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02/23/2015

OABA Engaged in Nutrient Management Legislation

By Chris Henney, OABA President and CEO

Chris Henney shares updates legislation aimed at the application of nutrients on frozen, snow covered and saturated ground.

02/23/2015

Final Days to Register for 2015 Bowling for Scholarship Event

Register now to bowl 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.

02/23/2015

OABA Legislative Reception Offers Opportunity for Members to Share Their Story with State Officials

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members are invited to attend an important legislative event on March 11, which provides a great opportunity to discuss the impact and importance of Ohio’s agribusinesses with lawmakers.

02/23/2015

Washington Report for 2-23-15

By Steve Kopperud

Obama Immigration Orders Blocked by Texas Federal Court; Gives GOP Out on DHS Spending Bill - West Coast Ports Shutdown could Cost $2 Billion a Day; Long Beach, LA Partially Reopened - Tax Reform Before End of Summer, Says Ryan; House Passes $93.5-billion Tax Credit Bills - It’s ‘Producers First’ at Feb. 24 Senate Ag Farm Bill Hearing; House Ag Looks at SNAP - “Sustainable” Federal Dietary Guideline Recommendations Draw Fire - How to Fund Highway Bill Back in Spotlight, Supporters of Heavier Trucks make Major Push - Corn for Ethanol Use Up 5% from December, Says New USDA Report - State Competition Bill Reintroduced by Iowa’s King - First BSE Cow since 2011 Confirmed in Canada - Iowa Ag Summit Confirms 10 GOP Presidential Hopefuls to Participate; ‘Counter-Summit’ Set

02/20/2015

Bayer CropScience Gives $100,000 to Sponsor Project Apis m.’s Honey Bee Forage Program

Investment will supply bees with life-sustaining food sources during critical pre- and post-crop seasons in California and Washington

To help address pre- and post-bloom food challenge for honey bees, Bayer CropScience is giving $100,000 to Project Apis m., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bee health through its work. Project Apis m. will use the funds to provide seed mixes to growers in California and Washington who have agreed to plant cover crops for honey bees before and after almond bloom and other key seasons.

02/20/2015

Land O'Lakes Inc. to Acquire FLM+

New partnership will provide additional resources to federated cooperative system

Land O'Lakes, Inc. is acquiring the assets of FLM+, a leading marketing communications and strategic consulting company with expertise in the agribusiness and rural community sector. The acquisition aligns the growth strategies of both companies in serving the agricultural industry.

02/20/2015

Final Week to Register for the Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops

March 3 in Mechanicsburg; March 4 in Crestline; March 5 in Custar

The OABA’s Anhydrous Ammonia Task Force has planned an educational training program for 2015, which features an interactive, hands-on format designed to help participants “learn by doing.” Participants will spend the morning in a classroom setting, and will then move to a nearby anhydrous facility to apply the information presented in the first portion of the training.

02/16/2015

Ohio AgriBusiness Association 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.

02/16/2015

OABA Co-Signs TPA Support Letter

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, along with more than 70 agriculture organizations, has signed a letter supporting the introduction and enactment of Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

02/16/2015

Third Annual Precision Award Program Honors Ohio Company as Top North American Dealer

Ag Info Tech, LLC., of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was named the top North American Dealer at the Third Annual Precision Awards program held by Precision Farming Dealer Magazine.

02/16/2015

2015 Schedule of Feed Industry HACCP Courses Announced

The American Feed Industry Association, in partnership with the IGP Institute of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, will jointly host "Establishing a HACCP Program for the Feed Industry" on June 8-11 and Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Manhattan, Kan. The short course will concentrate on the development of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points plan for all industry sectors.

02/16/2015

High School Students Gain Valuable Experience Through Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program

The Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program is designed to help Ohio high school students explore potential careers and gain valuable work experience in a professional environment. Through an internship lasting at least 20 weeks with 200 hours of training, students have the opportunity to explore all aspects of a profession and gain better understanding of the training needed to enter a particular career field.

