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Election Focus On Presidential, Close House & Senate Races
Democratic Donkey The U.S. House of Representatives is in recess until after the election and is scheduled to return November 14. The U.S. Senate is not in session until November 15, except for pro forma sessions during which no business is expected.

The key focus of course is on the presidential election as well as the close races for the Senate and the House. Though Trump's poll numbers nationally and in swing states were dropping last week, the polling for GOP candidates who still back Trump, and those who withdrew their support, stayed much the same as they did before the release of an interview showing Trump making lewd comments about women. Polling appears to show Democrats with a slight advantage in the race for a Senate majority, but the race remains very tight and at present is considered a toss-up.

In the presidential sweepstakes, Clinton currently leads Trump by 7 points in the RealClearPolitics two-way national average.
Clinton leads in eight of RCP's nine featured polls, her largest lead being 12 points in the Monmouth poll. Trump leads by 2 points in the LA Times/USC tracking poll, which has consistently shown more favorable numbers for Trump than other polls, a result the pollsters attribute to the survey including a "bloc of disaffected [Trump] voters" ignored by other polls. GOP Elephant

The next televised presidential debate comes tomorrow, Oct. 19, 2016 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.   

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IL Features Closely Watched U.S. Senate Race
In IL Democrats have controlled both chambers of the Legislature since 2003 and have the nation's longest-tenured state House speaker, Michael Madigan, who has held that post for all but two years since 1983. Breaking the Democrats' supermajorities in either chamber won't be easy because the party enjoys advantages of 71-47 in the House and 39-20 in the Senate.

When Bruce Rauner was elected Governor, he became the first Republican in 12 years to hold the post in a Democratic stronghold that hasn't backed a Republican for president since 1988.

The U.S. Senate race in IL is among the nation's closest-watched contests. Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and his Democratic challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth have battled to a virtual dead heat with Duckworth holding a two-point lead over Kirk, 41% to 39% in an Emerson College poll. An October 4 Simon poll showed Duckworth with a double-digit lead, 48-38, over Kirk among likely voters.

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Rauner Orders Review Of IL Rules & Regulations
In a move to promote economic growth and job creation, IL Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order calling for a review of all state agency rules and regulations affecting businesses.

The order will establish an Illinois Competitiveness Council - a panel that reviews agency rules and policies, ensures regulations are up to date and that rules are easy to understand. The council's task at hand is to make sure that there's a clear need for any sort of regulation on the books, and reduce the amount of "unduly burdensome requirements" on businesses and social service providers. 

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MN Election May Determine Statehouse Control
For the first time since 2004, there's no statewide race - for U.S. Senate, the governor's office or constitutional offices - anchoring the top of the ticket in MN. Instead, all 201 state legislators up for election this fall will be on the same ballot as the presidential contest.  

Democrats control the State Senate 39 - 28 and the governor's office and are hoping to win back the House, giving them complete control of government for the next two years. Republicans, who took over the state House in 2014, are fighting to maintain control of the chamber and win back a majority in the Senate. In order to do that Republicans need to pick up at least six seats.

In the State House, Republicans hold a 73-61 majority, meaning Democrats need to pick up at least seven seats to take back control.

Also on the state ballot is a constitutional amendment that, if it passes, would require the state to set up an outside council not controlled by the Legislature to decide how much lawmakers should be paid. A majority of those voting in the election need to vote "yes" on the constitutional amendment for it to pass. Those skipping the constitutional amendment are to be counted as "no" votes.

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WI U.S. Senate Race Tightening, Statehouse Senate Dems Seek Majority Status
State action this election year in WI centers on 16 of 33 State Senate seats and all 99 State Assembly seats in addition to a U.S. Senate seat.

Currently, State Senate Republicans hold a 19-14 edge in Wisconsin's upper chamber. This means Senate Democrats would need to win three seats in order to regain a majority they haven't functionally held since they lost it in 2010. Republicans hold a 63-36 advantage in the State Assembly where 17 GOP incumbents face no opposition.

