-section of key industry players while at the same time facilitating access to information about trends and developments in the food manufacturing industry.

You can also register by: 1) Mailing a completed registration form to MWFPA, 4600 Am erican Pkwy., Suite 210, Madison, WI 53718, or: 2) FAXing the completed registration form to 608-255-9838.

Be Sure To Get Involved - Become a convention sponsor. Sponsorships are available for as low as $1,000!

For lodging and additional information, see the MWFPA convention website. If you have any questions, contact Brian Deschane at, or call 608-255-9946.

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Bust A Clay For MWFPA! Help Raise Money For
MWFPA Scholarships

null Register now for MWFPA's Sporting Clays Challenge at
Milford Hills Hunt Club in
Johnson Creek, WI, 
October 6, 2016.   

Last year's event raised $10,000 enabling us to provide $18,000 in scholarships to the children of association members pursuing a post-secondary education.  The day's schedule is as follows: 

          Safety Review
          Clay Shoot
             10:30 a.m.
             11:45 a.m.
             12:45 p.m.
               1:00 p.m.
               3:30 p.m. 

Register now! To view the event brochure and a listing of sponsorship opportunities, click here 
See you at the Milford Hills Hunt Club!
View the MWFPA Photo Gallery for pictures of last year's event .

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MWFPA Convention Silent Auction Set To Raise Funds For Scholarships
This year's MWFPA convention will again host a Silent Auction to raise money for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund.

Due to your generosity last year we were able to award $18,000 in MWFPA Scholarships.

We are now accepting merchandise for this event. Fill out a MWFPA 2016 Silent Auction Donation Form and submit it to MWFPA, 4600 American Pkwy., Suite 210, Madison, WI, 53718 or send it via email to:  You can also 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. 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.
Please consider donating an item to support the continued work of the MWFPA Scholarship Fund.  The deadline for donations is November 14, 2016.  
Items on our donation wish list incl ude:
  • Sports Tickets
  • Golf Items
  • 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.

Don't Delay - Donate Today!

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MWFPA Hosts Management Training Program With Cheesemakers, UW School of Business
In partnership with the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Wisconsin School of Business Certificate Program, the Midwest Food Processors Association is again promoting a custom certificate program designed to build leadership, management, and business acumen in dairy and food industry professionals.

High Performance Leadership and Management Skills for Food and Cheese Professionals provides the skills to lead, motivate, and manage employees to create a stronger, more productive organization. Participants will spend a total of eight days (four, two-day modules) immersed in thought-provoking and pragmatic training, with action learning components, group discussion, team exercises, and case studies built into each module.  Module dates are September 29-30, 2016, November 14-15, 2016, January 23-24, 2017 and March 6-7, 2017.

The program is offered to all MWFPA members. Cost to attend the program is $6,900 per participant and includes instruction, educational materials, meals, parking, and overnight accommodations for all four two-day sessions. Complete information on the program can be found at online.  Don't wait - register today for this premiere event.

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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
October 6, 2016: MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge. Milford Hills, Johnson Creek, WI.

November 29- December 1, 2016: MWFPA 112th Annual Convention and 89th Processing Crops Conference.  Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Other Educational Opportunities
September 26-30, 2016: Private Label, Food Service and Retail Products Trade Mission. Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico. Expand your export sales in Mexico by joining Food Export-Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture on the Focused Trade Mission to Mexico, for Private Label, Food Service and Retail food product companies.  Cost: 
 $400 by the Early Registration Deadline - May 23, 2016. For more information, contact Ashwini Rao/ 608-224-5119/  Register here.

September 27, 2016Women in Agribusiness Summit. Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL. From sustainability to strategic planning to diversity in ag, the fifth annual Women in Agribusiness Summit will bring top talent from across the ag value chain, including Martha Scott Poindexter of Bunge and Krysta Harden of Dupont, to speak on these critical issues in the sector. The Summit will take place  September 27-29. For more information, Visit for more info, and join the conversation  @Womeninagri, on Facebook and LinkedIn

September 28-29, 2016Food Safety Modernization Act - 21 CFR Part 117 Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Human Food.  US Bank Plaza Conference Center,
One South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703. MWFPA Associate Member Michael Best is partnering with EAS Consulting Group to host a two-day  Food Safety Modernization Act seminar. MWFPA members can receive a10% registration discount by using the special discount code: MB10.  The cost is $1,200 per individual (includes registration, lunch, and 21 CFR Part 117 Pocket Guide).

September 29-30, 2016
High Performance Leadership & Management Skills for Dairy and Food Professionals. Fluno Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI.  For more information, see article above, or go to the program website.

October 6, 2016Global Dairy Symposium. Alliant Energy Center,  1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI, Mendota Room 4. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is organizing a Global Dairy Symposium on October 6, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin, during World Dairy Expo. For more information, click here.

October 12-13, 2016: Preventive Maintenance Optimization.
DoubleTree by Hilton,
525 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI.
Stop blindly following your manufacturers' recommendations for preventive maintenance optimization programs. Learn how to transform your existing program into an effective and efficient system, and establish a culture of continuous improvement at this University of Wisconsin School of Engineering course. Click here.

October 13, 2016Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Conference.  Minneapolis Airport Marriot, 2020 American Blvd. E, Bloomington, MN 55425.  Receive an overview of the sanitary transportation of human and animal food rule straight from the FDA. Learn about best practices for record keeping, training and temperature monitoring.  Participants will be instructed on how to identify top fleet concerns, specific conversation points for essential communication between carriers and shippers and how to determine important protocols.  For more information, click here.

November 14-15, 2016: Oilseed & Grain Trade SummitHyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, see the summit website.   
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