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MWFPA Launches Redesigned Website
MWFPA has launched its redesigned website featuring enhanced graphics, improved navigation, on-line registration for events and a mobile friendly format.

"This is part of our continuing effort to enhance our Internet presence and communication of food industry issues and association events" according to MWFPA President Nick George.

The redesign is part of an ongoing effort to serve MWFPA members, the general public and the news media better by improving and updating all aspects of the group's communications.

George said this updated website reflects MWFPA's growth as a leading industry association and advocate and he encouraged all stakeholders to bookmark the page and visit it often.

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MWFPA Scholarship Winners Announced
The MWFPA Human Resources Committee has selected 18 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:
McKayla Aanonsen
Guardian Pest Solutions, Hermantown, MN
Andrea Brekken
Seneca Foods, Lakeville, MN
Katherine Carnahan
Symbiont, New Berlin, WI
Kira Chavez
Buhler, EDH, CA
Morgan Elrich
John Bean Technologies, Blairsville, PA
Trevor Feest
Lakeside Foods, Manitowoc, WI
Zachary LeVene
Lakeside Foods, Manitowoc, WI
Adrienne Metzger
Harris Moran Seed Co., Salem, OR
Joseph Molle
Silgan Containers, Menomonee Falls, WI
Taylor Palmby
Seneca Foods, Janesville, WI
Sarah Prill
Jennie-O Turkey Store, Barron, WI
Sydney Smith
Jennie-O Turkey Store, Anthem, AZ
Danielle Tackett
Seneca Foods, Reedsburg, WI
Christopher Thone
Bush Brothers and Co., Osseo, WI
Dakota Tjaden
Jennie-O Turkey Store, Sunburg, MN
Matthew Tolan
Bush Brothers and Co., Eau Claire, WI
Nicole Wenzel
Seneca Foods, Mayville, WI
Kevin Zolnowski
Elmar Industries, Buffalo, NY
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.  
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MN Senate, House Pass Supplemental Budget Proposals, Tax Committee Hears Paid-Leave Mandate
Budget bills the MN House and Senate debated last Thursday will now make their way into end-of-session negotiations.

Senators passed their budget-changing bill on a vote of 39-24, while representatives passed their spending plan 72-54.

The main difference is that the Democrat-controlled Senate uses some of the state's $900 million budget surplus to fund programs and wants to add a new gasoline tax to inject money into road and bridges, while Republicans who run the House reject new taxes and want to split the surplus between tax cuts and increased transportation spending.

Of interest to food processors is transportation funding. Senate Transportation Chairman Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, said that House and Senate negotiations will gather to discuss funding the state's transportation needs at meetings this week.

Among the highlights of the Senate bill being monitored by MWFPA, in addition to the gas tax, is a proposed $5 million for the Good Food Access Program that would identify food deserts and food insecure people.

The provision would encourage use of financing and grants for supplying "fresh," "cultural appropriate" and "local" foods especially in places where local grocery stores are non-existent. MWFPA will be working with yet-to-be-named conferees to minimize the provision's bias for "fresh" foods in light of research showing canned, frozen, and processed foods providing equal to better nutrition, cost effectiveness, and convenience to consumers and malnourished populations.

The MN Senate Tax Committee heard the proposed tax on employers and employees to fund a new paid-leave mandate that would apply to businesses with 21 or more employees. The bill was laid on the table awaiting additional fiscal analysis, but expectations are the fiscal issues will be resolved and the bill sent to the floor. There have been no House hearings or debate on this issue.    
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IL Legislature Readies For Final Spring Session, Employee Leave Bills Could Advance
The IL General Assembly returns this week to Springfield for its final month of the spring legislative session. However, a couple of employee leave bills of concern to manufacturers remain in play. 

Read more.

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MWFPA Lauds Introduction Of School Snack Program Bill
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce has officially introduced the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (HR 5003).

