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Another Successful Spring Summit & Scramble
Picture-perfect weather made for an enjoyable day for more than 230 golfers at the 6th Annual MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble at Trappers Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells, WI, More than $3,000 was raised for MWFPA Scholarships! Thank you to everyone who participated!
A special thank you goes out to those who volunteered at the three scholarship holes on the course:  Cabrina Cramer (Avatar), Keely Marlowe (JAX) and Nick Huettl (Applied Science).  

The tournament's format, a scramble, featured gimmick holes such as longest drive in fairway and longest put among the 27 holes.  Winners in these categories were: Brenda Pacquin, Dan Tolan,Michael Wolcott, Travis Vergenz, Nick Hammer and Jesse Kraft.
Door prize winners were: Cathy Evers (Del Monte Foods), Nick Brisch (Lakeside Foods), Travis Hietpas (Del Monte Foods), and Terry Dersham (Seneca Foods).

Over $2,000 in cash and prizes were given away.  Among the winners were:
Fulton  Wylie  Del Monte 
Leon   Lindsay  Seneca
Gary  Paulson  Birds Eye/Pinnacle 
Rick  DeGroot  Summit Refrigeration 
Dean  Becker  A&K
Scott  Dornbusch  NDA
Barb  Bruski  McCain Foods 
Tom  Donovan  Pinnacle 
Dan  Tolan  Bush Brothers 
Jim  Truax  KAMAN 
Patrick  Madery  Ellingson Co. 
Jerremy  Foss ISG 
Stewart  Higgins  Del Monte 
Jeromy  Nickelson  Lakeside Foods 
Dan  Steffens  Bush Brothers 
Chris  Morehead  Syngenta 
Brandon  Ruffalo Plainfeild Trucking 
Katie  Hallcock  Seminis 

The winning team, pictured below with the coveted and iconic MWFPA Silver Cup, consisted of Brian Raber (JAX), Ray Hawkins (Lakeside Foods New Richmond, WI), Dean Leblanc (MATC) and Mike Keller (JAX).  They shot an outstanding 10-under par.  Each of
their names will be engraved upon the base of the trophy. Congratulations!

