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Lawmakers Fail To Meet Farm Bill Deadline, Measure Can't Be Passed Until After Mid-Term Elections  
As of this past weekend, no further meetings of the four lead negotiators on the Farm Bill have been scheduled, although House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, has asked Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., to set one up this week.  
Last week, ahead of the bill's Sept. 30 expiration, the four farm bill principals released a statement confirming that they're "still at the negotiating table," but Conaway issued a statement on Friday blaming Senate negotiators for the impasse.  
With the House having adjourned for the rest of the campaign season, a new farm bill can't be passed until after the election. 
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. 
U.S., Canada Reach Trade Pact
U.S. and Canadian negotiators have reached an agreement assuring Canada will be part of the renegotiated North American trade pact. As part of the deal, Canada agreed to eliminate its controversial Class 7 dairy pricing program.
Sept. 30 was the deadline set by the Trump administration to for a deal to rewrite NAFTA. The new deal will be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or "USMCA."
That negotiators had arrived at an agreement was announced late Sunday night after a marathon bargaining session. The deadline was necessary in order to get an agreement that can be signed by Mexico's outgoing president, Enrique Peña Nieto, before the new administration there takes over on Dec. 1. Leaders from the three countries have to sign it and Congress and the legislatures in Canada and Mexico have to approve it.
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Farm Bureau Asks Halt to Water Rule Nationwide
The American Farm Bureau Federation and a coalition of business groups have filed a motion in federal district court in Georgia asking it to expand its prior order delaying implementation of the flawed 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule in 11 states.  
The coalition asked that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia extend its previous injunction to block the WOTUS rule in the remaining 22 states (including Illinois and Minnesota) that are currently subject to the controversial rule.
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IL's Rauner Issues Amendatory Veto of Wage History Legislation
On September 21, Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to HB 4163 . The legislation would have prohibited employers from inquiring about prospective employees' previous salary and compensation.
The Governor's amendatory veto would allow an employer to seek or confirm a prospective employee's wage, salary or other compensation history after making an offer of employment with salary negotiated. 
The General Assembly will now have an opportunity to either override or accept the Governor's changes during the fall veto session.The bill passed with 87 "yes" votes in the House, but only 31 in the Senate, far less than what is needed to override a veto.
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Food Integrity's Arnot To Share Unique Expertise With Convention-Goers
  A recognized thought leader in food and agriculture, Charlie Arnot is CEO of The Center for Food Integrity, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help today's food system earn consumer trust.
Arnot's commitment to excellence, innovation and integrity have positioned him as a trusted counselor to CEOs, government leaders and executives, and as a respected industry advisor on critical issues within the food system. Clients and food and farm industry leaders seek his unique expertise in applying the CFI peer-reviewed trust model developed in 2007 to help them build trust in their processes and products.
Arnot and CFI's work have been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and National Public Radio, among others. In addition to his role at CFI, Arnot is also the founder and president of Look East, an employee-owned consulting firm with offices in Missouri and Iowa. He has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations and issues management within the food system.
We're certain you won't want to miss what will surely be an impactful presentation.  Register for the convention now! 

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1) At our convention website.
MAIL completed   Registration Form   
3) FAX completed Registration Form  to 608-255-9838
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MWFPA's Convention Silent Auction Speaks Loudly
This year's MWFPA convention will again host a Silent Auction to raise money for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund. Everyone is invited to participate.

Last year's auction spoke loud and clear allowing us to award $17,000 in MWFPA Scholarships to the children of MWFPA members.

We are now accepting merchandise for this event.
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.   
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!   
Help Us Hit The Mark!  MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge Just Ten Days Away
MWFPA's annual sporting clay challenge is just 10 days away set for October 11th.   
Help us hit the target and raise money for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund. Last year's
event raised $6,000 enabling us to provide $17,000 in scholarships to the children of MWFPA members pursuing an education of any kind beyond high school.
Register now for this exciting networking event taking place at the Caribou Gun Club,30649 380th Street, Le Sueur, MN.,  one of the premiere sporting venues in the United States.
Experienced AND novice shooters welcomeDon't worry if you don't have a team.  Register and we'll assign you to one.
Enjoy a spectacular autumn day in the outdoors with a passel of friends and new business associates. Bring your customers or reward a staff member for a job well done.  
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
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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