Ohio Soybean Association President's Message
Hello spring! Farmers are making progress as we continue into the 2013 planting season. While planting is on everyone’s mind, I hope you will consider entering the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) Soybean Yield and Quality Contest by August 31, 2013. Entrants can choose to enter one or more of four categories including conventional tillage, no-till, non-GMO soybeans conventional tillage and non-GMO soybeans no-till. As a reminder, please sign up for both the yield and quality contests which can be completed with one entry.
In last month’s issue of the Leader Letter, I reminded you about the new program OSA launched in partnership with Beck’s Hybrids. The third quarter applications are due August 1, 2013. Young leaders selected may be chosen to attend OSA and Beck’s Hybrids leadership training programs, board meeting or other relevant activities. Recognizing young Ohio leaders is vital to the continued success of the Ohio soybean industry.
As we get crops planted, I would also like to encourage all of you who have been working hard over the years implementing soil conservation practices on your farm to apply for the 2013 American Soybean Association Conservation Legacy Award. The program is open to all U.S. soybean farmers and winners from three regions will receive an expense-paid trip for two to the 2014 Commodity Classic Feb. 27–March 1, in San Antonio. Submissions are due by Aug. 5 and if you would like a brochure or online application you can visit www.SoyGrowers.com/clap.
The Senate and House Agriculture Committees are scheduled to start crafting a new farm bill this month. See page 5 for an insightful look into some overarching considerations on the U.S. crop safety net policy and the current farm bill debate.
Have a safe planting season.
Auglaize County soybean farmer