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Don't Forget To Register For The Spring Summit & Scramble - May 30-31
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MWFPA's Spring Summit and Scramble is set for May 30 - 31, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort and Trapper's Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells, WI. For more information and on-line reservations, visit our event website: or download the registration form  .  
This is a Members-Only event. On Wednesday evening, May 31st, a reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Double Cut Grill at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center.  The shotgun style golf tournament will be played at Trapper's Turn May 31st, starting at 7:50 am followed by lunch, awards and cash prizes. Register now!  This event fills up fast!
Last year over 200 golfers participated in this event and over $3,000 in cash prizes were awarded.  
The Spring Summit & Scramble offers many opportunities to promote your company by sponsoring:
  • A hole
  • Wednesday evening reception
  • Cash prizes
  • Lunch
  • Donating items for drawings and goodie bags*
All sponsors will be recognized with signage at the event, on our website, our social networking pages, and in our bi-monthly e-bulletin. The sooner you sponsor the longer your logo is displayed.
This year's golf outing will again afford participants the opportunity to help raise money for MWFPA Scholarships.  In 2018 MWFPA will award 17 $1,000 scholarships to the children of MWFPA member company employees. 
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kalahari,  (608) 254-5466. When you call be sure to indicate that you are with MWFPA. Reservations are limited, so book early!! 
* A MINIMUM of 225 ITEMS MUST BE DONATED.  If your company plans to bring a door prize, please contact, or phone 608-255-9946 in advance of the event so your contribution can be included on the appropriate signage.  
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MWFPA Scholarship Winners Announced
cash The MWFPA Human Resources Committee has selected 17 applicants to each receive $1,000 in MWFPA Scholarships.  The recipients and the companies with which a parent or guardian are employed, as well as their home city, are as follows:

Bailey Adams  Seneca Foods, Plover, WI 
Faith Buhrandt  Seneca Foods, Suring, WI  
Chase Christopherson   Brakebush Brothers, Alden, MN 
 Olivia Curtis  Hydrite Chemical Co., Prairie du Sac, WI 
 Teaera Fabian  Bush Brothers & Co., Augusta, WI 
 Trevor Geerdts  Bondeuelle USA, Fairwater, WI 
 Ashley Hancock  Del Monte Foods, Ottawa, IL 
 Alexis Kwak  Chippewa Valley Bean Co., Ridgeland, WI  
 Mariah Lelewicz  Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp., Waukesha, WI   
 Zachary LeVene  Lakeside Foods, St. Paul, MN 
 Adrienne Metzger  Harris Moran Seed Co., Salem, OR  
 Cassandra Russo  Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc.,Tuscola, IL 
 Sophia Sanchez  Birds Eye Foods (Pinnacle Foods), Williams Bay, WI   
 Martina Schulz  Nelson-Jameson, Inc., Arpin, WI  
 Georgia Stangel  Razorback Farms, Kewaunee, WI 
 Jessalyn Wallace-Leece  McCain Foods USA, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 
 Taylor Wegner  Del Monte Foods, Princeton, WI  
Congratulations to the winners! Letters will be sent to all who applied informing them of the results. Thanks to the HR Committee for all their time and effort in reviewing the various applications and selecting the finalists. 

Steel, Aluminum Tariff Relief Due Some Countries
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The White House announced that it will extend Section 232 steel and aluminum tariff exclusions for Canada, Mexico and the European Union for one month.

They also announced that agreements in principle were reached with Australia, Argentina and Brazil and that they have come to terms with South Korea.
According to, the steel and aluminum tariffs are fueling tensions with some of America's strongest allies, just as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leads a delegation this week to China for talks on what the U.S. sees as Beijing's unfair trading practices. President Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on as much as $150 billion of Chinese goods if negotiations fail to yield progress, a move China has said would provoke retaliation against key American imports 
Trump Supports More Ag Guestworker Labor
President rump is offering support for allowing more guestworkers into the country to fill the labor needs of agricultural producers.

Trump said that he backs bringing in guestworkers from abroad to "help you on the farms -- and then they go out." "For the farmers, OK, it's going to get good, and we're going to let your guestworkers come in, because we're going to have strong borders," Trump said. "But we have to have your workers come in." 

In the last decade, farmers and ranchers have increasingly turned to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program to help combat growing labor shortages as the number of undocumented immigrant workers has declined. However, labor shortages in agriculture persist
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MN Legislative Focus Turns To Floor Action Conference Committee
MN House Republicans rolled out their omnibus tax bill last week - HF 4385 and a  floor vote was scheduled for Monday.

The proposal contains pro-growth tax reforms to reduce both the corporate and individual income tax rates; full conformity to Section 179 for immediate expensing of equipment; and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax. These reforms will help mitigate, but will not completely offset, the tax increases for businesses that will occur from adoption of new federal tax definitions.

