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Survey Looks to Improve Professional Development Opportunities for OABA Members

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is asking members to participate in a brief survey about its education and training opportunities. The purpose is to gain a greater understanding of your professional development needs so the association can better serve you.


OABA Launches New Website Design

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has unveiled its new design for the OABA website. The new look comes with an easier user interface for members and visitors.


Save the Date: AFIA Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference

The American Feed Industry Association will host its annual Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference in March. More than 450 buyers and sellers of feed and pet food ingredients will be in attendance for educational and networking events.


BIPAC Election Insight

Source: Business-Industry Political Action Committee

BIPAC Senior Vice President Bo Harmon provides insight on general election result scenarios.


The Andersons Purchased Six Grain Elevators and Four Farm Agronomy Centers in Michigan

Source: Ohio’s Country Journal

The Andersons, Inc. has announced its purchase of Auburn Bean and Grain, which includes six grain and four agronomy assets of the company located throughout north central Michigan.


Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: CHS Inc.

CHS Inc., a leading global agribusiness, is owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. CHS supplies energy, grain marketing services, food and food ingredients, crop nutrients and animal feed, in addition to business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services.


Ohio State’s Agricultural Fertilizer Program Helps Farmers Keep Phosphorus on Fields, Improve Water Quality

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

OSU CFAES is helping water quality improvement efforts through fertilizer applicator certification trainings. Since introduced last month, the program has trained 777 Ohio growers across the state.


Free Webinar for Watershed Organizations: Building Partnerships with Ag Retailers

Source: IPM Institute of North America

Watershed organization leaders and members are invited to participate in a free webinar to address resource management issues and learn more about building partnerships with ag retailers.


IPPE Launches Young Leaders "30 under 30" Program

The International Production and Processing Expo has launched its third annual “30 under 30” program. Open to members of the American Feed Industry Association or other IPPE partners, the program is designed to help young leaders in the industry in need of financial resources and also give them the opportunity to attend the Expo.


Washington Report for 10-27-14

By Steve Kopperud

Facilities Must Re-register Under Bioterrorism Act, FSMA by Dec. 31 or Face Shutdow - Lame Duck Agenda Emerging, Ebola Tops List - WOTUS Passes EPA Internal Review; Senators, Governors Assail Rule - Consumer Reports, Others Want Markets to Stop Selling Meat from Animals given Antibiotics - RFS Future Dictated by Supply, Cost Impacts, Politics: CBO - Second Lawsuit to Block Enlist Duo Filed - OSHA to Update Chemical Exposure Limits - USTR: All Options Considered in Wake of WTO Ruling on COOL - “Hope” Surrounds TTIP, TPP Trade Negotiations, but Roadblocks Remain


EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Four grants, totaling $8.6 million, will fund critical projects and ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie.


Ohio Environmental Quality Incentives Program Signup Period Ongoing

Source: IPM Institute of North America

The USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to farmers to implement practices to protect natural resources. Ohio farmers may submit applications to EQIP on an ongoing basis.


Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Update - Oct. 2014

Source: Ohio BWC

The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation provides advice for managing airborne dust, fumes and vapors in the workplace.


Free Webinar for Ag Retailers: Strip Tillage to Improve Nutrient Management and Economics

Source: IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America will host a free webinar Oct. 31 for ag retailers on fertilizer placement with strip tillage.


STB Order Directing Expanded Rail Service

The Surface Transportation Board announced on Oct. 8 it will require expanded public reporting of weekly rail service metrics, extending beyond agricultural products into Class I railroads.


Washington Report for 10-20-14

By Steve Kopperud

Ebola becomes “October Surprise;” Analysts Cautiously Expect GOP Congress - Rails Rally Customers to Fight STB Speed Rules; ASA Commissions Rail Delay Impact Analysis - EPA Registers ‘Enlist Duo’ with 2,4-D and Glyphosate, NRDC Sues Agency - GAO Says USDA Falls Short in Telling Farmers What it’s Doing, Cost-Benefit of Climate Change Actions - Petroleum Refiners Unite, Ask White House to keep RFS Low - USDA Sees Crop Production Even Higher


Talking Water Quality and Nutrient Management

Source: Brownfield News

Brownfield’s Dave Russell joined by experts to discuss water quality and nutrient management in Ohio. Listen to the full audio discussion.


OABA Winter Events – Save the Dates

Mark your calendars for Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2015 winter events.


EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate

Risk assessment ensures protection of human health, including infants, children

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed its risk assessment of Dow AgriSciences’s herbicide Enlist Duo. Approval to register the herbicide is coupled with new requirements on the registrant.


2015 4R Advocate Program and Nomination Form

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

Nomination forms for the 2015 4R Advocate Program are now available. The program recognizes growers applying the 4R principles and provides another opportunity to share the benefits of the nutrient stewardship program with retailers.


CropLife America Elects Board Leadership and Honors Award Recipients

Source: CropLife America

At its recent annual meeting, CropLife America announced election results for its board of directors and recognized exceptional member company employees, allies and staff.


First Three Facilities Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program

Agriculture taking measurable steps toward improving Lake Erie water quality

Less than a year after its launch, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced its first three agriculture nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. (Click the story title above to read the full article.)


Michigan Fertilizer Company to Reimburse Retail Partners for 4R Certification

Source: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers will reimburse qualifying retail partners for fees included in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program, as part of AgroLiquid’s Retail Partner 4R Certification Reimbursement Program. The program is open to nutrient service providers working in the Western Lake Erie Basin, including agricultural retailers, agricultural service providers and certified professionals.


Washington Report for 10-13-14

By Steve Kopperud

GOP Governors, AGs to EPA: Kill WOTUS Rule; ARA Slams Rule, Agency Extends Comment Period - STB Expands Weekly Shipment Reporting, Information Required to All Class 1 Rails - Highway Bill should be on Lame Duck Agenda: Boxer - Feed Ingredient Cleared by OIE as likely Key to PEDv Spread - Syngenta Sued by Farmers over GM Corn; Wants to Grow in China - Rural Electric Co-Ops Concerned about EPA Carbon Plan - Legal Setbacks as Courts Toss Nebraska Carbon Suit, States’ Challenge to CA Egg La - Ag Cooperatives Set Sales, Income Records - Consumer Reports Says “Natural,” “Non-GMO” Food Products Aren’t


OABA Signs Letter to Support S.B. 2777

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has joined with 37 state and national producer and agribusiness groups to sign a letter urging legislators to support Senate Bill 2777. The bill would reauthorize the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB), which is responsible for overseeing freight railroads.