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Brandon Scholz, WGA President and CEO.



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Good Luck Hunters   The WGA and Hunting Works for Wisconsin wishes the best of luck and a safe hunt to Wisconsin's deerhunters this opening weekend!  "Wisconsin's gun deer season attracts hunters from all over the country and the world," said Governor Scott Walker. "This is a tradition that builds relationships, and helps grow our economy, while managing our deer herd.  There really is nothing quite like it."

President Announces Immigration Changes For Employers and Employees   The law firm of Quarles & Brady issued the following alert regarding President Obama's Immigration Mandate:  President Obama announced sweeping new administrative reforms to the way a current immigration laws are enforced. Politics aside, there are a number of changes to the ways these new rules will be administered. Some will occur quickly, but others will take months. At this point most details are not available, but the following outline describes the major issues that are expected to affect employers and employees:   DHS will finalize rules in December or January that will provide temporary work authorization;  Improve the Visa Bulletin priority date system to give more predictability to the issuance of green cards for people waiting in the per-country backlogs;  Allow immigrants with approved I-140 Immigrant Visa petitions to receive the same temporary work and travel benefits as those with pending I-485 application.  Read the complete Alert at quarles.com.




Ribbon Cutting   Gordy's County Market opened up its 11th Gordy's Express gas station last week with a ribbon cutting ceremonysaid the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. The new gas station is located in parking lot of the Gordy's on Clairemont Avenue. Gordy's continues to offer its Pump Perks Program to customers allowing for them save money at the gas pump after purchasing the groceries.   Gordy's County Market was founded in 1966 by Gordy Schafer in Chippewa Falls, WI and now has 16 grocery stores to accompany the 11 gas stations.

Pigs Are Too Fat   Eating ham has never been more expensive than this year, partly because U.S. pigs are too fat.  Hogs in the U.S. weigh the most ever after farmers fed them longer to make up for losses caused by a virus that killed millions of piglets. While heavier hogs mean more pork per animal, their hind legs exceed the size used for producing the 7-pound spiral-cut, half hams that are the most a popular for family meals during year-end holidays.   Half of annual ham consumption by Americans occurs at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and retail prices through October were up 26 percent this year to a record $3.433 a pound, government data show. The increase was fueled by the virus, which shrank the domestic herd and reduced the number of hogs slaughtered this year by 5.2 percent, boosting costs for meat buyers.  There's a lot of hams not showing up on the market," said Russell Barton, who covers the ham market for Urner Barry. "So many of them are not at an optimal weight."   While ham prices usually fall in the fourth quarter, during a seasonal increase in supply, they probably will be the highest ever for that period this year, said Steve Meyer, the president of Paragon Economics, an agricultural market researcher in Adel, Iowa.   Retailers and meat distributors generally place their holiday orders in July and August, according to Brandon Scholz, president of the Wisconsin Grocers Association. This year, wholesale ham reached an all-time high of $1.4368 a pound July 29, USDA data show. Read more here. a

Expo Winner -  KERRY VAN KLEECK, Certco Inc., won 2 tickets during the WGA's Innovation Expo to this past weekend's Green Bay Packer game, which were generously donated by MILLERCOORS. Here is a photo of Kerry and Sandy, his wife, in front of the Miller Lite entrance. A great time was had watching the Packers dominate the Eagles.

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