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Achieve Results Through Leadership Training Program Set for February 22nd
On February 22, 2018 the Midwest Food Products Association is once again hosting the training seminar, Achieve Results Through Leadership. The program will be held in the lower conference room of the MWFPA offices, 4600 American Parkway, Madison, WI  
This is the fifth year that we've offered the Achieve Results Through Leadership seminar which has been highly successful and highly reviewed by MWFPA members and industry peers.
The workshop is intended for managers and supervisors who are responsible for the performance and productivity of employees and coworkers.  
The seminar is recommended by the MWFPA Human Resources Committee and encourages you to consider attending or sending your managers and future managers!  Register Now! 
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Rauner Delivers IL State Of State Address
IL Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth State of the State address in Springfield, issuing a call for bipartisanship among lawmakers to improve the state's financial standing through economic growth. He did not provide any specific proposals for achieving economic development.

He also said expressed a desire to roll back income taxes. He has previously said he wants to reverse the income tax increase the Legislature approved last summer.

It was his first such address since the end of the budget impasse last July, ending a two-year stalemate. 

Rauner attempted to set an optimistic tone while also speaking to voters' frustrations about the state's economic and political climate.
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WI Gov. Walker Calls For Tort Reform In State of State Address
During his annual State of the State address to the WI Legislature Gov. Walker alluded to his support for the tort reform legislation (AB 773/SB 645) and called on the Legislature to pass it by the end of session.

The legislation supported by MWFPA and the WI Civil Justice Coalition and authored by Representatives Born and Nygren, and Senators Tiffany and Craig.  
Walker said "There is still more that can be done this session on ending unemployment fraud and on lawsuit reform. Let's get it done." 
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President Trump Delivers Optomistic State of Union Address, Calls For Paid Family Leave
President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union speech presenting an optomistic picture of the country while focusing on his economic and regulatory successes.

While he didn't mention agriculture or food manufacturing specifically, he touched on important issues for both industries such as tax reform, trade, infrastructure, immigration, regulatory reform, and endorsed paid family leave. The Administration in the past has requested six weeks of paid family leave.

Trump urged Democrats to join him in moving a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would include changes in environmental and other regulations to streamline the approval process for road, bridge and sewage projects.

On immigration reform, he re-emphasized four key pillars of his plan which include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents at a young age, securing the border, ending the visa lottery and moving toward a merit-based immigration system, and doing away with chain migration.

While he didn't mention any particular trade agreement, he said the U.S. would no longer surrender its trade advantage to other countries. He added that his administration will pursue strong enforcement of trade rules.  View the speech here.
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USDA, FDA Pledge Greater Cooperation On Regulation
USDA and the Food and Drug Administration have entered into a formal agreement aimed at making the oversight of food and plant traits more efficient and effective by bolstering coordination between the two agencies.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb signed the agreement Tuesday at the White House before members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). The agreement outlines efforts to increase interagency cooperation on food inspections, produce safety and biotechnology activities, while providing clarity to manufacturers, USDA and FDA said in a joint news release.   
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EPA Delays WOTUS Rule Implementation
The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are formally acting to delay the effective date of the Obama-era "waters of the U.S." rule by two years to give the Trump administration time to implement a replacement.
The Supreme Court essentially forced the administration to delay the effective date by ruling that the appeals court that originally put a hold on the rule lacked the jurisdiction to do so.

The agencies plan to propose a new WOTUS rule early this year, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told a Senate committee Tuesday that he hoped to finalize the new rule by the end of 2018.
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MWFPA Scholarship Applications Now Open
Applications for the MWFPA and Friday/Weckel Scholarships are now available.

The MWFPA Scholarship may award up to $2,000 (depending on availability of funds) in scholarship money to deserving children of parents or guardians who are employees of MWFPA member companies. They must also be a high school senior or post-secondary student accepted into, or attending, any post-secondary school in the United States.  Applications are due by March 2, 2018. 

Undergraduate students attending, or planning to attend, UW Madison, Platteville or River Falls are eligible for Friday/Weckel scholarships. Applications are due by April 27, 2018.

