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05/29/2015

Washington Report for 6-1-15

By Steve Kopperud

Long-awaited Biofuels RFS for 2014-2016, Biodiesel for 2017, Proposed by EPA - Final WOTUS Rule Released by EPA - Howls of Protest from Hill, Industry Greet Water Rule - Senate Moving to Join House in Blocking WOTUS Rule - TPA Gets Senate Approval - Appeals Court Denies Obama on Immigration Orders - Senate Follows House, Approves Two-Month Highway Program Extension - Walmart Jumps on Welfare, Antibiotics Bandwagon

05/27/2015

Auditors Sought for 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

The Nutrient Stewardship Council, on behalf of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, is seeking to contract with consultants as 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program Auditors.

05/26/2015

Washington Report for 5-21-15

By Steve Kopperud

Senate Marks Up Grain Act Reauthorization - House Agriculture Votes to Repeal COOL to Avoid Canadian, Mexican Retaliation - Senate Wants Final Vote on TPA - WOTUS Hearings Continue, EPA “Outreach” called “Grassroots Lobbying;” Roberts Says EPA “Stacked the Deck” on Comments - House Passes Two-Month Highway Program Extension; Senate Expected to Follow - TSCA Goes Slow in Senate; NCSL Urges State Consultations to Move Bill - Dodd-Frank Comes Under Fire in Senate Banking Bill - USDA to Dole out $21 Million to Eight Drought States

05/21/2015

OABA and GEAPS Partner to Host 2015 Bin Entry Tech Training Program

Training designed to provide first responders with skills necessary for grain bin rescue

05/21/2015

White House Pollinator Health Task Force Releases National Pollinator Strategy

CropLife America and Bayer CropScience Support National Strategy

The White House Pollinator Health Task Force has released its strategy to improve pollinator health. The strategy has received support from several national crop protection agencies, including CropLife America and Bayer CropScience.

05/21/2015

50th Class of Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Ohio Agricultural Council has announced the honorees of this year’s 50th class of the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. The inductees are William J. Haddad, Don Loudenslager, Roy Loudenslager and Gerald Mast.

05/18/2015

FBI Hosting Workshops for Chemical Retailers

The FBI will host three chemical retailer awareness workshops to introduce local chemical retailers to FBI representatives and provide an overview of current chemical threats. There will also be three chemical facility outreach exchanges to share best practices for high risk facilities.

05/18/2015

Farm Foundation Leads Initiative on Voluntary Phase Out of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

Farm Foundation, NFP is leading a new initiative to support U.S. livestock producers and veterinarians’ efforts to voluntarily phase out the use of medically-important antibiotics for food production purposes in food animals by the end of 2016.

05/18/2015

Great Lakes Protection Fund Supports Expansion of Ag Retailer Leadership to Reduce Phosphorus Losses from Cropland in the Great Lakes Basin

The IPM Institute of North America was awarded a grant by the Great Lakes Protection Fund to expand its collaboration with ag retailers throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

05/18/2015

Ag Credit First Quarter Earnings Exceed Projections

Cooperative lender Ag Credit announces financial results for the first quarter of 2015, which exceeded earning projections.

05/15/2015

Washington Report for 5-18-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Approves Bill to Block WOTUS - House Ag Approves CFTC Reauthorization; Peterson, Massad Not Happy - Senate Fumbles, Recovers in Advancing TPA Bill; Long Floor Fight Expected - Enviro, Hunger Groups Say RFS Misses Mark Just as Supporters Launch Ad Campaign - EPA Sends Carbon Rule to OMB; States Move to Block EPA - GOP Lawmakers Join Federal Court Battle on Obama Immigration Orders - USDA Develops Voluntary Certification, Label for “GM-Free” Products - Gillibrand Wants USDA to have Mandatory Recall - Corn Production Down, Supplies Up: USDA

05/15/2015

DOT Announces Final Rule to Strengthen Safe Transportation of Flammable Liquids by Rail

Rule Will Make Significant and Extensive Changes to Improve Accident Prevention, Mitigation, and Emergency Response

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a final rule for the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail, which focuses on safety improvements that are designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident and support emergency response to an accident.

