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01/23/2015

Still Time to Register for 2015 OABA Industry Conference

OABA will hold its annual Industry Conference Feb. 4-5 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North to provide education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals, including the OABA Industry Dinner and OABA Annual Meeting. The conference will focus on trends, technology and tradition in the agriculture industry.

01/23/2015

Registration Open for 2015 Bowling for Scholarship Event

Join your colleagues for a day of bowling in support of aspiring agribusiness professionals!

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association Education Trust will hold its annual Bowling for Scholarships event Feb. 27 at the Timber Bowling Lanes in Maumee, Ohio.

01/23/2015

Washington Report for 1-26-15

By Steve Kopperud

Obama State of the Union Lays out Ambitious Agenda; Republicans Generally Dismiss Speech - Senate Keystone Approval Bill Heading for Final Vote Next Week; Ethanol RFS Amendment Rejected - Iowa Gov. Branstad Makes RFS Part of Iowa Caucus Agenda for 2016 - Moran to Chair Powerful Ag/FDA Appropriations Subcommittee - House Ag Committee Organizes with Six New Democrats; SNAP, Dodd-Frank Top Agenda - Roberts, Inhofe Cooperate on Committee Oversight of EPA WOTUS Rule - West Coast Port “Stalled” as Labor Talks Continue; Shipper Groups Want End to Stalemate

01/22/2015

Former House Agriculture and Natural Resources Chairman Dave Hall Appointed to New Senior Advisory Role

Source: The Hannah Report

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has asked Rep. Dave Hall to serve in a newly-created senior position to assist committee chairs and vice-chairs. Hall had been chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee for the past two legislative sessions.

01/22/2015

Department of Labor Audit Warning Signs

Provided by Accelerated Benefits

The Department of Labor may investigate whether an employee benefit plan complies with ERISA’s protections for plan participants. A DOL audit can be triggered for many reasons including participant complaints and incomplete or inconsistent information.

01/22/2015

Never Strikeout with BWC

Source: Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Getting hit by an object or striking against one is a real danger in the agriculture industry, where workers encounter a number of materials that can cause serious injuries or even death. Staying vigilant and following safety procedures are the keys to avoiding collisions.

01/19/2015

NGFA Urges Hedgers to Submit Comments on Key CFTC Rulemaking

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is accepting public comments on a proposed rule critically important to the grain, feed and processing industry. The National Grain and Feed Association is urging firms to comment on the proposed rule by Jan. 22.

01/19/2015

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Announces Funding for Conservation Projects in Great Lakes Region

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced $17.5 million in federal funding for a tri-state project to help protect water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

01/16/2015

Fertilizer Institute President to Give Update on Nutrient Management Efforts at Annual Conference

The 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference will feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition in agriculture Feb. 4-5, as well as a keynote address from Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute, during OABA’s Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting on Feb. 4.

01/16/2015

Environmental Respect Awards Steps Up Efforts in Response to Increased Participation

The Environmental Respect Awards has launched its 25th year of honoring stewardship among agricultural retailers with an improved online entry process and a new deadline. The deadline to submit an application is set for March 6, 2015, earlier than past years due to the increase in participation.

01/16/2015

ResponsibleAg Auditor Course Recognized by BEAC

Source: The Asmark Institute

The ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course has received recognition from the Board of Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor Certifications. The course is designed specifically for auditors who intend to perform facility assessments under the ResponsibleAg Certification Program.

01/16/2015

Survey Looks to Improve Professional Development Opportunities for OABA Members

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is asking members to participate in a brief survey about its education and training opportunities. The purpose is to gain a greater understanding of your professional development needs so the association can better serve you.

