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Do You Know a SUPER Certified Crop Adviser?

Nominate them for CCA of the Year!

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award. The Ohio CCA Program is sponsoring this state award which is designed to recognize an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.


OABA Holiday Office Hours

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association Office will be closed beginning Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1. The office will reopen on Wednesday, January 2.


Grain Merchandising Risk Academies from INTL FCStone

Course designed for new grain merchandisers

INTL FCStone will host two, two-day pure education Grain Merchandiser Risk Academies, February 26-27, 2019, in West Des Moines, Iowa and July 24-25, 2019, in Chicago. This introductory program will help those new to Grain Merchandising gain a solid foundation of merchandising and price-risk management concepts.


OABA Industry Conference Prepares Attendees to Meet Challenges in Agriculture

The upcoming Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference is packed with widely-respected speakers and industry professionals, sharing their expertise on a variety of topics relating to agronomy, grain and feed, safety, risk management and more. This year's general speakers include Arlan Suderman, Christopher Henney and David Fikes.


News from Washington: December 3-9

Trade Deficits Soar in October - Stabenow Unsold On USDA Civil Rights Nominee - CBO Key to Final Farm Bill Release - Ending Ag’s Reliance on China Sales - USDA Gets Moving on Regs - Fed Could Hit Pause on Rate Hikes - Pelosi: USMCA Needs Changes Before Approval - Perdue Eyes Post-Farm Bill Rule on SNAP Waivers - What Happens To Ag Research Under a CR - Seeking Japanese Markets


Announcing PARM's 2018 Ag Retailer Products & Services Survey

Help track and document your company's positive progress as stewards of the land and water with the Partnership for Ag Resource Management's 2018 Ag Retailer Products and Services Survey. Through this valuable survey, PARM can help you track sales of beneficial products and services such as cover crops and variable rate application and estimate nutrient loss reductions from those!


EPA, USDA Encourage Use of Market-based and Other Collaborative Approaches to Address Excess Nutrients

Source: USDA

The U.S. EPA and the USDA have issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal and federal efforts to reduce excess nutrients in waterways, with a focus on market-based and other collaborative approaches.


CORRECTED: Member Alert: Dicamba Handling Update

The EPA recently announced changes to dicamba registration for 2019. Among these changes is a new definition of who is legally allowed to handle dicamba. Under federal law, only Licensed Applicators can handle or apply dicamba.


Member Alert: Dicamba Handling Update

The EPA recently announced changes to dicamba registration for 2019. Among these changes is a new definition of who is legally allowed to handle dicamba. Under federal law, only Certified Applicators can handle or apply dicamba.


News from Washington: November 24 - December 2

House and Senate Ag Leaders: We've Reached Agreement in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill - Race to Bring Farm Bill to the Floor - Trump Signs New Trade Agreement with Mexico And Canada to Replace NAFTA - Dire Warnings for Ag In Climate Report - Statement of Secretary Perdue on Signing of USMCA - Trump’s Flyover Trip to Argentina - USDA Nominees Pressed on Harassment, Climate Change - How the U.S. Lags on Sustainability, Nutrition - Four More Years for Biodiesel Tax Credit - USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities That Will Benefit More Than 761,000 Americans - Good News/Bad News on Food Safety


OSU Extension Hosting Inversion and Drift Mitigation Workshop on Dec. 14

Farmers and pesticide applicators are encouraged to attend free workshop

Recognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain herbicides in corn and soybeans. On Dec. 14, join a discussion about recognizing inversions as well as ways to improve communication between farmers growing sensitive crops and pesticide applicators.


Industry Conference Keynote to Reveal Leadership Lessons from Unconventional Sources

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to welcome Thomas A. Balzer of the Ohio Trucking Association as the Industry Dinner keynote speaker at the upcoming 2019 OABA Industry Conference. Balzer will explore leadership lessons learned through a most unconventional method, titled “Leadership Lessons I Learned by Being a Couch Potato.”


Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) 2019 Recognition Program

Application Deadline is December 14, 2018

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.


News from Washington: November 12-18

Farm Bill Compromise Taking Shape - Another Grim Forecast For 2019 Ag Markets - Farm-State Freshmen to Watch - Long Lame-Duck To-Do List Beyond the Farm Bill - Roberts Faces Difficult 2020 Decision - Trade Meetings on Deck - Pork Exports Trending Downward in Key Markets - Progressives Could Be Roadblock to Trade Pact Approval - Democrats’ Ag Oversight Agenda - Critics of ERS, NIFA Moves Eye Ag Appropriations Rider - Immigrant Families Drop From SNAP - California Wine Producers Seek Wildfire Aid


Beware Fraudulent Emails Originating from OABA

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has recently been made aware of phishing emails sent to OABA members. These emails appear to be sent from familiar sources, with OABA staff signatures, but if someone were to reply to the email it would not be directed back to OABA’s email address, it would be directed toward the scammer's email.


Comment Period Open for Draft Ohio Rail Plan

The draft of the Ohio Rail Plan is now available for review. The draft plan is available at ORDC’s website. Comments should be submitted by December 14. The final version will be released after this date based on the provided comments.


OABA Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving. OABA will resume normal business activities on Monday, Nov. 26. 


4R Program Celebrates More Than Fifty Certified Facilities; Announces Year Four Certifications

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, now in its fifth year, is proud to announce more than 50 facilities are now certified in the program. Out of the 51 certified facilities, six locations, the early adopters of the program, have achieved retention of certification through four annual audits.


Agribusiness Conference to Navigate Future Course of the Agriculture Industry

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2019 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, providing education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals.


J. Billy Pirkle Continues to Serve the Ag Industry, Launches Pirkle Solutions, Inc.

J. Billy Pirkle announces the launch of PIRKLE SOLUTIONS, INC., located in Windsor, Colo. The new consulting and business services firm provides expertise in regulatory compliance, operational management and agency interaction to support the global crop production industry at all levels of the supply chain.


ADM and Cargill to Help Farmers Achieve Greater Profitability with Grainbridge Technology Joint Venture

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Cargill, Incorporated, have agreed to form a technology joint venture, Grainbridge LLC. The joint venture intends to provide grain marketing decision support, e-commerce and account management software for North American farmers.


News from Washington: November 5-11

Peterson, The Farm Bill and 2019 - Trump’s Farm Bill Threat Rings Hollow - Election Results: Who's In, Who's Out - The Farm-State Political Landscape - USDA Still Holding Off on SNAP Waiver Rule - The Florida Recount Frenzy - Some H-2A Requirements Going Digital - Health Advocates Decry State Soda Tax Loss


MACA to Offer Young Leader Scholarship Program to Students in Agriculture

Deadline to Apply: January 25

The Mid America CropLife Association Young Leader Scholarship Program is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities. Recipients will benefit from exposure and networking with MACA members for potential job opportunities as well as financial compensation.


New Study Will Track Ways to Cut Runoff from Elevated Phosphorus Fields

Some farm fields in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed have more phosphorus than their crops can use. Called “elevated phosphorus fields,” such fields may be at higher risk of contributing to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms. That’s the premise of a new five-year, $5 million study that hopes to learn about those fields and lower that risk by creating new public-private partnerships.


FDA Issues Final Guidance on FSMA Mandatory Recall Authority

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a final guidance regarding the agency’s mandatory recall authority under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. This final guidance follows a draft which was made available for public comment in 2015, and provides additional clarity including some modifications based on comments received.