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Keeping Employees At Work Focus of MWFPA Wellness Seminar, January 25
On January 25, 2018, MWFPA will present,  Reversing Occupational Medicine - Keeping Your Employees at Work and Out of the Clinic.  The one day seminar will be held at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
The seminar, intended for safety, plant, and human resources managers in addition to safety team members, will provide attendees with cutting-edge concepts focusing on mitigating the causes of workplace injuries and preventing them from occurring.   
Attendees will hear from professionals on how to establish relationships with local medical providers, OSHA expectations for reporting and mitigating employee injuries, plus loss prevention strategies and the latest advancements in standing relief for employees.
This seminar was recommended by members of the MWFPA Safety Committee.  Reservations can be made by calling 608-253-9729.  Should you have any questions, please call Nick George or Brian Deschane at 608-255-9946.  For program and registration materials, click here.
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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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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.

Last year sixteen $1,000 scholarships were awarded under the program. MWFPA Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 2, 2018. The scholarships will be awarded in April, 2016.

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. Last year six scholarships were awarded totaling $9,000.

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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Did You Remember Your 2018 Dues?
Reminder Did you remember to submit you membership dues for 2018?  Members are encouraged to send in their contribution as soon as possible.
And when paying your dues, you can also take the opportunity to  contribute to the MWFPA Scholarship fund!  All invoices contain a convenient check-off box. Scholarships may be applied for by any child of a member in good standing.  
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your membership, please contact Brian Deschane at 608-255-9946, or  
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.
Nutrition Policy A Top Priority Says FDA
FDA It appears that the FDA will make nutrition policy a top priority according to its recently released policy roadmap for 2018.
The document states FDA  "will  take  new  steps  in  2018  to  implement  a  comprehensive  plan, incorporating  a  range  of  new  efforts,  to leverage dietary  information  to  reduce  the  burden  of  disease through nutrition and encourage the development of more healthful food options."
Several  specific actions that are expected include more guidance on menu labeling; information on Nutrition Facts labeling rules; and plans for a new public education campaign of both new labeling regulations.
FDA's work on sodium reduction - something that caused considerable controversy during the previous administration - will continue to be part of the agency's work on nutrition. The document lists "advancing guidance on dietary sodium reduction" as an action it plans to take.   See the document here.
FDA Will Not Enforce Some FSMA Provisions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will not enforce certain Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules because the agency needs more time to consider "the complex supply chain relationships and resource requirements" related to definitions and required disclosures.   
FDA will delay enforcement of some provisions related to (i) produce safety; (ii) disclosures regarding hazard analyses; (iii) importation of food contact substances under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program; and (iv) human food byproducts used in animal food. 
Among other issues, FDA stated, are questions about factors such as farm ownership and farm-related activities that affect the determination of what business entities are "farms."  
WI Legislative Panel Hears Tort Reform Package
The WI Assembly Committee on Judiciary held a hearing on a bill that would reform the state's civil liability statutes to lower litigation costs for Wisconsin businesses.
Among other provisions, AB 773 would improve Wisconsin's litigation climate by establishing requirements for discovery to prevent litigants from abusing the discovery process or engaging in  "fishing expeditions." MWFPA supports the measure.
A Senate version of the bill has been referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, but a public hearing there has yet to be scheduled.
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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
January 25, 2018:   Reversing Occupational Medicine, Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
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
January 25, 2018: Wisconsin Ag Outlook Forum.  Union South, University of Wisconsin, 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI,10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Receive up to date information regarding Wisconsin's outlook for major agricultural commodities with coverage of key specialty crops that contribute to the agricultural impact of Wisconsin.  For more information and a current agenda for the day, 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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