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Register now for the statewide launch event

Register now for 4Rs for a Growing Ohio, an event for farmers and nutrient service provides to launch the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program across Ohio.


Washington Report for 11-28-16

By Steve Kopperud

EPA Hands Biofuels Industry Big Win on Final 2017 RFS Rule; Seeks Comments on Higher Blends - Momentum Building for 90-Day CR for FY2017 - Federal Court Blocks Overtime Rule - Pushes for Early Farm Bill Action Increasing with North Dakota Call - Trump Transition Happenings


Federal Court Rules in Favor of Science-Based Regulatory Review

Source: CropLife America

A California federal court ruled in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an industry coalition in a lawsuit brought against the EPA by a number of plaintiffs asking the court to order the EPA to regulate seeds treated with pesticides as if they were pesticides themselves.


NGFA Urges STB to Focus on Providing Grain Shippers a Workable Procedure to Challenge Unreasonable Rail Rates

Source: The National Grain and Feed Association

The National Grain and Feed Association recently urged the federal Surface Transportation Board to refocus its efforts on creating a workable procedure that grain and agricultural shippers can use to challenge freight rail rates they believe are unreasonable.


OABA Supports NGFA's Statement to STB

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association signed the National Grain & Feed Association's statement to the Surface Transportation Board, submitted in response to the STB’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


Texas Court Blocks Overtime Rule

Source: Politico

A federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction delaying implementation of a regulation that would extend overtime eligibility to an estimated 4.2 million workers.


EPA Ignores SAP Feedback, Continues on Path Toward Chlorpyrifos Revocation

Source: CropLife America

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released documents to the federal docket regarding food-use tolerance revocations of chlorpyrifos.


Washington Report for 11-21-16

By Steve Kopperud

Congress Reconvenes for Lame Duck, Leaves Nov. 18 for a Week - Growing Pains in Trump Transition Team; Pence to ‘Purge’ Lobbyists? - Lame Duck Gets Lamer as House GOP Opts to Punt Approps to 2017 - Obama Administration Gets Request from House GOP: No ‘Midnight Rules’ - Speculation on Trump “First 100 Days” Continues - Most Often Mentioned Candidates for Trump’s Agriculture Secretary - Trump’s Campaign Ag Talking Points Leaked to Politico - House, Senate Hold Leadership Elections Looking to 115th Congress - House Ag Committee Reorganizing - Glyphosate Science Advisory Panel Meeting Reset for December 13-16, Membership Reworked - Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 Drops: AFBF


4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program Is a Model for Voluntary Nutrient Management and Conservation Efforts

New Journal Article Cites Broad Collaboration and Solution-Centric Strategy for Success

The country’s first 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has been so well received in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) that it’s become a model for other regions where farmers are increasingly challenged to balance rising input costs, increasing demand for higher yields, and the drive to be good stewards of America’s lands and waters.


OABA Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving. OABA will resume normal business activities on Monday, Nov. 28.


AFIA Welcomes Three New Team Members

Source: American Feed Industry Association

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to announce the addition of three new staff members: Codi Coulter, Kori Chung and Erica Burson.


FLM+ Names Rauchwarter Vice President

Source: FLM+

FLM+, a hybrid strategic consulting, marketing and communications company, has promoted Alison Rauchwarter to vice president and named her to the FLM+ leadership team.


CAUV Action Needed Now

Source: Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is calling on farmers to contact their state legislators to push for on House Bill 398 and Senate Bill 246 to reform the Current Agricultural Use Value formula.


Ohio Department of Agriculture Announces 2017 Funding for Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

Source: The Ohio Department of Agriculture

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has announced that nine land trusts, four counties, one township and 11 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state.


Annual Industry Conference to “Frame the Future” for Ohio Agriculture

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference Feb. 1-­2, 2017, providing education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals, including the OABA Industry Dinner and OABA Annual Meeting.


OABA Supports NGFA Statement to STB on Rail Reciprocal Switching

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, along with 11 national and 15 state agricultural organizations, has signed on in support of the National Grain and Feed Association’s opening statement to the Surface Transportation Board as part of its rail reciprocal switching proceeding.


Washington Report for 11-14-16

By Steve Kopperud

Pollsters, Pundits, Press Go Zero for Three on White House, House, Senate Election Outcomes - Who Will Help Trump Transition? Who’s Up for Ag Secretary, HHS, Labor? - Canada, Mexico Says They’ll Talk NAFTA with Trump White House - Trump Win Puts Budget, Spending Back in Play; CR Until Spring, 2017 Possible - Mass. Voters Okay Anti-Farming Ballot Question; Oklahoma Voter Reject ‘Right-to-Farm’ Item - Obama Push on TPP Vote during Lame Duck Falling on Deaf Ears; NFU says Public Opposes Deal - Corn Crop Pushes Higher, Ethanol Use Rises


Michigan Declares Western Lake Erie Waters Impaired

Source: The Toledo Blade

Michigan designated its portion of the western Lake Erie watershed as impaired, a move that a large contingent of public officials and environmentalists from across the Great Lakes basin hope will convince the Kasich administration to do the same in Ohio.


Ohio Pork Council Names Emily Bir Director of Communications

The Ohio Pork Council has announced Emily Bir as the organization’s director of communications, effective immediately. Bir will serve as the media relations contact and manage all internal and external communications efforts on behalf of the Ohio Pork Council.


Ohio General Election Recap

In a truly historic election, Donald Trump stunned pollsters and beat most election predictions to become the 45th President of the United States.


Final Days to Submit Application for LAUNCH Class of 2017

Applications Due Nov. 14

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select up to 25 promising leaders to participate in its leadership enhancement program early next year.


Grain Groups Fault Update to Biotech Regulatory Framework for Giving 'Short Shrift' to Marketability, Trade-Disruption Issues

Source: National Grain and Feed Association

Statement cites failure to adequately consider and address trade disruptions that occur when U.S.-approved biotech-enhanced products become present in export markets where traits have not been authorized for import.


OABA Signs Letter Urging Finalization of Oil and Gas Leasing Program

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 100 agricultural organizations, signed a letter urging President Obama to finalize the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program without removing any additional areas.


It Takes Many Steps to Find the Right Rate

Source: Ohio’s Country Journal

Ever since the water crisis in 2014, all agriculture in Ottawa County on the banks of the Portage River has been the subject of great water scrutiny.


Washington Report for 11-07-16

By Steve Kopperud

November 8 Election Tightening; Get Out and Vote! - Ag Groups File Federal Briefs in WOTUS Challenge - Grassley Keeps Pressure on Feds to Review Mega-Mergers - EU, Canada Sign Massive Free-Trade Pact as U.S., Euro Talks Lag - USFRA Ramps Up Food Company Confrontations over Deceptive Marketing Claims - New York Times Says Biotech Benefits Aren’t Delivered; Industry Shoots Back - NGFA Says Changes Needed on STB Proposed Rail Switching Rule; 10 Shipper Groups Ally on Filing - Animal Diseases Entering U.S. via Feed Imports? EPA Notes - 2017 Safety Net Enrollment Announced by USDA