Senate Republicans released their omnibus tax bill yesterday and the Senate Tax Committee will meet today to take testimony on the bill and consider amendments. The bill could be considered on the Senate floor with a possible vote as early as Thursday.

The House and Senate have both completed committee work on their supplemental budgets, and now the focus shifts to floor action to get the bills to conference committees. The Senate rolled its supplemental budgets into one bill - SF 3656 and passed the bill April 26.

The House has separate budget bills and is expected to pass all of them off the floor this week. The House and Senate will then begin conference committees and negotiations with Gov. Dayton in order to complete work by the constitutional deadline of May 21.

The state has a projected $329 million surplus for the two-year budget that ends June 30, 2019. There are significant differences on how the Governor and Legislature propose to use the surplus dollars.
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IL Legislature Nearing Bill Passage Deadline
This week the IL House is not in session. The Senate will be in session today through Thursday.

Last week was the third reading deadline for bills to pass out of their chamber of origin. Both chambers will now primarily focus on what legislation came from the opposite chamber.

The deadline for bills to pass the opposite chamber is Friday, May 25. Despite the deadlines that have passed, both chambers can still consider legislation that originated in their chamber if a deadline extension is granted.
There remains a long list of controversial bills to be dealt with including a graduated state income tax.

The House passed a bill to create a state fund to compete with the private sector insurance industry. The legislation would take $10 million of employer money from the IL Workers' Compensation Commission to create a new state fund that could offer workers' compensation insurance. However, according to experts, if the state fund has to follow all of the state mandates in terms of medical costs and indemnity benefits, there will be no cost reduction.

IL currently has more than 300 insurance companies selling workers' compensation insurance and has been deemed to have a competitive marketplace.
HB 4595 passed on a partisan roll call vote of 62-43-0. Identical legislation passed the General Assembly last year and was vetoed by the Gov.
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WI Food Rules Withdrawn For Further Review
The WI Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently withdrew proposed revisions of rules concerning food processing plants, retail food establishments, and a portion of the the Wisconsin Food Code. 

Several concerns about the revised rules were raised and the DATCP was unable to find a workable solution.  Instead they've created a workgroup to address the concerns to which MWFPA is invited.  Issues to be discussed include:
  • What processing activities for wholesale should be allowed for a retail food establishment not holding a food processing plant license?
  • What, if any, requirements should apply to a retail food establishment conducting processing activities for wholesale, but not holding a food processing plant license?
  • How should inspections of processing activities for wholesale be done in a retail food establishment not holding a food processing plant license?
  • What requirements should govern a food processing plant or retail food establishment that is located in a building that also contains one or more residences? 
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Now Is The Time To Donate Surplus Fruit & Vegetable Inventory
Now is the time when many food producers, especially fruit and vegetable processors, review their inventories and make decisions on surplus inventory that they need to move out to make room for the new crop. Please considering donating any of this inventory to your nearest Feeding America affiliated food banks.
We accept donations of product for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Out of spec product
  • Close to Code Date or discontinued inventory
  • Private Label product
  • Dented/Damaged packaging
  • Production overruns
  • Excess ingredients
  • Unlabeled cans
  • Mislabeled product
  • Most bulk items that can be repacked
 There are also many advantages to donating inventory instead of disposing it, including:
  • Tax benefits
  • Centralized donation process, with nationwide network of 501(c)(3) charities
  • Security and integrity of brands; product is not sold and stays in the U.S.
  • Savings in storage and transportation; we pick up for free
  • Savings in dumping fees: $4,000 per truckload
  • Donating versus dumping shows that sustainability is important to your company
  • Tracking, reporting and recall procedures
Please reach out to your nearest Feeding America Food Bank or contact Tony Mans at for additional information.

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2018 Food & AG Business National Conference Registration Open

You're invited to the 2018 Food & Agribusiness National Conference hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels on
Thurs., May 17, 2018 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN.  The event opens with registration at 7:45 a.m. and closes with a networking reception beginning at 4:45 p.m.   

This dynamic, full-day conference will feature engaging plenary sessions and interactive panel discussions on a wide range of topics relevant to these crucial industries. Speakers include national industry leaders, in-house counsel, business executives and regulatory professionals from global, market-leading companies in agricultural production and food processing and marketing. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in multiple breakout sessions and to network.

