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News from Washington: December 2-6

2020 Democrats Struggle with Rural Voters - Last-Minute Demands Complicate USMCA Deal - USDA Opens Conservation Program Signups - Taking Stock of Trump’s Trade Aid - SNAP Crackdown Could Tear A Hole In Recession Safety Net - WTO Averts Budget Crisis, But Still Headed For Paralysis - The Year-End Agenda for Ag And Trade - Japan Trade Deal Cleared FOR 2020 Launch - Trade Aid Keeping Farm Income Afloat - Sneak Preview of U.S.-U.K. Trade Talks? - How Pork Could Cut the Trade Deficit With China - Biofuels Rule on Ice Until Winter - Organic Hemp Production on The Rise


OAC to Recognize Outstanding Individuals in Agriculture

The Ohio Agricultural Council is accepting applications for two opportunities to recognize outstanding individuals in agriculture: the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame and the OAC scholarship program.


Registration Open for NGFA-KSU PCQI Training - Feb. 18-20, 2020

Registration is now open for the NGFA-KSU FSMA training course scheduled for Feb. 18-20, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. This course is targeted for businesses that need to comply with FDA’s rule for Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. 


RISE Announces New President

The Governing Board of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Provost as the association’s new President. Provost brings a strong background in national-level pesticide industry advocacy and non-profit leadership to the role.


Ohio Pork Council Names Melissa Bell Interim Executive Vice-President

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to name Melissa Bell as Interim Executive-Vice President, beginning December 16, 2019.


Morral Companies LLC President & CEO Announces Retirement

Daryl Gates to retire from Morral Companies LLC, Jan Finch to become to President

Morral Companies LLC President & CEO, Daryl R. Gates, announced his retirement on November 30, 2019 following a 32 year career with the company. Jan Finch, a 40 year veteran of the industry, assumed the role of President of Morral Companies LLC effective December 1, 2019.


Ohio EPA's E3 Recognition Program - Applications Due December 20, 2019

Each year Ohio EPA recognizes organizations in the Buckeye State for exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship through the Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio can be recognized for their commitment to environmental excellence.


Twenty Emerging Leaders Selected for 2020 LAUNCH Program

Program Prepares Future Agribusiness Leaders

Twenty Ohio agribusiness leaders will soon take part in the Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2020 LAUNCH (Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights) program. Participants were identified by their companies as an emerging agribusiness leader: an individual with a desire to meet higher level goals than the scope of their current position, who seek to rise within their company.


Ohio State University and Mid America Cooperative Council Explore Alignment

The Center for Cooperatives at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the Mid America Cooperative Council (MACC) are exploring a potential arrangement for the Center for Cooperatives to provide educational and management services for MACC, which represents cooperative businesses in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan.


OSU ACEL Department Seeking Nominations For Alumni Awards

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership Alumni Board is currently seeking nominations for ACEL Alumni Awards. Alumni are encouraged to nominate themselves, or another worthy candidate, in one of three categories: 1) an exceptional mentor to students, 2) an outstanding young alumni under 35 years of age, or 3) a distinguished alumni. 


Plan to Advertise in 2020 OABA Member Directory!

Contact Great Lakes Publishing to reserve your space

Great Lakes Publishing, OABA's directory publishing partner, is currently reserving advertising space for the 2020 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Member Directory. Advertisements in the OABA Member Directory are a great networking tool allowing you to maximize your exposure in this valuable resource which reaches 95 percent of Ohio’s commercial agribusiness professionals!


Ohio State Report Evaluates Options for Reducing Lake Erie’s Harmful Algal Blooms

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

Several research teams, led by The Ohio State University, have concluded a three-year study evaluating the ability of agricultural management practices to reduce phosphorus-causing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.


News from Washington: November 18-22

Farm Credit Chief Sees Shadow of Eighties’ Ag Crisis - Democrats Doubt USMCA Gets Done This Year - House Tees Up Vote to Avert Shutdown - Turkey with A Side of Trade Aid - Ag Trade Balance on Track for Decade-Low - USDA Under Pressure to Block JBS From Trade Aid - Farms Hire More Workers at Higher Wages - Democrats Roll Out Renewal of Biodiesel Tax Break - Animal Vaccine Makers Seek USDA Funding Boost - Farm Labor Overhaul Shows Partisan Cracks - The Midwest’s Propane Problem - USDA’S Top Civil Rights Official Gets Grilled - House Members to Talk China Trade War - FDA Pick Pledges ‘Clear, Transparent’ Dairy Labeling - Decline in Childhood Obesity Rates Offers Hope


OABA Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving. OABA will resume normal business activities on Monday, Dec. 2. 