Information and applications can be downloaded from the MWFPA website, or by contacting Brian Elliott at:, or by calling 608-255-9946.
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Save the Date - MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble
Save the date for MWFPA's Spring Summit & Scramble set for May 30-31, 2018 at Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

It's never too early to think spring and the MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble. Plan now to join us for our annual association business and networking event. Look for more information coming soon to our website and social media outlets.
Focus on Energy Generated $208 Million for Wisconsin Economy in 2015-16
Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program investments in 2015 and 2016 generated $208 million in economic benefits and annually supported more than 1,200 jobs during that two-year period.
The Cadmus Group, an independent third party evalulator, released these findings in a report to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in January.  
Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on behalf of 108 electric and natural gas utilities.
Energy savings from completed projects coupled with positive impacts across the state's economy produced a $4.77 return for every dollar invested over the two-year study period. 
Other findings in the report include:
  • Focus on Energy investments in 2015 and 2016 will create economic benefits totaling $762 million for Wisconsin ratepayers by 2040.
  • Focus on Energy invested more than $170 million in incentives and technical assistance for Wisconsin businesses and residents in 2015 and 2016.
  • The largest share of jobs supported by the program are in manufacturing.
Focus on Energy information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not get completed, or years before otherwise planned.
MWFPA Board & Committee Calendar
MWFPA AMO Committee:  Tues., Feb. 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the MWFPA Offices, 4600 American Parkway, #210.

MWFPA Board of Directors
:  Fri., Feb. 9, 2018. 10:00 a.m. to Noon. MWFPA offices, 4600 American Parkway, Madison, #210.
MWFPA Safety Committee: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018. 10:00 a.m. to Noon, lower conference room at 4600 American Parkway, Madison, WI 

MWFPA Environmental Committee:  Thurs., Feb. 15, 2018.  Meeting with WI Cheese Makers Associaiton and WI Dept. of Natural Resources. Registration begins 8 a.m. Noah's Meeting Venue, 5020 American Family Drive, Madison, WI,
MWFPA Raw Products Committee:  Wed., March 14, 2018. 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., lower conference room at 4600 American Parkway, Madison, WI,  
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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
February 22, 2018Achieve Results Through Leadership.  MWFPA offices - 4600 American Parkway, Madison, WI.

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
February 14, 2018: Creating a Food Safety Culture & CompetenciesA free one hour WI Manufacturing Extension Partnership webinar presented by Peg Dorn and Lindsey Trickey
on Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 12:00 pm.  T
his webinar explores the challenges faced by small and medium sized food processors and covers the training and requirements to create a food safety culture in your processing facility.  Register today.

February 21, 2018Acidified Foods Training for Entrepreneurs and Food Processors.  University of Minnesota St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN, Room 202.  The University of Minnesota Food Science & Nutrition Dept. is providing a 1 day workshop providing certification to supervisors of thermally processed acidified food facilities. The workshop will be Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 AM - 4 PM at the St. Paul Campus. Register now:   
February 22, 2018:  Building Effective Employee Retention Programs . A free one-hour WI Manufacturing Extension Partnership webinar presented by Thomas O'Rourke on Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 11:00 will explore workforce challenges.  The webinar will focus on actions your organization can take to evaluate and increase employee retention.
Register today
February 23, 2018Beyond the Basics - Trending Topics in Food Safety.  Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave. Edina, MN. This conference sponsored by the Food & Consumer Science Professionals will be of interest to anyone who puts food in the hands of consumers by way of manufacturing, preparing or selling AND is concerned about ensuring they are providing a safe food supply. Continuing education hours have been approved for a number of professions that require regular updates on food safety, sanitation, labelling, food fraud and avoiding lawsuits. The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Michael Osterholm.  For more information, click here
February 28, 2018 WMC Business Day in Madison.   Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, WI. Click here
for more information.  
February 28, 2018: 2018 Food Energy Forum. Miron Corporate Office, 1471 McMahon Drive, Neenah, WI. Co-sponsored by the Miron Corporation, Focus on Energy, and the Midwest Food Products Association the purpose of the forum is to introduce food manufacturers to energy saving processes and to programs at Focus on Energy to help achieve energy saving goals. 
The Forum is free to food processors and students and for a small fee to vendors and contractors.  Space is limited so act soon.  Please complete the registration form and send it to Chris Wolslegel at (920) 886-7405 or at   
April 10, 2018HTST Pasteurizer Operation and Procedures, Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 Bluemound Dr., Appleton, WI.  Registration fee  is $100 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks).  Register online and download course materials 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.
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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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