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CropLife America Hires Genevieve O’Sullivan as Director of Communications and Marketing

CropLife America

Genevieve O’Sullivan has joined CropLife America as director of communications and marketing.


Washington Report for 2-8-16

By Steve Kopperud

Cruz, Clinton Take Iowa Caucuses, Rubio Third behind Trump; Audit May be Coming - Senate Energy Bill Hit by RFS, Coal, Flint Water Amendments - TPP Signed in New Zealand; Tough Road to U.S. Approval Begins - EPA “Impact” Hearing Set in House Ag; Energy & Commerce Looks at Agency “Overreach” Bills - Certificates Return on Farm Commodities Pledged on Marketing Loans; Cotton Qualifies - GM Labeling Battle Heats Up as Food Industry Focuses on Senate - President’s $10-Barrel Oil Tax Proposal Meets Strong Opposition - USDA Wants Comments on Biotech Regulation, Environmental Impact Statements - Syngenta Agrees to ChemChina Buy - Rein in Big Bank Commodity Trading: Brown


Fourth Annual Industry Conference Covers Production, Perspectives and Performance in Agriculture

More than 300 Ohio AgriBusiness Association members and industry professionals were on hand to engage in collaborative learning and networking at the organization’s fourth annual Industry Conference, Feb. 3-4 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest.


Gearhardt joins Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP Dublin, OH

Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP

Larry Gearhardt, of Covington, has joined Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP in an “of counsel” capacity.


Nester Ag, LLC Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that Nester Ag, LLC in Bryan, Ohio has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.


Washington Report for 2-1-16

By Steve Kopperud

Last GOP Debates before Iowa Caucuses Heavy on Ag Play -Senate Override Vote on WOTUS Veto Fails, but Will Try Again - House Ag Hearing on EPA Impacts Postponed; Ag Groups Let Panel Know Opinions - Chem Safety Board Says Texas Explosion Means Changes Needed at EPA, OSHA - Crop Payments Increasing on Falling Commodity Prices; Critics call for Reform - No Middle Ground on GE Labeling Fight - California Drought Legislative Battle Continues with Feinstein’s Latest Draft - Trade Notes - USDA Deputy Secretary Harden Resigns; APHIS Chief Vet Clifford Goes International


Share with Your Customers: OFBF Accepting Applicants for 2016 AgriPOWER Institute

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is now accepting applications for its next AgriPOWER Institute class. OABA members are encouraged to share this leadership opportunity with their farmer customers.


Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association and Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association Merge

United Equipment Dealers Association (UEDA)

Members of the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association and Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association voted to merge effective January 1, 2016.


Asmark Institute offers Piping and Instrumentation Diagram Service

Agricultural Retailers Association

The Asmark Institute recently launched a new service to help agricultural retailers comply with PSM requirements to have a Piping & Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) for their installation.


Washington Report for 1-25-16

By Steve Kopperud

Obama Vetoes WOTUS Resolution, Battle to Continue - House Ag Committee to Hold January 26 Hearing on “Impact” of EPA on Rural Communities - More GE Labeling Talks Set by USDA - Northwest Senators Want USDA to Ensure China Buys U.S. Alfalfa - Supreme Court Accepts Obama Immigration Order Case - TPP could Cost the Federal Government Billions in Lost Tariff Income - Vilsack Off to Chile, Peru on Trade Mission


2016 OABA Industry Conference Agenda Confirmed

Register now and customize your conference experience

The agenda for the 2016 OABA Industry Conference, Feb. 3-4 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, has been confirmed and boasts numerous industry experts in several different areas of interest in Ohio’s agriculture industry today, including agronomy, grain and feed, safety and more.


Retailers Encouraged to Prepare for PSM Compliance

Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a revised Interim Enforcement Policy on its website, addressing enforcement of Process Safety Management requirements for agricultural retailers.


AFIA Annual Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Conference

American Feed Industry Association

The early-bird registration rate for the American Feed Industry Association's annual Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Conference expires Feb. 5.


Washington Report for 1-18-16

By Steve Kopperud

House Passes Joint Resolution to Kill WOTUS, Moves on Regulatory Reform Bills -Vilsack Holds GE Labeling Meeting, All Parties Mum on Outcome -Feds Act on New GE Potato Variety; Dow Clears EPA on Corn Herbicide -EPA Sued by Industry over RFS Standards -NBB Goes to Court with EPA over Rules on Argentine Biodiesel Exports to the U.S. -TPP gets SOTU Nod, ITC Begins Economic Review as USTR Pushes for Producer, Industry Support -USDA Mishandled PEDv Outbreak: GAO -Two Senators Threaten to Block FDA Commissioner Confirmation Vote -AFBF Elects Georgia’s Zippy Duval First New President in 16 Years


OABA to Hold Grain Merchandising 101 Course

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is set to hold a Grain Merchandising Course this winter, encompassing two sessions March 10 and 17.


OABA to Hold Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold two Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops next month, Feb. 24 in Crestline, Ohio and Feb. 25 in Custar, Ohio.


Ohio Grocers Association Announces New President and CEO

Kristin Mullins has been named the new president and CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association.


USDA Pesticide Data Program Report Confirms Food Safety

Source: CropLife America

The USDA has confirmed again in its annual report that American consumers can focus on the nutritional benefits of conventional and organic produce without concern for pesticide residues.


Ohio Department of Agriculture Announces Senior Staff Appointments

Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels has announced the appointment of Jared Parko as a new deputy director to the department’s senior management team.


4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program Reaches 1 Million Acre Mark in Western Lake Erie Basin

The Nutrient Stewardship Council, the governing body of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, is pleased to announce that more than 1 million acres in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) are now under the guidance of nutrient service providers that have earned certification through its program.


Retired U.S. Army Colonel to Speak on “The Rise of ISIS” at OABA Industry Networking Dinner

Retired U.S. Army Col. Peter Mansoor will discuss the rise of ISIS during the keynote address at the Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2016 Industry Conference and Industry Networking Dinner Feb. 3.


Washington Report for 1-11-16

By Steve Kopperud

Congress in 2016 – It’s all about the elections - Cruz Dogged by Ethanol, Biofuels Supporters for RFS Position - Federal Dietary Guidelines Released; Dump “Sustainability,” Plant-based Diet Rhetoric - TSCA Rewrite Close to the Finish Line - Immigration Groups Go After Obama on Deportations - EPA Notes - “Goliath” Kills 30,000-plus Dairy, Feedlot Animals


AFIA Promotes Wilkinson to VP; Changes Various Staff Titles

Source: American Feed Industry Association

The American Feed Industry Association announced Leah Wilkinson as its newly-appointed vice president of legislative, regulatory and state affairs.


February Workshop to Help Farmers, Nutrient Service Providers Put 4Rs into Practice

The Nutrient Stewardship Council will host a complimentary “4R Farming 4 Sustainability” educational workshop Feb. 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, providing farmers and agricultural retailers updates, perspectives and information on the 4Rs and the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification.


FMCSA to Lower Controlled Substances Random Testing Rate for Calendar Year 2016

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that it will lower the random testing rate for controlled substances from the current 50 percent to 25 percent, effective Jan. 1.