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09/18/2014

Summary of the Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program

The Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program is a voluntary program that reimburses farmers to plant cover crops or install drainage management. In addition to reducing runoff of nutrients and pesticides, the practices will allow farmers to manage and maintain the water from their fields after harvest and during the growing season, ultimately enhancing production.

09/18/2014

Free "Phosphorus Loss Reduction Handbook for Agronomists" Available

Source: IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America recently published the Phosphorus Loss Reduction Handbook for Agronomists. Intended for agronomists and their farmer clients, the handbook provides information on products and services that can reduce soil and nutrient loss from cropland.

09/18/2014

Sweet Adds New Domestic Sales Associate and Announces Promotions

Source: Sweet Manufacturing Company

In order to provide exceptional customer service, Sweet Manufacturing Company has announced a new sales associate and two promotions within the sales team.

09/16/2014

Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Morral Companies, LLC

A leader in agricultural practices innovation, Morral Companies, LLC has grown since its founding in 1963. Morral continues to grow with the agricultural and general business environment, both locally and nationally. With diversified services, from fertilizer to soils to turf, Morral is able to handle its customers needs.

09/16/2014

ODA and OSU Extension Offer Training Courses for Fertilizer Applicators

Agribusinesses and custom applicators applying fertilizer to 50 or more acres will be required to be certified with the implementation of Ohio Senate Bill 150. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and OSU Extension are offering training courses for individuals seeking certification.

09/12/2014

Ohio S.B. 150 Creates Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Program

New Certification Required for Fertilizer Applicators

The new Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Program, created by Ohio Senate Bill 150, requires those who apply commercial fertilizer to 50 or more acres to attend a course on fertilizer application to become certified by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

09/12/2014

OSU and Cleveland FBI Present Agroterrorism Workshop

The Ohio State University and Cleveland FBI are holding the 2014 Agricultural Terrorism workshop Sept. 24-25. The workshop will feature guest speakers and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Bio Safety Level 3 Agriculture research facility.

09/12/2014

Washington Report for 9-15-14

By Steve Kopperud

USDA Pushes Corn, Soybean Records Higher - House Votes to Void EPA Water Rule; Agency Pledges “Caution” on Implementation - More Signs Final 2014 RFS to be Higher than Proposed - Rail Backlogs Moves to Center Stage in Senate Hearing, White House - FSMA to take Decade to Implement; Bioterrorism Act Registration Renewal Due Oct. 1 - Vilsack Beats Drum on Farm Bill Sign-up Deadlines - CFTC Revives Advisory Committees - White House Walks Away from Immigration Actions until Post-Election - Monsanto Settles GM Wheat Lawsuits - Senators Tell USTR to get Involved in China DDG Action - EPA Stays out of Weed Resistance Fight

09/12/2014

Ohio Lawmakers’ Bill Requires US EPA to Set Microcystin Standards

Source: The Hannah Report

A bill introduced by Ohio lawmakers would require US EPA to develop a federal limit for algae toxin microcystin in drinking water. The toxin reached critical levels in Toledo, causing the city to go without drinking water for two days. An EPA-set standard will help communities determine what is safe for residents.

09/12/2014

Two Weeks Left to Submit Nominations for 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels have announced they are accepting nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards. The award program is administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Lady.

09/11/2014

Additional Funding Enhances Ohio’s Water Quality Improvement Efforts

US EPA grants will provide $7.4 million to combat Harmful Algal Blooms

Ohio will receive $7.4 million in federal grants to continue conducting water quality initiatives in Lake Erie. The funding will target soil testing, the planting of winter cover crops, installation of controlled drainage structures, fertilizer management and more.

09/11/2014

Leading Agriculture Organizations Launch Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture

The Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture will hold the Precision Ag Forum on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. CAPA serves as the voice of precision agriculture technology and seeks to increase awareness of the improvements the technology brings. The forum will feature a panel discussion from growers and leaders in agriculture offering their perspectives on precision agriculture.

09/11/2014

Titan Tire and Ohio FFA Foundation to Hold Charity Auction at FSR

Titan Tire will hold a charity auction at its Farm Science Review booth on Wednesday, Sept. 17, during the show. The auction will feature an assortment of Titan Tires and will benefit Ohio FFA members.

09/05/2014

OABA Signs Letter in Support of National Grain and Feed Association Proposal

Proposal in favor of new railroad rate reasonableness rules applicable to agricultural commodities

OABA has signed a Joint Reply Comments letters in support of a NGFA proposal that calls for new railroad rate reasonableness rules applicable to agricultural commodities. The proposal was submitted to the Surface Transportation Board.

09/05/2014

Washington Report for 9-8-14

By Steve Kopperud

NTSB Holds Forum on Railroad Backlogs - Meanwhile, Crop Futures Sink - RFS Mandate to be Raised - Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opened - Congress Returns to Unfinished Business - House to Vote on EPA’s Water Plan - State Regulators to Testify on EPA’s Clean Power Plan - Democrats to White House: Stop Asking for Food Safety Fees

09/05/2014

Ohio AgriBusiness Association to Offer LAUNCH Program for Third Consecutive Year

Program Will Address Looming Retirement Surge

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will be offering the LAUNCH program to help emerging leaders achieve career growth. Topics will include sales and marketing principles, Ohio trends in agribusiness and strategic planning. The program is open to employees of OABA member companies or organizations.

09/05/2014

OABA Welcomes Sarah Peterson as Student Intern

Sarah Peterson has joined the Ohio AgriBusiness Association staff as a student intern. Peterson is a senior at The Ohio State University and is majoring in agribusiness and applied economics with a minor in international studies.

09/04/2014

OABA Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships Outing Recap

More than 130 golfers participated in the Ohio Agribusiness Association Educational Trust’s second Golf for Scholarships scramble of the year on Aug. 20, raising money for the scholarship program. During the event, Jerry Ward was honored for his dedication to Ohio agribusiness.

09/02/2014

BIPAC Election Insights – What Issues May Impact the 2014 Elections?

By Bo Harmon, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs

Bo Harmon, senior vice president of political affairs for BIPAC, examines issues that may impact the 2014 elections, including international affairs, immigration and health care policy.

08/28/2014

ODA, Ohio State University Announce Agricultural Fertilizer Certification Training

Courses will begin in September in Northwest Ohio

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and The Ohio State University (OSU) today announced they are beginning to offer training courses for the new Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program.

08/27/2014

Star of the West Milling Company Announces Flour Mill Project in Willard, Ohio

The Board of Directors’ of Star of the West Milling Company has announced the approval of a “greenfield” flour mill project in Willard, Ohio. Construction should begin late this fall with completion targeted for fall of 2016. The facility is slated to produce 10,000 hundredweights (1,000,000 lbs.) of flour per day. All of the milling capacity will be dedicated to milling soft red winter wheat.

08/22/2014

Washington Report for 8-25-14

By Steve Kopperud

BSNF, CP Execs Summoned to Sept. 4 STB Hearing on Rail Service Crisis as Harvest Looms - EPA Pesticide Worker Safety Proposal Draws Fire as Comment Period Closes - AFIA Clarifies a PEDv “Carrier” isn’t “Cause” after Study Released - Some Obama Immigration Executive Actions Expected to be “Business Friendly” - 19 Ag Groups Push for EU Biotech Approvals - U.S. Loses Latest WTO Round on COOL: WSJ - NAS/NRC to Hold GM Crop Meeting - Colorado Approves GM Food Labeling Ballot Question for November

08/22/2014

Ohio Soybean Council to Host Grant Workshop

Source: Ohio Soybean Council

The Ohio Soybean Council will host a grant workshop on Sept. 2 to educate growers on grant applications, the grant review process and how to find available grants.

08/21/2014

Secretary of State Husted Announces Details for 2014 Absentee Ballot Meeting

Mailing Makes It Easy for All Voters to Participate in November’s General Election

Absentee ballot applications will be mailed to more than 6 million active voters in Ohio later this month in an effort to make voting prior to November’s General Election on Nov. 4 as easy and convenient as possible for all voters statewide.

08/19/2014

USDA Invests New Conservation Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water Quality

Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand "boots-on-the-ground" capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities. Earlier this month, water service in Toledo, Ohio was disrupted by algae blooms in Lake Erie.

08/19/2014

Ohio First Lady, Department of Agriculture Accepting Nominations for 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels have announced they are accepting nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards. The award program is administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

08/15/2014

Bin Explosion at Coshocton Grain Company

OABA's thoughts and prayers are with our member Coshocton Grain Company and its employees after a bin explosion at the Coshocton facility this past week. There were no serious injuries.

08/15/2014

Washington Report for 8-18-14

By Steve Kopperud

USDA Expects Record Corn, Bean Crops - USDA’s New Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research Gets Glickman as Chair - NPPC Tells Vilsack Japanese ‘Gate Price” Top Concern; TPP Still Blocked by Japan: U.S. Negotiator - NPPC Tells Vilsack Japanese ‘Gate Price” Top Concern; TPP Still Blocked by Japan: U.S. Negotiator - USDA Concerned about Canadian Pacific Grain Transport Capacity, Transparency - Grain Inspection Resumes in Pacific Northwest - EPA Notes - FDA Reports Improvement in Antibiotic Resistance in Ag - California Assembly Sends Antibiotics Bills to Governor - Vermont asks Court to Dismiss Industry Suit to Overturn State’s GM Labeling Law

08/15/2014

Kasich Announces Further Efforts to Help Protect Lake Erie Water Quality

More than $150 Million in Targeted Resources for Local Water Systems and Farmers

New multi-agency initiatives announced by Gov. John R. Kasich will provide resources to both local communities and the agricultural community to help further strengthen protections for Lake Erie water quality and local drinking water. State agencies involved include the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources at the Kris Swartz Farm in Perrysburg.

08/15/2014

ASA Reschedules Columbus Succession Planning Workshop for January 2015

Source: American Soybean Association

The American Soybean Association is working to reschedule a Succession Planning Workshop previously scheduled for the end of August in Columbus, Ohio for January 2015 to give farmers more time to focus on their crops before harvest. ASA will notify all currently registered participants about the change.

08/13/2014

Ohio Pork Council Announces Bryan Humphreys as Executive Vice President

Source: Ohio Pork Council

The Ohio Pork Council has announced Bryan Humphreys will become the organization’s executive vice president effective Oct. 1. Humphreys, an Iowa native, most recently served as the director of grassroots organization for the National Pork Producers Council, where he helped pork producers across the country communicate with their members of Congress.

08/13/2014

USDA Moving Toward Regulatory Approval of Enlist Traits

Source: Dow AgroSciences

USDA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Enlist corn and soybeans this week brings American farmers one step closer to obtaining a critical tool needed to manage resistant and hard-to-control weeds. The only remaining action before regulatory approval of the Enlist traits is USDA issuance of a Record of Decision, which is expected in the near future.

08/08/2014

OABA is Committed to Improve Water Quality in Western Lake Erie

In the wake of Toledo’s water issue, where more than 400,000 northwest Ohio residents lost public water due to the presence of a toxin created by algae blooms in nearby Lake Erie, many news reports have suggested agricultural runoff in the surrounding areas may have been a contributing factor. Ohio agribusinesses must communicate a unified message, explaining the ways in which farmers, and the agriculture community, are committed to the long-term improvement of the lake’s water quality.

08/08/2014

Washington Report for 8-11-14

By Steve Kopperud

Russia Retaliates Against U.S, EU, Others in Ukraine Sanctions Wa - Vilsack Reports on Farm Bill Six Months into Implementation - New USDA Trade Undersecretary Report Not Ready: Vilsack - Lucas, Conaway Tell Vilsack: Restore Vancouver Grain Inspection Now; UGC Echoes Request - African Leaders Summit Leads to Obama Food Initiative, $10-billion U.S., Africa Investment - Mississippi River Barge Traffic Freed by Dredging USDA Supports 2, 4-D Tolerant Corn, Beans - 12 States Sue EPA over GHG Rulemaking - 21 States get Disaster Road Reconstruction Money - Roberts, Alexander Beat Primary Threats; Missouri Approves ‘Right-to-Farm’ Ballot Issue

08/08/2014

Not a Golfer? Here’s Your Chance to Support Ohio Agribusiness Students!

