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You're Invited! Join OABA at Welcome Reception Before the Industry Conference

Arriving early to the 2017 OABA Industry Conference? Join us for an early exhibitor reception on January 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., including refreshments and an opportunity for information networking with exhibitors and customers.


OABA to Hold Annual Bowling for Scholarships Event

Register Now to Support Agricultural Students

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.


NGFA Commends President-elect Trump for 'Outstanding' Choice of Sonny Perdue as Next Secretary of Agriculture

The National Grain and Feed Association commended President-elect Donald J. Trump on his "outstanding" choice of former two-term Georgia Gov. George E. (Sonny) Perdue III to serve as the 31st secretary of agriculture.


Frame the Future of Ohio Ag Policy at OABA Legislative Reception

Ohio AgriBusiness Association 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.


OABA Welcomes 2016 New Members

Join OABA in welcoming new members to our association. As a membership-based agribusiness state trade association, OABA relies on members for the continued success of the association.


OABA Signs Letter Urging U.S. House to Support Commodity End-User Relief Act

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 20 state and national agricultural organizations, has signed a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging an affirmative vote on H.R. 238, the "Commodity End-User Relief Act."


OABA Supports NGFA's Comments on STB's Reciprocal Switching Proceedings

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 20 state and national agricultural organizations, has signed the National Grain and Feed Association's comments on the Surface Transportation Board's Reciprocal Switching Proceeding.


Announcing 2016 Ag Retailer BMP Products & Services Survey for the Great Lakes Basin

Source: Partnership for Ag Resource Management

Forty-seven ag retailers within the Great Lakes Basin (GLB) participated in the 2015 Ag Retailer BMP Products & Services Survey. The 2016 survey is now available for retailers in the GLB to continue to track retailer impact in the area.


Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Inc. to Expand Capabilities with Ownership in Ag Info Tech

Central Ohio Farmers Co-op has reached an agreement to purchase an ownership interest in Ag Info Tech of Mount Vernon, Ohio.


Register Now for 2017 NGFA Annual Convention

The 2017 NGFA Annual Convention will feature top policy makers, substantive open forums and outstanding general sessions that explore the most important issues facing the industry in the year ahead.


Environmental Respect Awards Steps Up Efforts in Response to Increased Participation

The Environmental Respect Awards has launched its 27th year of honoring stewardship among agricultural retailers with an improved online entry process and a new deadline.


OABA Offers Continuing Education Opportunities at Annual Industry Conference

Attendees of the 2017 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference, February 1-2, have ample opportunity to earn continuing education credits (CEUs) for both Certified Crop Advisers and state licensed pesticide applicators.


Lunch & Learn: Water Quality in Lake Erie

Join The Nature Conservancy in Defiance, Wednesday Jan. 18th for a lunchtime presentation and discussion on the topic of Lake Erie Water Quality.


Washington Report for 1-16-17

By Steve Kopperud

USDA Secretary Last Slot Unfilled - WOTUS Rescission Battle Begins; Could be Tougher than Thought - House Approves CFTC Reauthorization with No Funding Increase - Trump Target of Full Court Press on Ag Trade - House Ag Committee Subcommittee Chairs Named - Ethanol, GHG Benefits Outlined in USDA Report - REINS Act Sails through House, Senate Outcome Unsure; Ryan Touts Regulatory Accountability Act - USDA Says Wheat Stocks Up, Corn, Oilseed Production, Use Down


Ohio Farmers Urged to Obtain Agricultural Fertilizer Certification Training

Ag coalition reminds applicators they must be certified by Sept. 30, 2017

A strong coalition consisting of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), The Ohio State University and several state agricultural organizations are encouraging farmers to attend training courses for the Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program.


Fire Destoys Part of Hoopes Fertilizer Facility

Source: Farm & Dairy

A fire destroyed a warehouse storing a de-icer product Jan. 9 at Hoopes Fertilizer Works, located on U.S. Route 30 just west of East Rochester, Ohio.


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

Specialized curriculum will help meet critical industry need for professional custom applicators of crop protection products and plant nutrients

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. The Applicator Training Course will provide a comprehensive program of professional training to newly hired applicators and those with up to five years of experience in liquid and dry application.


OABA to Hold 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.


Final Risk Management Program Rule Released

By Andy O’Hare – The Fertilizer Institute

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a pre-publication copy of the risk management program (RMP) final rule. The rule will be effective 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.


FDA Changes to Antibiotics in Feed and Water for Food Animals Now in Effect

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

As of January 1, 2017, the marketing status of medically important antimicrobials for use in feed or water for food animals that the marketing status of those products will change from over-the-counter (OTC) to prescription (Rx) or to veterinary feed directive (VFD), as determined by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Funding Available to Western Lake Erie Basin Farmers in Ohio to Improve Water Quality

Farmers have until January 20, 2017 to apply

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation is reminding farmers the next round of funding is now available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.


Washington Report for 1-9-17

By Steve Kopperud

Trump Silent on Ag Secretary Pick; Congress Off to Rocky Start - Ag Transition “Landing Team” Grows to Five - EPA Administrator-designate Pruitt Runs Gauntlet, Assures Senate GOP on RFS - Lighthizer Gets Trump Nod to be USTR - Ryan Pledges More Action as House Passes First of Reg Reform Bills - Vilsack Rumored to be taking Reins of USDEC - Massad Quits as CFTC Chair, Clears Way for Republican Giancarlo as Possible Replacement - Corzine Hit with $5-Million Fine in MF Global Debacle - White House Finalizes Biotech Coordinated Framework - FDA Happy with New Antibiotics Rule


OABA Announces New Awards Initiative

OABA will present three new awards in 2017 for the purpose of honoring excellence, professionalism and achievement among OABA member companies and their employees.


OABA Staffing Transitions

By: Chris Henney, OABA President and CEO

Effective Jan. 6, Margo Long will be leaving the OABA team to serve as the OSU 4-H Extension Educator for Marion County. Janice Welsheimer will be helping during the first quarter to plan and facilitate events this winter.


Last Chance! OABA Industry Conference Early Registration Deadline Closes Jan. 6

Members save $75 with early registration

Early registration for the OABA Industry Conference closes Jan. 6. Members save $75 if they register before the deadline. The group hotel rate closes Jan. 13.