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04/28/2016

CropLife Ambassador Network Seeking Agriculture Professionals to Speak to Classrooms

Source: Mid America CropLife Association

The CropLife Ambassador Network, a program of the Mid America CropLife Association, is seeking agriculture professionals to volunteer to speak to 4th through 6th grade classrooms about the role agriculture technology plays in providing an abundant, safe and economical food supply.

04/28/2016

OABA Signs Letter Supporting Proposed Revisions to the U.S. Grain Standards Act

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, along with 13 other agricultural organizations as well as the National Oilseed Processors and the U.S. Grains Council, signed a letter to support a series of recommendations to further improve the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Administration’s ability to provide reliable and cost-effective official inspection services.

04/27/2016

CAST Award Recognizes Dr. Kevin Folta for Excellence in Science Communication

Source: CropLife America

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology has announced that the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award will be given to Dr. Kevin Folta, chair of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

04/27/2016

Golf for Scholarships outing will be held on June 22

Register now to support Ohio agricultural students at the annual OABA Golf for Scholarships outing, to be held June 22 in Bellville, Ohio.

04/25/2016

AFIA Feed Industry Institute Update: Deadline Not to Miss

Source: American Feed Industry Association

Great savings are in store for early registrants of the American Feed Industry Association's Feed Industry Institute, June 13-16, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The early-bird registration prices end May 6.

04/25/2016

AgCredit Celebrates 100th Birthday with Canned Food Donations

Source: AgCredit

AgCredit’s branch offices recently held open houses to give members their patronage checks and celebrate the Farm Credit System’s 100th birthday.

04/24/2016

Washington Report for 4-25-16

By Steve Kopperud

High Court Hears Oral Arguments on Obama Immigration Orders; Ag Warns of Labor Shortages - FSMA Whistleblower Protection Rule Finalized by OSHA - House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2017 Ag/FDA Spending Bill, Future Uncertain - Senate Approves Energy Bill WOTUS Issue Stays with Federal Appeals Court; Senate Rejects Move to Block EPA Rule - EPA RFS/RVO Draft Rule at OMB for Review Vilsack Heads to G-7 to Talk TPP - EPA Billboard Row Moves to the House

04/21/2016

2016 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

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

04/21/2016

Ohio AgriBusiness Association Offers Wheat Testing Seminar in Findlay

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in conjunction with the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, will host a Wheat Testing Protocols & Standards seminar May 24 in Findlay, Ohio.

04/15/2016

Washington Report for 4-18-16

By Steve Kopperud

Senate Ag Panel Approves CFTC Reauthorization on Split Vote; Stabenow Says Bill Won’t Pass Senate - House Appropriators Cut Ag Spending, Increase Projects in Flat FY2017 Ag/FDA Spending Bill Approval; Energy-Water Package Increases Corps of Engineers Waterways Spending - Senate GM Labeling Battle to Go or Die - GAO Takes Issue with USDA Biotech Rules Rewrite - Canadian Pacific Walks Away from Effort to Take Over Norfolk Southern - Food Security Act Passes House - On-Farm Antibiotics Foes Target Food Retailers; Senators Target FDA over Alleged Farmer Misuse - Crop Chemical Notes

04/15/2016

Biotech/GM Crops Planted on Two Billion Hectares from 1996 to 2015

Source: GMO Answers

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report detailing the adoption of biotech crops, showcasing the global increase in biotech hectarage from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 179.7 million hectares in 2015.

04/15/2016

Fertilizerjobs.com Study and Portal Showcases Value and Impact of the U.S. Fertilizer Industry

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

The Fertilizer Institute has released a first-of-its-kind report and web portal known as “Fertilizer Jobs,” which showcases the value and impact of the fertilizer industry to the U.S. economy on national, state and congressional district levels.

04/13/2016

“Verified Gross Mass” Ocean Container Shipping Requirements

A new mandate requiring a “verified gross mass” for shipping containers prior to loading aboard a containership goes into effect.

04/13/2016

OABA Grain Grading School to be Held June 1

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is providing commodity testers the opportunity to obtain or renew their certification through an ODA-approved Grain Grading School on June 1. The session will train participants in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment.

04/12/2016

Fertilizerjobs.com Study and Portal Showcases Value and Impact of the U.S. Fertilizer Industry

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

The Fertilizer Institute has released a first-of-its-kind report and web portal known as “Fertilizer Jobs,” which showcases the value and impact of the fertilizer industry to the U.S. economy on national, state and congressional district levels.

04/08/2016

Washington Report for 4-11-16

By Steve Kopperud

FDA Publishes Final FSMA “Sanitary Transportation” Rule for Food, Feed - Obama Announcement on U.S. Corporate “Tax Inversion” Trumps Ways & Means Hearings on Reform - Senate GE Labeling Solution No Closer - Roberts Sets Senate Ag CFTC Reauthorization Markup without Stabenow’s Backing - Lockage Fee Proposal Threatens Waterways Bill - USDA Announces Program to Help Farmers with Food Safety - Washington State Billboard Campaign on Waterway Pollution Called “Anti-Farmer” by Roberts, Inhofe - Bayer, EPA Face Off over Flubendiamide Next Month - Canada Says 2, 4-D Uses OK - Dr. Jack Shere Named USDA Chief Vet, APHIS Deputy Administrator - Political Notes

04/08/2016

OABA Welcomes New Members

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association would like to welcome new members for 2015-2016.

04/08/2016

ODA Launches 2016 “AG is Cool!” Creative Expressions Contest

Source: The Ohio Department of Agriculture

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has announced it will begin accepting entries for the 2016 “Agriculture is Cool!” Creative Expressions contest.

04/05/2016

Are You New to the Feed Industry?

Source: The American Feed Industry Association

The American Feed Industry Association's Feed Industry Institute is a one-stop-shop for first-time employees of animal and pet food companies, and will be held June 13-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

04/05/2016

Trupointe Cooperative, Inc. Announces Retirement of COO, Gordon Wallace

Source: Trupointe Cooperative, Inc

Vice President and COO of Trupointe Cooperative, Inc., Gordon Wallace, will retire Aug. 31 after 42 years in the agricultural industry.

04/04/2016

Taking Applications Now for New Western Lake Erie Basin Initiative

Source: United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced a new three-year initiative this week to provide accelerated conservation assistance for agricultural producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin, which includes land in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

04/04/2016

USDA Study Reveals 4R Practices Showing Results in Western Lake Erie Basin

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

The Fertilizer Institute provided an overview of a USDA study sharing that voluntary adoption and use of conservation practices, including the 4Rs, is showing results in the Western Lake Erie Basin. TFI also recognized Ohio farmers and their retailer as 4R Advocates.

04/01/2016

Washington Report for 4-4-16

By Steve Kopperud

USDA Reports Show 6% Higher Corn Plantings, Stocks up Slightly - Vilsack Continues Push for GM Label Disclosure - Obama Antibiotic Resistance Advisory Council OKs Report, Supports FDA, Need for Federal Dollars - International Pressure to Approve TPP Increasing; USDA Promotes T-TIP - Supreme Court Hears Wetlands Case; WOTUS likely Impacted - EPA in Action - Biofuel Recap - Political Takes

03/31/2016

Heritage Cooperative Facilities in Sycamore and Upper Sandusky, Ohio Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

Source: 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that Heritage Cooperative’s facilities located in Sycamore and Upper Sandusky, Ohio have been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.

03/30/2016

150 Air-mile Radius Hours of Service Rules Exemption for Feed Companies

Source: American Feed Industry Association

The American Feed Industry Association provided an issue advisory in early February summarizing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices by all drivers currently required to complete paper records of duty status (logs).