The August golf outing will feature a live auction and raffle drawings

There are many ways to support Ohio agribusiness students through OABA. Raffle tickets are available to purchase for a chance to win many great prizes, including a 60” Samsung TV and Ohio State vs. Michigan football tickets.

08/08/2014

Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Nachurs Alpine Solutions

A pioneer in liquid fertilizer, Nachurs Alpine Solutions (NAS) offers a full-line of liquid starter and foliar fertilizers. NAS also provides complete marketing, agronomic, sales and customer support throughout North America.

08/07/2014

Northwest Ohio SWCDs Present Nutrient 9-1-1! For Farmers

The Northwest Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts are hosting “Nutrient 9-1-1! for Farmers.” The session, to be held Sept. 11, will feature demonstrations of nutrient and conservation equipment.

08/06/2014

Registration is Open for OABA and Asmark Institute’s Professional Applicator Training Courses

OABA, in partnership with the Asmark Institute, is offering two professional applicator training courses in Ohio. Applicators are recommended to take the course every three years to stay current on application practices.

08/01/2014

Washington Report for 8-4-14

By Steve Kopperud

Congress must take 5 ½-Week Summer Recess – It’s the Law - Highway Trust Fund Patch Sent to President - Border Supplemental Punted to September - Pesticide Permitting Bill Passes House on Second Try - House Moves to Sue President - White House Rolls Out Climate Change “Food Resilience” Initiative - USDA Releases Report on Greenhouse Gas “Quantification” - Stabenow Leads Senate Dems in Calling for EPA Action on WOTUS, Wants Farmer “Certainty” - EPA to Try and “Clarify” No USDA Reg Role in WOTUS - Senators Want More Information on FDA/Industry Feed Antibiotics Cooperative Effort - House Members Send Letter to Obama on TPP; No “Fast Track” Vote until Lame Duck - OSHA, with Ag Approval, Clarifies “Small Farm,” “Grain Dealer” Enforcement Powers - Port of Vancouver FGIS Review Underway, says USDA - USDA Doling out Double Payments on Losses: GAO

08/01/2014

BIPAC Election Insights

By: Gregory S. Casey, Business-Industry Political Action Committee President and Chief Executive Officer

With only a few months until the November election, Business-Industry Political Action Committee President and CEO Gregory Casey provides insights into the powers of Washington, D.C. and potential election outcomes.

08/01/2014

FSMA Regional Seminar Registration Ends Sept. 3

The seminar, hosted by OABA, in conjunction with the Agribusiness Association of Indiana and the American Feed Industry Association, is designed to help the feed industry prepare for new rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

07/29/2014

Registration is Open for the September 3 Grain Grading School

OABA’s Grain Grading School is structured to provide certification opportunities approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Individuals seeking certification will receive training in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment. The deadline to renew your Commodity Tester Certificate is Sept. 30.

07/29/2014

Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: CompManagement, Inc.

A home-grown Ohio business, CompManagement, Inc., is a third-party administrator for workers’ compensation. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, CompManagement specializes in premium discount programs, claims management, cost containment, client education, safety and loss control, and unemployment consultation.

07/28/2014

OABA Participates in Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C.

Henney Discusses Critical Agribusiness Topics with National Legislators

Ohio AgriBusiness Association President and CEO Chris Henney joined other state and national organizations in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 State Agribusiness D.C. Fly-In. Henney met with legislators and their staff to discuss key issues facing Ohio agribusinesses.

07/25/2014

Washington Report for 7-28-14

By Steve Kopperud

Spending Bills Deadlocked, Emergency Supplemental up in the Air, CR Needed, Omnibus Coming - EPA’s McCarthy Meets with GOP Senate Ag Panel Members; ASA Snags Stoner for Webinar - White House holds Rural Investment Conference; CoBank Pledges $10 Billion to Partner with USDA - White House’s Podesta Tells Senators RFS Final Rule “Imminent;” Increases Likely - House Approves Tax Extenders - McConnell to Testify at DC EPA Carbon Rule Public Meeting - Short-term Highway Trust Fund Vote Deal Struck in Senate - Spending Bills Deadlocked, Emergency Supplemental up in the Air, CR Needed, Omnibus Coming - O’Malia Resigns from CFTC to Head Industry Group as Commission Returns to Full Complement - OSHA Hits Feed Company with 13 Safety, Health Violations in January Omaha Building Collapse - 22 National, State Groups Tell Vilsack Problems with PNW Grain Inspection Mean FGIS Must Act - DOT Plans to Improve Safety of Oil, Ethanol Tank Cars - Federal Appeals Court Rules against Antibiotics in Feed Restrictions - USDA Boosts Corn Stocks Again - Pork, Turkey Exec Arrested, Charged in Gun Incident at House Office Building

07/24/2014

Cost-Share Assistance Available for Growers and Handlers of Organic Agricultural Products

By: The Ohio Department of Agriculture

Producers and handlers who incur expenses for obtaining or renewing their organic certification will be able to recover part of the cost through the ODA.

07/24/2014

One Week Left to Receive Golf for Scholarships Early Registration Discount

Early registration for the OABA Educational Trust’s Golf for Scholarships late outing closes on Aug. 1. The outing will be held Aug. 20 at the Shelby Oaks Golf Club in Sidney, Ohio.

07/22/2014

OABA to Host Regional Feed Industry Seminar

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in conjunction with the Agribusiness Council of Indiana and the American Feed Industry Association, is hosting a regional seminar Sept. 10 to help the feed industry prepare for new rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

07/22/2014

Survey Looks to Gauge Precision Agriculture in Ohio

OABA is asking its members to participate in an agribusiness survey about Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) applications in precision agriculture. The purpose is to garner your input for workforce development needs that would allow your business to transform or introduce the use of UAS and associated components into your business and, ultimately, for your customers.

07/22/2014

Fairs Play a Crucial Role in Food Production, Ag Education

By David T. Daniels; Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture

State and county fairs provide the public a glimpse into the agricultural way of life. They also give young exhibitors the opportunity to learn real-life lessons of hard work and dedication, while teaching skills that will be crucial for the future of food production.

07/22/2014

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

With a mission to “Prosper the Farmers,” Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers has been recognized as a high-quality national brand with ethically driven standards. AgroLiquid strives to help growers reach the best possible yields through its fertilizer products, while also using sustainable agricultural practices.

07/18/2014

Washington Report for 7-21-14

Here are this week’s Washington Report headlines. Click the title above to read the complete original article by Steve Kopperud. --- “Risk Hedging Protection Act” Introduced by Roberts, Heitkamp --- Congress Looking to Reduce Dollars, Prioritize -Spending on Immigration Crisis --- EPA Rethinks “Temporary Grain Storage” Status --- House Kills WOTUS Rulemaking; EPA Says it “May have Messed Up” Interpretive Rule --- House Passes Short-term Highway Project Funding Fix, Senate in Limbo --- Late July to see House Suit against President Obama Set by Boehner --- RFS Rule taking too Long, EPA Admits --- USDA Halts GMO Confidential Information Sharing Plan --- BN Warns STB Delayed Grain Shipment Actions may Set Precedent for Shipper “Intervention” --- UC-Davis Says California Drought has $2.2-Billion Price Tag

07/18/2014

Which States Are Considering Labels for GMO Foods?

Legislation requiring GMO foods to be labeled has been proposed in some states, due to the American public’s desire to know what’s in their food. Some believe the legislation is necessary for consumers to be completely educated about what they buy.

07/16/2014

EPA Proposes Revisions to New Source Performance Standard, New Definition of Temporary Storage

The National Grain and Feed Association (NFGA) has begun an extensive review of an EPA proposal that would equate temporary grain storage structures with permanent storage facilities, effectively subjecting them to costly permit requirements. The proposal would amend EPA’s new source performance standards (NSPS), affecting grain handling, receiving and load-out operations.

07/11/2014

Washington Report for 7-14-14

By Steve Kopperud

White House Wants $4.3 Billion for Immigration Crisis, Wildfire Control Programs – EPA’s McCarthy Tries to Calm Ag Fears over WOTUS; Ag Exemption ‘Guidance’ may be Withdrawn – Boehner Sees Late July to Move House Suit Against President Obama – Highway Project Funding Fix Evolving as Tax Committees Approve Short-Term Fix – RFS Rule Expected “Soon,” says McCarthy; EPA Expands List of Eligible Biofuels – Substandard Rail Service, New NGFA Rate Challenge Proposal Part of Concerns over Grain Service – House Passes Chemical Plant Safety Bill – Senate Confirms Vetter for USTR Ag Post (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

07/11/2014

Comments from the CEO

CEO Chris Henney shares updates on how OABA has been advocating for you and what’s in store in the coming months.

07/10/2014

4R Certification Training Kicks Off as Lake Erie Algae Forecast Released 7-10-14

Some participants could be certified by end of summer

As scientists prepare for the coming season of potential algae blooms on Lake Erie (an initial forecast is expected Thursday), a new program designed to reduce the amount of nutrients feeding those blooms has been met with initial enthusiasm.

07/09/2014

OABA Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships Outing Recap

Register for Aug. 20 Outing by Aug. 1 for Early Registration Discount

OABA’s early Golf for Scholarships outing was held June 25 to raise money for scholarships awarded to students in agriculture-related fields. The event had more than 120 golfers. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the Educational Trust Golf Committee for all your hard work in making this event a success.

07/09/2014

ASTA Legal Developments Update

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is a national partner with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). ASTA provides a Legal Developments Update, informing the public the legal happenings around biotechnology and modern seed practices today.

07/09/2014

Coalition of Diverse Interests Launches Healthy Water Ohio

To protect one of Ohio’s greatest assets, 30 stakeholder organizations have joined together to form Healthy Water Ohio (HwO). The coalition will work to develop long-range strategies to protect and enhance the state’s water.

07/03/2014

CropLife America Finds Fault in Study Possibly Linking Proximity to Pesticides and Autism

A recent study by the University of California, Davis concluded that there is a possible link between proximity to agricultural pesticides and autism. CropLife America released a statement finding fault in the study, due to the study’s assumption that proximity equates to exposure.

07/03/2014

Showcase Your Brand At the Country's Largest Annual Student Gathering

The National FFA Convention is one of the largest student events in the country. As such, it provides a great opportunity to engage with the up-and-coming generation of agriculturalists and create brand awareness.