02/16/2015

Washington Report for 2-16-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Ag Hearing Let’s Vilsack Know What’s Good, What’s Bad - USDA Says 2015 Farm Income to Hit Six-Year Low - Wary of Budget Committee Cuts, House, Senate Ag say Look at Farm Bill Savings - Flake, Duncan Go after Crop Insurance Premiums - CFTC Budget, Reauthorization Still in Play over Dodd-Frank - Senators Move to End Trade Embargo with Cuba - West Coast Port Situation Worsens; Taft-Hartley Option Awaits - House Approves Senate Keystone Pipeline Bill, Veto Awaits - Court Blocks EPA from Releasing Farmer Data - 32 Senators Tell EPA its RFS Delay is Hurting Biodiesel Producers - Inhofe, Shelby Look to Regulatory Reversal Actions - King Reintroduces State Competition Bill - Syngenta Seeks Dismissal of 360-Plus Farmer Lawsuits

02/09/2015

Third Annual Industry Conference Covers Trends, Technology and Tradition 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 third annual Industry Conference, Feb. 4-5. This year’s conference focused on the trends, technology and tradition in Ohio’s agriculture industry and beyond.

02/09/2015

Register for the 2015 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

Source: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Registration is open for the 2015 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo (OSC15). OSC15 aims to help Ohio employers prevent workplace injuries and achieve better outcomes for injured workers.

02/09/2015

Water Quality Law and Program Update for Ohio Agriculture

Source: Ohio’s Country Journal

Winter’s cold may have cooled the algae growth in Lake Erie, but it was a hot topic at the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) Industry Conference Dinner and Annual Meeting Feb. 4-5.

02/09/2015

Register Now for the Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops

March 3 in Mechanicsburg; March 4 in Crestline; March 5 in Custar

The OABA’s Anhydrous Ammonia Task Force has planned an educational training program for 2015, which features an interactive, hands-on format designed to help participants “learn by doing.” Participants will spend the morning in a classroom setting, and will then move to a nearby anhydrous facility to apply the information presented in the first portion of the training.

02/06/2015

Three Weeks Until 2015 Bowling for Scholarship Event

Register now to bowl 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.

02/06/2015

Washington Report for 2-9-15

By Steve Kopperud

President Obama Proposes $4-trillion-plus FY2016 Budget - FDA Commissioner Hamburg Steps Down March 15 - Bill to Kill Corn Ethanol RFS Introduced in House - House-Senate Hearing Probes WOTUS Rulemaking; EPA Withdraws Related Interpretive Rule - DHS Spending Bill Still in Senate Limbo over Immigration Language - House to take up Senate Keystone Pipeline Bill Next Week - Ryan Targets TPP Hurdles, says Pact can Move without Japan, Canada; Aggies Call for TPA - Houses Passes Two Bill to Aid Business, States on Regulation - New OSHA Injury-Fatality Reporting Rules in Place

02/06/2015

CropLife America Joins the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance

Partners Focus on Meeting Challenges of Climate Change in Agriculture

CropLife America has joined the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance, whose mission is to generate dialogue and greater understanding within agriculture and forestry sectors of the impacts of climate change and steps they can take to meet the challenges.

01/30/2015

One-Day Conference Helps You Leverage Big Data to Its Fullest Potential

Save the Date: Feb. 16, 2015

As farm data has been collected and the science of collection has matured, agriculture continues to struggle in utilizing data effectively. PrecisionAg is holding a one-day conference, Big Data: Understanding and Leveraging the Most Elusive Farm Assets, to increase understanding of agricultural data.

01/30/2015

Secretary Husted: Time to Cut Cost of Doing Business in Ohio

Urges legislative approval of a 21 percent cut in business filing fees

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is urging lawmakers to pass legislation to make it easier and less expensive to do business in the state. The legislation would cut fees associated with forming a business by approximately 21 percent.

01/30/2015

OABA’s Henney Testifies Before House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee

On Jan. 29, Ohio AgriBusiness Association President and CEO Chris Henney gave testimony to the new Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on efforts to address nutrient runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

01/30/2015

OABA Signs Letter Urging West Coast Port Dispute Resolution

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, along with more than 90 other agricultural organizations, signed a letter calling for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to resolve the labor dispute that is delaying operations at five west coast ports.

01/30/2015

Save the Date: OABA Legislative Reception

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members will have the opportunity to network and discuss pertinent issues in agriculture with Ohio legislators on March 11 during OABA’s Legislative Reception at the Ohio Statehouse.