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Register Now For MWFPA's Annual Convention & Processing Crops Conference
Register now for MWFPA's 114th Annual Convention and 91st Processing Crops Conference, being held at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI, November 27-29, 2018. 
The MWFPA annual convention provides a unique platform to network and explore new business opportunities in food manufacturing.  It attracts 1,000 food processing industry professionals from the Midwest and across the country.
In addition to featuring more than 150 exhibitors, the event offers industry relevant breakout sessions featuring high level speakers to encourage broad based attendance by food processing company personnel.   
Reserve you booth now as time and space are running out.  Click on the Exhibitor Prospectus at right for more information. 
Your presence on the convention floor provides you an opportunity to identify new customers, retailers and distributors of products and services related to food processing.
Don't miss out - reserve your booth today!
Silent Auction  This year's MWFPA convention will again host a Silent Auction to raise money for the MWFPA Scholarship Fund.    
Please consider donating an item. The deadline for donations is November 18, 2018.  
Items on our donation wish list incl ude:
  • Sports Tickets
  • Golf Items/Sporting Goods
  • Fun Outings
  • Electronics
  • Gift Cards 
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.

Simply fill out a MWFPA 2018 Silent Auction Donation Form online or download a hardcopy and mail it to: MWFPA, 4600 American Pkwy., Suite 210, Madison, WI, 53718. You can also email the form to:, or fax the form to 608-255-9938.

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.
Don't Delay - Donate Today!   
Register Now For MWFPA Sporting Clay Challenge!
MWFPA's Sporting Clay Challenge is set for October 11, 2018 at the Caribou Gun Club, 30649 380th Street, Le Sueur, MN.
Whether you are a life-long firearms enthusiast or a newcomer to the shooting sports, MWFPA's 7th Annual Sporting Clay Challenge will provide you and your guests with a safe and thrilling day in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Click here to view the event brochure and a listing of sponsorship opportunities.
Come and enjoy a day of networking. Bring your customers, or reward a staff member for a job well done. Experienced AND novice shooters welcome.
Last year's event raised $6,000 enabling us to provide $17,000 in scholarships to the children of MWFPA members pursuing an education after high school.
Midterm Election Battles Take Shape In WI, MN  
Democratic Donkey Voters in WI and MN went to the polls on Tuesday to choose party nominees for a host of local and state elective offices.

In WI two key races topped the ballot - the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and the Demo cratic primary for governor. There were primaries too for secretary of state and WI treasurer.

WI State Senator Leah Vukmir defeated p olitical newcomer Kevin Nicholson for the right to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the fall.

Meanwhile, Tony Evers emerged from a field of eight Democrats to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Randy Bryce, a union worker, won the Democratic party's primary to replace a seat held by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for 20 years. He defeated challenger Cathy Meyers with 59.58 percent of the vote.
GOP Elephant
Bryan Steil, a former Ryan aide, defeated five other challengers with 5 1.58 percent of the vote to earn the GOP bid as Republicans hope to keep the long-held seat red come November.

In MN, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeated former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a surprising upset to secure the GOP's nomination in the state's primary race for governor.

Johnson, who was considered an underdog in the primary, will now face Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who secured the bid on the Democratic side.

Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, who succeeded Sen. Al Franken after he resigned last year following a series of sexual misconduct allegations, defeated a former Republican ethics attorney-turned top critic of President Trump to advance to the fall election.

State Sen. Karin Housley secured the GOP nomination and will face Smith in the fall midterm.

In MN's other U.S. Senate race, incumbent Amy Klobuchar cruised to victory beating out four Democrats to square off in November with the GOP's endorsed candidate, state Rep. Jim Newberger.
WI Training Program Offers Way To Meet Skills Gap
For employers challenged to find workers with high-demand skills, the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant program offers a solution: create your own training program.
The training grant program is designed to help address the crucial need for skilled workers by making funds available for demand-driven workforce training.
Read more about how this program can assist in meeting your employment needs.  
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MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
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
September 24-26, 2018: Women In Agribusiness, Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, CO. For more information and to register, click here.  
September 30 - October 2, 201810th 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.
October 29-30, 2018Organic & Non-GMO Forum, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, St. Louis, MO. Attend the only event that covers both the practical and business issues surrounding the organic, non-GMO, and conventional supply chain, and addresses the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector.  
For more information, sponsorship inquiries, media partnerships, or speaking opportunities, please contact Managing Director Joy O'Shaughnessy at or (207) 244-9544 x 103. Register and receive further information here
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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:;  Phone: (414) 290-3581.
Kathy Yoss at: Phone: (414) 259-8405
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