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04/17/2015

House Panel to Vote on Bipartisan WOTUS Withdrawal Bill (HR 1732)

Source: American Retailers Association

On April 13, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require the withdrawal of the EPA's flawed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposed rule. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met to consider the bill on April 15.

04/17/2015

Register Now for ASTA's 132nd Annual Convention

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members are invited to join seed industry colleagues in Washington, D.C. for the American Seed Trade Association’s 132nd Annual Convention and Storm the Hill event June 17-20.

04/17/2015

Ohio Secretary of State Features Ag Businesses

In honor of the state's largest industry, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is recognizing agribusinesses as part of the Ohio Business Profile initiative, which highlights great businesses across the state.

04/17/2015

Senate Democrats Recruiting Outlook

By Mike Mullen, Manager, BIPAC

Mike Mullen, manager at BIPAC, provides updates on the state of the Democratic party.

04/17/2015

Washington Report for 4-20-15

By Steve Kopperud

EPA Reaches Lawsuit Settlement, Sets RFS Announcement Schedule AFIA Urges Members to Sign Coalition Letter Supporting Anti-GM Labeling Bill - Senate, House Unveil Draft TPA Bill; House Will be Battleground - House Makes Good on WOTUS Actions – on Several Fronts - Enviro Groups Sue EPA over CAFO Exemptions - Ignoring Veto Threat, House Repeals Estate Tax - Senate Ag Panel to Hold Cuba Hearing April 21 - Ryan, Hatch Seek to Protect Small Biz in Tax Reform; Ag Groups Send Priorities to Congress - Ag Antibiotic Sales Increase, but Resistance Drops in Separate FDA Reports

04/13/2015

Long Family Shares Exciting News

OABA director of communication and member education Margo Long and her husband Nathan are excited to announce the birth of their second son.

04/13/2015

Ohio Poultry at Risk for a Potent Strain of Avian Influenza

Source: Ohio’s Country Journal

Though not present in Ohio, poultry owners should be alert for signs of a strain of avian influenza capable of completely wiping out entire commercial flocks, exhibition birds and backyard poultry. The strain is not a concern for humans or food safety, but is devastating for birds and a significant concern for the poultry industry.

04/10/2015

Washington Report for 4-13-15

By Steve Kopperud

Vilsack Wants Ag to Push for TPA - Pesticide Regulations Need “Sound Science,” Farmer, Industry Input before EPA Moves - House Releases TSCA Modernization Bill Draft - House Targets Clean Water Rule as EPA Sends Final Version to OMB for Review - White House Scores Win in Immigration Order Battle, But Texas Judge Won’t Lift Ban - EPA Carbon Emissions Rules Spawn Dozens of State Bills

04/06/2015

PUCO Grants Temporary Waiver

At the request of OABA, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has temporarily waived the requirement that those hauling anhydrous ammonia be at least 21 from April 1 through June 30. This will allow agribusinesses to properly serve Ohio’s farmers this spring and provide them time to adjust to new rules regarding the transportation of hazardous material.

04/03/2015

OABA Grain Grading School to be Held June 3

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is providing commodity testers the opportunity to obtain or renew their certification through an ODA-approved Grain Grading School on June 3. The session will train participants in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment.

04/03/2015

Comments from the CEO

Chris Henney shares updates on your association

Chris Henney shares first quarter updates for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association.

04/03/2015

Gov. Kasich Signs Senate Bill 1

By Chris Henney, OABA President and CEO

Gov. Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 1 into law, which will officially go into effect after 90 days. The law provides guidelines for fertilizer and manure application in an effort to improve the water quality of Lake Erie.

04/03/2015

Washington Report for 4-6-15

By Steve Kopperud

Ag Immigration Pressures in House Building - Glyphosate Herbicide to get New Restrictions; EPA Expands States where Enlist Duo Approved - Three House Committees want EPA Documents, Emails on WOTUS - CFTC Charges Kraft, Mondelez Global with Wheat Futures, Cash Market Manipulation - Obama Vetoes Congressional Action to Scrap NLRB “Ambush Election” Rule - TPA Bills Starting to Move; Japan Prime Minister’s DC Visit Gives Incentive to Wrap up TPP - 71 House Members Tell USDA, DHS: Keep Diet Guidelines to Nutrition, Dump Sustainability, Tax Talk - Farmers Have until April 7 to Sign Up for Crop Programs - 2015 Soybean Acreage Expected to be New Record; Corn Acres Seen Down 2%

04/02/2015

OABA Co-Signs TPS Support Letter

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, along with seven other Ohio agricultural groups, has signed a letter supporting the introduction and passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The letter will be sent to U.S. Senators and Representatives from Ohio.

