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10/24/2014

Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: CHS Inc.

CHS Inc., a leading global agribusiness, is owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. CHS supplies energy, grain marketing services, food and food ingredients, crop nutrients and animal feed, in addition to business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services.

10/24/2014

Ohio State’s Agricultural Fertilizer Program Helps Farmers Keep Phosphorus on Fields, Improve Water Quality

Source: The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

OSU CFAES is helping water quality improvement efforts through fertilizer applicator certification trainings. Since introduced last month, the program has trained 777 Ohio growers across the state.

10/24/2014

Free Webinar for Watershed Organizations: Building Partnerships with Ag Retailers

Source: IPM Institute of North America

Watershed organization leaders and members are invited to participate in a free webinar to address resource management issues and learn more about building partnerships with ag retailers.

10/24/2014

IPPE Launches Young Leaders "30 under 30" Program

The International Production and Processing Expo has launched its third annual “30 under 30” program. Open to members of the American Feed Industry Association or other IPPE partners, the program is designed to help young leaders in the industry in need of financial resources and also give them the opportunity to attend the Expo.

10/24/2014

Washington Report for 10-27-14

By Steve Kopperud

Facilities Must Re-register Under Bioterrorism Act, FSMA by Dec. 31 or Face Shutdow - Lame Duck Agenda Emerging, Ebola Tops List - WOTUS Passes EPA Internal Review; Senators, Governors Assail Rule - Consumer Reports, Others Want Markets to Stop Selling Meat from Animals given Antibiotics - RFS Future Dictated by Supply, Cost Impacts, Politics: CBO - Second Lawsuit to Block Enlist Duo Filed - OSHA to Update Chemical Exposure Limits - USTR: All Options Considered in Wake of WTO Ruling on COOL - “Hope” Surrounds TTIP, TPP Trade Negotiations, but Roadblocks Remain

10/23/2014

EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Four grants, totaling $8.6 million, will fund critical projects and ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie.

10/23/2014

Ohio Environmental Quality Incentives Program Signup Period Ongoing

Source: IPM Institute of North America

The USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to farmers to implement practices to protect natural resources. Ohio farmers may submit applications to EQIP on an ongoing basis.

10/23/2014

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Update - Oct. 2014

Source: Ohio BWC

The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation provides advice for managing airborne dust, fumes and vapors in the workplace.

10/22/2014

Free Webinar for Ag Retailers: Strip Tillage to Improve Nutrient Management and Economics

Source: IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America will host a free webinar Oct. 31 for ag retailers on fertilizer placement with strip tillage.

10/17/2014

STB Order Directing Expanded Rail Service

The Surface Transportation Board announced on Oct. 8 it will require expanded public reporting of weekly rail service metrics, extending beyond agricultural products into Class I railroads.

10/17/2014

Washington Report for 10-20-14

By Steve Kopperud

Ebola becomes “October Surprise;” Analysts Cautiously Expect GOP Congress - Rails Rally Customers to Fight STB Speed Rules; ASA Commissions Rail Delay Impact Analysis - EPA Registers ‘Enlist Duo’ with 2,4-D and Glyphosate, NRDC Sues Agency - GAO Says USDA Falls Short in Telling Farmers What it’s Doing, Cost-Benefit of Climate Change Actions - Petroleum Refiners Unite, Ask White House to keep RFS Low - USDA Sees Crop Production Even Higher

10/17/2014

Talking Water Quality and Nutrient Management

Source: Brownfield News

Brownfield’s Dave Russell joined by experts to discuss water quality and nutrient management in Ohio. Listen to the full audio discussion.

10/17/2014

OABA Winter Events – Save the Dates

Mark your calendars for Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2015 winter events.

10/17/2014

EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate

Risk assessment ensures protection of human health, including infants, children

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed its risk assessment of Dow AgriSciences’s herbicide Enlist Duo. Approval to register the herbicide is coupled with new requirements on the registrant.

10/16/2014

2015 4R Advocate Program and Nomination Form

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

Nomination forms for the 2015 4R Advocate Program are now available. The program recognizes growers applying the 4R principles and provides another opportunity to share the benefits of the nutrient stewardship program with retailers.

10/16/2014

CropLife America Elects Board Leadership and Honors Award Recipients

Source: CropLife America

At its recent annual meeting, CropLife America announced election results for its board of directors and recognized exceptional member company employees, allies and staff.

10/13/2014

First Three Facilities Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program

Agriculture taking measurable steps toward improving Lake Erie water quality

Less than a year after its launch, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced its first three agriculture nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)

10/10/2014

Michigan Fertilizer Company to Reimburse Retail Partners for 4R Certification

Source: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers will reimburse qualifying retail partners for fees included in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program, as part of AgroLiquid’s Retail Partner 4R Certification Reimbursement Program. The program is open to nutrient service providers working in the Western Lake Erie Basin, including agricultural retailers, agricultural service providers and certified professionals.

10/10/2014

Washington Report for 10-13-14

By Steve Kopperud

GOP Governors, AGs to EPA: Kill WOTUS Rule; ARA Slams Rule, Agency Extends Comment Period - STB Expands Weekly Shipment Reporting, Information Required to All Class 1 Rails - Highway Bill should be on Lame Duck Agenda: Boxer - Feed Ingredient Cleared by OIE as likely Key to PEDv Spread - Syngenta Sued by Farmers over GM Corn; Wants to Grow in China - Rural Electric Co-Ops Concerned about EPA Carbon Plan - Legal Setbacks as Courts Toss Nebraska Carbon Suit, States’ Challenge to CA Egg La - Ag Cooperatives Set Sales, Income Records - Consumer Reports Says “Natural,” “Non-GMO” Food Products Aren’t

10/10/2014

OABA Signs Letter to Support S.B. 2777

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has joined with 37 state and national producer and agribusiness groups to sign a letter urging legislators to support Senate Bill 2777. The bill would reauthorize the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB), which is responsible for overseeing freight railroads.

10/10/2014

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: KOVA of Ohio

Family-owned and operated since 1981, KOVA of Ohio is a wholesale distributor of crop protection products. While the company has grown in volume through the years, KOVA of Ohio remains dedicated to sales for both cooperatives and independent producers.

10/10/2014

“Farmland” Movie Now Available on Hulu

The movie “Farmland” is now available to stream on Hulu. The feature length documentary follows and examines the lives of the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, in their 20s and in various regions across the United States.

10/09/2014

Benefits of Agricultural Crop Protection

Source: CropLife America

Agricultural productivity continues to increase thanks in part to pesticides. In recent decades, the use of pesticides has also resulted in more farmers adopting more sustainable and environmentally sound agricultural practices.

10/09/2014

October Is 'Get To Know GMOs' Month

GMO Answers Invites Consumers to Join the Online Conversation

This month, GMO Answers invites the public to participate in “Get to Know GMOs.” Designed to start conversations around the subject of GMOs, the group will provide answers to consumers’ questions online.

10/03/2014

Comments from the CEO

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