The U.S. Senate race in WI between Republican incumbent Ron Johnson and former Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold appears to be tightening. Johnson has been viewed as one of the most vulnerable senators in his rematch with Feingold. Johnson's campaign was looked upon as all but dead a short time ago leading Republican groups to scale back funding as Johnson trailed in the polls.

However, a recent Marquette University poll (Oct. 6-9) showed Feingold leading Johnson by just two points, 48-46, among likely voters and putting Johnson well within the margin of error. Feingold had a 5 point lead in the same poll in September. Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson received 4 percent support. The RealClearPolitics two-way average gives Feingold a 3 point lead. 
DEA Agent Stutman To Keynote MWFPA Convention
Robert Stutman - Former DEA agent and convention keynote speaker
Taking to the front lines of the drug wars, Bob Stutman made a 25-year career as one of America's highest profile drug busters, ultimately as head of DEA's largest office in the world, New York. He will be our MWFPA convention luncheon keynote speaker on Wednesday, November 30 from 12 Noon to 1 p.m.

A highly engaging speaker, Bob has appeared on hundreds of television shows and been a drug consultant for both CBS and PBS News.
  His best-selling autobiography, "Dead on Delivery" was the basis for the television movie "Mob Justice."

Bob has addressed our convention in the past and his presentations have provided powerful statistics, factual drug information, real-life stories and great tips for parents and community members. He brings you the undeniable truth about the drug epidemic of the 21st century.



3 Easy Ways to Register

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

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conversation at #mwfpa16.

MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge On Target
Clays Challenge Winning Team from Seneca (l to r) George Sprague, Glen Damenske, James Ide, Mark Smisek
The fifth annual MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge held October 6th at the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek, WI, proved to be right on target according to the more than 90 participants.

Many arrived early to register for the one-day shoot and then went out to the practice range to fire off a few rounds. Shooters hit the course prior to 1 p.m. with all competition completed by 4 p.m. Prior to moving out into the field, participants enjoyed a hamburger and brat lunch sponsored by Seneca and Tweet Garot.

Clays Challenge Male Top Gun Dave Drury - Silgan Containers.
While the scores were tallied the shooters enjoyed a networking reception and light hors d'oeuvres sponsored by Ball Corporation. Winners were announced at the end of the reception by MWFPA President Nick George.

The top female shooter was Danielle Dykes from Del Monte who shot a 42. The top scoring male, Dave Drury from Silgan Containers shot an 81.

The winning 4-shooter team from Seneca consisted of George Sprague, Glen Damenske, James Ide and Mark Smisek The 4-man team came away with a 65.25 average for the day.

Clays Challenge Female Top Gun Danielle Dykes - Del Monte
The keepsake shooting trophies and bragging rights were not all that shooters got to take home with them. This year's raffle enabled a few shooting enthusiasts to add a few firearms to their collections.

MWFPA gave away a Beretta A300 Outlander rifle which was won by Adam Turnell from Windward Roofing and a Springfield XC9 handgun which was claimed by Rod LeFevre from Tweet Garot.

You can view photos of the event on our Facebook page.

MWFPA thanks everyone for coming out and the staff at Milford Hills for all their assistance. Special thanks to all our Sporting Clays Challenge sponsors who are listed down the left hand side of this newsletter.  Mark your calendars for next year's event taking place on October 5, 2017.  See you there!
Clay Challenge Raffle Winner Adam Turnell - Windword Roofing
Clay Challenge Raffle Winner Rod Le Fevre - Tweet Garot



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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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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
November 29- December 1, 2016: MWFPA 112th Annual Convention and 89th Processing Crops Conference.  Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

May 31 - June 1, 2017MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble.Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Other Educational Opportunities
November 14-15, 2016: Oilseed & Grain Trade SummitHyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, see the summit website

November 14 - 15, 2016: Organic & Non-GMO Forum. Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN.  The Organic & Non-GMO Forum
is the only domestic event that brings together stakeholders from across the organic and non-GMO value chain to address the growing business opportunities and significant supply chain challenges in the sector. Topics to be addressed include GMO labeling, global supply and demand trade flows, trends in the organic and non-GMO sector, and the organic certification process. For more information, visit

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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