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08/27/2015

Washington Report for 8-31-15

By Steve Kopperud

2015 Farm Income Dropping to Lowest since 2002 - FDA Feed FSMA Rule Due Any Day; Lawmakers want Help for Industry on October Produce Rule - Organic Food Recalls Spiking - FSA Expands Storage Loan Program - White House Owns up to Immigration Order Breaches; Judge Wants Ideas on Penalties - U.S. Ethanol Exports Climbing - USDA Sued for Allegedly Violating FOIA, “Withholding” GM Crop Information - Germany to Ban GM Crops - Cargill Buys Norwegian Salmon Feed Maker - Land O’Lakes, United Suppliers Approve Merger - Monsanto Walks Away from Syngenta Takeover

08/27/2015

Consumer Energy Alliance Welcomes New Member: Ohio AgriBusiness Association

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has become an affiliate member of the Consumer Energy Alliance.

08/25/2015

Agriculture-Themed License Plates Support Ohio’s Agricultural Groups

Two plates support Lake Erie water quality and restoration

Ohio residents are able to support agricultural groups by purchasing themed license plates sold by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. A portion of the proceeds from each plate sold is donated back to the corresponding group.

08/25/2015

Farmers Do Their Part to Keep Toxic Algae Out of Lake Erie

By Chris Henney - Opinion/Editorial Posted in the Toledo Blade

Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, submitted an opinion article to the Toledo Blade about farmers’ role in helping phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie.

08/21/2015

OABA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships at Late Outing

More than 160 golfers came together at the Shelby Oaks Golf Club in Sidney to support the OABA Educational Trust scholarship fund during the 50th anniversary Golf for Scholarships scramble Aug. 19.

08/21/2015

Ohio State ATI Career Fair Provides Opportunity for Employers and Students

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association encourages its members to participate in The Ohio State University - ATI Career Fair on Sept. 30 to engage with students looking for internships, full-time jobs and networking opportunities with employers.

08/21/2015

Calling All Innovative Employers! Competition Showcases Solutions that Reduce Risk of Workplace Injuries

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Update

Private, public and self-insuring employers in Ohio who have developed or implemented an innovative solution to an occupational safety or health issue are invited to apply for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Safety Innovations Competition.

08/20/2015

Washington Report for 8-24-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Wants EPA ‘Lobbying’ on WOTUS Investigated; 13 States Ask Federal Court to Delay Rule - AFBF Releases Maps, Corn Growers Want WOTUS Delay - 15 States File for Emergency Federal Stay of Clean Power Plan Rule on Carbon Emissions - Kerry Officially Opens U.S. Embassy in Havana; Ag Committee Members Part of Delegation - House, Senate Treading Carefully on Energy Bill - Crop Report Surprises Markets

08/20/2015

FSR Agronomy College Aims to Keep Agronomic Professionals Sharp

Sessions, speakers lined up to provide insight on current agronomic issues

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and Ohio State University Extension are lining up experts to share the latest with agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers and custom applicators during the Farm Science Review Agronomy College on Sept. 15.

08/20/2015

New Program to Verify Ohio High School Students’ Expertise in Agriculture

Ohio AgriBusiness Association to provide industry-­recognized credentials

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will provide an approved, industry-recognized credential to qualifying secondary students to verify their expertise in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness and production systems.

08/20/2015

USDA Announces Additional Lake Erie Funding

Source: The Hannah Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that its Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana address water quality in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

08/18/2015

FSR Agronomy College Aims to Keep Agronomic Professionals Sharp

Sessions, speakers lined up to provide insight on current agronomic issues

From watching for insects and diseases, to carefully applying chemicals and curtailing runoff, to keeping up with ever-advancing technology, agronomists have a lot of reasons to stay sharp.

08/14/2015

Washington Report for 8-17-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Wants EPA ‘Lobbying’ on WOTUS Investigated; 13 States Ask Federal Court to Delay Rule - AFBF Releases Maps, Corn Growers Want WOTUS Delay - 15 States File for Emergency Federal Stay of Clean Power Plan Rule on Carbon Emissions - Kerry Officially Opens U.S. Embassy in Havana; Ag Committee Members Part of Delegation - House, Senate Treading Carefully on Energy Bill - Crop Report Surprises Markets

08/14/2015

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Legacy Farmers Cooperative

Legacy Farmers Cooperative is a locally-owned farmers' cooperative located in Findlay, Ohio and the surrounding counties of Hancock, Henry, Putnam, Seneca and Wood. Legacy Farmers Cooperative has 19 locations, including five agronomy locations, Lawn and Pet (feed, farm, turf and garden), two petroleum cardtrol locations, liquid fuel and lubricant delivery, and 11 grain facilities.

08/13/2015

Free Seminar to Address Wheat Quality and Viability Issues in Ohio

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program will host a free seminar for OABA members Sept. 1 to address wheat issues across the state.

08/13/2015

Have You Registered for OABA's Grain Grading School?

Are you looking to obtain your Commodity Tester Certificate? Or, do you already have your Commodity Tester Certificate and need to renew it? If so, be sure to register for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s Grain Grading School.

08/12/2015

AFIA/Eurofins Partner for HACCP and Feed Safety Courses

The American Feed Industry Association and Eurofins have partnered to offer two animal feed programs this fall to educate industry professionals on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points for the Animal Food Industry and the requirements for FAMI-QS certification.

08/12/2015

Farm Science Review to Honor Hixson, Watters in 26th Hall of Fame Class

Source: Ag Answers

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association congratulates John Hixson and OABA volunteer Harold Watters on their upcoming induction into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame on Sept. 24.

08/07/2015

Last Day to Register for RCPP CCA Training

Agricultural retailers and Certified Crop Advisers will be informed about the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program during an OABA-sponsored training on Aug. 13.

08/07/2015

New Agriculture Practices Being Standardized One Year After Toledo Water Crisis

One year after the Toledo water crisis, OABA and its partners are sharing progress on the positive impact of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

08/06/2015

Washington Report for 8-10-15

By Steve Kopperud

White House Moves to Finalize Power Plant Rule with Broad Industry, Consumer Impact - Political Battles over Obama Carbon Plan Continue - States Ask EPA to Delay WOTUS Effective Date - Boxer Tries to Thwart Effort to End Double Permitting of Pesticide Use - EPA Moves to Strengthen Standards for “Restricted Use” Pesticide Applicators - Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner Hit Hill to Support GM Labeling of Foods - No Final Deal on TPP in Hawaii; Dairy Still at Heart of Ag Dispute - No Immigration Bill while Obama President in Office; DHS Asks Judge to Drop Contempt Hearing

08/06/2015

Beck’s Expands Territory to Include Nine States

Source: Beck’s Hybrids

Beck’s Hybrids, the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States, has announced a territory expansion into new regions of Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, adding roughly 12 million acres of corn and soybeans to Beck’s market area.

08/06/2015

OHIGRO Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Central Ohio

OHIGRO celebrates 50 years of serving central Ohio, offering retail and wholesale fertilizer, chemicals and seeds, in addition to services in custom application, grid sampling and seed cleaning.

08/06/2015

Asmark Institute Offers Training Courses for PSM Compliance

The Asmark Institute will offer four, two-day courses to help trade professionals understand the requirements of Process Safety Management (PSM), led by PSM expert Mike Hazzan.

08/04/2015

Calling All Agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers and Custom Applicators

Register for the FSR Agronomy College on September 15

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and Ohio State Extension will partner to hold the Farm Science Review Agronomy College on Sept. 15. The event is designed to educate agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers and custom applicators on current agronomy issues.