03/30/2015

Ohio House of Representatives and Senate Pass Nutrient Management Legislation

By Chris Henney, OABA President and CEO

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will sign Senate Bill 1 into law after it passed in both the House of Representatives and Senate this past week. Based on sound agronomics, the bill bans the application of fertilizer on frozen, snow covered or saturated ground or when there is a 50 percent chance or greater of more than 1 inch of rain within 12 hours.

03/27/2015

Register Now: AFIA Announces Dates of Phase II FSMA Trainings

Source: American Feed Industry Association

The American Feed Industry Association will hold Phase II Food Safety Modernization Act training sessions through webcasts May 5 and 19 and June 2. The program will focus on different components of the FSMA "Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls for Food for Animals" proposed rule.

03/27/2015

Save the Date: 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit

The annual 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit, to be held May 12 in Washington, D.C., will feature a full day of meetings and is open to agricultural stakeholders interested in learning more about 4R Nutrient Stewardship efforts and benefits.

03/27/2015

Washington Report for 3-30-15

By Steve Kopperud

House, Senate Pass FY2016 Budget Resolutions; Congress Goes on Spring Break - FDA Announces Plan to Create Definitions, “Standards” on Feed, Pet Food Ingredients - Senate Agriculture Committee Hears from States, Business on WOTUS - USDA Proposes Long-Awaited “Actively Engaged” Rule to Limit Non-Farmer Payments - Former Speaker Hastert Goes to Bat for Ethanol, RFS; Goodlatte Leads Charge to Kill Pump Funding - House Ag Subcommittee Holds CFTC End-User, Market Participant Hearings - House Ag Committee Holds GM Labeling Hearing, Pompeo Reintroduces FDA Preemption Bill - House Ways & Means Approves Bill to Repeal Estate Tax - Ryan Eyes Short-Term Highway Funding - Governors Ask Court to Keep Block on Obama Immigration Actions

03/27/2015

OABA Supports STB Reauthorization Act of 2015

OABA, along with more than 30 state and national agricultural groups, signed a commendation letter to U.S. Sen. John Thune and ranking member Bill Nelson for introducing S.B. 808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.

03/27/2015

OABA Supports Agricultural Innovation in Letter to Congress

OABA, along with more than 80 state and national agricultural groups, signed a letter petitioning Congress to refrain from budget or appropriate amendments that would undermine agricultural producers’ access to technology or restrict the commercial development of modern plant or animal agricultural applications.

03/27/2015

NGFA Seminar on Trading, Trade Rules and Arbitration Registration Open

Early Bird Registration ends April 3

Registration is now open for the National Grain and Feed Association’s Seminar on Trading, Trade Rules and Arbitration May 4-5 in St. Louis, Missouri. The event provides attendees with a primer on contracting principles and trading practices designed to minimize costly trade disputes and contract non-performance.

03/23/2015

Feed a Bee Commits to Grow 50 Million Flowers and Acreage for Bee Forage in 2015

Initiative Will Provide Pollinators with Needed Food as They Work Harder to Help Feed a Growing World Population

Bayer CropScience is launching Feed a Bee, a major initiative to increase forage for honey bees and other pollinators, including growing 50 million flowers and providing additional forage acreage in 2015.

03/23/2015

ARA Endorses Thune / Nelson STB Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808)

The “Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015,” introduced by U.S. Sen. John Thune and ranking member Bill Nelson, would help the STB work more efficiently and equitably with several simple improvements.

03/20/2015

Washington Report for 3-23-15

By Steve Kopperud

House, Senate Committees Move Budget Bills, Ag Takes Small House Hit - House Ag Panel Hears TPA Support from Ag Leaders; Peterson no so Sure - FIFRA Permitting Duplication Passes House Ag Committee – Again - House Agriculture Committee to hold Five Hearings Next Week, including GM Labeling - WOTUS Gets Spotlight at House Ag Subcommittee Hearing - McCarthy “Redefines” WOTUS, Sets Spring Deadline in Speech to NFU - Advanced Biofuels Assn. says RFS is “Obstacle” to New Fuels, Must be Fixed, Extended - Three-year RFS to be Released this Spring: McCarthy - House Follows Senate, Blocks NLRB Union Election Rule; Obama Set to Veto - Lawmakers want Info from CFTC’s Giancarlo on Former Employment, Stock Sale - Teamsters File Suit to Block Cross-border Trucking

03/20/2015

Tyler Grain & Fertilizer Co. Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

Part of proactive, responsible measure to improving Lake Erie's water quality

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced Tyler Grain & Fertilizer Co. in Smithville, Ohio has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.