07/01/2014

Helping Ohio Agricultural Producers Improve the Great Lakes

Apply by July 18, 2014

A study conducted in 2013 by The Ohio State University found that a majority of the farmers in the Lake Erie basin believe that their land management choices can impact the Lake’s water quality. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/30/2014

OABA sustaining sponsor spotlight: Legacy Farmers Cooperative

In March 2014, a merger between Blanchard Valley Farmers Co-op and Deshler Farmers Elevator Company created the Legacy Farmers Cooperative. While the Legacy Farmers Cooperative name is relatively new, the parent co-ops date back to 1916. Based in Findlay, the company has more than 160 employees across 19 locations. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/30/2014

Register now for Aug. 20 Golf for Scholarships Event in Sidney

Golf for Scholarships outings are the primary fund-raising activities for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust scholarship program, through which nearly $35,000 in scholarship dollars is provided to students enrolled in an agriculture-related field attending The Ohio State University and OSU Agricultural Technical Institute, Clark State Community College and Wilmington College. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/30/2014

Trupointe Cooperative opens new agronomy hub

Trupointe Cooperative Inc. held a grand opening celebration last week of its new Milford, Indiana, agronomy hub. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/30/2014

Free webinar Wednesday on improving customer service, profitability

Ag retailers are invited this Wednesday to participate in a free webinar at 2 p.m. to hear strategies to recognize and resolve profit-robbing conditions on customers’ farms. The focus will be helping to resolve conditions that also contribute to phosphorus losses to Lake Erie Basin waters. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/30/2014

Washington Report for 6-30-14

By Steve Kopperud

House to file suit against President Obama over ‘failure to faithfully execute' federal law – Congressional Budget Office: RFS will lead to higher fuel costs – Dems say not bluffing on White House immigration actions if Congress doesn’t act – Court imposes some limits on EPA climate authority – President wrong on 'recess appointments' – House passes CFTC reauthorization bill, end user protections – BNSF, CP get new Surface Transportation Board orders – Senate finance committee reaches deal on short-term highway funding – Cargill CEO says climate change 'scenarios' must be managed (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/30/2014

OABA welcomes new members

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association would like to welcome new members for 2014. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/23/2014

OABA joins effort in asking House to approve Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act

Ohio AgriBusiness Association joined the National Grain and Feed Association and more than 30 other organizations in urging members of the House of Representatives to vote yes on the “Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act,” (HR 4413) when it moves to the floor for consideration. The House is expected to take action on the bill this week. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/23/2014

Farmers, retailers embracing changes for a cleaner Lake Erie

The new 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, first implemented in mid-March and administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, is designed to minimize nutrient loss from farm fields and create long-term positive impacts on water quality. The program outlines a plan to help participants in the Lake Erie Watershed implement the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/23/2014

Reduce your workers' compensation today

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is transitioning to a prospective billing system that will align it with standard industry practices. The transition is effective July 1, 2015 for private employers. To implement, BWC has made a change to the discount program enrollment deadlines. The deadline to participate in a group rating program for the 2015 policy year is Nov. 24. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/23/2014

TFI to host World Fertilizer Conference in September

The Fertilizer Institute will be hosting the 2014 World Fertilizer Conference Sept. 7-9 in San Francisco, Calif. Each year the conference brings together hundreds of delegates representing the global fertilizer industry who are interested in conducting business and discussing international industry trends and issues impacting the fertilizer industry. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/23/2014

Tips for staying safe when spraying pesticides

It may sound simple, but wearing a long-sleeve shirt and long pants when using pesticides is just one way in which professional applicators and farmers can decrease their risk of injury when spraying, said a safety coordinator with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/23/2014

Washington Report for 6-23-14

By Steve Kopperud

July/August likely release of final EPA RFS – AFIA tells FDA feed should be exempted from FSMA reportable food registry rules – Vilsack tells EU to loosen GM import limits, 'follow science' – Senate stumbles on ag/FDA spending bill, McConnell EPA GHG amendment blamed – GOP senators drop bill to block WOTUS rule; House ag subcommittee reviews ‘interpretive’ rule – Highway programs funded by federal fuel tax increases floated – Obama tells Mexican president undocumented immigrant children can’t stay – Brown goes after Chinese imports again – McCarthy new House majority leader; ag cautiously optimistic – Batta confirmed by Senate as USDA legislative head (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/16/2014

Celebrating the life of Ray A. Miller

Dressed to the nines in Buckeye gear, Ray A. Miller was always a standout at Ohio State University events. Anyone who heard the tenor/baritone singer belt out Carmen Ohio could feel his love and passion for the university and the college he had been a part of for more than 50 years. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/16/2014

OABA sustaining sponsor spotlight: The Andersons, Inc.

What started as a small, family-operated elevator terminal in Maumee, Ohio, has grown into a nationally-recognized company that remains dedicated to its customers. Under the supervision of Harold Anderson, who founded the company in 1947, The Andersons, Inc. expanded into the six agribusiness operation areas it currently covers – grain, plant nutrient, ethanol, rail, turf and retail. Today, The Andersons has 3,200 employees and 90 locations in 20 states. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/16/2014

U.S. House passes Portman’s algal bloom legislation

The legislation, authored by Portman and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would reauthorize the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which was first enacted in 1998 and reauthorized in 2004 and 2008. The program has served as the federal government’s research and response framework for harmful algal blooms. Portman’s bill passed the Senate in February 2014. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/16/2014

Sweet Manufacturing hires Andrews as new international sales engineer

Sweet Manufacturing Company is pleased to welcome Adam Andrews as a new international sales engineer. His responsibilities will include market development and providing customers worldwide with technical assistance for project layout, design and equipment specifications. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/16/2014

Not a golfer? Here’s your chance to support Ohio agribusiness students

The OABA Educational Trust’s Golf for Scholarship events are just around the corner. In addition to some great golf, you will also have the opportunity to bid on several incredible auction items and could have a chance to win a 60’’ Samsung TV. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/16/2014

Washington Report for 6-16-14

By Steve Kopperud

House pulls ag approps off floor amid school lunch fight, CFTC funding dispute – President signs WRRDA – House energy/water spending bill blocks EPA WOTUS rule – House approves farm-friendly tax extenders – CFTC reauthorization set for House floor next week – Short-term extension of highway programs likely as funding solution eludes Congress – Livestock haulers get one-year exemption for HOS rules – Food industry sues Vermont over GM labeling law – Corn crop condition slips a bit (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/09/2014

OABA, other ag groups co-host fundraiser for Rep. Gibbs

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association recently helped host a fundraiser in support of Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), who represents the 7th Congressional District. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/09/2014

Fertilizer Industry Round Table establishes award recognizing innovative technologies

The Fertilizer Industry Round Table recently announced a new program to recognize those advancing the fertilizer industry and agriculture through innovative technologies. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in research, Extension and/or education that centers on fertilizer technology. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/09/2014

New program allows businesses, others to invest in regional conservation projects

A new $2.4 billion program created under the 2014 Farm Bill will allow businesses and others to invest in regional soil and water conservation projects. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/09/2014

Register now for the Food Defense Awareness Workshop

The National Grain and Feed Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have partnered to offer a Food Defense Awareness Workshop on July 29 in Kansas City, Mo. Registration deadline is July 12. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/09/2014

Washington Report for 6-9-14

By Steve Kopperud

‘Climate change action plan’ wars Begin as EPA rolls out GHG control proposal – Senate confirms all three CFTC nominees; sets June 19 roundtable on position limits – RFS lobbying continues, ASA tells Obama to improve RFS – USDA steps up PEDv rules, funding – Senate transportation spending bill rolls back HOS rule – Highway bill still waiting for trust fund fix – USDA announces continuous CRP sign-up with Extension – USDA gives first overview of corn crop (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/04/2014

Husted outlines what voters need to know in light of new election law changes

With three new election bills taking effect, Secretary of State Jon Husted is focused on ensuring Ohio voters understand how the changes impact them when they go to the polls in all future elections. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/02/2014

NGFA donates $60,000 to National Pork Board for PEDv research

The National Grain and Feed Foundation has contributed $60,000 to the National Pork Board to be used to pursue research on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus that has infected swine herds in the United States. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/02/2014

Ohio State Fair partnership opportunity

When is the last time your company had access to nearly 350,000 people? Now is your chance. Every year for 12 days, the Ag and Hort Building is transformed into the Land and Living Exhibit during the Ohio State Fair, which runs July 23-Aug. 3 this year. The exhibits are designed to give fairgoers, especially youth, an opportunity to learn about agriculture by visiting each sponsor’s booth and participating in hands-on activities or learning from signage. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/02/2014

National Guard can help you hire Guard members, veterans

State National Guard commands and nonprofit organizations they work with can help you more successfully identify, interview and hire veterans and National Guard members. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/02/2014

Applications being accepted for 2014 Feed Mill of the Year Award

The American Feed Industry Association and industry partner Feedstuffs newspaper are now accepting applications for the 2014 Feed Mill of the Year award. The award program recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations, emphasizing safety, quality, regulatory compliance, operating efficiencies and overall industry awards. The program has expanded to include liquid feed manufacturing facilities. Application deadline is June 30. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/02/2014

Registration Open for Feed/Pet Food Conference

Registration is now open for the National Grain and Feed Association and Pet Food Institute's annual Joint Feed/Pet Conference Oct. 7-9 in Omaha, Neb. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

06/02/2014

Washington Report for 6-2-14

By Steve Kopperud

TFI responds to GAO plant safety report; rails say fertilizer deliveries increasing – House appropriations committee approves FY2015 ag bill – CFTC sets June 19 position limits roundtable – Administration enforcement of immigration law is latest reform battlefield – Ethics watchdog group wants RFS investigation – Ag industry expresses concerns about EPA water rule at House hearing – EPA greenhouse gas rule on existing power plants expected this week – Stabenow, Vilsack have new program on conservation – Ag tells White House to approve TPP without Japan (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/27/2014

Kasich signs water nutrient legislation

Gov. John Kasich has signed legislation into law that requires anyone who applies commercial fertilizer on 50 acres or more to be certified by the state. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/27/2014

Ag group awarded research grant focused on cleaner Lake Erie

As agricultural retailers sign up for a voluntary certification to help farmers improve the long-term quality of Lake Erie’s water, new funding will help share the impact of the practices the program preaches. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/27/2014

Have you registered for OABA’s Grain Grading School yet?

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. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/27/2014

Final week to receive Golf for Scholarships early-registration discount

If you haven’t already registered for the June Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust’s Golf for Scholarships outing, be sure to register by May 30 to receive the early-registration discount. The outing will be held June 25 at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville, Ohio. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/27/2014

Board of Regents approves Clark State's new precision agriculture degree program

The Ohio Board of Regents has approved Clark State Community College's new precision agriculture degree, which will contribute to the region's focus on unmanned aerial systems growth. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/27/2014

Washington Report for 5-27-14

By Steve Kopperud

House blocks immigration reform proposals – EPA expected to unveil climate change reg proposal with presidential participation – Bioenergy groups, senators ramp up pressure as RFS final ruling expected – House, Senate clear waterways reauthorization conference report with new projects – GAO says fertilizer plant federal oversight flawed – Vitter unhappy with CFTC nominee Bowen’s silence – Senate passes drought relief bill – Senate finance panel approves Darci Vetter as USTR ag negotiator – Cornell study shows GMO labeling laws costly to consumers (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/19/2014

One check covers sponsorship of an entire year of OABA events

This year the Ohio AgriBusiness Association started the Sustaining Sponsorship Program, which allows participants to write one check for OABA event sponsorships. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/19/2014

Heritage Cooperative to build ag campus, research farm

$35 million project to be fully operational by September 2015

Heritage Cooperative plans to construct a major agriculture campus and research farm in Marysville to serve its customers in the community and provide space for educational sites and test plots. The project, scheduled for completion by September 2015, is located on 277 acres just south of state Rt. 33. A groundbreaking was held last week. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/19/2014

ResponsibleAg seeks program manager

ResponsibleAg is seeking a program manager to help the organization promote accountability and transparency within the fertilizer industry. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/19/2014

OABA signs coalition letter expressing concerns about proposed changes to Clean Water Act

Ohio AgriBusiness Association was one of many groups that signed a letter expressing concerns about proposed changes to the Clean Water Act that could expand the federal jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Corps of Engineers. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/19/2014

Water Resources Reform & Development Act moves closer to congressional approval

The House and Senate have reached agreement on the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) and could vote on it this week. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/19/2014

Washington Report for 5-19-14

By Steve Kopperud

Senate highway bill carries grain elevator, ag facilities access language – ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rulemaking draws more fire – EPA extends worker exposure rule comment period – Energy bill dies a not-so-quiet death – Democrat senators call for biodiesel guarantees – Chambliss introduces market ‘end user’ protection bill – Senate likely to clear tax extenders, House uncertain – Grocery Manufacturers Association to sue Vermont over GMO labeling (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/12/2014

ResponsibleAg board meets, elects Pirkle as chair

The ResponsibleAg Board of Directors have elected Billy Pirkle, senior director, environmental health and safety, crop production services, as chairman of the board. Other officers elected were Pete Mutschler of CHS Inc. as secretary and Scott Rawlins of Wilbur-Ellis Company as treasurer. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/12/2014

Registration is open for Grain Grading School in June

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. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/12/2014

Fuel Discount Program for OABA members

OABA is excited to announce a Fuel Discount Program designed around its members. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/12/2014

