Ohio Soybean Association President's Message
As you all well know, harvest is progressing nicely around the state of Ohio. The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) Yield and Quality Contest results are trickling in with some good yield numbers from across the state.
While harvest is winding down, now is the time to register for the 2013 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium. Come hear from nationally known speakers on the latest issues and trends affecting Ohio agriculture. There will also be a lunch session to enjoy some conversation with farmers from around the state. The event will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio and a full agenda can be found inside this newsletter. One topic that will be discussed at this year’s symposium is Senate Bill 150. OSA has remained proactive about this issue of water quality and continues to represent Ohio farmers at the state and national level.
OSA recently testified as an interested party to Senate Bill 150, which would potentially require one farmer per farm operation to be certified to apply fertilizer. OSA reinforced that the algal blooms on numerous lakes across Ohio show there are still questions to answer regarding water quality before any regulation is required. OSA is partnering with other agricultural organizations in the state. The Ohio Soybean Council, our sister organization, is investing in water quality research led by The Ohio State University. This ongoing research will help determine how phosphorus in the dissolved state is leaving the farm field. OSA will keep you posted on any updates or changes in the future.
I hope to see all of you at the Symposium!
Auglaize County soybean farmer