01/16/2015

Washington Report for 1-19-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Passes DHS Spending Bill, Unwinds Obama Action on Immigration - EPA Set to Move on WOTUS Rule after Clearing Process Hurdle - House Approves Regulatory Accountability Act; AFIA Reiterates Support, Urges Senate to Act - EPA Year-End Biofuels Report has RFA, NBB Riled - Keystone Pipeline Bill Begins Senate Consideration - TPA Moves into Spotlight for GOP, Dems, White House - TPP Talks Resume; Food Issues won’t Derail U.S.-EU Talks - Administration Loosens Restrictions on Cuba Trade, Travel; House Introduces Cuba Free Trade Bill - Mexican Trucks to Start Rolling in U.S. Soon: FMCSA - President Proposes New Expanded “Workplace Flexibility,” Paid Leave - Federal Mediators Welcomed in West Coast Port Dispute - AFBF Gives Vilsack Award for Performance

01/15/2015

Ohio House of Representatives Committee Chairs, Vice Chairs, Ranking Minority Members Announced

Source: The Hannah Report

Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, in conjunction with House Minority Leader Rep. Fred Strahorn, announced the chairs, vice chairs and ranking minority members for a slightly reconfigured and expanded committee organization for the 131st General Assembly.

01/09/2015

Register Now for the 2015 Bowling for Scholarships Event

Join your colleagues for a day of bowling in support of aspiring agribusiness professionals!

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association Education Trust will hold its annual Bowling for Scholarships event Feb. 27 at the Timber Bowling Lanes in Maumee, Ohio.

01/09/2015

USDA Report Reaffirms Food Safety in the U.S.

Source: CropLife America

Pesticide residues detected on a variety of recently sampled food products are below tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency and “do not pose a safety concern,” according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

01/09/2015

Washington Report for 1-12-15

By Steve Kopperud

White House Threatens Vetoes, Cranks out 300 Regs, Notices in First Week of 2015 - 114th Congress Gets Underway; Issue Priorities Listed - Roberts Confirmed as Senate Ag Committee Chair - EPA Gets New Ag Counselor - It’s Déjà vu All over Again as Cargo Preference Rules likely to get Congressional Attention - Ag Coalition Pushes for Cuba Trade - AFBF Favors New Reg Accountability Bill

01/09/2015

Washington Report 12-30-14

By Steve Kopperud

MF Global Holdings to Pay $1.212 Billion to Settle Customer Losses in 2011 Bankruptcy - Ag Immigration Seen Moving Early in New Congress - Transportation Funding Top Priority for new Senate Committee Chair - Rail Service Getting Better: Soy Transport Coalition - Growth Energy, NFU say BPC Report on RFS “Options” Wrong - USDA Releases 2013 Pesticide Data Program Summary

01/09/2015

Archbold Equipment Company Names Hetterick CEO

Archbold Equipment Company has named Zach Hetterick CEO of the six-store CASE IH dealership complex.

01/09/2015

Education Key to Consumer Appreciation of Seed and Seed Improvement - Seed Industry to Launch 2015 Consumer Education Effort

Source: American Seed Trade Association

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) research reveals consumers under appreciate the role of seed and seed improvement in their lives, until they are presented with specific examples of related environmental, economic and health benefits. Using this information, ASTA plans to unveil its new communications efforts during its 132nd Annual Convention in June.

01/09/2015

NAP Buy-Up Coverage Available -- Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Growers

The USDA has announced the opportunity for fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers to receive greater protection through FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) buy-up program. The new options will provide more coverage for losses that affect specialty crops.

01/09/2015

EPA Awards Additional GLRI Funding to Federal and State Agencies to Expand Efforts to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

The U.S. EPA awarded Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds to target harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The funding will expand efforts to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the lake and to improve the ability to detect and forecast outbreaks of harmful algae.

01/08/2015

2015 OABA Industry Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended

Register by Jan. 16 to Save $75

The early bird registration deadline for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association's 2015 Industry Conference has been extended to Jan. 16.

12/19/2014

Technology One of Three Topic Areas at 2015 Industry Conference

Early Registration Closes Jan. 9

Trends, technology and tradition in agriculture will be on everyone’s minds at the 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference Feb. 4-5, with sessions highlighting current topics, cutting-edge technology, and annual updates from state agencies and associations at the third annual event.

12/19/2014

OABA Staffing Updates

President and CEO Chris Henney shares staffing updates for Ohio AgriBusiness Association.