PG Economics report details socio-economic, environmental impact of GM crops

The annual PG Economics report has been released, detailing the farm level income benefits and the environmental benefits to farmers and society of GM crops. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/12/2014

NGFA and Grain Journal Safety Conference to be held July 29-31

The National Grain & Feed Association and Grain Journal magazine invite all safety managers and directors, facility managers and key employees in the grain-handling, processing, milling and feed industries to a conference July 29-31 at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/12/2014

Washington Report for 5-12-14

By Steve Kopperud

Somber news for Ag in National Climate Assessment – Vilsack gives farm bill progress report at Senate ag hearing – Finance committee vets Vetter for USTR ag negotiator; says ‘Get Japan deal done’ – Federal appeals court sides with EPA on oil industry challenge to 2013 RFS challenge – 46 senators join House members opposing EPA water rulemaking – EU puts tough import restrictions on feed, products with pork; U.S. seeks clarification – Over 20 ag groups ask FDA for more time on FSMA transport ‘sanitation’ rule – BNSF worries regulatory orders on service will disrupt system – Vermont first state to require GM food labeling; federal effort gets chilly reaction – Conferees get final deal on water bill – Mensah nominated to be USDA undersecretary for rural development (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/05/2014

Vermont passes first state bill requiring labeling of foods containing GMOs

Vermont lawmakers have passed the first state bill to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Both the House and Senate approved the bill and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it. The requirements would take effect July 1, 2016. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/05/2014

Interpreting election polls

By Bo Harmon, BIPAC's senior vice president of political affairs

Don't forget to vote in Tuesday's primary election for various positions, including statewide executive offices (governor/lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state, treasurer), Ohio General Assembly, representatives to the U.S. Congress, state Board of Education, county offices, judicial offices and political party members. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/05/2014

Four to be inducted into Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community will be inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame on Aug. 1. The Ohio Agricultural Council will induct Bernard Heisner of Hilliard, Don Ralph of Morral, John Watkins of Prospect and the late William Hoewischer of Sidney into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio Expo Center. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/05/2014

Q&A on the market impact of biotech-enhanced corn seed not yet approved for import into U.S. export markets

Syngenta Seeds Inc. has launched a new biotech-enhanced corn seed called Agrisure Duracade™ 5307 for planting in the United States in 2014. As of May 1, this trait has not been approved for import as food or feed by significant U.S. export markets, including China, the 28 countries of the European Union, Colombia, Switzerland, Brazil, Egypt, India, The Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Belarus or Turkey. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/05/2014

ODA awards $38,000 to Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach

The 2014 Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program has received $38,000 from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. ODA Director David Daniels presented the check to the Ohio FFA Association during its state FFA Convention. The funding is provided by the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation fund. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

05/05/2014

Washington Report for 5-5-14

By Steve Kopperud

Livestock, poultry industries vent at House subcommittee hearing – House members say kill EPA water authority action – Senate energy bill again threatened by amendments – DOT sends highway bill to the hill – Rahall: Water bill in two weeks; ag shippers pressure Senate on barge tax – USDA pushes immigration reform – Senators look at propane shortage – Diverse shippers group wants change in federal rail policies (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/28/2014

Call for 4R Certification Auditor Applications

Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2014

The Nutrient Stewardship Council, on behalf of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, is seeking candidates for work as approved 4R auditors. The 4R Certification Program was officially launched on March 18 and includes specifications for best practices for nutrient management for Nutrient Service Providers in the Lake Erie Watershed, with the goal of long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/28/2014

Bin entry/tech rescue training offered

GEAPS Seaway Chapter of Ohio is hosting a bin entry/tech rescue training program Aug. 19-22. The program will focus on grain bin safety and technical rescue procedures specific to commercial grain companies. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/28/2014

Pesticide container recycling levels hit new high for fourth straight year

In 2013 a record 9,147,600 pounds of pesticide containers were collected and recycled, according to the Ag Container Recycling Council. This represents a 2.1 percent increase over 2012. This was the third year in a row that recycling exceeded 8 million pounds. Since 1992 over 142 million pounds of pesticide containers have been collected and recycled. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/28/2014

Agland Co-op and Green Valley Co-op merging

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members Agland Co-op, Inc. and Green Valley Co-op are merging. The merger between the two farm supply and grain cooperatives will be in effect Sept. 1 and will be incorporated as Agland Co-op with headquarters in New Philadelphia. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/28/2014

2014 Golf for Scholarships to be held in Bellville

Golf for Scholarships outings are the primary fund-raising activities for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust scholarship program, through which nearly $35,000 in scholarships is provided to students enrolled in an agriculture-related field at the Ohio State University and OSU Agricultural Technical Institute, Clark State Community College and Wilmington College. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/28/2014

Washington Report for 4-28-14

By Steve Kopperud

Highway, water reauthorizations up when Congress returns – No U.S.-Japan deal on TPP as president leaves Japan – FDA’s Taylor blogs concession on spent grains under FSMA – Senators challenge White House on immigration deportations; Boehner takes on GOP – Vilsack: Ag gets too much heat on climate change – Vermont governor gets GM labeling bill – EPA revises cellulosic ethanol blend mandate lower (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/21/2014

OABA Grain Grading School to be held June 3

Are you looking to obtain or renew your Commodity Tester Certificate? The deadline to renew your certificate is September 30. A Grain Grading School on June 3 – approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture – is structured to provide certification/recertification opportunities. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/21/2014

Farmers concerned fertilizer won't arrive in time for planting

Railways ordered to report on fertilizer shipment plans

Farmers have told the Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation Board that they are concerned fertilizer won't be delivered in time for spring planting. Responding to their concerns, the board ordered the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian Pacific railways to start providing weekly status reports over the next six weeks of fertilizer delivery data by state and indicate the number of cars shipped or received and number of cars placed during each prior week. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/21/2014

Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club to be held May 1

Join your colleagues in the environmental and natural resources community for networking, great speakers and presentations at the Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club. This presentation and panel event will focus on the theme “One Health, Conservation Medicine, Ecosystem Health - Protecting People and Planet.” (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/21/2014

Bayer CropScience opens facility dedicated to improving honey bee health

Bayer CropScience has opened its $2.4 million North American Bee Center, which aims to promote improved honey bee health, product stewardship and sustainable agriculture. The 6,000-sqare-foot center is located at the company's North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The center will complement the Eastern Bee Care Technology Station in Clayton, N.C. and a Bee Care Center at the joint global headquarters campus of Bayer CropScience and Bayer Animal Health in Monheim, Germany. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/21/2014

Purdue study reveals farmers' buying preferences, concerns

Agribusiness leaders nationwide can use results from a new Purdue University study to help them become more successful in understanding their farmer customers better. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/21/2014

Washington Report for 4-21-14

By Steve Kopperud

Immigration back on front burner for both GOP and Democrats – Business concerned over R&D tax credit as House fails to act on extenders package – Obama gives strong support to ag biotech in letter to Borlaug granddaughter – Ag groups want more time to comment on Worker Protection Rule – Methane emissions plan continues to draw Hill skepticism – PEDv cases continue to rise, cutting swine herd; USDA mulls mandatory reporting (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/14/2014

Ag community encouraged to commit to 4R certification program

Ag retailers and nutrient service providers save 50 percent when registered by this Friday

Agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers in the Lake Erie Watershed are encouraged to join a comprehensive, long-term effort to improve Lake Erie’s water quality by registering for the newly-launched 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. Those committing by this Friday will receive a discounted rate at half the cost of the program. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/14/2014

Bill would establish federal labeling standard for GMO products

Check out the GMO talking points

A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would establish a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/14/2014

House passes nutrient management bill

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a water quality and ag nutrients bill that is the first of its kind in the nation. Senate Bill 150, previously passed by the Senate, requires farmers who apply fertilizer to 50 or more acres be certified by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The goal is to protect water quality and keep nutrients on farm fields and out of waterways, in particular those leading to Lake Erie. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/14/2014

ODA certifies Ohio Corn Marketing Program Referendum results

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has certified the results of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Referendum. The referendum, seeking to increase the state checkoff on corn from ½ of a cent to ¾ of a cent per bushel, received enough favorable votes to pass. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/14/2014

Register now for Ohio Agricultural Law Conference

Registration is now open for the Ohio Agricultural Law Conference on May 16. The OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program will host the conference at Ohio State University this year with support from the Paul L. Wright Agricultural Law Endowment Fund. The conference is limited to 50 participants. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/14/2014

Washington Report for 4-14-14

By Steve Kopperud

House ag committee approves CFTC reauthorization, protects end users, hedgers – Senate agriculture panel approves CFTC nominees – FDA’s Taylor: FSMA implementation plan details coming – FSMA feed rule drawing calls for exemptions – NGFA, NRA tell grocers FDA 'vastly underestimates' cost of FSMA feed rule – Next up, FSMA transportation proposed rule – Lucas to surrender ag committee chair, potential successor campaigns – McCarthy: RFS final numbers will be 'different' – Ag told to remain calm over EPA CWA authority proposal – 16 senators tell EPA, USDA not to tax livestock emissions – Senate crafts deal on highway reauthorization (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/07/2014

OABA joins AFIA and NGFA in letters commenting on the proposed FDA animal feed and pet food requirements

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association joined several other state and national organizations in signing letters commenting on the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed current good manufacturing practice (CGMPs) and preventive controls requirements for animal feed and pet food. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/07/2014

Chris Henney talks with Ag Today in Central Ohio’s Pete Emmons about OABA

Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) President and CEO Chris Henney recently talked with Ag Today in Central Ohio’s Pete Emmons about the organization and its continued involvement in the agriculture industry and water quality. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/07/2014

ARA accepting Retailer of the Year nominations

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural Retailer of the Year Award. The award sponsored by Monsanto, ARA and AgProfessional magazine, honors retailers who consistently exceed their customer’s expectations and serve as a positive example for other retailers through their outstanding, sustainable and innovative business practices. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/07/2014

CropLife America Response to EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rulemaking

CropLife America (CLA) expresses concern about the potential impacts of new Clean Water Act (CWA) proposed regulations on crop protection product applications and agriculture. Proposed regulations were released on March 25 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). CLA is conducting its initial review of the regulations and intends to submit comments when the rulemaking is published in the Federal Register. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/07/2014

ODA certifies Ohio beef marketing program referendum results

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today certified the results of the Ohio Beef Marketing Program Referendum. The referendum, seeking to increase the state checkoff on cattle from $1 to $2, received enough favorable votes to pass. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

04/07/2014

Washington Report for 4-7-14

By Steve Kopperud

Vilsack Grilled by House Ag Committee; Releases Farm Bill Progress Report – Detailed Comments on FSMA ‘Feed Rule’ Filed by AFIA, NGFA – Beer, Liquor Makers want FSMA Exemption over DDGs – Senate Finance OKs Tax Extenders; Ag Committee to hold Advanced Fuels Hearing – EPA “Waters of the U.S.” Proposal Targeted by AFBF – CME Wins Grain Settlement Case – USDA Will Speed Up GM Approvals – Corn Acres at Five-Year Low, Stock Up; Soybean Acres Record High, Stocks Down (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/31/2014

Researchers evaluating Ohio’s Phosphorus Risk Index to keep nutrients on fields

Ohio researchers are in the midst of evaluating the state's Phosphorus Risk Index through a three-year project that monitors edge-of-field runoff. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/31/2014

Proposal would streamline Ohio's manure program

The Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources want to streamline the management of manure in the state to bring all oversight of farmers applying agricultural nutrients under a single agency. The move would reduce regulatory redundancies between the two agencies. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/31/2014

ODA accepting entries for 'Ag is Cool!' contest

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is now accepting entries for the 2014 “Agriculture is Cool!” Creative Expressions contest. Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2013-2014 academic year have until June 6 to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for their chance to win prizes including tickets to the Ohio State Fair. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/31/2014

Who is the Tea Party?

