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House Votes To Overturn Water Rule
US House of Reps The House voted last week to send a GOP measure blocking President Obama's controversial water jurisdiction rule to his desk.

The President has pledged to veto the resolution, which would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Water Rule, also known as Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The rule, made final last year, asserts federal authority over small waterways like wetlands and streams. MWFPA did not support the rule. Read more from The Hill.

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Senator Blocking FDA Nominee Over Biotech Salmon
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has approved Robert Califf's nomination as FDA commissioner, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican on the panel, said she would insist on getting the matter of labeling genetically engineered salmon addressed before the Senate votes on him.

Murkowski wants reassurances from the agency that it will write rules for labeling genetically modified salmon. She maintains that the engineered salmon approved by the FDA last year could be harmful to her state's wild salmon industry.

Read more from Agri-Pulse  here.
 
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Administration Lays Out 2016 Regulatory Plans For Food And Agriculture
The Obama's administration recently released its Regulatory Plan, which lays out department-specific regulatory priorities. Of interest to the food and agriculture industry are the agendas from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both of which have regulatory oversight of, and administer programs important to, the industry.  Read more from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

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IL Legislative Session Off To Slow Start
The IL Legislature is off to a slow start for 2016 with the State Senate convening for a one-day session last week, but not acting on any major issues.

The IL House will not convene until January 27, when Gov. Rauner will deliver his State of the State address.The session runs through May.

The state is now in its seventh month without a budget. It has been operating with stop-gap measures and court-mandated spending that's burying Illinois in additional debt.

Despite the much publicized meetings last month between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders, there's no indication he and Democrats who control the Legislature are any closer to bridging their ideological divide to end the stalemate. No new talks are planned and talk increasingly swirls at the Capitol about the possibility that a budget won't be in place until after the fiscal year ends in June.
 
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MN Gov. Dayton To Host Summit On Water Quality
MN Governor Mark Dayton will host a summit on water quality on Saturday, February 27 at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel. 

The summit will bring together water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders, and a wide variety of other stakeholders. It will focus public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota's water supplies - in both rural and urban areas of the state - and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges.

All interested Minnesotans are encouraged to register and attend. All stakeholders and other interested members of the public are also encouraged to take this online survey, launched in conjunction with the Governor's Water Summit, to ensure that all Minnesotans' voices are heard on this important, statewide issue.

The information and input gathered from this survey will help inform the Administration and Legislature on Minnesota's water quality challenges and possible solutions. Register here.     

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MWFPA Sets Leadership Series - Save The Dates!
Save the date for MWFPA's "ACHIEVE RESULTS THROUGH LEADERSHIP," Tuesday, March 1, Holiday Inn at the American Center, 5109 W. Terrace Dr., Madison, WI 53718, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Today's great leaders are going to retire and soon taking with them the skills and knowledge they have gained over 30 plus years in the workplace. Companies that aren't taking a critical look at their leadership needs are missing an opportunity to prepare now.  Great leaders drive others to be better; makes tough decisions and can see solutions when others see problems. A great leader can bring positive and lasting changes to your organization.

Cost: $450.00
Cost covers course materials, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost of lodging is not included in this fee.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn at the American Center.  Telephone: (608) 249-4220

Remember to also SAVE THE DATE for MWFPA's
"RESOLVE EMPLOYEE CONFLICT,"Wednesday, March 2, Stoney Creek Hotel, 3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, WI 54650, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Conflict is common among all people. It can become particularly problematic in the workplace if not managed correctly.

With the right ideas, attitude and procedures, you can resolve conflict at your business and create a positive, welcoming atmosphere for your employees and customers alike.

Cost: $450.00
Cost covers course materials, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost of lodging is not included in this fee.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Stoney Creek Hotel.  Telephone:  (608) 781-3060

For more information, contact Brian Deschane at: brian.deschane@mwfpa.org or telephone (608-255-9946.

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GMA Sets 2016 Food Safety Modernization Workshop Series
Is your company prepared to address every aspect of Food Safety Modernization? GMA's three-part Beyond the Basics Workshop Series takes an even deeper dive into FSMA, providing attendees the required tools to implement each essential component of a Food Safety Plan. Join GMA in 2016 as it guides manufacturers in the transition from HACCP to effective food safety plan -- register today!
Save The Date For MWFPA's Food Sanitation Seminar


Save the date April 21, 2016 and plan to attend MWFPA's food sanitation seminar to be held at the Stoney Creek Hotel, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd. in Onalaska, WI.

The proactive and preventive approach to controlling contami-
nation through cleaning and sanitation is increasingly being recognized as a key factor in food safety management. This full-day seminar will look at the sanitation problems and solutions that are found in today's food plants.
  Mark your calendar now!

Better Process Control School Set For April
The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Midwest Food Processors Association is set to present the 2016 Better Process Control School, April 26-29, 2016 in Madison, WI.
 
The Better Process Control School provides the canning industry with qualified personnel to meet FDA and USDA regulations.
 
All processing of thermally processed low-acid or acidified foods which are packaged in hermetically-sealed containers must have certain critical operations supervised by a qualified person.The 
Better Process Control School trains individuals to supervise these critical operations.
 
Training is being offered this year in late April in order to support training of personnel newly hired for the pack season.
 
Registration and schedule information is available online: www.foodsafety.wisc.edu
 
Early registration deadline is April 4, 2016.

Applications For MWFPA Scholarship Programs Now Available
scholarship 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 fourteen $1,000 scholarships were awarded under the program. MWFPA Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 2, 2016. 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 29, 2016. 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: brian.elliott@mwfpa.org, or by calling 608-255-9946.

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Review A Copy Of The MWFPA Annual Report
MWFPA's 2015 annual report is now available for online viewing or download. 

The report provides a snapshot of MWFPA's 2015 successes and highlights the many services provided by MWFPA to its members over the year.  Click on the photo at right.

MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
March 1, 2016: MWFPA ACHIEVE RESULTS THROUGH LEADERSHIP. Holiday Inn at the American Center, 5109 W. Terrace Dr., Madison, WI 53718, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

March 2, 2016MWFPA RESOLVE EMPLOYEE CONFLICT.  Stoney Creek Hotel, 3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, WI 54650,8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April 21, 2016: MWFPA Sanitation Seminar. Stoney Creek Hotel,
3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, WI.

June 1-2, 2016: MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble. 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
February 15-19, 2016: Industrial Refrigeration Workshop, 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.

A thread running through the course is the design of a refrigerated distribution center utilizing an ammonia refrigeration system. New technologies available in ammonia refrigeration reducing the ammonia charge will be explored over the course of the workshop. For more information, click here.

April 12-13, 2016Arc Flash Hazard Analysis. Pyle Center,702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI. Ensure your work environment is safe by reviewing relevant standards, like NFPA 70E, and IEEE 1584, and NESC 410A3. You will also learn about personal protective equipment, perform arc flash hazard calculations, evaluate arc-resistant switchgear and understand coordination issues relating to faster trip time.  For more information, or to enroll, click here.

April 26-29, 2016: MWFPA/University of Wisconsin - Madison Better Process Control School.  Madison, WI. All processing of thermally processed low-acid or acidified foods which are packaged in hermetically-sealed containers must have certain critical operations supervised by a qualified person.  The Better Process Control School trains individuals to supervise these critical operations.
 
Registration and schedule information is available online: www.foodsafety.wisc.edu. Early registration deadline is April 4, 2016.

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
 
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