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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.

12/19/2014

Federal Judge Blocks Maui GMO Ban

Source: Ohio’s Country Journal

A federal judge in Maui County ruled against the implementation of a new law that would ban the use of genetically modified crops. The ballot initiative was approved by voters in November and was expected to go into effect after election results were verified.

12/19/2014

OABA Attends CFAES Fall Scholarship Dinner

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences honored students receiving agricultural scholarships during its Fall Scholarship Dinner during OSU’s Homecoming Reunion Weekend.

12/19/2014

OABA Submits Comments on FDA's Proposed Requirements for Animal Feed and Pet Food

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule that would establish current good manufacturing practices and requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for animal feed and pet food.

12/19/2014

Washington Report for 12-22-14

By Steve Kopperud

Senate Approves Tax Extenders Package, Casts Last Vote of 113th Congress - President Obama Moves to Normalize Diplomatic Relations with Cuba, Expand U.S. Trade - Obama Asked to Name Federal Mediator in West Coast Port Talks - NLRB Finalizes Controversial Union Election Rule; House Vows to Block, Business May Sue - More Fun Stuff in the “Cromnibus” - GOP Names New Senate Committee Members; Ag Gets Four Freshman - RFS “Reform Options” Menu Released by Bipartisan Policy Center - Four House Members Jump Start Highway Bill Push - AFIA Tells FDA Again: FSMA Costs Trump Benefits - Viptera Corn Approved by Chinese - 18 Food Groups Create “Back to Balance Coalition” for “Practical Nutrition”

12/15/2014

Farmers, Retailers Attend 4R Certification 4U Workshop

More than 160 farmers and agricultural retailers located in the Western Lake Erie Basin attended the “4R Certification 4U” workshop in Perrysburg, Ohio to learn more about the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship, water quality research in the area and cost-sharing opportunities.

12/15/2014

Department of Agriculture Suspends Operations at Schwan Grain, Inc.

Farmers owed for deposits should contact agency to file claim

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has suspended the grain license of Schwan Grain, Inc. following a complaint received Dec. 5. Agency examiners have determined that Schwan Grain holds liabilities significantly higher than its available assets.

12/15/2014

StewardshipFirst – Mini-Bulk Recycling: TPSA Tool Makes It Easier

Source: CropLife America

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) has launched a “one stop” website, providing the ins and outs of recycling mini-bulk agriculture chemical containers. TPSA launched the site to provide information on the patchwork of mini-bulk containers recycling programs across the country.

12/15/2014

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.

12/12/2014

Washington Report for 12-15-14

By Steve Kopperud

House Passes FY2015 Omnibus Narrowly; Senate Expected to Follow - What Other Goodies are in the “Cromnibus?” - OSHA Drops Dust Rule - Conaway Names New GOP Members, Reorganizes House Ag Committee - Seven More Governors Join Lawsuit over Obama Immigration Order; Texas Wants to be Paid for Costs - House Lawmakers at Hearing Frustrated with EPA and RFS - USDA Sees Higher Corn, Soybean Demand - House Subcommittee Skeptical of GM Food, Feed Labeling - House Passes California Drought Bill; Obama Pledges Veto

12/11/2014

Reminder: Ohio AgriBusiness Association to Hold Third Annual 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.

12/11/2014

Reminder: Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program Accepting Nominations for 2015 Ohio CCA of the Year Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award. The award recognizes an individual who delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, crop production and more. The winner will be recognized at the 2015 Conservation Tillage Conference next March.

12/11/2014

Reminder: Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training Seminar

The Certified Crop Adviser Exam Training Session will be offered on Jan. 14-15, 2015 at the Shelby County Extension Office.

12/05/2014

Tri-State Environmental Quality Incentives Program Signup Period Announced

Source: IPM Institute of North America

Applications are available for the USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides financial and technical assistance to farmers to implement a wide variety of practices designed to improve resource management.

12/05/2014

Website Created to Encourage Member Engagement With Congress Members

Source: Bayer Crop Science

Bayer Crop Science has created an online portal to encourage growers, applicators and other interested parties to learn more about pest management techniques and send letters to their members of Congress.

12/05/2014

Government of Ontario Releases Discussion Papers on Bee Health and Neonics

Source: CropLife America

The Government of Ontario has released plans to reduce acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed. If approved, new rules on the use of neonicotinoids will be in place in time for the 2016 planting season.

12/05/2014

Washington Report for 12-8-14

By Steve Kopperud

House Votes to Block Obama Immigration Executive Order; 17 Governors Sue - It’s Down to Immigration, Taxes and Spending as Congress Races to Adjourn Next Week - Senate Majority to be Finalized by December 4 Louisiana Runoff Election - EPA Proposes C02/Ozone Standard, Political Battle Lines Drawn - Anti-GMOers Rally as House Energy & Commerce Committee Subpanel Hearing Looms on Labels, FDA - House Passes Bill with Barge Tax Increase - Stabenow Gives Massad a last Forum for Seeking More CFTC Funding - Congress Moving on California Drought Bill, but Outcome Unclear

12/04/2014

People to Know: David Barrett Jr.

Source: Columbus Business First

Get to know Ohio AgriBusiness Association board member David Barrett Jr.

12/04/2014

Trupointe, Cargill Plan Indiana Ag Joint Venture

Trupointe Cooperative, Inc., and Cargill, Inc., have signed a letter of intent to create a joint venture with their facilities located in Milford, Bremen and La Paz, Indiana. The joint venture – to be named TruHorizons – includes construction of a $30 million grain elevator in Milford to be completed by harvest of 2016.

12/03/2014

Amended Nutrient Bill Contains Many OABA-Recommended Changes

HB 490 now “more palatable law” says OABA President

House Bill 490, an agriculture and environmental mid-biennium review (MBR) bill, is nearing completion in Ohio’s General Assembly. The bill includes proposed legislation aimed at curbing agriculture nutrient runoff to improve Lake Erie’s water quality. Ohio AgriBusiness Association staff have been monitoring the bill, engaging lawmakers and providing input to help form its final shape.

12/03/2014

CropLife America Hires Dr. Janet Collins as Senior Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs

Source: CropLife America

Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America, announced that Dr. Janet E. Collins will join CLA as senior vice president of science and regulatory affairs, effective Jan. 5, 2015. Dr. Collins brings 25-plus years of professional experience and leadership in regulatory affairs and nutrition science to her new role.

12/01/2014

Registration Open for OABA Grain Operations Training Course

Jan. 14 in Greenville; Feb. 11 in Defiance; and March 18 in Mansfield

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association Grain Operations Training Course is a series of three day-long classes designed to provide quality, hands-on training for individuals whose primary responsibilities are in grain operations.

11/21/2014

House Subcommittee Hearing on Cyanotoxins and Harmful Algal Blooms

On Nov. 19, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing entitled "Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water." Witnesses addressed the steps being taken in Ohio agriculture related to nutrient runoff.

11/21/2014

Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Training Seminar

The Certified Crop Adviser Exam Training Session will be offered on Jan. 14-15, 2015 at the Shelby County Extension Office.