By Bo Harmon, BIPAC vice president, political affairs

The truly revolutionary thing about the beginning of the "Tea Party" is that it was really a grassroots movement in the most traditional sense of the term. There was no central national leadership. There was no grand statement of principles. There was no money involved. There were only groups of concerned citizens who began organizing themselves at the local level - in coffee shops, restaurants, or community centers - because their rising frustration over federal debt, taxes, and spending finally boiled over. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/31/2014

Officials discover hemlock pest in several Ohio counties

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in Lawrence, Monroe and Vinton counties in southeast Ohio. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/31/2014

Washington Report for 3-31-14

By Steve Kopperud

Waters Jurisdiction Proposal Released by EPA – Criticism Flies over EPA “Waters of the U.S.” Proposed Rule; Action to Block Promised – McCarthy Staunch in Defense of EPA, RFS; NCGA Blasts Livestock Coalition – Vilsack Explains FSA Closures, Farm Bill Deadlines to Appropriators – FDA’s Hamburg told “No” on FSMA User Fees; GM Labeling to Stay Voluntary – ASA not Happy with Imported Argentine Biodiesel Qualifying for RFS – Tax Extenders Back on Track for Renewal – House Dems Push on Immigration Reform Vote; Ryan says it’s “When, not If” – NLRB “Ambush” Union Election Rule Comments Due April 7; Board to Hold Public Hearing (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/24/2014

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program launched

More than 250 agricultural retailers and stakeholders from the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan agriculture communities attended the launch of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program last week in Perrysburg. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is administering the program on behalf of the Nutrient Stewardship Council. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/24/2014

White House honors Vollmer-Sanders as 'Champion of Change'

The White House recently honored Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, who helped with the formation of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, which is administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association on behalf of the Nutrient Stewardship Council. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/24/2014

Joe Nester named 2014 CCA Adviser of the Year

Ohio AgriBusiness is proud to announce that Joe Nester of Bryan has been named the 2014 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. Nester is owner/consultant with Nester Ag Management and will receive $1,500 provided by DuPont Pioneer, sponsor of this year's award. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/24/2014

Collegiate Washington D.C. Leadership Experience

Is your son or daughter passionate about agriculture? Let them share that passion on Capitol Hill with lawmakers. The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association is sponsoring a trip to the 2014 Corn Growers Congress and congressional visits the week of July 14. Up to 10 collegiate leaders will be selected for the trip. Applications are due April 1. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/24/2014

American Seed Trade Association releases 2014 issue statements

The American Seed Trade Association has released its view on several key issues. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/24/2014

Washington Report for 3-24-14

By Steve Kopperud

RFS wars continue; ethanol posts 2nd highest profits – Eyes turn to ag in battle for immigration reform – Industry confident water bill conference deal coming – EPA publishes ag pesticide worker protection proposed rule – FDA denies extension of FSMA feed rule comments; updates other rules – FDA announces livestock feed problem reporting portal – Vilsack: ‘Actively engaged’ definition proposal not until end of year – Gillibrand wants FSA offices kept open – Peterson running for reelection; McAllister joins ag committee – Bill Gates meets with senators to talk research funding (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/17/2014

OABA Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshop recap

Earlier this month, 236 Ohio AgriBusiness Association members, agribusiness professionals and emergency response personnel came together for the 2014 OABA Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops in Mechanicsburg, Marion and Custar. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/17/2014

OABA Bowling for Scholarships raised more than $2,000 for scholarships

Sixty-six Ohio AgriBusiness Association members came together for the 2014 Bowling for Scholarships event in Maumee. The event is held annually to raise money for the OABA Educational Trust scholarship program, through which nearly $35,000 in scholarship dollars is provided annually to students enrolled in an agriculture-related field attending The Ohio State University and Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute, Clark State Community College and Wilmington College. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/17/2014

Census data shows continued growth in Ohio ag industry

Ohio’s thriving agriculture industry is seeing continued growth, based on preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In several cases, Ohio’s growth significantly outpaced the nation, highlighting the strength of the state’s agricultural producers. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/17/2014

Syngenta tells professor to 'stop spreading lies'

Syngenta has sent a cease and desist letter to a professor to stop making “outrageous and utterly false accusations” against one of its scientists. Syngenta is upset about professor Tyrone Hayes's appearance Feb. 21 on Democracy Now!, a program syndicated to more than 1,200 public radio and online media outlets in the United States and abroad. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/17/2014

NGFA releases sweep auger guide for industry

The National Grain and Feed Association recently published a sweep auger guide designed to assist grain handlers in developing and implementing a sweep auger operations safety policy. The guide is available for free on the NGFA website. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/17/2014

Washington Report for 3-17-14

By Steve Kopperud

BNSF: Summer will bring end to 'perfect storm' of rail backlog – Feed, grain groups ask FDA for time to respond to FSMA feed/pet food proposals – DOT: Highway fund may be broke by July; highway reauthorization moving slowly – House ag committee again approves bill to end redundant NPDES permit issue – House committee begins Toxic Substances Control Act overhaul – House introduces bill to protect farmer/rancher privacy – Acting EPA agriculture counselor named – Stabenow, Hagan ask USDA for small pork producer disaster assistance over PEDv – NGFA tells CFTC spec position limit proposal could hike limits for ag futures – DOT proposes hours-tracking device in trucks crossing state lines – Animal drug companies commit to no feed antibiotic growth promotion label claim – Five states join Missouri to sue California over egg sales law (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/10/2014

Ag Community Launches Responsible Commitment to a Cleaner Lake Erie

Certification provides framework for consistent, long-term improvement

As regulations are being considered, the agriculture community is launching a proactive, responsible commitment aimed at the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/10/2014

Congressman Gibbs to be keynote speaker at NGFA convention

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, will deliver the keynote address to attendees at the National Grain and Feed Association's 118th annual convention. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/10/2014

AFIA joins national coalition to push for federal GMO labeling solution

The American Feed Industry Association has joined a national effort to urge Congress to quickly seek a federal solution and establish standards for the safety and labeling of animal feeds, pet foods and human foods and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients. More than 30 groups are part of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/10/2014

Syngenta, Gavilon bring advanced seed technology and grain marketing confidence to corn farmers

Syngenta and Gavilon Grain, LLC are joining forces to provide grain marketing opportunities for farmers who choose to plant Agrisure Duracade, the cutting-edge corn rootworm (CRW) control technology that has been approved in the United States. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/10/2014

Indiana family farm honored as 4R advocate

The Fertilizer Institute recently honored an Indiana dairy farm for its nutrient management practices. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/10/2014

Washington Report for 3-10-14

By Steve Kopperud

White House submits FY2015 budget recommendations to Congress – CFTC nominees pledge ag sensitivity, strong enforcement – 'Waters of the U.S.' proposal brings pressure on administration – House immigration reform still alive – House passes bill to limit EPA on emissions – Ag groups want House hearing on bill to 'fix' RFS; USDA to promote biofuel exports – Canada can’t confirm feed as PEDv source (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/02/2014

Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute to create ResponsibleAg

The Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute are joining forces to create ResponsibleAg, an independent, not-for-profit organization designed to support fertilizer retailers’ compliance with federal safety and security regulations. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/02/2014

LAUNCH program provides much more than training

By Dan Toland, Wilt PR

Ohio agriculture is such a diverse, yet small world. It’s truly amazing the connections one can make, and how short the lines can be drawn from one person to another once you settle in and start talking. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/02/2014

Conference to address how to reduce off-site movement of nutrients

Early registration due by this Friday

The All Ohio Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society will be holding a conference that addresses technologies and techniques for reducing off-site movement of nutrients and the barriers of their adoption and implementation. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/02/2014

CropLife America reviewing EPA’s proposed agricultural Worker Protection Standard

CropLife America is reviewing proposed changes to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard released recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CLA supports rigorous worker protection standards for applicators of pesticide products and regulations that align with the scientific standards of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/02/2014

Exporting plant-based feed to China? Sign up to get on the facility list

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have signed an agreement giving USDA authority to certify animal feed and pet food products for export to foreign countries. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

03/02/2014

Washington Report for 3-3-14

By Steve Kopperud

House Ways & Means chair unveils sweeping tax reform draft – Tax reform plan targets agriculture – Billions in Obama transport funding pegged to tax reform savings – CFTC nominations to be heard in Senate ag committee this week – USDA says U.S. biofuel production to grow at slower rate – Obama, USDA, Interior, governors talk drought, as Congress approves forecasting bill – Trans-Pacific trade deal on the ropes; STR remains ‘optimistic’ – New poll says farmers not so optimistic on 2014 returns; RFS is key to profitability (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/24/2014

OABA teams up with Asmark Institute on professional applicator training class

The Ohio AgriBusiness is pleased to be partnering with Asmark Institute on a professional applicator training course in Ohio. The one-day course will be held March 11 in South Charleston and March 13 in Caledonia. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/24/2014

Time is running out – register for 2014 Bowling for Scholarships event

If you haven't registered yet for this year's Bowling for Scholarships event, do so now – only a limited number of spots are available. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/24/2014

Registration now open for AFIA-520 distance education course

Registration is now open for the “AFIA-520: Advanced Feed Safety & Quality Assurance Protocols” distance education program. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/24/2014

AgrAbility workshop to be held March 31-April 3

Farmers and others with disabilities can receive training and learn about issues related to disability in agriculture at the 2014 AgrAbility National Training Workshop. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/24/2014

ODA starts Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry to protect locations from pesticide drift

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has started an Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry, which allows producers to register the locations of apiaries and pesticide-sensitive and organic crops to protect them from pesticide drift. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/24/2014

Washington Report for 2-24-14

U.S., Canada, industry ramping up on PEDv; Canadian company recalls feed – Syngenta/Gavilon Grain form partnership on GE corn market assurance – New farm bill in place, USDA forecast includes greater 2014 prices drops – EPA proposes new pesticide farm worker exposure rules – White House moves to speed up California drought assistance – Senate biodiesel producer tax credit bill introduced – Renewable fuels industry aggressively defending RFS; EPA hints at proposal increase – White House announces plans for new truck fuel efficiency standards – FDA, USDA agree AMS will certify feed, pet food exports – Ag census shows farm numbers drop, size holds steady, farmers get older (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/17/2014

OABA travels to D.C. to lobby Congress on federal ag issues

Ohio AgriBusiness Association joined state and national organizations last week in lobbying members of Congress on behalf of agriculture businesses and groups. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/17/2014

Half-cent per bushel fee reinstated for agricultural commodity handlers

Agricultural commodity handlers are being notified that a ½ cent per bushel fee is being reinstated to increase funds in the Agricultural Commodity Depositors Fund. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/17/2014

Chipotle attacks large scale ag in satirical video comedy series

Chipotle is launching a four-part comedy satirical series today that attacks large scale agriculture. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/17/2014

The Ohio Food Industry Expo to be held March 6

The Ohio Food Industry Expo is set for March 6 at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center near Columbus. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/17/2014

REMINDER – Registration open for anhydrous ammonia safety workshops in March

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is hosting three Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops across Ohio on March 4, 5 and 6 to assist dealers in complying with Ohio Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration training requirements for anhydrous ammonia. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/17/2014

Washington Report for 2-17-14

By Steve Kopperud

USDA moves forward on farm bill implementation – Obama announces 'Made in Rural America' initiative at farm bill ceremony – Conferees on water resources bill strike deal on project selection – Boxer: Highway bill markup in Senate by April, but gas tax increase likely absent – Congress, White House moving on California drought aid – 'Ambush' election rule back in front of NLRB – House committee OKs proposed rule reporting bill – EPA’s fluoride-based pesticide ban ended by farm bill – AFBF appeal of Chesapeake Bay decision gets support from 21 states (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/10/2014

OABA teams up with Asmark Institute on professional applicator training class

The Ohio AgriBusiness is pleased to be partnering with Asmark Institute on a professional applicator training course in Ohio. The one-day course will be held March 11 in South Charleston and March 13 in Caledonia. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/10/2014

OABA announces new and re-elected board of directors

Appointed members of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Board of Directors recently counted ballots for the election of directors for OABA. We had an exceptionally good slate of nominees this year and several of the races were very close. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/10/2014

