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07/02/2015

ARA Accepting Retailer of the Year Nominations

Online entry forms due July 13

The Agricultural Retailers Association is accepting nominations for the Agricultural Retailer of the Year Award. The award honors retailers who consistently exceed their customers’ expectations and set an example through sustainable and innovative business practices.

07/01/2015

Updated: Workshops Scheduled for CCAs who Provide Agronomic Services to Producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin

Ohio workshop scheduled for Aug. 13

Workshops are scheduled for Certified Crop Advisers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to provide an overview of the Phosphorus Runoff Reduction Project and train CCAs in helping producers develop nutrient management plans.

06/29/2015

George D. Secor Appointed to the Ohio Agricultural Commodity Advisory Commission

George D. Secor, of Sunrise Cooperative, Inc., has been appointed to the Ohio Agricultural Commodity Advisory Commission. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association congratulates George on this opportunity to provide further leadership to Ohio’s grain industry.

06/26/2015

Workshops Scheduled for CCAs who Provide Agronomic Services to Producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin

Ohio workshop scheduled for Aug. 13

Workshops are scheduled for Certified Crop Advisers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to provide an overview of the Phosphorus Runoff Reduction Project and train CCAs in helping producers develop nutrient management plans.

06/26/2015

OABA Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships Outing Recap

Register for Aug. 19 outing by July 31 for early registration discount

This year’s Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust Golf for Scholarship early scramble on June 24 was a huge success, with more than 110 golfers coming together at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville to support the Educational Trust scholarship fund.

06/26/2015

Washington Report for 6-29-15

By Steve Kopperud

Congress Approves TPA, TAA; Obama to Sign - House Spending Action on RFS Expected, Kasich Says Make Ethanol Supports Go Away - One More Time – Senate Introduces Bill to Undo Duplicative EPA Permit Process - WHO Continues Chemical Reviews, says 2,4-D “Possible Carcinogen” - Tax Writers Struggle with Highway Funding; Hatch, Ryan Still Far Apart - Senate Holds Repeal Hearing, Stabenow Tries for Voluntary COOL - Senate Approves STB Reauthorization - Groups Want Tighter GM Crop Regulation - House Approves State Opt-Out on EPA Power Plant GHG Rules - Bonus Depreciation Bill Introduced by Roberts - Drought-Relief Bill Introduced by House GOP - New Republican Rep. Tent Kelly Joins House Ag Committee

06/25/2015

IARC Classifies Herbicide 2,4-D as “Possibly Carcinogenic”

Classification also used for coffee, aloe vera and pickled vegetables

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently announced its decision to classify the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid as possibly carcinogenic. The chemical is a key ingredient in many widely used herbicides, including a new formula created by Dow AgroSciences.

06/24/2015

ODPA to Hold Dairy Farmer Educational Meetings for New Manure Application Laws

Ag retailers encouraged to attend along with dairy customers

With the passage of Senate Bill 1, farmers in the Western Lake Erie Watershed will have to change the way manure is handled by July 3. To help dairy operations in the area navigate the new law, the Ohio Dairy Producers Association will hold five farmer education meetings across the impacted area.

06/23/2015

OABA Signs Joint Statement to Surface Transportation Board

Discussion continues on STB grain rail rate proceedings

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has joined with 18 agricultural organizations to sign the National Grain and Feed Association’s joint statement to the federal Surface Transportation Board. The document was signed as part of the NGFA’s proposal to the June 10 public hearing examining ways to improve the agency’s procedures for challenging unreasonable grain rail rates.

06/23/2015

OABA Members Invited to Attend Agricultural Transportation Summit

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members are invited to attend the Agricultural Transportation Summit Aug. 4-5 in Chicago. The year’s conference is focused on overcoming capacity challenges across transportation systems - rail, waterways, ports and highways.

06/19/2015

Washington Report for 6-22-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Passes TPA Again; TAA to go Next Week - House Ag/FDA, EPA Spending Bills Full of Policy Riders - EPA Spending - Senate GOP Bill Targeting Corn Ethanol RFS Introduced, RFS Battles Continue - Pompeo GM Labeling Bill Changes as Subcommittee Reviews Need - DOT Heavy Truck Study Draws Fire, Praise - Hatch, Ryan Still Far Apart on How to Fund Highway Programs - Federal Tax Extender Action in July? - Canada, Mexico Apply to WTO for Retaliatory Tariffs

06/19/2015

FLM+ Adds Three Team Members

FLM+, a hybrid strategic consulting, marketing and communications company, has added three new team members to their Minneapolis and Columbus locations.

