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Court Grants Foundation & MWFPA's  Request To Join Suit Against WI DNR

An Outagamie County court judge has granted a motion, brought by the Great Lakes Legal Foundation on behalf of the Midwest Food Processors Association and a number of other business and agricultural groups, to intervene in a law suit preventing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resourses (DNR) from overstepping its regulatory authority.  


The groups include the Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.  Read more.


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Single Food Agency:  Theory v. Reality
President Obama wants to consolidate food safety oversight from multiple federal agencies into one. Read more about this idea which may seem good in theory, but perhaps not so much in reality.  Continue reading.

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IL Environmental Coalition Looks To Rework Energy Plan
A coalition of environmental advocates have unveiled legislation to rework IL's renewable energy plan focusing on three specific areas including changes to Illinois' Renewable Portfolio Standard, energy efficiency, and creation of a new carbon cap and trade program.  Continue reading.

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U.S. Justice Department Asks For Stay On Immigration Order

The U.S. Justice Department is arguing that halting President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration from taking effect threatens national security, in a request for an emergency stay to put on hold a Texas judge's decision that temporarily blocked the actions.  Continue reading.    


Rauner Introduces IL Budget Cutting Billions
IL Capitol

Calling his budget the "last best chance to get our house in order," Gov. Bruce Rauner laid out a  plan cutting billions of dollars from the IL state budget which he said would end years of "financial recklessness" during his recent budget address.


The Republican conceded that his proposal, his first since being inaugurated earlier in the year, wouldn't make everyone happy but said lawmakers must be willing to make unpopular decisions to make up for a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.


The Governor's plans will be a tough sell in the Legislature where Democrats hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers. House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, said he believes the state needs a mix of spending cuts and new revenue.

The Governor and Madigan have been negotiating on eliminating the current budget deficit that is at least $1.6 billion short. Rauner is seeking extraordinary power to move money from some parts of the spending plan to others that are short.


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Working Parents Act Would Be Significant Change In MN Employment Law
Minn Capitol Legislation was recently introduced in the MN Legislature called the "Working Parents Act." If passed, it would represent one of the most significant changes in MN employment law in recent history.  Continue reading.

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House May Act On EPA Science Bills
Capitol This week the full House may consider   H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act. and  H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, both of which aim to change the role science plays in EPA rule-making.  The House passed similar bills in 2014.

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How Might The Keystone Pipeline Saga End?

Following the President's pipeline bill veto, Capitol Hill insiders say there are five possible ways the Keystone XL saga could end. The veto left the GOP on a track for an override vote - one that many predict will most likely fail.  


Because MWFPA represents a variety of food processors in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that depend on an affordable and reliable supply of energy, it has supported construction of the  Keystone XL as being critical to improving the Midwest and American energy reliability.


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Exhibit At Expo Pack  Mexico 2015 Trade Show

EXPO PACK Mexico 2015 to be held June 16-19 will showcase the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers, and other related goods and services. This event offers direct access to the packing and processing industries in Latin America, attracting approximately 29,000 customers from over 30 countries and more than 1,000 company exhibitors from over 20 countries in 2014.


The State of Illinois covers 100% of the cost of booth space and construction, and handles all logistical aspects, including interpreters, transportation to and from the show floor, and hotel booking through the Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program.


For more information and registration, click here. 


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Register Now For MWFPA Sanitation Seminar - April 15, 2015!
Register now for the MWFPA Cleaning and Sanitation in Food Plants seminar scheduled for Tuesday April 15, 2015 at the Holiday Inn - Stevens Point, WI.

The proactive and preventive approach to controlling contamination through cleaning and sanitation is increasingly being recognized as a key factor in food safety management. This full-day seminar will look at the sanitation problems and solutions that are found in today's food plant.  


Register as an attendee by clicking here! 

Exhibitor Table Top Opportunity: 
Register as an exhibitor by clicking here!  Call Brian Deschane for more details:  608-255-9946 

Room block price cutoff date is:
March 15, 2015  

Book reservations online 24 hours a day by using this link. When making reservations, we ask that you please reference the group name,
Midwest Food Processors Group Rate or the Group Block Code: FOP.

You may also call: 1-877-834-3613 for reservations using the same Group Block Code: FOP.


SAVE THE DATE:  Food Safety Preventative Controls Forum October 19-22, 2015
MWFPA is pleased to cosponsor the Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum, along with the American Frozen Food Institute on October 19-22, 2015 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. 

The Forum will provide relevant information for any food or ingredient company regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Food safety consultants, auditing firms and other service providers will also benefit from our line-up of expert speakers and interaction with fellow attendees and exhibitors.

Watch for more information coming soon in this News Bulletin. 

MWFPA Partners In Food Leaders Summit   

MWFPA has become a proud partner in The Food Leaders Summit 2015.

Join your industry peers in Chicago, IL April 27-29, 2015 to look closely at the transformative changes impacting every aspect of the food industry -- and work collaboratively to succeed in this new environment.

Find more information and register for this event!

Think Asia, Think Hong Kong Seeks Food Processors For One-On-One Business Meetings    

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is organizing an event in Chicago on June 10, 2015 called "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong."  


The Council is bringing 6 business delegations from Hong Kong and China (100+ companies) representing 6 different industries. In addition to attending TATHK, they will also do some company visits and participate in One-on-One Business Matching meetings with local companies. They are looking to meet with food & wine producers, food processing companies, food packaging companies, etc. for both sourcing AND selling opportunities.


If your company would like to participate, please click here for more information. 

MWFPA Events
April 15, 2015:  MWFPA Sanitation Seminar. Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, WI.

June 4, 2015 - Spring Summit & Scramble. Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

October 6, 2015 - Sporting Clays Challenge. Whispering Emerald Ridge Game Farm, N3954 640th St., Menomonie, WI.

December 1-3, 2015 - MWFPA 111th Annual Convention and 88th Processing Crops Conference.  KI Convention Center, Green Bay, WI.
Other Educational Opportunities
March 16-19, 2015Better Process Control School. Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI. Training for individuals who supervise critical food processing operations.  For a brochure and registration information, click here.

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