2014 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference a success

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members, agribusiness professionals and industry stakeholders came together for the 2014 OABA Industry Conference last week in Columbus. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/10/2014

IPM Institute hosting free training Feb. 25-26 for CCAs

The IPM Institute is hosting a free training event for Certified Crop Advisors and Certified Professional Crop Consultants located in Western Lake Erie Basin to receive Technical Service Provider certification in nutrient management planning. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/10/2014

Register now for 2014 Bowling for Scholarships event

Bowling for Scholarships is a fundraising activity for the OABA Educational Trust scholarship program, through which nearly $35,000 in scholarships is provided annually to students enrolled in an agriculture-related field attending Ohio State University and Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute, Clark State Community College and Wilmington College. The event is Feb. 28. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/10/2014

Washington Report for 2-10-14

By Steve Kopperud

Obama signs farm bill after easy Senate win – Vilsack: USDA set to implement new farm bill – House Republican energy for 2014 immigration reform effort disappearing – Ag joins grocery, biotech to push for FDA 'solution' on GM labeling – EPA wades through 15,000-plus RFS comments – FDA proposes clean truck/rail rule under FSMA – FSMA feed rule highlighted by NASDA – Winter spurs propane shortage, price spikes; group calls on White House to act – USDA sends $20 million on California drought; House passes water resource measure – Missouri AG sues California over egg production law – Senate confirms Baucus as ambassador to China – USDA sets up climate 'hubs' (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/03/2014

Free webinar offered Wednesday on electrical safety for grain elevators

A free webinar discussing electrical safety at grain and grain processing facilities will be offered this Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST by GEAPS and Grain Journal magazine. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/03/2014

OSU conference offers education for cover crops, conservation tillage

Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is offering a day-long workshop on the impact and benefits of cover crops during this year’s Conservation Tillage Conference March 4-5. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/03/2014

Retirement fever hits Washington

By Bo Harmon, BIPAC vice president of political affairs

An outbreak of retirement fever has struck Washington. So far eight U.S. senators have announced retirement (though no more Senate retirements are expected). On the House side, there are 30 members who will not be running for their old seat and more are expected over the coming months. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/03/2014

Herbicide, weed management system refresher class offered in Weed University

Those looking for a refresher class in herbicides and weed management and have been in ag sales for less than five years are invited to attend Weed University on Feb. 25. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/03/2014

Washington Report for 2-3-14

By Steve Kopperud

Farm bill passed easily by House, Senate to vote now – How the 2014 Farm Bill commodity title works – House GOP releases immigration reform ‘standards’; ‘legal status’ versus citizenship – Dueling congressional letters on RFS continue; industry asks for legislative fix – NRDC: Some feed antibiotic use 'high risk' to humans, FDA says no way – Reid, House Democrats are roadblock to Obama trade authority push – AFBF appeals Chesapeake Bay EPA/TMDL ruling – EPA seeks comments on pesticide registration fees paperwork (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/27/2014

Emergency declaration makes it easier to transport propane, heating oil

Arctic weather conditions in Ohio and nine other states has resulted in an emergency declaration, making it easier for motor carriers and drivers to transport propane and heating oil. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/27/2014

Grain Bin Safety Week to be held Feb. 23-March 1

Ohio AgriBusiness Association is partnering with Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, Farm Safety for Just Kids, Heartland Co-op, Iowa FFA Foundation, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and others to increase awareness of the dangers of flowing grain and bring visibility to safety procedures that can save lives through an annual Grain Bin Safety Week beginning this year. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/27/2014

American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America target growers with 'Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship'

The American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America have launched Phase II of The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship, an industry-wide initiative to promote the safe handling and management of treated seed. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/27/2014

2014 issue of Growing Ohio now available online

Growing Ohio, a guide to Ohio's farms, food and forestry, is now available online. The Ohio Department of Agriculture sponsors the magazine, which features stories about the state's livestock, crops, agribusiness and local products. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/27/2014

Washington Report for 1-27-14

By Steve Kopperud

Possible vote this week on the farm bill – All eyes turn to biofuels, RFS this week – Commodity Futures Trading Commission to proceed with case against Corzine – GOP retreat to kick off immigration strategy – OSHA to clarify its definition of small farms as grain dealers – EPA proposed update of ag worker pesticide protection rules may publish soon (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/20/2014

OABA welcomes Margo Long as education and event coordinator

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has hired Margo Long as its education and event coordinator. Long will help provide leadership and direction for OABA's educational programs, including workshops, seminars and conferences. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/20/2014

Register now for 2014 Bowling for Scholarships event

Bowling for Scholarships is a fundraising activity for the OABA Educational Trust scholarship program, through which nearly $35,000 in scholarships is provided annually to students enrolled in an agriculture-related field attending Ohio State University and Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute, Clark State Community College and Wilmington College. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/20/2014

LAUNCH graduate becomes partner in agricultural law firm

Kristi Kress Wilhelmy, a 2013 graduate of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association's Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights (LAUNCH), has been promoted to partner at the law firm of Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP, an OABA member. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/20/2014

Ohio Seed Improvement Association: Demand grows for noxious weed free forage and mulch program

There is a growing demand in North America for the use of certified noxious weed free forage and mulch as a preventative program to limit the spread of noxious weeds. The Ohio Seed Improvement Association has been designated as the official Noxious Weed Free Forage and Mulch Certification Agency in Ohio. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/20/2014

2014 Ohio Export Program now accepting applications

The Ohio Export Internship Program is accepting applications until Jan. 31. The program matches companies with highly motivated undergraduate students who have taken export-focused coursework in preparation for a summer-long internship. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/20/2014

Washington Report for 1-20-14

By Steve Kopperud

Dairy deal close, farm bill could head to floor next week – Negotiators still wrestling with farm bill payment limitations, eligibility – Congress sends to Obama $1.1 trillion spending bill heavy with policy add-ons – GAO tells EPA to move on ag, stormwater runoff – House subcommittee acts to limit EPA on greenhouse gas emissions – Shuster: House highway bill on track for action this year – High court won’t hear Monsanto patent case (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/13/2014

2014 OABA Industry Conference in Columbus just 3 weeks away

Register by this Wednesday to save $75

The 2014 OABA Industry Conference is a little over three weeks away with early-bird registration rates ending soon. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/13/2014

Kasich names Butler interim Ohio EPA director

Gov. John Kasich said last week he will appoint Craig Butler interim director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency following the resignation of Scott Nally. Butler is currently senior policy advisor for the administration on environmental, energy, public utility and agricultural issues. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/13/2014

2014 Agronomy Workshop and Expo to be held Feb. 7

Learn what agronomic and conservation practices are available to protect land, air and water while improving efficiency during the 2014 Agronomy Workshop and Expo. Certified Crop Advisors can earn five CEUs with all-day attendance. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/13/2014

ODA sponsors certified livestock manager training session in February

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a certified livestock manager training session for farmers or custom applicators who need to get their license or just want to learn more about best manure management practices. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/13/2014

Steve Forbes discusses importance of U.S. agriculture in editorial

Steve Forbes, chairman of Forbes Media Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, recently discussed the importance of U.S. agriculture in an editorial that appeared in the Houston Chronicle. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/13/2014

Washington Report for 1-13-14

By Steve Kopperud

Dairy dispute derails conference action on farm bill; other issues 'almost there' – FDA extends Food Safety Modernization Act feed rule comment period – Boehner says immigration reform is a priority, he'll release reform 'principles' – FY2014 omnibus spending bill delayed by rider debates – Fast track trade bill introduced – House passes EPA Resource Conservation & Recovery Act rule review bill – State legislatures return with GM labeling, videotaping, animal abuse reporting bills (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/06/2014

Status update on 'Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security' order

A draft plan on how to update the nation's chemical regulations is expected to be released early this year. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/06/2014

Growers and retailers recognized for excellence in nutrient management

Five growers and retailers are winners of the 2014 4R Advocate Awards, which recognize on-farm stewardship actions. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/06/2014

Opportunity for growers to work with ag retailers for 4R nutrient management

Crop growers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have a new opportunity to improve nutrient management this winter. Under a new grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, growers can work with their ag retailers and resource specialists with the IPM Institute of North America to develop a plan for their farm to improve profitability and protect water quality. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/06/2014

Tips for commercial motor vehicle drivers in Ohio

Did you know Ohio ranks fifth in the nation for most highly traveled states? More private and commercial trucks are registered in Ohio than 44 other states in the country, and one out of every eight Ohio drivers is licensed to drive a commercial motor vehicle. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/06/2014

Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year award winners announced

Four Ohioans were honored recently as the 2013 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year award winners. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

01/06/2014

Washington Report for 1-6-14

By Steve Kopperud

Senators criticize OSHA after move to regulate small farms as 'grain handlers' – Fingers crossed, Congress returns to farm bill deal this week – Baucus: Consolidate energy tax credits into new programs – EPA, environmental groups appeal West Virginia runoff decision – U.S. dried distillers grains rejected by China over GM concerns – Feinstein: Obama should mandate GM food labeling (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/16/2013

Former TFI President Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

Ford West, former president of The Fertilizer Institute, has received the Agricultural Retailers Association's Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/16/2013

Ohio Soybean Council Seeks Input for International Market Opportunity Assessment

The Ohio Soybean Council is assessing strategic international market opportunities that are a good match with the Ohio soybean supply chain and looking for input. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/16/2013

CropLife Foundation Report Examines Immense Value of Seed Treatment for Agriculture

CropLife Foundation has released an in-depth report that details the uses and benefits of seed treatments for growers, consumers and the environment. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/16/2013

Enter Now for 2014 Environmental Respect Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Environmental Respect Awards, which recognizes and promotes environmental stewardship in farm supply retailers nationwide. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/16/2013

News & Notes to Resume Jan. 6

News & Notes will be suspended through the holidays. The next edition will be sent on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. We wish all our members and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

12/16/2013

Washington Report for 12-16-13

By Steve Kopperud

Final Farm Bill Now Officially a January, 2014 Vote – Farm Bill Deal Awaits CBO Numbers – House Passes FY2014 Budget Deal; USDA Spending Hit, Fees Set – FDA Releases Guidance on Company Antibiotics Claims, Proposed VFD Rewrite – Senate RFS Hearing Yields Little New Information; Ethanol RFS Repeal Bill Introduced – Missouri AG Says He’ll Sue California over Egg Rules – No Pacific Rim Trade Deal in 2013 – USDA Cuts Corn, Soybean Supply Estimates (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/09/2013

2014 OABA Industry Conference Feb. 4-6

Register by Jan. 15 to save $75

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2014 Industry Conference will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus. The conference expands on last year’s combination of the former Crop Production & Seed Technology Conference, with the addition of a grain/feed-focused agenda. The conference also will feature the OABA Industry Dinner and Annual Meeting the evening of Feb. 5. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/09/2013

Morral Companies Receives ARA Retailer of the Year Award

Ohio AgriBusiness Association member company Morral Companies LLC has been named the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2013. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/09/2013

Companies Needed for Ohio Export Internship Program

The Ohio Export Internship Program is looking for Ohio companies that want to export their goods or services. More than 30 students have been selected for this program, and now the Ohio Development Services Agency is looking for companies to put hem to work. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/09/2013

Two Co-ops Look to Develop Grain, Agronomy Hub in Wood County

Luckey Farmers, Inc.and Sunrise Cooperative are looking into developing a state-of-the-art grain and agronomy hub in Wood County. The facility would be located near State Route 6 and U.S. 23, just a few miles west of I-75 near Bradner. It would use the prime location, latest grain handling technology and access to CSX main rail to serve the co-ops' farmer members and customers. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/09/2013

U.S. Ag Exports Threatened by EU Pesticide Regulation

A report released last week found more than 40 percent of U.S. agricultural commodity exports, including soybeans, grains, tree nuts, fruits and groundnuts could be blocked by upcoming changes in the European Union Plant Protection Regulation. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/09/2013

