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MWFPA Offers Exclusive Insurance Program For Members
The Midwest Food Processors Association is pleased to announce that MWFPA 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.  Here is a summary of coverage...  
  • Commercial property insurance for buildings, inventory/stock, machinery & include equipment breakdown coverage, builders risk and inland marine/mobile equipment
  • Commercial casualty coverage that includes general liability insurance, medical liability and fire legal liability, pollution liability, products recall, cyber liability, surety/bonding, commercial auto & fleet and commercial umbrella
  • Workers compensation
  • Executive Risk, which includes crime coverage, errors & omission coverage and directors & officers coverage
Learn more about what the MWFPA Insurance Program can do for you by visiting the program's website:

Look for the Hays/MWFPA information booth at the convention near the registration counter if you want to talk specifically about any insurance-related questions or concerns, click on this link: 

Our main contact for the program is Brad Van Swol and he can be reached via:
Phone: (414) 290-3581

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OSHA Delays Again Enforcement Of Record-Keeping Rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has once again delayed enforcement of its new record-keeping rule that would, among other things, limit an employer's ability to conduct post-accident drug and alcohol testing. 

OSHA agreed to delay enforcement of the rule until December 1, 2016. The rule had been scheduled to take effect on November 1, a date settled on after the rule was first scheduled to take effect on August 10. Read more.  Read the OSHA news release here.

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Election Enters Final Week
Democratic Donkey The presidential campaign is entering its final full week amid high drama and volatility, as both sides grapple with the fallout from the FBI's announcement that it is examining newly discovered emails that "appear to be pertinent" to an earlier investigation of Hillary Clinton.

The race has tightened to a 2-4 point lead for Clinton.The consensus outlook still gives Clinton the edge in the race for 270 electoral votes and Trump's path there remains extremely narrow. The race appears to be closest in the traditional swing states of Florida and Ohio, as well as newer battlegrounds such as Nevada and North Carolina. Trump's polling numbers in Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, Arizona and North Carolina have all improved over the past week. Clinton's lead in Rust Belt states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin appears durable.

Democrats hope to retake the Senate just two years after ceding control to Republicans. They need a net gain of five seats-four if they win the White House, as the vice president serves as tiebreaker. Republicans have an opportunity to pick up the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Six key Senate races - in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, Indiana and Missouri - may determine who controls the upper house with Wisconsin potentially becoming a player.

There are signs that the Badger State may be more competitive than expected. While ex-Sen. Russ Feingold (D) has led all but one public poll, there is debate over just how large his lead may
GOP Elephant be. A Super PAC supporting Democratic Senate candidates announced a $2 million investment in Wisconsin late last week which may signal concern about Feingold's edge over incumbent Republican Ron Johnson.

The odds of Democrats retaking the House are long, as they need a net pickup of 30 seats. Republicans appear poised to take some losses, but evidence of the kind of wave necessary to throw control of the chamber to the Democrats remains thin. That could change if seats currently leaning Republican move to tossups.
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Clinton, Duckworth Lead In IL Polls
Democrats are relying on winning Illinois as they look to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk has come under fire for mocking Democratic rival Tammy Duckworth's Thai heritage during a recent debate. Kirk, who's seeking his second term, apologized for mocking her immigrant background and family's military service.

Kirk is seen as one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republican incumbents and is running in a state that leans heavily Democratic, particularly in presidential election years. He currently trails Duckworth by 13.3 points in the RealClearPolitics average.

A Loras College Poll conducted Oct. 26-27 found Duckworth leading Kirk by 8 percentage points - 42-34.  The poll does not reflect the controversial remarks of Kirk made during the debate.

The Loras poll also showed Clinton with a lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump, 45-34.

