Chris' Corner

Hello and welcome to Chris’ Corner! My vision for this area of our website is to share insights and information that spans the political and policy spectrum - especially as it relates to the agribusiness industry. 

- Chris Henney, CAE - OABA President & CEO

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OABA Submits Testimony to Ohio Senate and House Supporting Ag-LINK


The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has submitted testimony to the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives supporting the effort to modernize and improve the Ag-LINK program.

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Gov. DeWine Releases Second Annual H2Ohio Report


Governor DeWine's office is pleased to release the second annual H2Ohio report, which outlines what projects were undertaken in year two of the program. The work is performed through the Ohio Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative to encourage producers to enroll in H2Ohio and implement conservation practices—Best Management Practices—on their fields.

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OABA Signs Letter to Ohio's Congressional Delegation Regarding Proposed Tax Changes


The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 20 other state associations and organizations, signed a letter to Ohio's Congressional Delegation urging opposition to corporate tax increases and support for continued use of stepped-up basis. 

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OABA Signs Letter to Congress Regarding Tax Policies


The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 325 state and national organizations, signed a letter to Congress regarding the need to preserve critical tax policies like stepped-up basis, like-kind exchanges, the Sec. 199A small business deduction, and current estate tax code provisions. 

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OABA Signs Letter Requesting Comment Period Extension for WOTUS


The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 25 state and national agricultural organizations, have signed a letter to the U.S. EPA and the Department of the Army requesting an extension on the comment period for their plans to revise the definition of the term “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. 

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OABA Commends Senate for Passing Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill


The Ohio AgriBusiness Association applauds Senate lawmakers for passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, providing needed investments to modernize U.S. infrastructure.

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Thanks to Treasurer Robert Sprague - Supporter of Ohio Ag


It was wonderful to see Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague at the GEAPS Exchange today in Columbus. The treasurer is a strong supporter of Ohio agriculture. I appreciate the time he shared with us at the trade show today learning more about our industry.

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OABA Signs Letter Supporting Surface Transportation Board Nominee


The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with 50 state and national agricultural associations, signed a letter in support of Karen Hedlund, nominee for the Surface Transportation Board. 

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Gov. Mike DeWine Signs Ohio’s Budget Bill – What is in It for Ag?


In the early hours of the morning on July 1, Gov. Mike DeWine signed Ohio’s Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023 budget bill, also known as Am. Sub. House Bill 110. July 1 marks the beginning of the state’s new fiscal year. Chris Henney explores the impact of the budget on Ohio agriculture.

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OABA Signs Letter to Congress on Surface Transportation


The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with 60 state and national agricultural associations, signed a letter to the U.S. Congress regarding surface transportation. The next surface transportation bill is an opportunity to enact policies that foster a more environmentally responsible, productive, and economically viable freight transportation system to keep America’s agricultural and manufacturing industries competitive in the world market.

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OABA Participates in ARA Virtual D.C. Fly-In


March 1-4, the Ohio AgriBusiness Association connected virtually with legislators during the Agricultural Retailers Association D.C. Fly-In. During the visits, the group shared several key issues impacting Ohio agribusinesses. Among other topics, conversations focused on transportation infrastructure and regulation reform.

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OABA Submits Testimony in Support of Rural Broadband


Chris Henney recently provided testimony supporting rural broadband to the Ohio House Finance Committee and Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee. House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 8, if passed, would incentive further broadband deployment to underserved areas of the state.

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Ohio’s State Budget Process and It's Impact on Ohio Agriculture


On Monday, February 1st Governor DeWine debuted his proposal for the Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023 budget for the state of Ohio, launching a process that will culminate with a state budget signed by the Governor by July 1, 2021. So, what does the budget process have to do with Ohio’s agribusinesses? Chris Henney lays out the process for members.

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OABA Calls on Membership to Comment on Atrazine Registration Review


Submit Comments by February 19

OABA is calling on its members to submit comments to the EPA regarding Atrazine’s registration review. The comment period is open until February 19th. 

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