Washington Report for 12-9-13

By Steve Kopperud

Industry Pushes for FSMA Feed Rule Hill Attention; AFIA, NGFA to Hold Free Webinar – Farm Bill Deal Close as Leaders Express 'Optimism' – End-of-Year Time Crunch Likely Pushing Farm Bill Final Action into January – RFS Sides Continue to Hurl Allegations; EPA Holds Public Hearing on 2014 Blend Mandate – Researchers: Don’t Repeal RFS, Change only Slightly – Boehner, Target of Reform Protests, Says House Immigration Reform is Alive, Well – USDA, EPA Announce Expanded Water Quality Trading Partnership Effort – High Court to Hear EPA Case On Toxic Air Emissions – Food Safety, Enviro Issues Focus of White House Regulatory Calendar – Stabenow says No Committee Action on CFTC Nominations until 2014; Groups Sue Commission over Swaps Rule – Department of Labor Wants Public Input on Chemical Safety Standards – Waterways Council Pushes for Olmsted Money in WRDA Conference – Net Farm Income Up Again; USDA Increases Ag Export Forecast (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/02/2013

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2014 CCA of the Year Award

Do you know a deserving candidate for the Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award? If so, nominate them by Jan. 10, 2014, for this award. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/02/2013

OABA Submits Comments Regarding Science Advisory Board's Review of EPA's Water Connectivity Report

By Chris Henney, OABA President & CEO

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association recently submitted comments to Amanda Rodewald, chairwoman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board Panel, which is reviewing the EPA's water connectivity report. The report will be used as a scientific basis for revising the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/02/2013

CHS Insurance Services New Name of Insurance Broker Ag States Group

Insurance broker Ag States Group has changed its name to CHS Insurance Services, LLC. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/02/2013

AFIA, NGFA, Feedstuffs to Host Free FSMA Webinar

The American Feed Industry Association, National Grain and Feed Association and Feedstuffs will host a free a webinar Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. on a proposed Food Safety Modernization Act animal feed rule. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/02/2013

AFIA’s Richard Sellers Promoted to Senior Vice President

Veteran American Feed Industry Association employee Richard Sellers has been promoted to senior vice president. Sellers previously served as AFIA’s vice president of feed regulation and nutrition. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

12/02/2013

Washington Report for 12-2-13

By Steve Kopperud

White House Pushes for Farm Bill; Senate SNAP Number – OMB Seeks Comments on Carbon Analysis – Democratic Senators – Farm Service Agency Extends Voting Deadline; Details Payments post-Government Shutdown – USDA Continues Suspension of Certain Estimates and Reports; Reminds Farmers to Plan for Sequestration (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/27/2013

Happy Thanksgiving - OABA Closed Thursday and Friday

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 so that OABA staff can spend time with their families for the holiday. We wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!

11/18/2013

Nutrient Management Updates

By Chris Henney, OABA President & CEO

A lot is happening in Ohio right now related to nutrient management and water quality. The state just released the Ohio Phosphorous Phase II report (click here to see separate story); the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is convening a Technical Advisory Group to determine nutrient standards for Ohio’s waters; Senate Bill 150, the fertilizer and nutrient management bill, is soon to be passed out of the Ohio Senate and begin hearings in the Ohio House of Representatives; and finally, the 4R Retailer Certification program is through the pilot stage and will be launched early next year. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/18/2013

Ohio BWC Safety Intervention Grant Program

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Safety Grant funds are available for Ohio state-fund or public employers who wish to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation. These available funds can help Ohio AgriBusiness Association members with compliance and safety. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/18/2013

Ohio Phosphorus Task Force Releases Updated Report, Recommendations

The Ohio Phosphorus Task Force II has issued its final report on findings to support reduction of phosphorus loading and associated harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and surrounding watersheds. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/18/2013

OABA Member Service Feature: New TireBuyer Program

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association recently partnered with TireBuyer to provide a new cost-saving benefit for OABA members. This new program gives OABA members the benefit of discounted, group buying power options for passenger and light truck tires. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/18/2013

OABA Facebook Page Winner Announcement

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association randomly selected the winner of two football tickets for this weekend’s Ohio State vs. Indiana game. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/18/2013

Washington Report for 11-18-13

By Steve Kopperud

Farm Bill “Progressing,” Say Conferees; Increasingly Key to Budget Talks – Farm Bill Insights – Immigration Reform Dead this Year – Obama Taps Treasury’s Massad to be CFTC Chair; Aggies Ask for Ag Commissioner – FSMA Impact on Farmers Worrisome; FDA Extends Comment Period – FDA to hold November 21 FSMA Feed Rule Public Meeting in Maryland – OSHA Sets New Program for Some Midwest Chemical Users – FSA Advises Producers to Anticipate Payment Reductions Due to Mandated Sequester – EPA Proposes to Cut 2014 RFS Mandate on All Renewable Fuels; AP Story on Enviro Impact Denounced (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/08/2013

Wall Street Journal Publishes “The Irrational Fear of GM Food”

The Wall Street Journal recently published “The Irrational Fear of GM Food.” This article is a great summary of both the benefits and safety of biotechnology in agriculture. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/08/2013

OABA Member Service Feature: IGS Energy Natural Gas and Electricity

Members of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association have exclusive access to preferred pricing on natural gas and electricity through our exclusive natural gas and electricity provider, IGS Energy. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/08/2013

Ag Retailers Leading Improvements in Resource Management for Water Quality Conference

Dec. 12 in Toledo; Register by Nov. 25

Join us on Dec. 12 for the Ag Retailers Leading Improvements in Resource Management for Water Quality conference to learn how ag retailers can get involved in collaborative nutrient management initiatives to enhance water quality and crop productivity in the Great Lakes watershed. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/08/2013

Verdesian Life Sciences Acquires INTX Microbials

Verdesian Life Sciences, LLC – a Paine & Partners, LLC company – announced that it has acquired INTX Microbials, LLC, a world‐class provider of inoculant, seed treatment and biological growth enhancement products. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/08/2013

Trailer Released for "Farmland" Documentary

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, James Moll, has unveiled an advance trailer and website for his latest film, Farmland, which is now in post-production. The feature length documentary follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, examining the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, in various regions across the US. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/08/2013

Washington Report for 11-11-13

By Steve Kopperud

Farm Bill Conference Nearing Crunch Time; Spending Caps Needed – Farm Bill Conference Items – EWG Again Outs ‘Billionaires’ Receiving Crop Payments – CFTC Revises Speculative Position Limit Rule; Chilton Announces Departure – Ethanol Producers: Cutting RFS Hurts, Stifles Industry; Boxer Plans Hearing – House Committee Announces Senate TSCA Bill Hearing – GM Labeling Ballot Question Fails in Washington State; Federal Action Expected – USDA Acts on Biotech Varieties; Seeks Comments on ‘Coexistence’ – CLA Report Shows Double Crop Chem Regulation Costs $474 Million – Obama Creates Climate Change Task Force, EPA Announces Draft Action Plan, Vitter Wants to Know about Administration Lobbying on Climate Change Report – Stakeholders Vent at EPA Carbon Emission Regulation Listening Session – House Passes Farmer CWA NPDES Permitting Fix Again – Water Bill Moving to Conference as Senate Names Conferees – OSHA Proposes All Injury Data to be Submitted Electronically (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/04/2013

FDA Releases Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule

OABA Members Encouraged to Submit Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released the Preventive Controls for Food for Animals proposed rule, which is required under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Under the new proposed rule, facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for animals would be required to adhere to current good manufacturing practices and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/04/2013

CAT Exemption - Effective Date Update

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has received confirmation that the effective date for the Commercial Activity Tax exemption for grain handlers is Jan. 1, 2014. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/04/2013

Help us Reach 1,000 Likes and be Entered to Win OSU Football Tickets!

Help us reach 1,000 likes on the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Facebook page, and you’ll be entered to win two section 22-A tickets to the Ohio State vs. Indiana football game on Nov. 23. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/04/2013

Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security Public Listening Session Nov. 5

An Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (Executive Order 13650) public listening session will be held Nov. 5. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/04/2013

Kalmbach Feeds Clean Fuel Grand Opening

RSVP by Nov. 14

You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of Kalmbach Clean Fuel’s public-access Compressed Natural Gas fueling station, designed and constructed by TruStar Energy. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

11/04/2013

Washington Report for 11-4-13

By Steve Kopperud

Farm Bill Conference Begins; Focus on “Big Four” Ag Leaders – Farm Bill Miscellany – FDA Releases Long-Awaited FSMA Feed/Pet Food Rule – Budget Committee Scales Back Expectations – CFTC OKs Customer Protection Rule – Senate, House Agree to Move to Conference on Waterways Bill – House Committee Releases Report on Transport Efficiency – House Committee Moves Pesticide, Spill Prevention Bills – EPA: Shutdown Delays Fertilizer Rules Until End of November – Federal Court Rules for Farmers in Runoff Case Against EPA – RFS Items (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/28/2013

Save the Date for the OABA Industry Conference – Feb. 4-6 in Columbus, Ohio

Featuring OABA Industry Dinner on Feb. 5

The 2014 OABA Industry Conference will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus, Ohio. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/28/2013

Fricke Gets 34 Months in Prison for Defrauding Customers

By David Coehrs, Fulton County Expositor

Despite his attorney’s request for leniency, former Archbold Elevator owner William L. Fricke was sentenced to a total of 34 months in prison Oct. 18 in Fulton County Common Pleas Court for defrauding customers. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/28/2013

Sweet Strengthens Sales Team with the Addition of New International Sales Engineer

Sweet Manufacturing Company is pleased to welcome Henry Montero as a new international sales engineer. His responsibilities include providing customers worldwide with technical assistance for project layout, design and equipment specifications. He will also be an important part of the Sweet Sales team’s commitment to providing extraordinary customer service. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/28/2013

Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference Registration Now Open (Nov. 19-21)

The Fertilizer Institute and the Fertilizer Industry Round Table invite you to Tampa, Fla., for the 2013 Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference Nov. 19-21, 2013. Industry experts will cover topics including supply and demand factors surrounding agriculture as well as what technologies are emerging across crop nutrients that will enable us to apply more effectively and produce more efficiently. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/28/2013

Registration Open for NGFA's 42nd Annual Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show Dec. 8-10

The National Grain and Feed Association’s annual Country Elevator Conference & Trade show is the single largest gathering of country elevator and feed manufacturer personnel, and is open to NGFA members only. Each year, more than 500 industry members attend the day-and-a-half conference and trade show. High-level government representatives and industry experts serve as speakers at this popular annual conference. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/28/2013

Washington Report for 10-28-13

By Steve Kopperud

Farm Bill Conference Begins Oct. 30; Tea Partiers Take Aim – Houses Passes Waterways Bill 417-13; Conference Expected Quickly – RFS Discussions Continue; EPA may Release 2014 Numbers Next Week – FSMA Feed Rule Expected Any Day – Immigration Reform Battles in House Expanding; Issa has "Legal Status" Bill – Animal Ag Hits Back at Pew Commission Report – CFTC to Hold Public Meetings on Position Limits – President Nominates Jeh Johnson as DHS Secretary (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/18/2013

OABA Winter Events – Save the Dates

Please mark your calendars for Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2014 winter event lineup. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/18/2013

Industry Coalition Files Legal Challenge Over Inclusion of Combustible Dust in OSHA Revised HazCom Standard

A coalition of industry trade associations has filed a legal challenge against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over its inclusion of new language on combustible dust in its revised hazard communication standard. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/18/2013

Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting is April 5

Call for Research Papers – Deadline is Nov. 4

The Ohio Academy of Science has announced that its 123rd annual meeting will be April 5, 2014 at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/18/2013

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Introduces Online Business Filings

Businesses can file electronically via the Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Central online, at www.OhioSecretaryofState.gov, after creating a profile to access the secure site. Once logged in, users can select from the available options, provide payment for filing fees and manage their account. The online system allows businesses to complete the submission process, from start to finish, in less than one day in some cases. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/18/2013