The legislation reauthorizes the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and to allow schools to serve a greater range of fruits and vegetables, including frozen. MWFPA supports this legislation.
  Read more here

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Registration Now Open For MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble
Golf Outing 2012
MWFPA's Spring Summit and Scramble is set for June 1-2, 2016, 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:
This is a Members-Only event. On Wednesday evening, June 1st, 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 June 2nd, starting at 8:00 am followed by lunch, awards and cash prizes. Register early!  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 also 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 and 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 2016 MWFPA will award 18 $1,000 scholarships to the children of MWFPA member company employees. 
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kalahari,  (608) 254-5466 at a rate of $99.00 per night plus room tax.  When you call be sure to indicate that you are with MWFPA
*If your company plans to bring a door prize, please contact Brian Deschane at:, or phone 608-255-9946 in advance of the event so your contribution can be included on the appropriate signage. A MINIMUM of 225 ITEMS MOST BE DONATED FOR GOODIE BAGS.

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Faribault Foods Begins Construction On $100 Million Facility
Faribault Foods started construction of its new $100 million manufacturing facility in Faribault, MN with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 26, 2016. Over 100 people were in attendance including several state, local, and federal officials who were on hand to recognize the significance of the investment by parent company, La CosteƱa Group, of Mexico City, Mexico.

The nearly one million square foot facility will be located on 57 acres adjacent to Faribault Foods' current facility, combining three separate Faribault facilities under one roof. Construction will be completed by July 2017, with operations beginning September 2017.

Read more here

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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
June 1-2, 2016: MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble. Kalahari Resort & Convention Center and Trappers Turn, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

October 6, 2016: MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge. Milford Hills, Johnson Creek, WI.

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

Other Educational Opportunities
May 3-4, 2016Dryer TechnologyMadison Concourse Hotel,
One West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703. Expand your knowledge of dryer fundamentals and learn how to apply proven methods to solve problems, and improve energy efficiency and your operations. This course will focus on continuous drying of particulate materials from foods to inorganic chemicals. 
For more information, or to enroll, click here.

May 5, 2016: Atomization and Spray Technology: Focus on Spray Drying Course. Madison Concourse Hotel, One West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703.  Learn about various types of atomizers, as well as how an atomizer works, and how to select an atomizer for specific applications. This course will focus on atomization methods, functions, designs, atomizer performance, and much more. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to compare different atomizers and select the right one for your application. In addition, you will be able to calculate droplet size, cone angle, and other spray characteristics.  For enrollment and other information, click here.

May 11-12, 20162016 IRC Research & Technology Forum. Pyle Center,702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI. Attend several technical sessions covering topics including: mechanical integrity, electric motors & drives, regulatory update, and others. New this year will be a `lightning round` technical session. This annual event is the most cost-effective opportunity for you to update and expand your knowledge of industrial refrigeration systems. Self-register here .  The fee is $139.  On the registration page, be sure to select the appropriate event with the radio button since there is more than one currently listed.

7-9, 2016Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training. Coborn's, Inc. Support Center, 1921 Coborn Boulevard, St. Cloud, MN.  This course is the standardized curriculum 
recognized by FDA. You can become a preventive controls qualified individual by successfully completing this course. Cost: $800 including materials, certificate and lunch each day.  For
more information and registration, please email Jan Lillemo at or call 952-334-9498.  Register at, link at top of "Contact Us" page.

June 13-15, 2016Iowa State University FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. Iowa State University 1951 Food Sciences Building Ames, IA.  A three day Basic Preventive Controls training designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the Food Safety system for manufacturing safe food. This course will meet the FDA FSMA regulations as an Approved Course under Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA).  For more information, click here.  

September 26-30, 2016: Private Label, Food Service and Retail Products Trade Mission. Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico. Expand your export sales in Mexico by joining Food Export-Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture on the Focused Trade Mission to Mexico, for Private Label, Food Service and Retail food product companies.  Cost:  $400 by the Early Registration Deadline - May 23, 2016. For more information, contact Ashwini Rao/ 608-224-5119/  Register here. 
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