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Supreme Court Blocks Climate Rule For Power Plants
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The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked President Obama's landmark climate rule for power plants while litigation moves forward, a major blow to the president's climate agenda.

In its order the court said the rule, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, was stayed while industry and state lawsuits against it move through the court system.

Read more about the Court's actions from MWFPA Associate Member, Stoel Rives

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Administration's Budget Includes Funds To Implement Food Safety Law, User Fees For Food Manufacturers
The Administration has released its budget request for fiscal year 2017, and it includes significant proposed changes to the budgets of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also saddles food makers and consumers with new fees.

The proposal calls on FDA to collect $166 million in new food facility registration and inspection fees from food producers and distributors in the next fiscal year.  Such fees have been repeatedly rejected by Congress and the food industry.  Read more.

MWFPA has signed on to a letter to congressional leaders requesting that adequate congressional funding for FDA's food safety activities be the highest priority, rather than new food taxes or regulatory fees on consumers and food makers.

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Ag Secretary Can't Find Common Ground On GMOs
GMO activists and industry reps sat down twice with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently to see if they could find a compromise about labeling food processed with genetic engineering. No compromise could be found. 

MWFPA has opposed efforts to pass state mandated labeling laws and supported efforts to empower the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create a uniform, national labeling program. State labeling mandates are inconsistent with both established labeling precedent and an overwhelming scientific consensus regarding the safety of GMOs.

Read more here and here.

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IL Gov. Rauner Ready To Deliver Budget Address
This Wednesday, IL Governor Bruce Rauner will address a joint session of lawmakers and provide his spending blueprint for the 2017 fiscal year that begins on July 1.

This address comes at a time when Illinois leaders have failed to pass a budget for the current fiscal year that started nearly eight months ago.

Meanwhile, the House is scheduled to return to the Capitol tomorrow and Wednesday, while the Senate will be in those days plus Thursday. Statehouse observers think that few significant or controversial bills will advance until the state resolves the budget impasse. A few controversial bills may be discussed or moved, but the resultant votes on such bills will likely have more to do with political mailers than serious attempts to advance policy initiatives.

The budget address will be broadcast at noon and can be viewed at www.ilga.gov. 
 
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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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Maintaining Profitability and Supply Chain Security In A New Era Of Water Risk
No doubt you and your company are doing some form of water risk assessment, water conservation etc. But have you tied all these actions into a single strategic framework on water risk and value creation?

Read Maintaining Profitability and Supply Chain Security In A New Era Of Water Risk, by Matthew Howard of the Water Council, and learn about the tools that exist to quantify/identify water risk and specifically how to put a plan in place to mitigate those risks.

Registration Now 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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Save The Date For MWFPA's Food Sanitation Seminar


Plan to attend MWFPA's food sanitation seminar on April 21, 2016 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!

The planned agenda (subject to change) is as follows:
  1. PC Vasavada, PCV LLC - Cleaning, Sanitation & Hygienic Design - Fundamental Concepts & Challenges: Sanitation as Preventive Control

  2. Joseph Meyer, Miniat Holdings LLC
  • 1st Presentation - Hygienic design - Principles, Criteria, Requirements and Best Practices
  • 2nd Presentation - Hygienic design of Equipment & Hygiene practices during maintenance operations in the food industry
3. Jan Kelly, MN Department of Agriculture - State Inspection Programs - Concerns and Findings

4. Scott Radcliffe, Romer Labs - Food Allergen Testing, Management and Controls

5. Brian Wood, Hydrite Chemicals - Cleaning  and sanitation in food plant and sanitation kits demo

6. Jeff Kornacki, Kornacki Microbiology Solutions
  • 1st Presentation - Cleaning and Sanitation in Dry Products Plants and Control of Salmonella in Food Plant Environment
  • 2nd Presentation - Environmental pathogen monitoring and Controlling Listeria Monocytogenes in Food Plant Environments
7. Rick Stokes, Ecolab - Chemistry, Application and Principles of Cleaning and Sanitation

Opportunities to exhibit and sponsorships for the morning, lunch, and afternoon programs will be available.  Sponsors will be provided an opportunity to introduce the beginning of each session and give a five minute presentation about their company.

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
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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