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07/30/2015

BIPAC Election Insights: What Will Happen During August Recess

By Bo Harmon, Senior Vice President, Political Field Operations

Bo Harmon, senior vice president of political field operations at BIPAC, provides insight to Washington, D.C. activities in August, including upcoming presidential debates, redrawing district lines in Florida, legislative lobbying and more.

07/28/2015

RCPP Offers Training for Ag Retailers and Certified Crop Advisers in Western Lake Erie Basin

Agricultural retailers and Certified Crop Advisers will be informed about the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program during an OABA-sponsored training on Aug. 13.

07/27/2015

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Passed by U.S. House

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, H.R. 1599, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, with the purpose of providing clarity and stability in the marketplace through national uniformity in food labels.

07/27/2015

Previously Exempt Retailers Must Now Comply with OSHA Process Safety Management Standards

OSHA revises retailer exemption for the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Standard

Retail facilities once exempt from Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards regarding the management of highly hazardous chemicals may now have to comply due to a revision of the exemption.

07/27/2015

Golf for Scholarships Early Registration Ends 7/31

Early registration is open for OABA’s Aug. 19 Golf for Scholarships event. Register now to support Ohio agricultural students.

07/24/2015

Washington Report for 7-27-15

By Steve Kopperud

Industry-Backed GM Labeling Bill Easily Approved by Full House Member Scramble to Attach Pet Projects to McConnell-Boxer Highway Bill - Outcome of Dueling COOL Remedies May Rely on Highway Bill - Senators Want Hike in Biodiesel RFS - House Panel Hears RFS Critics; Ethanol Calls Hearing “Political Theater” - Senate Energy Plan Unveiled - Senate Bill Would Lift Cuba Travel Ban - TPP Deal Won’t be in Hand until 2016, Say Experts

07/24/2015

North Central Research Station Announces Field Days

Source: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers will open its North Central Research Station for public tours Aug. 20, 25, 27 and Sept. 1. Guests will visit demonstration sites for row crops, annual vegetables and perennial fruit, and interact with NCRS staff, field agronomists and company employees.

07/24/2015

Loudonville Farmers Equity Celebrates a Century of Service

Known for its rich history of growing and changing with agriculture, the Loudonville Farmers Equity Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

07/20/2015

Ohio EPA Announces New Advisory System for Algal Bloom Toxins in Public Water Systems

Source: The Hannah Report

The Ohio EPA announced it has created a new multi-tiered advisory system that will notify the public when microcystin and other harmful agents are detected in public drinking water systems throughout the state.

07/20/2015

Ohio Soybean Council Sweepstakes to Give Away the Ultimate Backyard BBQ

Source: Ohio Soybean Council

One lucky Ohioan will win the Ultimate Backyard BBQ for up to 24 of their family and friends as part of the Ohio Soybean Council’s “Get Grilling, Ohio” sweepstakes. The sweepstakes prize package includes everything needed to host a barbecue,including a grill, cooler, various cuts of meat and more.

07/17/2015

OABA Supports Grain Storage Bin Ruling

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) applauds the unanimous decision of the Ohio Supreme Court this week to affirm the Board of Tax Appeals’ (BTA) decision to classify grain storage bins as “business fixtures.”

07/17/2015

OABA Takes Part in D.C. Legislative Fly-In

OABA representatives discuss 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 2015 State Agribusiness D.C. Fly-In to discuss key agribusiness topics with national leaders.

07/17/2015

Washington Report for 7-20-15

By Steve Kopperud

House GM Labeling Bill Heads for Floor Action - Senate Approps Approves FY2016 Ag/FDA Spending Bill - Corn Farmers Rally in DC for Higher RFS; Hear McCarthy Explain WOTUS, RFS - House Passes Five-Month Highway Programs Extension; Senate Struggles - Senate Finance to Markup Tax Extenders Next Week - House Passes California Drought Bill despite White House Veto Threat - Monsanto Sets up Independent Science Review of IARC’s Glyphosate Findings - Yeutter Says “Closure is Hard” on Finalizing TPP Talks

07/15/2015

House Agriculture Committee approves H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Source: U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will standardize food labeling across the nation and provide accurate information to consumers.

07/14/2015

Star of the West Milling Co. Named Michigan Ag Exporter of the Year

Source: Feed & Grain Magazine

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently named Star of the West Milling Company as the 2015 Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year, recognizing the company for its international business expansion.

07/14/2015

Energy Loan Fund Application Update

Source: Ohio Development Services Agency

The application window for the Energy Loan Fund from the Ohio Development Services Agency opens July 15 for the 2016 fiscal year. The fund provides financing for energy efficiency and advanced energy projects.

07/14/2015

Registration for 2015 Bin Entry Tech Training Program Ends Aug. 1

Grain industry encouraged to sponsor local first responders to promote grain bin rescue education

Registration for the 2015 Bin Entry Tech Training Program is open until Aug. 1. Grain elevator companies are encouraged to sponsor local first responders and key grain personnel to provide training on grain bin rescue procedures.

07/13/2015

United Producers CEO Thanked for Leadership in Co-op Education

Source: United Producers, Inc.

Dennis Bolling, retiring CEO of United Producers, Inc., has been selected to receive the 2015 Reginald J. Cressman Award from the Association of Cooperative Educators. ACE recognizes leaders in cooperative sectors for demonstrating cooperative education excellence in programming, research, cooperative development and youth leadership.

07/13/2015

CropLife America Hires Dr. Nader M. Elkassabany as Senior Director of Environmental Policy

Source: CropLife America

Dr. Nader Elkassabany has joined CropLife America as senior director of environmental policy, responsible for developing and implementing regulatory policy strategies on environmental issues.

07/10/2015

Comments from the CEO

Chris Henney shares updates on your association

Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, provides insight into your organization and the agricultural industry.

07/10/2015

Wheat Woes: Vomitoxin Issues Cause for Diligent Testing

Source: Feed & Grain Magazine

Varied weather patterns are causing widespread problems to wheat production across the country, including the threat of vomitoxin for the second consecutive year.

07/10/2015

Washington Report for 7-13-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Ag/FDA FY2016 Spending Bill, Heavy with Policy Riders, Approved by Committee - House Environment Spending Bill Blocks EPA Rules; Pulled Off Floor over Confederate Flag Flap - Coalition Files Complaint against WOTUS - Ag Committee set up by State Attorneys General - Supreme Court Ruling on EPA CAA Rule Inspires Indiana Governor to Seek Other States to Act - DOJ Pleads Today to Toss States’ Suit on Obama Immigration Orders; Farm Workers Protest - Highway Bill Extension “Must-do” Before August, May Carry Tax Extenders - White House wants to Rewrite Biotech Regulation - USDA Sees Ramp Up of Avian Influenza in the Fall

07/09/2015

Register now for the Aug. 19 Golf for Scholarships Event in Sidney

Early registration rate is only available through July 31

Early registration is open for OABA’s Aug. 19 Golf for Scholarships event. Register now to support Ohio agricultural students.

07/09/2015

Registration is Open for the September 2 Grain Grading School

Registration is open for the Sept. 2 OABA Grain Grading School, which allows individuals to obtain or renew the Commodity Tester Certificate by the Sept. 30 deadline.

07/08/2015

EPA Maintains Rigorous Standards with Release of EDSP Tier 1 Results

Source: CropLife America

The EPA has released Tier 1 results for its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, which separates effective chemicals that benefit society from ones that should not be used near people.