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Convention Comedy Becomes Magical With Ken Mate
Join us for a free-flowing, fast-paced assortment of comedy and magic with nationally known comedy magician Ken Mate, our closing convention luncheon keynote speaker on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Kalahari Resort.  
He has performed his blend of stand-up comedy and magic in concert and on TV for over three decades. Ken has appeared with more than 80 stars as the guest opening act, including the bands Alabama, the Beach Boys and Chicago, and artists as varied as Ray Charles, Charlie Daniels, Crystal Gayle, Smokey Robinson and the Smothers Brothers. He has hosted live shows for Oprah Winfrey, Grand Prix Auto Racing, and 1000's of meetings for major corporations at conferences and conventions.
Ken was featured on the NBC-TV special "The World's Greatest Magic", taped at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. And his magic hands have appeared in commercials including McDonald's, Chevy, and "The Incredible Edible Egg."
His unusual twists to modern magic, laced with comedy, create both amazement and laughter. End the convention on a fun note and prepare to be astonished.


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Remember: Silent Auction Items Due By Nov. 14
Don't forget - items for this year's silent auction are due by November 14th!!

Fill out an MWFPA 2016 Silent Auction Donation Form and submit it to MWFPA, 4600 American Pkwy., Suite 210, Madison, WI, 53718 or send it via email to:  You can also fax the form to 608-255-9938.

Thank you to our donors to date:

Bolton & Menk
Bush Brothers
Chippewa Valley Bean
Great Wolf Lodge
Hormel Food Corporation
Illinois Foundation Seeds
Jennie - O Turkey Store
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

Lakeside Foods, Inc.
Langguth Corp.
Lyco Manufacturing
Pearl Engineering Corp
Pure Line Seeds, Inc.
Seneca Foods Corp
Sulbana, Inc.
TOMRA Sorting Solutions
Trappers Turn Golf Course
Wissota Tool
Items on our donation wish list incl
  • Sports Tickets
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Golf and other Sporting Items
  • Fun Outings, Vacation Trip Packages
  • Creative Artwork
  • Electronics
  • Gift Cards
  • Unique Dining Experiences
By donating an item with a value of at least $100, you will be assisting the children of MWFPA processor and associate members in making their post-high school education ambitions a reality. Additionally, you'll benefit from exposure of your company's name to those who attend the event. Donors will be listed on the event program, and the merchandise you give will be on display throughout the evening with appropriate recognition.
Please consider donating an item to support the continued work of the MWFPA Scholarship Fund.  The deadline for donations is November 14, 2016.  
MWFPA is also accepting cash contributions of $100 or more, so if you would prefer, simply send a contribution and MWFPA will place the money directly in the scholarship fund or purchase desirable items with appropriate recognition for your company.

Don't Delay - Donate Today!

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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
November 29- December 1, 2016: MWFPA 112th Annual Convention and 89th Processing Crops Conference.  Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

May 31 - June 1, 2017MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble.Trappers Turn Golf Course, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Other Educational Opportunities
November 15-16, 2016: Oilseed & Grain Trade SummitHyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, see the summit website.  Use code:  MWFPA2016 for 10% off all registration.

November 14 - 15, 2016: Organic & Non-GMO Forum. Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN.  The Organic & Non-GMO Forum
is the only domestic event that brings together stakeholders from across the organic and non-GMO value chain to address the growing business opportunities and significant supply chain challenges in the sector. Topics to be addressed include GMO labeling, global supply and demand trade flows, trends in the organic and non-GMO sector, and the organic certification process. For more information, visit

December 2-3, 2016
: Feast! Local Foods Marketplace 2016.
Rochester Mayo Civic Center,  30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN.  Farmers and food-makers will showcase and sell their products at over 100 exhibit booths, chefs will demonstrate locally sourced recipes, and more. The festival will include a children's activity area, DIY and healthy living workshops, and a local beer and wine tasting event. For more information, click here.

February 13-17, 2017Industrial Refrigeration Workshop. Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. This one-week course is intended for those who make decisions such as the purchase of new components, and the enlargement or modification of the plant. Manufacturers of components learn how their products fit into the entire system. For more information, click here.

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