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Congress Avoids Shutdown, Speaker Boehner Resigns
Congress passed legislation to prevent a government shutdown this week, following a vote in the House that will keep federal agencies funded through Dec. 11.

The Senate approved the legislation earlier on Wednesday and the President signed it into law that evening.  Without action by Congress, the federal government would have shut down today, the beginning of a new fiscal year. The question for Congress now becomes how to prevent a shutdown right before Christmas.

In a surprise announcement, House Speaker John Boehner, 65, made known his intent to resign from the position of Speaker and his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after serving there since 1990 and as Speaker since 2011.
Due to Boehner's resignation, there will be Republican leadership elections. The leadership election can go a few ways. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California is running for speaker and is considered the front runner. If he wins, that opens up the spot of House Majority Leader. Leadership elections will be held on Oct. 8 to select a new slate of leaders to help the new Speaker do his or her job.  Later in October, the full House is expected to vote on the new speaker. 

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The Carrot War Gets Serious
One way to establish healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime is to ensure school-aged children eat more fruits and vegetables.

MWFPA, through the American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Colaition, supports expanding the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to allow schools to serve all forms of produce, which is consistent with USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Recently, Reps. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) introduced a bill that would expand the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to include frozen, canned, dried and pureed fruits and vegetables.  Read more about this legislation from Politico.

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IL Budget Stalemate Continues, House Passes $3.8B Human Services Funding
As IL enters its 4th month without an approved spending plan, IL Gov. Rauner remains in a seemingly intractable standoff over the state budget with veteran Democrats controlling the General Assembly.

An Illinois House committee recently passed a plan to pay for human services during the state budget stalemate. The $3.8 billion spending plan was sent to the full House and would also authorize the state to spend $1 billion from the state lottery fund to pay winners who aren't getting paid due to the budget impasse. The Senate passed the bill on a partisan roll call the last time they were in session. 

Federal court orders require billions of dollars to be paid for service programs, but Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he'll veto the bill as it is a piece-meal appropriation.
The House will return Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Senate returns Oct. 6.  

Ag Officials Predict Bumper Crop Of Beans In 2015 
The WI vegetable industry was the subject of a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Business section story by Rick Barrett regarding the anticipated harvest of snap beans and sweet corn crops for processing this year.

MWFPA is quoted in the article. Continue reading.
Valuable Sponsorships Still Available For Oct. 6 Sporting Clays Challenge
null Register now for this year's Midwest Food Processors Association Sporting Clays Challenge. There's only 5 days until the big event!  
Join us for our scholarship fundraiser and networking event to be held October 6, 2015 at the Whispering Emerald Ridge Game Farm in Menomonie, WI.
The MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge is a great way to promote your business and entertain your customers in a beautiful and relaxed setting.
There are still some sponsorship opportunities remaining. Take a look at the MWFPA Facebook Photo Gallery for pictures of last year's event.

Get registration material and sponsorship information here
Don't Forget, Time Is Running Short To Register For Food Safety Preventative Controls Forum October 19-22, 2015
Register now for the 2015 Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum brought to you by AFFI and the Midwest Food Processors Association, scheduled for Oct. 19-22 at the  Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Presented by top experts these two Forums, one and one half day food safety workshops, will address fundamental Food Safety Modernization Act requirements and provide guidance on how these requirements can be blended into existing in-plant food safety programs.

Keynote speakers U.S Food and Drug Administration Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Roberta Wagner and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Food Safety Administrator, Steve Ingham will provide federal and state perspectives on FSMA implementation strategies.

Don't wait - the forum is sure to fill up quickly!!  Register today! 
MWFPA HACCP Seminar Registration Is Open!
Register now for MWFPA's Hazard Analysis Critical Control  Points (HACCP):  Basic Concepts, Design and Implementation and Refresher for Food Processors, seminar scheduled for October 28-29, 2015 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center in Onalaska, WI.

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires risk analysis for all food industries. A good knowledge of HACCP is the foundation for all sound food safety programs.

This two-day course is certified by the International HACCP Alliance and open to all food processors, suppliers and regulators who wish to learn the basics of HACCP in food processing or review associated fundamental principles and concepts.

MWFPA Convention Lodging Block Now Open!
The 2015 hotel block is now open! Make Your 2015 MWFPA Convention & Processing Crops Conference room reservations now! Rooms go quickly,
so don't delay, book today!

MWFPA has reserved blocks of rooms at Green Bay's Hyatt on Main, the Hampton Inn and the Tundra Lodge for the convention set to take place December 1-3, 2015 in Green Bay, WI.  Go to the convention website for more information.   
Exhibitor Space Still Available - But Hurry, It's Going Fast!
The 111th MWFPA Convention will take place Dec. 1-3, 2015, at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI and booth space is available for those wanting to exhibit.

Trade show booths sell out every year and there are still spaces available, but they're going fast!

Leverage the power of the MWFPA Convention and create buzz by exhibiting and gaining access to over 1,000 industry attendees! Select spaces are still available and are being allotted on a first come, first serve basis.

Go the MWFPA Convention website and download a copy of the convention prospectus which contains a floor map and registration form. Registration forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail. Sorry, no online registration is available at this time. 
MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
October 6, 2015: Sporting Clays Challenge. Whispering Emerald Ridge Game Farm, N3954 640th St., Menomonie, WI.

October 19-22, 2015: AFFI/MWFPA Food Safety Preventative Controls Forum, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI.  Register.

October 28-29, 2015:  MWFPA HACCP Seminar, LaCrosse, WI.

December 1-3, 2015 - MWFPA 111th Annual Convention and 88th Processing Crops Conference.  KI Convention Center, Green Bay, WI.
Other Educational Opportunities
November 4, 2015: Export Education Seminar- "Meeting Buyers' Expectations." Northcentral Technical College, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI. Join Food Export-Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for a day of education topics on how to meet international buyers' expectations. Don't miss this opportunity to increase your knowledge of becoming a successful exporter. Contact Lisa Stout at: , or phone: 608-224-5126

November 10-11, 2015:  Evaporators:  Designing, Evaluating and Operating CourseMadison Concourse Hotel, One West Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Evaporation is an important process
used in many industries. The efficient operation of evaporators requires a working knowledge of the basics of evaporation, heat transfer, and moisture removal. Attendees will gain a solid understanding of evaporator fundamentals and learn howto apply proven methods to solve practical problems.  For more information, click here.
November 15, 2015: Private Label Buyers Mission at the PLMA Show.  Rosemont, IL.  Held in conjunction with the Private Label
Manufacturers Association Show, this mission provides an opportunity to maximize your opportunities at a show where retailers and wholesalers go to source their private label products. You'll meet with pre-qualified buyers from around the world in pre-arranged, one-on-one meetings right here in the U.S., generate new sales leads, and build relationships with key industry players.  For more information, click here
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