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News from Washington: July 9-15

Farm Bill Motion Teed Up for Next Week - China Places Blame on U.S. For Trade Tensions - Trump Sets Off Alarm with Latest Tariffs Threat - Kavanaugh Emerges as SCOTUS Pick - Trump Grants Pardons to Cattle Ranchers - USDA Announces Japan to Accept Exports of U.S. Sheep and Goat Meat - House Hearing Highlights Tension Over Grazing Rights - Big Food Companies Launch New Coalition - Monsanto Cancer Case Pushes On - USDA Expands Housing for Temp Farmworkers - Washington Has Some Questions About ‘Clean Meat’


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Nutrien

Nutrien was born of the merger between PotashCorp and Agrium, both companies have a proud history of providing crop nutrients to farmers in North America and around the world. The combined result is an integrated platform to better serve customers with low cost, high value products and services with an increased emphasis on efficiency and innovation.


Register Now for 2018 Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training Program

For first responders and grain bin personnel

To help promote grain bin knowledge and safety, the OABA and GEAPS are partnering to host the 2018 Bin Entry Tech Training Program. This four-day program is designed to give first responders hands-on training with grain bin rescue for emergency situations at commercial operations and farms.


Lake Erie Algal Forecast Less Severe

Source: Farm & Dairy

This year’s algal bloom on Lake Erie will likely be smaller than last year, but still worse than the mild bloom of 2016, according to researchers who provided the annual forecast during a news conference July 12.


Algae Blooms: Ohio Spent Billions But Only One Percent On Agriculture

Source: IdeaStream

Since 2011, Ohio has spent more than $3 billion on efforts to solve Lake Erie’s harmful algal bloom problem. Yet the majority of the money isn’t going to projects that stop algal blooms at the source.


Member Alert: Gov. Kasich Signs Water Quality Executive Order

On Wednesday, Governor Kasich announced Executive Order 2018-09K, titled “Taking Steps to Protect Lake Erie.” OABA is concerned for the impact this executive order will have on farmers and agribusinesses in these watersheds and we are committed to remaining engaged throughout the rulemaking process.


Person-to-Person Engagement Critical in Addressing Ag Misconceptions

By Shiloh Perry, American Farm Bureau Federation

As more and more people move away from farm and ranch work, the gap between farmers and consumers expands and the need for a general understanding of agriculture becomes even more pressing. It is time for those of us with a connection to agriculture to refine our efforts to bridge this information gap.


Save the Date: 2019 4R Summit

June 10-11 in Cleveland, Ohio

Please save the date for the 2019 4R Summit, which will be held June 10-11, 2019, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. More details about registration and hotels will be made available in spring 2019.


Grain Handler Pleads Guilty to Stealing More than $3 Million from Ohio Farmers

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels announced that a Huron County man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to the theft of more than $3 million in grain from 35 Ohio farmers.


News from Washington: July 2-8

U.S. Farmers Face China Tariffs - What Pruitt’s Departure Means for Ag - Perdue Hears Farmers’ Trade Fears on West Coast Tour - Block Trades Don’t Hurt Markets - A Battle Breaks Out Over GMO Labeling - Smithfield’s Tough Road Ahead on Hog Waste


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Morral Companies

Morral Companies was founded in 1963 as a family business serving the local farm community. Since that time, the organization has grown into several business groups that offer solutions for every need.


Golf to Support Ohio's Agricultural Students!

Register now for the August 15 Golf for Scholarship Outing

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association invites you to attend the late Golf for Scholarships outing, held August 15 at Shelby Oaks Golf Course in Sidney, Ohio.


Save Your Seat for the 4R Technology Review Field Day

The 4R Tech Review will be held on July 17 at the Blanchard River Demonstration Farm in Forest, Ohio. Retailers, farmers and other interested parties will hear from experts and see field demonstrations focused on strengthening the industry’s commitment to improving the quality of Ohio’s waterways.


News from Washington: June 25 - July 1

All Eyes to Conference After Senate Farm Bill Passes - Last-Minute Farm Bill Changes - USDA Report Highlights Benefits of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Farmers - Perdue Sets Target Date for Farm Aid - USDA Releases SNAP Error Rate Data - Study Questions Safety of Lab-Grown Meat - USDA Seeks Feedback on Product of USA Labels - What Kennedy’s Retirement Means for Wetlands - CDC Retracts Farmer Suicide Findings


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Cargill

Cargill is applying analytics to ignite growth through data. In today’s complex marketplace, farmers are looking for a digital edge. Cargill is deploying a variety of smart tools for producers that enable us to work together more effectively and sustainably.


OABA Office Closed for Fourth of July

Office Will Reopen July 5

The OABA office will be closed starting at noon on Tuesday, July 3 and all day Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen on Thursday, July 5.


Comments from the CEO

Chris Henney shares updates on the water quality front

Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, provides insight into your organization and the agricultural industry, namely efforts surrounding water quality and nutrient management issues.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Bunge

What started as a grain trading company in Amsterdam in 1818 has grown into a global company with hundreds of locations throughout the world. Bunge is a leading agribusiness and food company, with operations in sugar and bioenergy, food and ingredients, oilseed processing and refining, and fertilizer.


News from Washington: June 18-24

Conaway’s Farm Bill Triumph - Senate Farm Bill Action Is On For This Week - Secretary Perdue Statement on 2018 Farm Bill Passing the House of Representatives - Trump Wants to Shake Up Food Safety, SNAP - Trump’s Misstep On China: Coming On Too Strong - Ross Gets Earful On Trump Tariffs - Ag World Calculates Trade Losses - Immigration Crackdown May Pivot to Ag - Secretary Perdue Announces New Budget Director at USDA - Syngenta Chief Warns of Potential Food Shortages - Sprint and T-Mobile’s Rural Broadband Pitch


OABA Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships Outing Recap

Register for August outing by July 27 for early registration discount

Gray skies didn't deter those gathered for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships June 20 scramble. 95 golfers from across the agricultural community came together at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville to support the Educational Trust scholarship fund.


TFI Hosts Meeting of Geographies Pursuing 4R Certification

This week representatives for Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Missouri, Florida and Canada (on behalf of Ontario) met at TFI offices in Washington D.C. for a facilitated discussion to advance the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Programs within their geographies.


Buh Bye Monsanto – Why Even Your Agriculture Allies Won’t Miss This Brand

By Melanie Wilt, Shift-ology

Melanie Wilt of Shift-ology shares her insight on the Monsanto brand and why the agriculture industry will benefit from the retirement of the name.


How to Recognize and Respond to Signs of Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke

Source: Farm & Dairy

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke should be taken seriously whether you are training or working in extremely hot and humid conditions, especially if you’re not used to the increased temperatures. Learning to recognize and respond to the warning signs can mean the difference between life and death.


Attend the 2018 Food Industry Risk Academy in Chicago, Illinois

INTL FCStone will be hosting the Food Industry Risk Academy in Chicago this October 24-26. The Academy is a perfect combination of ingredient price-risk management education and market outlooks.


Concrete Containment Structures: Repair or Replace?

Thursday, August 9th, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT

The Asmark Institute is proud to offer the Concrete Containment Structures workshop as part of the Inspire program. The workshop will be held Aug. 9 at the Asmark Agricenter in Bloomington, IL.