CropLife America Supports Sustainability on World Food Day

In honor of World Food Day 2013, CropLife America recognizes the benefits of modern agriculture technologies in encouraging the sustainable production of food. Through the responsible use of crop protection products, including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, growers are able to produce more nutritious food for communities around the world. Decades of investment in product and application equipment research and development have also resulted in conservation methods that reduce energy use, runoff and soil erosion. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/18/2013

Washington Report for 10-21-13

By Steve Kopperud

Congress Votes to Reopen Government, Raise Debt Ceiling, Ensure ACA Premium Subsidy Eligibility, Hike Olmsted Dam Budget, Block Chicken Rules, Up Disaster Funds – Most Government Reports Missed during Shutdown will not be Published – Farm Bill Roundup – House to Take Up Water Bill This Week – High Court to Review EPA Emissions Permitting Process; Lets Stand EPA Authority – “Leaked” EPA 2014 RFS Options Not Final – Washington State Sues GMA over GMO Label Battle Finance Reporting (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/14/2013

Registration is Open for Next CCA Exam

The Certified Crop Adviser Exam is offered twice a year, the first Friday in February and the first Friday in August. Registration for the next exam on Feb. 7, 2014, just opened, and will remain open through Dec. 6, 2013. Registrations received after Dec. 6, 2013, will not be processed, so please register soon. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/14/2013

Sen. Boxer Press Briefing and West, Texas, OSHA Fines

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate’s environment and public works committee, held a press briefing for members of the press to announce fines issued to the West Fertilizer Company by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/14/2013

The Perverse Logic of the Government Shutdown

By Gregory S. Casey, BIPAC President & CEO

The reason the American people hold Congress and the federal government in such low esteem is on daily display. A government shutdown is a colossal failure of leadership. It's a dumb idea that gets dumber the longer it goes on and there isn't a party involved that doesn't share some blame. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/14/2013

AFIA: Regulatory Training Short Course Registration Open

Registration Deadline is Oct. 21

Registration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association’s the 2013 Regulatory Training Short Course, Nov. 20-21, in Arlington, Va. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/14/2013

CropLife America’s Newest Modern Ag Resources

Several new and exciting modern agriculture resources were released at CropLife America’s Annual Meeting, including a new animated video, which shows how farming has evolved since 1930 and highlights the pivotal moments in agricultural history that have led to the “great progression” of modern agriculture. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/14/2013

Washington Report for 10-14-13

By Steve Kopperud

Negotiations on Fiscal Mess Continue, Money Found for Waterways, Not for EPA, OSHA – Baby Steps on Farm Bill Conference, but Conferees Expected Soon – Members, Groups Begin Jockeying for Position on Farm Bill Issues – EPA Floats Mandate Cuts, API Sues over RFS Programs, Groups Urge Leg Action (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/07/2013

OABA Welcomes This Quarter’s New Members

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association would like to welcome new members that joined during the third quarter of 2013. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/07/2013

ResponsibleAg Initiative from ARA and TFI

ResponsibleAg is a joint venture of the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute, and is the result of both organizations partnering to develop a Fertilizer Code of Practice Initiative. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/07/2013

2014 4R Advocate Program and Nomination From

4R messages from the fertilizer industry are well received; however, engaging agricultural producers and sharing 4R success stories from the field also plays a critical role in adoption of 4R nutrient stewardship. This will be the third year for the 4R Advocate Program, and nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 award process. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/07/2013

OABA Member Morral Companies Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Long-time member Morral Companies, LLC is celebrating its 50th year in business, highlighted by an Open House on September 10th. More than 400 people attended the festivities at their main office/plant complex in the town of Morral, Ohio. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/07/2013

The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship

Produced by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America

In response to growing concerns about the potential impact of seed treatments on non-target organisms (most pressingly, bees), the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America jointly produced The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/07/2013

Washington Report for 10-7-13

By Steve Kopperud

Big Chunk of Government Shut Down; Congress Chases “Grand Bargain” – Farm Bill Caught in Financial Tug-of-War; No House Conferees Named – House CFTC Hearing Points out Rule Threats; Gensler to Step Down – Six Senators Challenge EPA CWA Authority Rulemaking – Barge Operators ask for Tax Increase, Again – Supreme Court to Consider Review EPA Greenhouse Rules – 23 Activist Groups Tell Congress to Repeal RFS – Immigration Action Seen on Democrat Side of the Aisle­­­ – CSX “Top Performer” on Grain Shipments (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/30/2013

OABA’s 2014 LAUNCH Program Helps Members Prepare for Looming Leadership Void

Application Deadline is Nov. 1, 2013

Did you know that more than half of our workforce in agribusiness will retire in the next 15 years? That means top-level leadership will also retire, resulting in a void of leadership talent. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has recognized this challenge and will again offer a robust leadership development training program – Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights, or LAUNCH – to help fill the void, and ultimately to help ensure a bright future for Ohio’s agribusinesses. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/30/2013

AFIA, SQFI Partner on Third-Party Certification Programs for Feed and Pet Food Industries

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to inform you of an important change to several of AFIA’s third-party certification programs. Starting in October, the administration of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program and Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program will be handled by the Safe Quality Food Institute. The International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program will still be a joint program between AFIA and FAMI-QS and administered by AFIA. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/30/2013

New OABA Member Novus Ag Opens for Business

There is a new business in the area serving farmers with their crop input needs. Novus Ag will provide growers in Ohio and southern Michigan with agronomic advice, fertilizer, crop protection and seed. The company opened for business on Sept. 1 and is based out of Milford Center, Ohio. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/30/2013

The Mid America CropLife Association Honors Industry Leaders

The Mid America CropLife Association honored several industry, media and academic leaders at its recent annual meeting in Denver, Colo. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/30/2013

New ‘Boot Pit’ Guidance Document Available

By Jess McCluer, NGFA Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs

The National Grain and Feed Association Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee recently developed a guidance document to assist grain handlers in evaluating if a “boot pit” is a Permit Required Confine Space (PRCS) under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standards. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/30/2013

Washington Report for 9-30-13

By Steve Kopperud

Farm and Nutrition Bills Merged, Not Yet on the House Floor Schedule – Senate to Vote on Continuing Resolution Friday Afternoon – Stabenow, Grassley Ask Agencies to Investigate Biofuel RIN Markets – Judge Gives EPA Six Months to Justify Runoff Regulation – EPA Continues to Wrestle with “Bodies of Water” it Regulates Under the CWA – FDA Expected to Publish FSMA Feed Rule “Very Soon” – FDA VFD Rule Under OMB Review – Ag Groups Call on CFTC to Change Customer Protection Proposal; Congress Weighs In – USDA Seeks Comment on “Coexistence” (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/23/2013

Take-Aways from OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Experience Trip in Washington, D.C.

By Angela Davis-Haines, OABA Director of Communications and Member Education

I recently had the tremendous opportunity to join young farmers and other agriculture professionals for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Young Agricultural Professionals’ Washington, D.C., Leadership Experience trip. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/23/2013

OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Expo – Oct. 17, 2013

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Expo will be Oct. 17, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/23/2013

Connect with Future Employees and Provide 4R Outreach

The Fertilizer Institute is working with the Nutrients for Life Foundation to incorporate the 4Rs into its high school curriculum materials. Additionally, NFL has incorporated the 4Rs into its FFA reward program, Helping Communities Grow. These actions provide you an opportunity to connect with future employees and assist with 4R outreach. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/23/2013

CVM Announces New Assistance for Registering Medicated Feed Mills; Refuses to Grant Waiver for MGA Changes

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine has issued new registration procedures for licensed medicated feed mills required to register annually under the drug establishment registration procedures, or DERs. These procedures apply only to those medicated feed mills that hold an approved Medicated Feed Mill License. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/23/2013

Mid America CropLife Elects 2013-2014 Leaders

The Mid America CropLife Association held its annual business meeting at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado, and elected officers for 2013-2014. The group also filled several board of director positions at the Sept. 5 meeting. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

09/23/2013

Washington Report for 9-23-13

By Steve Kopperud

Business Community Concerned about WTO and Farm Bill Commodity Title – House Passes Stand-Alone Food Stamp Cuts 217-210 – With House Nutrition Bill Complete, What Now for Farm Bill? – Dems Meet with Farm Leaders on Climate Change, Hear Preference for Incentives – USDA Won’t Act on Washington State GM Alfalfa Episode – Senate May Pull Efficiency Bill over Obamacare Amendments – Shimkus Says Regulatory, Not Legislative Fixes to the RFS May be Best – Food Companies Set Up GM Ingredient Website – Chemical Technology Safety to Include Guidance, Regulation – Bipartisan Water Bill Reauthorization Approved by Committee – Vitter Demands Treasury Turn Over All “Carbon Tax” Documents – Judge Says EPA Can Go Ahead with Chesapeake Bay Runoff Standards – OSHA Numbers Show Ag with Highest Fatality Rate (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

02/17/2009

Grain Merchandising 101 / 102

Two sessions provide practical overview

The OABA Grain Committee has planned a grain merchandising training course consisting of two classes offering an overview of grain marketing with an emphasis on application. The course is intended for those desiring a greater understanding of grain markets and merchandising tools; such as grain originator, grain accounting and grain operations personnel. This is a great opportunity to provide your banker with a greater understanding of what you deal with in the markets. Those on your agronomy side of the business may also benefit from these classes.

Both classes will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Blanchard Valley Farmers Cooperative, Findlay, Ohio. Merchandising 101 is Tuesday, March 17th with the Merchandising 102 class a week later on Tuesday, March 24th. The course is structured so both classes work together to build a strong knowledge base of the markets and merchandising.

Course content addresses supply and demand, various types of contracts, futures markets, convergence, spreads, options, along with the cost of doing business. This course will help build a greater understanding of the basics of how and what it takes to make the grain marketing process work.

Call the OABA office (614) 326-7520 or visit www.oaba.net to learn more about the course or to register.

11/17/2008

GRAIN OPERATIONS TRAINING COURSE

Only 6 openings remain

07/31/2008

GOLF FOR SCHOLARSHIPS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Mark Armstrong named "Honoree"

05/15/2008

EXCELLENCE IN CROP ADVISING AWARD

Nomination now being accepted

05/09/2008

OK! OK! HERE'S THE INFORMATION YOU WANT

OABA golf outing dates, locations and registration information available!

01/31/2008

ANHYDROUS AMMONIA SAFETY WORKSHOPS

Workshops offer an excellent training opportunity

01/02/2008

OABA CUSTOM APPLICATOR DAY

Pesticide recertification credits you need

07/08/2006

CANADA REPORTS SEVENTH POSSIBLE BSE CASE

This would be the second case involing a younger cow

The National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) reports the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced it is investigating another potential case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) -- this one involving an approximately 4-year-old (50-month) dairy cow in Alberta Province. If confirmed, this would be the seventh Canadian case of BSE (not counting the Canadian-born cow diagnosed in Washington state in 2003). And it would be the second born well AFTER Canada implemented its BSE-prevention feed regulations in 1997.

07/08/2006

THE SUMMER'S FIRST "GOLF FOR SCHOLARSHIPS" EVENT IS A SUCCESS!

Late Scramble is August 16th

The first OABA "Golf for Scholarships" event of the year drew several participants who enjoyed a great day of golf and networking. Although the new log clubhouse was a very impress venue for our awards luncheon, Deer Ridge Golf Club, Bellville, OH continues to be very challenging. The elevations and valleys made for some very "interesting" shots and the rough gobbled up golf balls like "kids eatn' cookies." But when all was said and done, a great time was had by all and the scholarship fund benefited significantly.

01/07/2003

ELF TORCHES PENNSYLVANIA TRUCKS

In its first direct action of 2003, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) said it is responsible for the destruction by fire of several sport utility vehicles at an Erie, PA, dealership on Jan. 1. The ELF's communique to the media said at least four vehicles were completely destroyed, costing an estimated $90,000.

The ELF also slammed "the mainstream environmental movement" for failing to bring about protections needed to "stop destruction of life on this planet," and accused it of complicity in "accelerating this destruction" by concentrating only on temporary solutions and not on "root problems."