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Senate Ag Comm Postpones Child Nutrition Bill Markup
Capitol The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has delayed action on a child nutrition bill with negotiations still continuing. The committee was scheduled to mark up a replacement of the expiring Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on Thursday but will instead deal with a number of less controversial bills. 

The chairman of the committee, Pat Roberts, R-Kan.,
said last week that he still didn't have a deal with the panel's ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, on the reauthorization of child nutrition programs. 

He said that key policy issues still needed to be resolved included the school meal standards for sodium and whole grains, as well as the extra funding that would be needed to obtain Democratic support.

The nutrition reauthorization bill affects food processing companies and MWFPA has been working through the American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coaltion to bring forth suitable legislation.

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FSMA Final Rules On Human and Animal Food Released
After years of delay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules related to the preventive controls rules for human and animal food.

This is one of several sections of FSMA and includes the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control (HARPC) provisions. This rule requires the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a food facility to:
Evaluate the hazards that could affect food in that facility;
Identify and implement preventive controls;
Monitor the performance of those controls; and
Maintain records
Specific microbiological testing requirements for products and for food production areas

As required by court order, FDA submitted the final rules to the Federal Register on August 31, 2015, and the pre-publication versions became available September 10, 2015. The final rules are set to publish in the Federal Register on September 17, 2015, and the September 17, 2015 date will start the clock on the period of time facilities regulated by either rule will have to reach compliance.

For more background, read an alert from MWFPA Associate Member Michael, Best & Friedrich here

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IL Budget Impasse Continues, Comptroller Says Unpaid Bills To Total $8.5 Billion By End Of December
Well into the third month of its new fiscal year and operating without a budget, Illinois is spending at a clip that could see expenditures outstrip revenue by $5 billion or more.
The only large piece of the fiscal year 2016 budget made law this spring was the budget for primary and secondary ed u IL Capitol cation.
The rest of the spending is attributable to continuing  appropriations, such as debt service and pension payments, and to spending demanded by consent decrees and court orders.
Lawmakers continue to visit the Capitol for a day or two nearly every week trying to find a sol ution to fund state government.

IL Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger's office says the state government's backlog of unpaid bills will hit $8.5 billion by the end of December, up from about $6 billion right now. At a Senate committee hearing, Bruce Rauner's budget director sparred with Democrats over who's at fault for the budget deadlock.
The Senate is expected to be back in Sept. 21 and the House returns Sept. 24.

In an open letter to members last week, the governor's chief legislative liaison urged the Senate Democrats to "come back to the negotiating table to pursue compromise, reform and a balanced budget," to which the Dems responded, "What is this 'negotiating table' that they speak of?"

According to the Senate Democrats, the four legislative leaders and the governor have not met with each other since late May. And the governor refuses to discuss the budget until the Democrats agree to address his "Turnaround Agenda."  

 In Memoriam
Lakeside Foods announced that Bruce Reed Lundmark passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at his home. He was 70 years old.

Bruce worked at Friday Canning Corporation in New Richmond and now Lakeside Foods for 38 years as Food Service Sales Manager. He was a lifetime member of the Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club, and a member of the St. Croix Falls American Legion.

The family wishes donations be made to the St. Croix Valley Healthcare Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
The MWFPA extends its deepest sympathy to Bruce's family.  
Don't Forget, Time Is Running Short To Register For Food Safety Preventative Controls Forum October 19-22, 2015
Register now for the 2015 Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum brought to you 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 HACCP Seminar Registration Is Open!
Register now for MWFPA's Hazard Analysis Critical Control  Points (HACCP):  Basic Concepts, Design and Implementation and Refresher for Food Processors, seminar scheduled for October 28-29, 2015 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center in Onalaska, WI.

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires risk analysis for all food industries. A good knowledge of HACCP is the foundation for all sound food safety programs.

This two-day course is certified and open to all food processors, suppliers and regulators who wish to learn the basics of HACCP in food processing or review associated fundamental principles and concepts.

  Register now!  This program is sure to fill up quickly.
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 and there are still spaces available, but they're going fast!

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 - Become A Sponsor

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 sponsorship 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!


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, 2015.


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.  




MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
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 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
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