Breakout session topics include:
  • Food and Ag M&A: What's on the Menu for 2018
  • Consumer Class Action Litigation: What's Next?
  • Organic Supply Chain: Challenges, Validation and Verification
  • Website and Social Media Best Practices
  • FSMA Update: The Latest Regulations and FDA Inspections
  • Ag Product Dealer and Distributor Laws: Updates and Best Practices
  • TPP, NAFTA and the Effect on International Ag Trade
  • Transparent Food - Are Consumers Receiving What They Order?
  • Environmental Update: Navigating the New Regulatory Landscape
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement: What to Expect
  • E-commerce: Regulatory and Liability Implications of Selling Food Online
  • High-Tech Crop Damage Analysis: Field History, Drones and Satellites 
For more information, including a detailed agenda and information about CLE credits, please visit the event website.
Registration Fee:
Standard Registration: $395/person
Faegre Baker Daniels Clients: Complimentary
Continental breakfast, lunch and a networking reception are included in the registration fee. Space is limited.
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Vocational Training and Contract Packager Offered By Opportunities, Inc.
Opportunities, Incorporated of Fort Atkinson, WI, announced the addition of an Arpac 5300 series multi-packer bundle wrapper for combination pad, tray and unsupported print registered film. The 50-year old contract-packaging company saw an opportunity to meet the needs of their food and CPG customers who have a need for offline special projects for variety-packs, multi-packs and club store packaging. The machine can support polyethylene film roll widths of 9" -24" and product ranging from 9"-20" W x 4-12" L x 3-12" H with up to four lanes of product across and output of up to 45 packages per minute.
Opportunities, Incorporated offers not only high-quality contract packaging services in their 500,000 square feet FDA and USDA registered contract packaging facilities, they also serve as a vocational training organization for individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment. Opportunities, Incorporated partners with some of the largest food companies in the world and local businesses to help them meet both their contract packaging and social responsibility goals.  
For more details visit this link: , or contact Ken Maciejewski, Sales and Business Development Manager, at; 920-723-2845.
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MWFPA Supported Crop Research Grants Awarded
Each year MWFPA lends its support to various grant applications
for food industry research.  This month MWFPA was informed that two Specialty Crop Block Grants it supported have been approved for the University of WI. 

One is for "Investigating biopesticides and alternative disease management strategies for vegetable crops grown on muck soils of Wisconsin".  The other is for a, "Comparison Between Variable Rate Irrigation and Conventional Center Pivot for Sustainable Vegetable Production in Wisconsin".  

The first will focus on silver scurf control in potato, Stemphylium management in onion, and nematode management in carrots and potatoes.  The second will measure the benefits and negatives of both irrigations systems. 

These projects are in addition to the projects chosen by our Raw Product Committee.  The Committee has recommended a number of research projects to be conducted by the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota.  The MWFPA Board of Directors approved the projects totaling $75,000.  The projects are funded by vegetable processors and seedsmen. 
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Schneider Industries To Host Fruit Processing and Canning Auction
Schneider Industries, Inc., which specializes in the management of surplus assets, including equipment and real estate, is offering an online auction of Seneca Foods' surplus equipment on a date yet to be announced. The assets, which can be purchased prior to the auction, include some high quality processing and packaging equipment featuring:  
  • (30+) Canning Lines with Angelus Seamers, Solbern fillers and Vac Syrup through palletizing
    Hydrostatic Cooker and (30+) Cooker/Coolers
  • Raw Fruit Receiving, Extractors, Evaporation and Concentrating
  • Optical Sorting Lines, Slicing Decks, Zacmi Fillers
  • Stainless Processing Tanks and Decanters
  • Complete Fruit Cocktail Plant with Urschel Slicing and Dicing
  • Cherry Coloring and Packaging Plant, Juice Processing and Filling
  • Huge Quantity of Vibratory Conveyors, Incline and Belt
For more information contact: Dan Rosenthal at 314-518-6974 or for questions, inspections or offers.

Sale Managed by Schneider Industries, Inc. 314-863-7711
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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
May 30 - 31, 2018MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble. Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI

October 11, 2018MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge. Caribou Gun Club, 30649 380th Street, Le Sueur, MN.
November 27 - 29, 2018MWFPA 114th Annual Convention and 91st Processing Crops Conference.  Kalhari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
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Other Educational Opportunities
    May 9-10, 2018IRC Research & Technology Forum. University of WI Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI. Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:00 am - 4:45 pm & Thursday May 10, 2018 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  An opportunity to update and expand your knowledge of industrial refrigeration systems.The fee is $149.  On the registration page, be sure to select the appropriate event with the radio button since there is more than one currently listed.  

September 30 - October 2, 2018
: 10th Annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN.  Register by June 30, 2018 to receive an early bird rate of $800! Click here to register.
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Check Out MWFPA's Customized Property & Casualty Insurance For Members Only
The Midwest Food Products Association is pleased to announce that its members now have access to an exclusive insurance program that is written specifically for our industry.  With assistance from the risk management firm Hays Companies, this program offers a customized Property and Casualty insurance program. 

The program offers a complete insurance program for all business types, from processor to manufacturers, logistics to wholesaler and anything in between.  No market segment is excluded, and no organization is too large or too small.  

Learn more about what the MWFPA Insurance Program can do for you by visiting the program's website:

For more information about the program, contact: Brad Van Swol at:Email:;  Phone: (414) 290-3581 
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