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WI's Ribble Will Not Seek Reelection
Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI 8th Congressional District) announced his intention to retire from Congress at the conclusion of his term in office.

Ribble pledged upon first winning election in 2010 that he wouldn't serve more than eight years in the House. In the end, he will be leaving after three two-year terms. The 59-year-old lawmaker and former roofing contractor from Neenah issued a statement saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

He was Wisconsin's lone representative on the House Agriculture Committee and was instrumental in maintaining a provision in the farm bill insuring that schools have greater flexibility in offering nutritious fruits and vegetables to children as part of the federal school lunch snack program.  That provision was supported by MWFPA.

Ribble also authored the Farming Flexibility Act of 2013 to permanently implement a pilot program that allows farmers to voluntarily forgo federal subsidies and opt out of restrictions on fruit and vegetable production. That bill too was supported by MWFPA.

MWFPA wishes Rep. Ribble well in private life and thanks him for his support of the food manufacturing industry in WI.

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Two More Senators Look To Block FDA Nominee
Two more U.S. Senators are formally blocking President Obama's pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who also happens to be running for President, and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) have said they are placing a hold on Califf's nomination, but for different reasons.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (D-MD) is holding up the nomination to force the labeling of genetically engineered salmon. 

Read more from the Washington Post here.


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Senate Fails To Override Water Resolution Veto
U.S. Senate Senators failed to override President Obama's veto of a resolution blocking a key water rule referred to as WOTUS. Fifty-two senators voted to advance the override effort, well short of the 60 needed.

Lawmakers sent the President a Congressional Review Act resolution blocking the EPA WOTUS rule establishing regulatory authority over small waterways. The President vetoed it.

The rule has been temporarily blocked by a federal court pending litigation, but Republicans had hoped to block it legislatively as well.  MWFPA supported the override of WOTUS resolution veto.  Read more from The Hill.

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IL Gov. Rauner Stands His Ground In State Of the State Address
IL Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his second State of the State address last week. The Gov. echoed many of the sentiments from his first such address and stood his ground for elements of his "Turnaround Agenda" that he says are needed to reverse Illinois' economic woes.

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state is halfway through its fiscal year and is still without a budget.  Read more here.

 
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IL Ag Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications for Next Class
The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP) is now accepting applications for the 18th class in the history of the program. The IALP is sponsored by the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF).
 
The IALP is a series of 14 seminars over two years that develop the skills, knowledge and character for individuals who will be agricultural leaders at the local, state, national and international levels.

Applications are accepted from men and women, ages 25-49 as of August 26, 2016, who are Illinois residents actively engaged in an area of agriculture, such as a producer, processor, supplier or in other direct capacities. Up to 30 individuals may be selected for the "Class of 2018," which will begin in August of 2016.

The deadline for applying is February 29th, and people are encouraged to apply early since references will be needed before that date.  For additional information, click here.

 
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Registration Open For MWFPA Leadership Series
Registration is now open 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: $400.00
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.

Don't Delay - Register Now!

Registration is also open 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: $400.00
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.

Register Now!

For more information on either program, 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 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.

March 31-April 1, 2016: Iowa State University Food Microbiology. Activities will begin at Iowa State Univeristy1951 Food Sciences Building. Iowa State University's Food Microbiology groups will provide insight on the ecology of microorganisms in foods, detection, and enumeration, isolation, and identification methods for food-borne pathogens, toxins, and contaminants that may occur in a food plant environment. Our course will combine classroom lectures with laboratory environment on the fundamentals of food microbiology and food safety.  For registration and course 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: 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.

April 26-28, 2016: Iowa State University FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. Iowa State University 1951 Food Sciences Building Ames, IA.  A three day Basic Preventive Controls training designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the Food Safety system for manufacturing safe food. This course will meet the FDA FSMA regulations as an Approved Course under Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA).  For more information, click here.

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.

June 13-15, 2016Iowa State University FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. Iowa State University 1951 Food Sciences Building Ames, IA.  A three day Basic Preventive Controls training designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the Food Safety system for manufacturing safe food. This course will meet the FDA FSMA regulations as an Approved Course under Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA).  For more information, click here. 
 
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