05/15/2015

NGFA, AFIA Release OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Program Guidance

Implementation Deadline June 1

June 1 is the deadline for compliance with major elements of OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. The American Feed Industry Association and National Grain and Feed Association have released a compliance guide to ensure the industry is prepared for updated requirements.

05/11/2015

Sunrise Cooperative Facilities All Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that all four of Sunrise Cooperative Inc.’s agronomy branches, located in Attica, Ballville, Crestline and Norwalk, Ohio, have been added to the growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. Sunrise is the first entity to have all of its locations certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship.

05/11/2015

OABA Shares Concerns Over CSX’s New Rate System

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has been working with the Surface Transportation Board, Ohio’s congressional delegation, and the National Grain and Feed Association in regards to CSX’s new rate system. OABA strongly encourages affected companies to share their concerns with CSX directly.

05/11/2015

U.S. EPA Issues Drinking Water Microcystin Guidelines

Source: The Hannah Report

The EPA has released health advisory standards for microcystin, the algal bloom toxin responsible for the drinking water ban in Toledo in August 2014. The agency recommends states and localities issue drinking water health advisories at 0.3 ppb for children younger than school age and 1.6 ppb for those older.

05/11/2015

Three Town & Country Co-op Facilities Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that Town & Country Co-op’s facilities located in Loudonville, Smithville and Sullivan, Ohio have been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.

05/11/2015

$235 Million Available for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is available through a new creation in the 2014 Farm Bill, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

05/11/2015

Washington Report for 5-11-15

By Steve Kopperud

Senate Ag Panel Begins Grain Standards Act Reauthorization; Private Inspectors Pushed - RFS Deadlines Loom, Biofuel Industry Wants Obama Meeting - Struggle over Highway Funding Continues; Hatch Pitches $11-billon “Patch” - Senate NLRB Override Vote Killed - Capitol to Introduce Bill to Protect States’ “Energy Mix” Choices - States Petition Appeals Court to Continue Blocking Obama Immigration Actions - 2016 Crop Insurance Insurance Filing Deadline Coming - Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Takeover Offer

05/08/2015

OABA Office Closed 5/12 and 5/13

The OABA office will be closed Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13 due to staff travel and meetings. The office will reopen on Thursday, May 14.

05/07/2015

ARA Accepting Retailer of the Year Nominations

The Agricultural Retailers Association is accepting nominations for the Agricultural Retailer of the Year Award. The award honors retailers who consistently exceed their customers’ expectations and set an example through sustainable and innovative business practices.

05/07/2015

Updated NGFA Trade Rules and Arbitration Rules Booklet Now Available

The National Grain and Feed Association has updated its Trade Rules and Arbitration Rules booklet. The updated version,approved by the NGFA board of directors, features changes to the arbitration fee structure, railcar application process and more.

05/01/2015

Washington Report for 5-4-15

By Steve Kopperud

Fast Track Opposition Mounting, Tough Road Ahead - House Ag Committee Approves Grains Standards Act Reauthorization with Shutdown Protection - House, Senate Ag Committees want More Emergency Assistance for Avian Flu - FDA FSMA Funding Needs Increase: Senators; House “Cures” Bill Silent on FDA Money - Heitkamp, Moran Bills to Facilitate Cuba Trade Introduced; Opposition Increasing - Senate Bill to Rewrite WOTUS Introduced as House Acts to Force Rule Withdrawal - House Committee to Hold GM Labeling Bill Hearings; Court Upholds Vermont Law, Let’s Suit Proceed - Grassley Wants Mandatory E-Verify - House Panel Approves Bill to Block EPA Carbon Rule - Senate Cuts Deal on TSCA Reauthorization - Chipotle Ban on GM Won’t Include Feed – for Now

05/01/2015

Elevator Design Conference Registration Open

July 28-30 | Sheraton Crown Center | Kansas City, Mo.

The National Grain and Feed Association and Grain Journal will host the Elevator Design Conference July 28-30. The conference will include sessions on retrofitting, environmental permitting, energy saving strategies and more.

05/01/2015

AFIA/NGFA to Host Free Webinar with Grain Journal on New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Implementation

The National Grain and Feed Association and American Feed Industry Association will hold a webinar May 7 to help employers in grain handling, feed and grain processing implement the updated OSHA Hazard Communication Standard by its June 1 deadline.