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FDA Issues Industry Guidance On "Healthy" Labeling
FDA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened a docket and released industry guidance on the use of the term "healthy" in the labeling of human food products.

Responding to Kind LLC's citizen petition asking the agency to align its nutrient content claim regulations with federal dietary guidance, FDA is inviting "public comment on the term 'healthy', generally, and as a nutrient content claim in the context of food labeling."

FDA has asked stakeholders to weigh in on a number
of questions, including:

1. Is the term 'healthy' most appropriately
categorized as a claim based only on nutrient content?
2. If criteria other than nutrient content (e.g., amount of whole grain) are to be included in the definition of the term 'healthy,' how might we determine whether foods labeled 'healthy' comply with such other criteria for bearing the claim?
3. What types of food, if any, should be allowed to bear the term 'healthy?
4. Is 'healthy' the best term to characterize foods that should be encouraged to build healthy dietary practices or patterns?
5. What nutrient criteria should be considered for the definition of the term 'healthy?".

The agency also seeks input on consumer and industry perceptions regarding a changed definition of "healthy."

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WI Right To Work Law Upheld
WI Capitol A federal judge has refused a union's demand to block Wisconsin's right-to-work law. The law prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers, not just union members, to pay union dues.  Read more here.

WI Freight Rail Plan Being Developed
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is in the process of developing the state's first long-range multi-modal freight plan. It will provide the policy framework to guide investment decisions relative to freight mobility.

The final freight plan will:
  • provide a comprehensive overview of Wisconsin's transportation system
  • analyze potential investment strategies
  • recommend performance measures
  • discuss an implementation strategy
A draft Wisconsin State Freight Plan is now available on the department's website at
The WisDOT is holding five public involvement meetings, one in each state region, to give people an opportunity to learn about the draft plan and provide feedback on the content.

MWFPA is an active participant in the state's Freight Advisory Committee which will be holding its next meeting on October 12, 2016.

Dayton Says Time Has Run Out For MN Special Session
MN Gov. Mark Dayton says time has run out for a special legislative session.

In a letter to MN House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Dayton said there is too little time before the November election for Democrats and Republicans to resolve their differences.

Dayton and legislative leaders had hoped to reach a broad agreement that would permit a special session to pass a tax relief package and open the way for $1 billion in public construction projects. But a proposed light-rail line to the southwest Minneapolis suburbs - backed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans - has been the obstacle.

Seip To Sharpen MWFPA Convention Attendees' Professional Growth Strategies
MWFPA Convention Keynote Speaker Roger Seip
Roger Seip, co-founder of Freedom Personal Development, one of the world's premier training and personal development firms, and the bestselling author of Train Your Brain for Success will be the MWFPA's opening convention keynote speaker on Wednesday, November 30.
Drawing on his 8 years as a stand-up comic, Roger brings a humorous energy to every presentation, so much so that participants have been known to laugh themselves right off their chairs. Roger's programs educate and entertain, while making lasting improvements in his clients' personal and professional lives.
After experiencing his presentation once, you'll understand why thousands of business professionals have turned to Roger to guide them to a new level of personal greatness! His high energy,enthusiastic and outgoing personality is sure to jump start our convention.   

3 Easy Ways to Register

1) At our convention website.
MAIL completed Registration Form 
3) FAX completed    Registration Form  to 608-255-9838

Keep Up With Us
Keep up with the convention
conversation at #mwfpa16.

Register Now for MWFPA 2016 Convention Expo & Processing Crops Conference!!
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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MWFPA! Clay Shoot Is Thursday!
null Register now for MWFPA's Sporting Clays Challenge slated for this Thursday, October 6, 2016 at
Milford Hills Hunt Club in
Johnson Creek, WI

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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Send Your Silent Auction Items In Now
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.

Items on our donation wish list incl ude:
  • Sports Tickets
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Golf Items
  • Fun Outings, Vacation Trip Packages
  • Creative Artwork
  • Electronics
  • Gift Cards
  • Unique Dining Experiences
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.  
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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Focus On Energy's Large Therm Project Accelerator - RFPs for 2017 Projects Being Accepted
Focus on Energy IV
The Large Energy Users Program (LEUP)  from Focus on Energy is accepting proposals from any qualifying large energy user customer in need of financial support for their large energy efficiency projects that save natural gas Therms and that can be completed in 2017.
RFP Release:
August 30, 2016
Proposal Due Date:          
Proposals will be accepted through October 19, 2016.
Incentive Award Basis:
Proposals will be competitive, with higher points awarded to larger energy savings projects and for lower proposed incentive rates ($/therm).  RFP Application must be complete. Customers must work with a Focus on Energy Energy Advisor.
RFP Benefits Summary
  • Payback minimum/maximum - projects can qualify down to a one-year payback, with the incentive (currently 1.5 years).  Payback can be as high as 10 years.
  • Project incentive cap - a single project cap increases to $400,000 (currently $150,000)
  • Customer's annual cap - annual incentive cap increases to $500,000 for 2017
  • Payment of up to 50 percent of the originally estimated project cost (currently 30%)
  • May request between $0.20 and $1.00 per annual therm saved (currently $0.40/therm).
For more information, go to:

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
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.  

December 2-3, 2016: Feast! Local Foods Marketplace 2016.
Rochester Mayo Civic Center,  30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN.  Farmers and food-makers will showcase and sell their products at over 100 exhibit booths, chefs will demonstrate locally sourced recipes, and more. The festival will include a children's activity area, DIY and healthy living workshops, and a local beer and wine tasting event. For more information, click here.

February 13-17, 2017Industrial Refrigeration Workshop. Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. This one-week course is intended for those who make decisions such as the purchase of new components, and the enlargement or modification of the plant. Manufacturers of components learn how their products fit into the entire system. For more information, click here.

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