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Rauner Signs IL Leave Bill
IL Gov. Rauner has signed into law a bill that would allow an employee to use up to 10 days of unpaid bereavement leave to grieve the death of the employee's child, attend services related to the death of the child, or make arrangements necessitated by the death of the employee's child.

Changes were made to the bill that decreased the amount of leave time from four weeks to two weeks; aligned the definitions of employee and employer with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act; and reduced the ability to bring an action alleging violation of the Act from 3 years to 60 days.
   
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Dayton, Legisaltive Leaders Meet About MN Special Session Session
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and top legislative leaders met again last week to discuss a potential special session to pass a bonding bill and a tax bill, but they still don't have an agreement.  Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Zimmerman), and Senate Majority Leader tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), emerged from their latest private meeting without resolution of a key disagreement.

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in at odds over building a light rail line to serve the southwestern Twin Cities, the issue that has prevented a special session since the regular session ended in late May.

Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, had set next week as a tentative time for a special session, but Dayton had previously said that likely would be pushed back a week or two if a deal could be reached soon.

The Democratic governor warned that if a deal is not reached within a few days, there likely will be no special session. Two major issues remain to be done: fixing a mistake in a tax bill and re-passing it and passing a public works funding bill that includes road and bridge money.

Dayton vetoed the tax bill that contained both tax cuts and more local aid after a mistake was discovered that would have cost the state millions of dollars. Legislative leaders appear to agree that they can pass the bill if it is fixed.

Also in the measure are tax cuts. One would trim business property taxes paid to the state more than $56 million, while another would cut farmland taxes $44 million.
 
MWFPA Convention Booths Available - Reserve Your Booth Now!
The MWFPA 2016 Convention booth lottery has come to an end!

There are still booths to be reserved on a first come, first serve basis for the convention and trade show being held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI November 29 - December 1, 2016.
 
Guarantee your booth space with prime spots remaining, but they will go fast!

Go to the MWFPA Convention website and download a copy of the convention prospectus which contains a floor map and registration form or click on the image at right. Registration forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail. Sorry, no online registration is available at this time.

The MWFPA Convention and Trade Show is our premier event bringing together leaders in the food processing industry to discuss trends, view new technologies, share expertise, and network with professionals in different companies and disciplines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Deschane at: brian.deschane@mwfpa.org or call 608-255-9946.
MWFPA Hosts Management Training Program With Cheesemakers, UW School of Business
In partnership with the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Wisconsin School of Business Certificate Program, the Midwest Food Processors Association is again promoting a custom certificate program designed to build leadership, management, and business acumen in dairy and food industry professionals.

High Performance Leadership and Management Skills for Food and Cheese Professionals provides the skills to lead, motivate, and manage employees to create a stronger, more productive organization. Participants will spend a total of eight days (four, two-day modules) immersed in thought-provoking and pragmatic training, with action learning components, group discussion, team exercises, and case studies built into each module.  Module dates are September 29-30, 2016, November 14-15, 2016, January 23-24, 2017 and March 6-7, 2017.

The program is offered to all MWFPA members. Cost to attend the program is $6,900 per participant and includes instruction, educational materials, meals, parking, and overnight accommodations for all four two-day sessions. Complete information on the program can be found at online.  Don't wait - register today for this premiere event.

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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
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
August 22-24, 2016: Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training.  Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Task Force.  Pomeroy Center, Room 215, University of Minnesota,
1964 Fitch Ave, Saint Paul, MN. Created by the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this course meets the Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual training requirements. Certificates will be issued to each participant documenting completion of this course.  For more information, click here .

August 31, 2016Agronomy/Soils Field Day. The University of Wisconsin Departments of Agronomy and Soil Science in conjunction with the Arlington Agricultural Research Station will host their annual field day on August 31, 2016 from 8:00a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The field day will highlight UW-Madison research on all facets of crop production and soil management. View the day's schedule here. The UW-Arlington Agricultural Research Station is located 5 miles south of Arlington and 15 miles north of Madison, WI.  Watch for the Field Day signs.

September 13, 14, & 15, 2016Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) WorkshopThe Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires every food manufacturer to have a written food safety plan, and it is the responsibility of a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) to prepare the food safety plan. This 
training workshop will fulfill your certification requirements.  For more information, click here

September 15, 2016Pet Food/Animal Feed Intentional Contamination Exercise. University of Minnesota's Continuing Education & Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Food Protection and Defense Institute are hosting a food/feed safety exercise based on the U.S. FDA Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B) "Foul Fodder".  Contact Carrie Rigdon at   carrie.rigdon@state.mn.us or 651-201-6453 for more information.       

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/ ashwini.rao@wi.gov.  Register here.

September 29-30, 2016
High Performance Leadership & Management Skills for Dairy and Food Professionals. Fluno Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI.  For more information, see article above, or go to the program website.

October 12-13, 2016: Preventive Maintenance Optimization.
DoubleTree by Hilton,
525 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI.
Stop blindly following your manufacturers' recommendations for preventive maintenance optimization programs. Learn how to transform your existing program into an effective and efficient system, and establish a culture of continuous improvement at this University of Wisconsin School of Engineering course. Click here.

November 14-15, 2016: Oilseed & Grain Trade SummitHyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, see the summit website.   
 
 
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