ARA Commends EPA Issuance of Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration Final Rule

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) commends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the issuance of the Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration Final Rule. These changes proposed by EPA will promote better emergency planning and public information about accidents while resulting in significant cost savings for RMP-regulated facilities.


FOCUS 2020: Register Now for 2020 OABA Industry Conference

Are you ready to FOCUS on the future of the agriculture industry? The theme of this year's OABA Industry Conference is Focus 2020. In an ever-changing business landscape, this year’s conference will look forward into 2020 and beyond to the opportunities and challenges on the horizon, guided by the industry’s leading experts.


VIDEO: Catching Up with Chris - 2020 Sustaining Sponsors

ONE Ask. ONE Investment. 366 Promotion! Is your company ready to further your support and visibility with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association? Consider a 2020 Sustaining Sponsorship!


News from Washington: November 11-15

Ag Purchases Ensnare U.S.-China Trade Talks - Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Deal - Trade Aid’s Winners and Losers - China Welcomes Poultry Imports Again - Cold Weather Cuts into Corn Crop - Rural Areas Face Toughest Economic Conditions - A New Crack in the Farm Economy - Dean Foods Goes Bankrupt - Biofuels Lawsuit Against EPA Thrown Out - Spending Talks on Tap as Deadline Nears - Bringing Ag Into the Drone Zone - Brazil’s Implementation of Tariff Rate Quota for Wheat a Win for American Farmers - USDA Sends Hurricane Aid to Southern Farmers - France’s Glyphosate Phase-Out Falling Short - Organic Corn Harvest Weeks Behind Schedule - NSAC Calls for Climate-Neutral Ag Sector - Brazil on Damage Control After Amazon Fires


H2Ohio Strategies and Farm Practices Outlined by Gov. DeWine

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled an overview of his new H2Ohio plan for water quality Thursday afternoon in Toledo. Backdropped by the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Governor DeWine presented basic details of the plan to an invited audience of over 100 farmers and legislators, as well as collaborators from farm associations, conservation groups, universities and research centers, agribusinesses, and public and government entities.


Governor DeWine Announces H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination.


A Message to Our Members on H2Ohio

On Nov. 14, Governor Mike DeWine outlined his framework for the use of H2Ohio funds to improve Ohio’s water quality. The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI), of which OABA is a member, will serve as an integral partner in this initiative. This is, in large part, recognition of our commitment to lead in developing and deploying solutions that result in meaningful water quality improvements.


Michigan Agri-Business Association Announces New President

The Michigan Agri-Business Association Board of Directors announced today that Chuck Lippstreu has been selected to lead the association upon the retirement of current MABA president Jim Byrum in February 2020. He will join the association effective January 2.


VIDEO: Catching Up with Chris - November 2019

Fall is a wonderful time of year: harvest is wrapping up, membership renewals are coming in and we're putting the finishing touches on our 2020 Industry Conference! We're excited to announce our speaker for the Industry Dinner: Shirley Brooks-Jones.


From Life-Changing to World-Changing: Keynote Speaker to Share Power of Giving Back

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to welcome Shirley Brooks-Jones as the Industry Dinner keynote speaker at the upcoming 2020 OABA Industry Conference.


News from Washington: November 4-8

USMCA Negotiators Near the Finish Line? - U.S., China Agree to Tariff Cuts… Eventually - How China Could Get To $40B in Ag Purchases - Another Trade Aid Tranche Coming in Hot - Corn, Pork Groups See Promise in U.S.-China Deal - Peterson Calls for Trade Aid Tweaks - Hemp Checkoff in The Works? - Ethanol Sector Looks South for Sales Boost - Trump Taps Hahn For FDA’s Top Job - Meat Sector Seeing Green in Export Outlook - Farm Economy Woes Forcing Farmers Out of Business - How A Foreign Meatpacker Became a U.S. Powerhouse - Price Incentives Boost SNAP Produce Purchases - Indecision 2020: Peterson Mulls Another Run, Another Farm Bill - USDA to Award New Broadband Money By December