06/18/2015

AFIA's FDA Inspection Webinar Available for Purchase

The American Feed Industry Association's "Preparing for FDA: Before, During and After an Inspection" webinar is now available for purchase. The seminar discusses what facility managers need to know about inspections, including requests for information and what forms are needed.

06/17/2015

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. Members are able to select one sponsorship level and receive promotional opportunities at all Educational Trust events throughout the calendar year.

06/16/2015

You're Invited: New NRCS Program Conference Call

New opportunity for retail fertilizer branch managers and CCAs that provide services in the WLEB

You are invited to join us on a conference call to learn about the recently funded Regional Conservation Partnership Project focused on assisting producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin and becoming eligible for cost-share to reduce phosphorus runoff.

06/15/2015

Save the Date for AFIA Regulatory Training Seminar

The American Feed Industry Association is offering its Regulatory Training Seminar Dec. 9-10. The seminar is an opportunity for professionals in the feed, ingredient and pet food industries to join together to develop and enhance skills needed to handle industry regulations.

06/12/2015

OABA and OSU Extension to Host FSR Agronomy College

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and Ohio State Extension will partner to hold the Farm Science Review Agronomy College on Sept. 15. The event is designed to educate agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers and custom applicators on current agronomy issues.

06/12/2015

Washington Report for 6-15-15

By Steve Kopperud

House Vote on TPA to be Squeaker - Congress Continues WOTUS Squeeze Play - White House Antibiotics Forum Attendees Demand White House Repeal Policy Statement - CFTC Reauthorization Approved by House; Roberts, Heitkamp Drop Senate Bill - House Passes Grain Standards Act - House Repeals COOL for Meats - PORTS Bill Introduced in the Senate

06/11/2015

National Pollinator Garden Network Launches Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Source: American Seed Trade Association

Dozens of conservation and gardening organizations have joined together to form the National Pollinator Garden Network. The new collaboration has launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an initiative designed to reverse the decline of pollinating insects.

06/10/2015

OABA Offers One-Time Sponsorship Opportunity Through Sustaining Sponsorship Program

One check provides a whole year of promotional opportunities

Through Ohio AgriBuisness Association’s Sustaining Sponsorship Program, OABA members can write one check for OABA event sponsorships, saving the time and hassle of obtaining approval for multiple contributions throughout the year. Members are able to select one Sustaining Sponsorship level and receive promotional opportunities at all OABA events throughout the calendar year.

06/05/2015

Washington Report for 6-8-15

By Steve Kopperud

FDA Releases Final VFD Rule on Feed Antibiotic Use; AFIA Sees Problems - White House Holds Antibiotics Summit; Confuses Progress Already Made - NAMI, AFIA Take on Fed Meat Purchasing, White House Policy on Hormone, Antibiotic-Free Meat - TPA-Are the House Votes There? Depends on Whom You Ask - CFTC Reauthorization Headed to Floor Next Week; NGFA, AFIA Support Approval - RFS Numbers Continue to Get Push-Back - House Committee Approves TSCA Bill - WHO Continuing Pesticide Reviews Unnerve Industry - New Seven-Month Highway Funding Extension Proposed in Senate - Ag Exports to Fall to Lowest Level since 2012: USDA

06/04/2015

Registration Now Open for 2015 Ag Transportation Summit

Registration is now open for the 2015 Ag Transportation Summit Aug. 4-5 in Rosemont, Illinois.

06/04/2015

AFIA's Liquid Feed Symposium Heads to Minneapolis

Registration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association's 45th annual Liquid Feed Symposium, Sept. 15-17, in Minneapolis, Minn. This year's meeting, themed "Northern Lights on Nutrition," highlights the value of liquid supplements on beef and dairy production.

06/03/2015

Two Weeks Left to Register for the Golf for Scholarships Outing on June 24

Don’t miss your opportunity to receive the early registration discount for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust’s Golf for Scholarships outing on June 24!