Thanks to our participants, volunteers and the staff at Trappers Turn who made the Spring Summit & Scramble a success.  A special "thank you" is owed our many sponsors who are listed along the left side of this newsletter.  See photos of the MWFPA Spring Scramble on Facebook.  
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Trump Hits Allies With Metal Tariffs
The Trump administration has announced it will be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from three of America's biggest trading partners - Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
The trade penalties consist of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum. MWFPA and the canned food industry continue to strongly oppose the tariffs.
Read more at the MWFPA website and see this article featuring comments from MWFPA President Nick George.     
Farm Bill Redux, GOP Moderates Push Immigration
House leaders continue to seek votes for the farm bill after it was announced that there would be a second vote on the Farm Bill set for June 22. This would presumably occur after a House vote on immigration legislation scheduled for the floor the third week of June .  
The Senate Ag Committee has indicated that it intends to release its version of the farm bill at some point in June.  
The Committee needs to craft a bill that stands a chance of passing with Democrats - and therefore is expected to include fewer changes to the nutrition title which was one of the sticking points for House Democrats.    
Meanwhile i t appears that moderate House Republicans have the support they need to force votes on a series of immigration reform bills in June. The House GOP will meet on June 7 to try to find a Republican-led compromise rather than moving ahead on a discharge petition that would force party leaders to hold votes on immigration legislation if the petition garners 218 signatures. As of Monday, there are 213 signatures on the petition, mostly Democrats. 
IL General Assembly Passes Budget Before Deadline
For the first time in four years, Governor Rauner and state lawmakers reached accord on a state budget ( HB 109 ) that will fund government for the fiscal year beginning on July 1.  
This year's budget is balanced without additional tax increases but includes savings from pension reform and sale of the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.
Under the FY19 spending plan, Illinois will spend $38.502 billion with estimated revenue totaling $38.520 billion.
Also, two pieces of legislation aimed at shrinking the gender wage gap by tackling the issue of wage and salary history advanced.  
First, HB 4163, which prohibits an employer from using wage or salary history when making hiring or promotional decisions heads to the Governor's Office. Business groups opposed the legislation because it allowed an employee to double dip by suing an employer in both state and federal court and it removed the ability of a company to offer an affirmative defense. Identical legislation passed the legislature last year but was vetoed by Governor Rauner.
Another equal pay bill, SB 3100 which also bans employers from asking a job candidate about their salary history, passed out of the Senate Labor Committee 13-1-2 before stalling on the Senate floor. SB 3100 was an attempt to take the politics found in HB 4163 out of the equation and was not opposed by the business community.
MN Ends Legislative Session, Leaves Much Undone
The 2018 session of the MN Legislature adjourned with Gov. Dayton following through on his threat to veto a massive omnibus spending and policy bill, as well as an attempt to bring state tax law into conformity with the new federal tax code.  It also failed to pass other legislation addressing a handful of pressing issues.  
The tax bill included full Section 179 conformity expensing, a significant provision that would assist businesses around the state of MN and across all industries. There is also a prohibition on local governments from taxing specific foods, beverages, and containers. 
With the legislative session completed, all eyes will focus to the 2018 election, where voters will decide on a number of different races, including two U.S. Senate seats, all eight congressional seats, the Governor's Office, the state's other constitutional officers and the Minnesota House of Representatives. The MN Senate is not up for re-election until 2020.
However, Senate President Michelle Fischbach has retired from the MN Senate to become the state's Lieutenant Governor, a vacancy created when Senator Tina Smith was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Senator Al Franken's resignation late last year. With Senator Fischbach's resignation, the MN Senate is now split 33-33 between Democrats and Republicans. A special election to fill this vacancy will occur concurrently with the general election in November and will determine control of the Minnesota Senate in 2019.
Read an end of session summary on MWFPA's "Members Only" page. 
MWFPA Member Lodi Canning Celebrates 100 Years
To celebrate the 100th year of Lodi Canning Company's first crop in 1918, a grand open house was held on Saturday, June 2, for the community, customers, farmers and vendors.
Hundreds of guests were treated to Lodi Sausage Company pulled pork in addition to some of Lodi Canning's famous products. Company President Bob Goeres contributed his special recipe of Mexican cornbread with jalapeƱos and cheddar cheese and Lodi's Perfect Pea Salad.
The jovial crowd was entertained by a singing and accordion and guitar playing trio.   Attendees were afforded an opportunity to tour  the canning facility while employees explained the canning process.  Outside the processing facility was a display of harvesting equipment.
Bob Goeres said the celebration was a big "thank you" to everyone who helped the company become successful.  "We've certainly enjoyed our 100 year run in the community and appreciate all the support we've had through the years," he said.  
Congratulations to Bob and everyone at Lodi Canning Company!  We're so pleased that you are a member of MWFPA.   
Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh
Food scientists at the University of California, Davis, designed a study to compare the nutritional value of fresh and frozen produce. They measured the nutrients in samples of eight different kinds of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables - including carrots, broccoli, spinach, peas and berries.
"We were quite surprised to find there were no significant differences," says study author Diane Barrett, an emerita professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology at UC Davis.
Read more from National Public Radio. 
MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
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
September 24-26, 2018: Women In Agribusiness, Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, CO. For more information and to register, click here.  
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.
October 29-30, 2018Organic & Non-GMO Forum, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, St. Louis, MO. Attend the only event that covers both the practical and business issues surrounding the organic, non-GMO, and conventional supply chain, and addresses the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector.  
For more information, sponsorship inquiries, media partnerships, or speaking opportunities, please contact Managing Director Joy O'Shaughnessy at or (207) 244-9544 x 103. Register and receive further information here
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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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