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MWFPA, AFFI Implore Congress to Reject New Food Taxes
FDA MWFPA and a coalition of more than 60 food groups, headed by the American Frozen Food Institute, are urging Congress to develop a budget that adequately funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees.  Read more.

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WI Joins Other States Looking To Postpone Deadlines Under New EPA Emission Rules
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel joined officials from 14 other states in asking a federal court to postpone deadlines to comply with new rules laid out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Continue reading.

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WI Would Be Hit Hard By New Rule On Emissions
Wisconsin is among 10 states that must make the biggest cuts in greenhouse gases to meet new requirements forcing utilities to make sharp reductions of carbon dioxide emissions.

Previous estimates from state utility regulators predicted total costs ranging from $3.4 billion to $13.4 billion for Wisconsin power plants. The final rule actually requires stricter emission targets for Wisconsin, thus driving energy prices higher. These higher costs will be paid by every family and business in Wisconsin that uses electricity.

Additionally, manufacturers will find it difficult to compete in domestic or global markets unless they have access to affordable and reliable energy. The EPA rule will raise electricity prices, driving factory jobs overseas to countries such as China. Wisconsin will be hit especially hard because manufacturing is our No. 1 business sector.  Read more

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Congress Reconvenes September 8, Debt Ceiling, Highway Trust Fund, Budget Battles On Horizon 
Capitol The U.S. Congress is scheduled to reconvene, following its summer recess, on September 8, and once in session, it will have only three workweeks left until the end of the 2015 fiscal year and eleven legislative weeks until the year's Congressional calendar runs its course.

On the horizon: Sept. 30 deadline to authorize fiscal year 2016 funding for most Federal agencies; October 29 sees expiration of Highway Trust Fund authority and associated mid-December prediction for when transportation funding will run dry; a forecast mid-November to early-December Federal debt ceiling collision.

IL Budget Stalemate Continues, Moody's Issues Warning 
The IL budget standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly continues.
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Lawmakers are now returning to the Capitol for a day or two nearly every week to try and find a sol ution to fund state government.

Moody's Investors Service said that the stalemate underscores "weak governance" and is symptomatic of other "severe" challenges like ballooning pension payments, debt costs and dwindling revenues as a 2011 temporary income tax increase rolls back.

Moody's says ILs' projected budget hole is about $5 billion, and addressing it will become harder if lawmakers approach the September end of the fiscal quarter without a budget deal.

The start of the state's fiscal year began on July 1, but part of the fiscal crisis was averted by court decisions and consent decrees affirming that state employees, many hospitals, transfers to local governments, and Medicaid programs must be funded regardless of whether a state budget is in place.

Additionally, Governor Rauner signed the budget for K-12 education ensuring that schools will open on time this fall while vetoing the rest of the Democrat-backed budget because it spends $4 billion more than it generates in revenue.

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, but there are still spaces available!

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. 
Register Now For MWFPA's Sporting Clays Challenge Oct. 6

null Registration is now open for this year's Midwest Food Processors Association Sporting Clays Challenge.  


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.    


There will be plenty of sponsorship opportunities. Take a look at the MWFPA Facebook Photo Gallery for pictures of last year's event.

Get registration material and event information here


MWFPA Partners In PACK EXPO Las Vegas

In 2015, the Midwest Food Processors Association will be a proud Partner of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Nevada, September 28-30, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  


Participating in the Partner Program allows us to promote and support our members, while you find the solutions, connections and insights needed to stay competitive in the marketplace.


Attending PACK EXPO Las Vegas opens doors to:

  1. INSIGHTS-from industry leaders, in convenient and free education sessions.

  2. INTERACTION-with 1,800+ suppliers andd forward-thinking peers. Plug into the energy that comes from walking the show floor with 30,000+ fellow professionals.

  3. INSPIRATION-from seeing machinery in action and getting away from "business as usual." The outside perspective you get at PACK EXPO is essential to solving problems, identifying best practices and staying ahead.

  4. INNOVATION-the kind that leads to winning breakthroughs. You'll see the most advanced technologies for enhancing production from the beginning to end.

 And because it wouldn't be Las Vegas without it... 


ENTERTAINMENT-The PACK gives BACKā„¢ event will feature an unforgettable performance from the legendary rock band, Chicago!


Register Now!

Registration Now Open For Food Safety Preventative Controls Forum October 19-22, 2015
Registration is now open for the 2015 Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum sponsored 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.

MWFPA Partners On Food Expo       


MWFPA is a proud partner of Process Expo 2015. This event features expertise at every link in the supply chain in the form of exhibits and the education from the nation's leading academics. See what PROCESS EXPO has to offer for your business.


Register Now!  


MWFPA Partners On Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit     


MWFPA is a proud partner in the 10th Annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit being held in Minneapolis September 30 - October 2, 2014.


The Oilseed and Grain Trade Summit provides unique and valuable perspectives, such as the relationship between geopolitics, global trade and agriculture!


For more information, to the summit website.  REGISTER by June 30, 2015 to receive an early bird rate of $800!

MWFPA Events
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
September 14-15, 2015: High Performance Leadership & Management Skills for Dairy and Food Professionals. Fluno Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Four, two-day training sessions for food and dairy manufacturers, suppliers and producers. The programs are a collaborative effort between MWFPA and the WI Cheese Makers Association. Complete information on the program can be found here
September 14-18, 2015: Design of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems for Peak Performance and Efficiency. Pyle Center,702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI.  Gain an understanding of  
refrigeration design principles and practices.  Attendees will learn techniques to size and properly lay out system components and design safer, more efficient systems.  For more information and registration materials, click here.

September 21, 24, & 25:  Organic Processing in Minnesota. River's Edge Convention Ctr., St. Cloud, MN, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Twin Cities, Mayo Civic Ctr., Rochester, MN.  A half-day workshop that will cover the regulatory and logistical basics of organic processing. The sessions are designed to help businesses decide whether organic is an opportunity that makes strategic sense for them.  For more information click here.

September 23-25, 2015:  Process Hazard Analysis (Emphasizing
Ammonia Refrigeration Systems)Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI.Gain an overview of PHA methodologies identified by OSHA in the PSM standard and focus on the most commonly applied PHA methodology forammonia refrigeration systems.  For more information and registration materials, click here.

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 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.

December 6-9, 2015: SIAL Middle East in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  
December 11-13, 2015: Focused Trade Mission to Kuwait.
This region imports nearly 90% of their food needs, ensuring demand for nearly every sector of the food and beverage industry. In order to maximize effectiveness at this event, consider taking advantage of Food Export's Food Show PLUS!TM Services and Focused Trade Mission.  This is a market not to be ignored, and remains a booming business and tourist destination.
Click here to learn more or to register for Food Show PLUS! Services at the SIAL Middle East. Registration fee is $350 and ends August 31, 2015.
Click here to learn more or to register for the Focused Trade Mission to Kuwait City, Kuwait. Registration fee is $600 and ends September 18, 2015.
Contact name: Lisa Stout
Phone: 608-224-5126
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