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CLA Looks to EPA Administrator Pruitt to Increase Transparency, Predictablity

Source: CropLife America

The U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Administrator Pruitt has a long career serving the people of Oklahoma, most recently as its attorney general.


CLA Applauds the House Committee on Agriculture on Passage of Two Important Bills

Source: CropLife America

The House Committee on Agriculture has passed two bills that are integral to the pesticide stakeholders’ ability to operate in a highly regulated, yet predictable environment.


Join Us on St. Patrick's Day! Register Now for Bowling for Scholarships

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will host its annual Bowling for Scholarships event on March 17, 2017 at Timber Lanes in Maumee. Register now to support students enrolled in agriculture–related fields.


OABA Shares Key Agribusiness Issues at Annual Legislative Fly-In

Ohio AgriBusiness Association President and CEO Chris Henney joined more than 100 other state and national organizations in Washington, D.C. for the 2017 State Agribusiness D.C. Fly-In.


Ohio FFA Seeking Judges for State Proficiency Interviews

The Ohio FFA Association has begun the process of identifying the next round of national finalists and winners from Ohio. The association is seeking judges to participate in the final step of the evaluation process to help select state award winners.


Agland and Heritage Co-ops Will Merge

The members of Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative have voted to approve the merger between the two Ohio-based organizations, announced Feb. 13. The new co-op will carry the Heritage name.


February 2017 Policy Update

By Belinda Jones - OABA Government Relations Consultant

Get the latest information on legislation that could affect the agriculture industry, including the proposed operating budget for fiscal year 18-19, Senate Bills 2 and 36 and the composition of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees.


Registration Still Available for OABA Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshop in Crestline

Custar Location Currently Full

Seats are still available for the March 1 OABA Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshop in Crestline, Ohio. Register now to save your spot. Registration is full for March 2 in Custar, Ohio.


Register Today for 2017 OABA Legislative Reception

Join State Leaders in Framing the Future of Ohio Ag Policy

OABA members are invited to attend an important legislative event on March 14, which provides a great opportunity to discuss the impact and importance of Ohio’s agribusinesses with lawmakers. Please join us in representing and advocating for the agribusiness industry’s continued growth in Ohio.


Travel to Cuba with Ohio Trade Delegation in July

Ohio agribusiness leaders are invited to join a trade delegation traveling to Cuba in July. The Ohio delegation will include an agricultural focus, as well as business opportunities for Ohio companies in other sectors such as health care, higher education, infrastructure, energy and alternative energy and exports of manufactured and consumer goods.


NGFA, Food and Agriculture Groups, Ready to Work with President Trump on Expanding Asia-Pacific Trade

The National Grain and Feed Association, with a total of 87 organizations and companies from the food and agriculture sector, sent President Donald Trump a letter this week expressing eagerness to work with his administration to expand access to markets in the Asia-Pacific region.


Fifth Annual Industry Conference Frames the Future of Ohio Agriculture

More than 350 OABA members and industry professionals were on hand to engage in collaborative learning and networking at the organization’s fifth annual Industry Conference, Feb. 1-2 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest. The conference addressed key topics in today’s agriculture industry, such as nutrient management, policy and regulation updates, consumer perspectives, crisis preparation and more.


Just ‘Okay’ Isn’t Good Enough With Dicamba Cropping Systems

Source: CropLife

Crop protection product experts have a very simple message for custom applicators who plan to use the new dicamba herbicides in their operations for 2017 – follow the label, or else. Mark Hanna of Iowa State University spoke on the proper use of BASF's new Engenia herbicide during the 2017 OABA Industry Conference.


2017 Ohio Ag Hall of Fame Nominations Due March 15

Nominations for the Ohio Ag Hall of Fame are now open and forms are available online. The breakfast and induction ceremony will be Friday, August 4, 2017.


2017 OAC Scholarship Applications due February 28

The Ohio Agricultural Council is once again offering up to six $1,500 scholarships to assist students pursuing undergraduate and graduate level agricultural-related studies and to help promote agriculture and agribusiness as a growing field of career opportunities.


Registration Open for OABA Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold two Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops, March 1 in Crestline, Ohio and March 2 in Custar, Ohio.


Register Now for 2017 Bowling for Scholarships Event

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will host its annual Bowling for Scholarships event on March 17, 2017 at Timber Lanes in Maumee. Register now to support students enrolled in agriculture–related fields.


Soybeans Continue to Rival Corn Ahead of Planting

Source: Farm & Dairy

Brian Burke, consultant with John Stewart and Associates, provided an update on the eastern U.S. cash grain market to attendees at the 2017 OABA Industry Conference.


AGCO and Asmark Institute Collaborate to Offer Training for Beginning Custom Applicators

Launch event planned for June 12; first course to be held June 13

AGCO Corporation and the Asmark Institute are collaborating to offer a new training program dedicated to educating and developing custom applicators of crop protection products and plant nutrients. Each course will consist of 3 ½ days of training with the first course starting June 13. Before the first training, Asmark and AGCO will host a launch event on June 12.


Washington Report for 2-6-17

By: Steve Kopperud

Perdue Confirmation Looks to be Slam Dunk - White House Issues New Executive Order on Regulations - Trump Nominees and the Rocky Road to Confirmation - Ag Endorsements of Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice Emerge - Trump wants to Speed Up Talks; Hill, Industry Attention Turning to NAFTA Rewrite - Tax Reform Rhetoric Heats Up, Hatch Says Senate has Tax Plan - Clovis Named “Senior White House Advisor” at USDA


Preparing for Emergencies on the Farm

Source: Brownfield Ag News

Brownfield Ag News spoke with Ben Peetz of FCCI Insurance Group at the 2017 OABA Industry Conference about the need for farmers to be prepared for potential emergencies.


Update on Colorado State University Seed Technology Courses (Seed Analyst Training) and the Website

Source: Colorado State University

The Seed Technology Educational Program was established at Colorado State University in 1998 and is described by the Crop Science Society of America as a "nationally known educational training program.”


Register Now for Arlan Suderman's Market Outlook Webinar from INTL FCStone

Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist for INTL FCStone, hosts a Free Webinar every month following the USDA Crop Reports. The next webinar is February 9th at 2:00pm CST.


Seed Industry Announces New Palmer Amaranth Test

Source: American Seed Trade Association

In a recent survey, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) identified palmer amaranth (PA) as a very problematic weed in many parts of the country. To prevent PA from entering the professional seed supply, the native seed industry has been working closely with the scientific community on the development and validation of a rapid DNA test to identify PA.


Court Says Des Moines Water Works Cannot Win Damages in Farm Runoff Case

Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the three counties being sued by the Des Moines Water Works are immune from damage claims. This is a big victory for the agricultural community, as farm runoff in drainage districts continues to be exempted from liability under this ruling.