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Webinar: Automating Your Employee Benefit Compliance Program

Last year, the Department of Labor closed the audits on almost 4,000 employers with a 70 percent failure rate and an average penalty of $400,000. To help businesses, Accelerated Benefits will be offering a webinar June 2 on Automating Your Employee Benefit Compliance Program.


Honeywell and Nutrients for Life Foundation Tour Four Columbus-Area Schools to Support Agricultural Education

As part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions initiative, OABA Director of Communication & Member Education Margo Long worked with the Nutrients for Life Foundation to teach students about the importance of responsible soil and fertilizer use in feeding a growing population.


Registration is open for the 4R Summit!

Register NOW! The annual 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit will be held June 15-16 in Indianapolis.


Grain Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training Offered for Grain Professionals and First Responders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in partnership with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and the Safety and Technical Rescue Association, will offer its 2016 Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training program for firefighters, first responders and grain personnel Aug. 23-26 in Sidney, Ohio.


ASTA Statement on NAS GE Report

Source: American Seed Trade Association

American Seed Trade Association President & CEO Andrew LaVigne made a statement regarding the National Academy of Sciences report reinforcing that genetically engineered crops are safe.


Department of Labor Announces New Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its final overtime rule, which will increase the overtime exemption threshold for executive, administrative and professional employees.


Washington Report for 5-23-16

By Steve Kopperud

Administration Publishes Final Overtime Rule; 4.2 Million More Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay - EPA Releases Proposed 2017 RFS/RVO Mandates - RFS, Biodiesel Tax Credits Get House Attention - GE Labeling Compromise Evolving; NAS Study Says GE Crops Safe - OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting Rule Finalized; Agency to Post Injury, Illness Reports to Website - Ag Big Winner in TPP: ITC - EPA Circumventing Court Stay on Clean Power Plan: Upton - Senate Approps Committee Approves Ag/FDA 2017 Spending Bill - House Food Waste Bill Introduced, Conaway ‘Open’ to Review - NRDC Petitions EPA on Enlist Duo; Sues over Document Release


Register now for the 2016 ARA Crisis Communications & Media Training Program

Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

The Agricultural Retailers Association will host a Crisis Communications & Media Training Program July 26 -28 in Louisville.


Asmark Retailers Live! Tour Provides Retailer Overview to OABA Staff Member

Andrew Allman, OABA director of business operations, recently had the opportunity to join the Asmark Institute and other agriculture professionals for the Asmark Retailers Live! Tour.


Nutrients for Life Foundation and The Fertilizer Institute Unveil the 4R Reader

Source: Nutrients for Life Foundation and The Fertilizer Institute

The Fertilizer Institute and the Nutrients for Life Foundation are joining forces to teach students about nutrient stewardship and soil science.


OABA Office Closed on 5/30

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 31.


“Amseed” is Now “BetterSeed”

Source: American Seed Trade Association

The new ASTA website offers improved user experience and is the go-to source for all information related to the research, development and movement of quality seed to meet the world's demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel.


Deadly West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was 'Criminal Act': Feds

Source: Erik Ortiz, NBC News

A 2013 fertilizer plant blast in Texas that killed 15 people and wiped out hundreds of homes was caused by a "criminal act," federal officials said.


The Andersons Facilities in Fostoria and Gibsonburg, Ohio Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that The Andersons, Inc.’s facilities in Fostoria and Gibsonburg, Ohio have been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.


OSHA Issues New Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements and Creates a New Cause of Action for Employees

Source: Melissa A. Bailey and Shontell Powell; Ogletree Deakins

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has amended its recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR Part 1904, to require many employers to submit OSHA 300 Logs, OSHA 301 forms and OSHA 300A summaries to the agency electronically.


Grain Merchandiser Risk Academy to Help New Grain and Feed Merchandising Professionals

Source: INTL FCStone

INTL FCStone will offer an interactive, three-day “pure education” Grain Merchandiser Risk Academy to introduce and educate new merchandisers about their role in today’s changing and challenging markets.


Washington Report for 5-16-16

By Steve Kopperud

Bayer, Monsanto Said to be in Talks - Federal Appeals Court Consolidates WOTUS Cases for “Timely Resolution” - Record Corn Crop Predicted on Increased Plantings; Soybeans, Wheat Crops Lower: USDA - All Strangely Quiet on GM Food Labeling Front; Seems Consumers Don’t Care that Much - HSUS Announces “National Agriculture Advisory Council” with Eight Farmers - House Subcommittee Marks Up Bill to Block EPA Ozone Rule- FDA Revamps Antibiotic Reporting Requirements, Industry Not Pleased - H-2A Visa Process “Streamlined” - Grassley Wants Federal Ban on Packer Livestock Ownership - West Fertilizer Fire Deliberately Set Say Feds -EPA Allows Nine More States to Use Sulfoxaflor on Sorghum - For 10 Points, Name the National Mammal!


OABA Welcomes Nicole Wallace as Student Intern

Nicole Wallace has joined the Ohio AgriBusiness Association staff as a student intern.


Ohio Farm Bureau Names Sharp Executive Vice President

Source: Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Board of Trustees has named Adam Sharp the organization’s new executive vice president effective July 18.


Dr. Lonnie J. King Appointed Acting Dean of College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences

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

Dr. Lonnie J. King will step in as acting dean and vice president for agricultural administration for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.


Washington Report for 5-9-16

By Steve Kopperud

EPA “Final” Report says Glyphosate Unlikely Carcinogen; Agency Reverses, Says it’s Still Reviewing - USDA Reports CRP Acreage; Vilsack Wants Higher Enrollment - Officials Scurry to Deny T-TIP Negatives, Undercut Greenpeace Leak - Obama Warns on TPP: China will Replace U.S. as Lead in Asia Trade without Treaty Approval - AFIA Urges Industry to Let FDA Know about “Natural” Definition for Human Food - Missouri House Member wants VFD Regs “Repealed” - Lawmaker Seeks to Kill Advanced Biofuels Blenders’ Tax Credit - “Divorcing Political Fiction from Scientific Facts,” White Paper Shows Livestock GHG Share Small


Reminder: Wheat Videos available for OABA members to share with customers

With the weather heating up and wheat harvest approaching, Ohio AgriBusiness Association reminds its members that a series of videos are available to learn and share about wheat issues in the state.


Cullman named President/CEO of Farm Foundation, NFP

Source: Farm Foundation

Constance Cullman has been named the new president and CEO of Farm Foundation, NFP and president of Farm Foundation.


OABA Educational Trust Sponsorship Program Offers Whole Year of Sponsorship Opportunity

Through Ohio AgriBuisness Association’s Educational Trust Sponsorship program, OABA members can write one check for the year, saving the time and hassle of obtaining approval for multiple contributions throughout the year.


Washington Report for 5-2-16

By Steve Kopperud

EPA Regs, FSMA, Immigration Contributing to On-Farm Production Cost Rise - Senate EPW Committee Approves WRDA Bill in Record Markup - All Ag Eyes on Trade; Most Push for TPP, NFU Opposes Deal as Empty Promise - T-TIP in Trouble as EU says No Deal on Obama Terms; Skepticism Abounds, Senators Urge Vigilance - GE Food Labeling Talks Make Good Progress: Roberts - House Passes American Competitiveness Act 415-2, Defend Trade Secrets Act 410-2 - Roberts Takes Issue with Organic Animal Welfare Rule - Iowa Senate Approves Resolution on Federal Support for RFS - Draft Risk Assessments on Five Pesticides Show Challenges