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Nationwide Foundation Approves $7M Grant in Support Of Ohio State Partnership To Support Facilities, Programming In CFAES

Building on 50 years of partnership with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Nationwide Foundation is contributing $7 million to support the college’s vision of a modern land-grant institution with a mission to sustain life.


NGFA to Host ‘Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week’

Partnering with OSHA, Industry Groups

NGFA, OSHA, the Grain Elevator and Processing Society, the American Feed Industry Association and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition are working together to raise awareness of industry and OSHA resources available to identify potential hazards at grain, feed and processing facilities through the Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, held March 25-29.


12 Recognized at CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon

Source: The Ohio State University CFAES

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences congratulates its 2019 Alumni Awards recipients. OABA's Chris Henney was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award.


OABA Members Bowl to Support Agricultural Students

Eighty Ohio AgriBusiness Association members came together for the 2019 Bowling for Scholarships event in Maumee, Ohio, to raise money for the OABA Educational Trust scholarship program.


News from Washington: March 11-17

Ag Industry Seeking USDA Oversight of GE Animals - Trump Budget Sets Up Farm Bill Feud - Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal - Rural Housing in Trump’s Crosshairs - Trump, Dems on USMCA Collision Course - House GOP Attacks Green New Deal - EU Eyes Opening Up for U.S. Beef - Perdue Ramps Up ERS, NIFA Relocation Push - EPA Releases Ethanol Rule, Eyeing June Deadline - Roberts Rips Proposed Crop Insurance Cuts - Trump, Xi Meeting Still to Be Determined - ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Hits the Heartland - Google Convenes on Food, Ag Tech At SXSW - Murkowski Pans FDA’s GMO Salmon Clearance


DeWine: New H2Ohio Fund Would Provide $900M Over 10 Years

Source: The Hannah Report

A proposed state water quality initiative would create a special H2Ohio Fund to provide approximately $900 million over 10 years, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. The H2Ohio initiative, first mentioned during DeWine’s “State of the State” address earlier this month, will be introduced as part of his proposed FY20-21 operating budget, according to the governor’s office.


Attend the Farm Bill Summit: April 11 - Versailles, OH

An In-Depth Examination of Policy and Practical Application

OSU is hosting a Farm Bill Summit on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Versailles High School in Versailles, Ohio to ensure that producers and agribusiness are aware to contents of the current farm bill and the practical applications associated.


An Open Letter to Our Members

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has joined with Ohio's other major agriculture organizations to support farmer Mark Drewes' challenge of the recently passed Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR).


Advertising Space Available for 2019 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 2019 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!


National Renderers Association Announces New Director of Communications

The National Renderers Association is pleased to announce Anna Wilkinson as the organization’s Director of Communications. Wilkinson will manage all internal and public NRA communications, public relations, and marketing for the association.


News from Washington: March 4-10

President Signs Bipartisan PRIA into Law - USMCA Charm Offensive Could Come Up Short - The PR Campaign for Gene-Edited Foods - China Hawks Rally Against Market-Soothing Deal - EU Almost Ready to Move on U.S. Talks, But Won’t Budge on Ag - Farm Forecast Another Mixed Bag for Ag - Trump’s TPP Exit Curbing Farm Exports - Perdue Defends Trade Aid Rates - The NAFTA Withdrawal Question - Sizing Up FDA Food Policy in Post-Gottlieb ERA - Ethanol Retains Grip on Primary Politics - Roadmap for Regulating Cell-Based Meat - China’s Big Sorghum Buy Amid Trade War - USDA Strengthens Partnerships and Protections to Keep African Swine Fever Out of the Country - Salt Institute to Disband  


Time is Running Out! RSVP for 2019 OABA Legislative Reception

March 20 - Ohio Statehouse Rotunda

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members are invited to attend an important legislative event on March 20 in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. Please join us in representing and advocating for the agribusiness industry’s continued growth in Ohio.


Small Business Outreach Meeting on Trade Agreements with Japan, European Union, and United Kingdom

March 26 - Columbus, Ohio

At a meeting on March 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is interested in receiving feedback from small businesses and their representatives regarding their views on trade agreements being negotiated with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, and their experience doing business in these markets.


FieldWatch Announces Technology Innovations, New Member States

FieldWatch, Inc, a non-profit company that enhances communication and stewardship among diverse agriculture stakeholders, expands its online mapping system technology and welcomes California and Maryland as new member states.


FDA Releases New Installment of Intentional Adulteration Draft Guidance

The FDA has published the second installment of a draft guidance document designed to support compliance with the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The FSMA final rule on intentional adulteration is designed to address hazards that may be intentionally introduced to foods, including by acts of terrorism, with the intent to cause wide-spread harm to public health.


Last Chance! Register Now for 2019 OABA Bowling for Scholarships

March 15 - Maumee, Ohio

The 2019 Bowling for Scholarship event will be held on March 15, 2019 at Timbers Bowling in Maumee, Ohio. Participants can register in teams or as individuals. Registration fee includes morning refreshments, pizza, door prizes and tournament bowling.


Don Boehm Named 2019 Ohio CCA of the Year

The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program is honored to announce Don Boehm of Findlay, Ohio as the 2019 CCA of the Year. Boehm is the crop protection manager at Legacy Farmers Cooperative with more than 30 years of crop advising experience and service.


FBI/ODA/USDA Animal/Plant Health Joint Criminal-Epidemiological Investigations Course

May 1-2, 2019

The Animal Plant Health Joint Criminal and Epidemiological Workshop is a two day course facilitated by the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and USDA. The Workshop provides joint investigations training to improve efforts to identify and investigate potential overt or covert biological threats to animal and plant health.


Ohio Department of Agriculture Celebrates Weights and Measures Week

To honor the hard work of all weights and measures officials, including those housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Gov. Mike DeWine has declared the week of March 1-7 Ohio Weights and Measures Week.


News from Washington: February 25 - March 3

Democrats Turn Up Heat on USDA Over SNAP Rule - Perdue Reiterates Need to Restore Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life - U.S. Wins Out Over China in WTO Case - Forecasting an Ag Labor Fix - Perdue: Big Cuts to USDA in White House Budget - Mixed Messaging on E15 Timing - Roundup Cancer Trial Kicks Off - Congressman Peterson Applauds IRS Decision on Filing Deadline Waiver for Farmers - Mexican Official: Trump’s Short USMCA Votes - Wheeler Confirmed as EPA Head - State Ag Officials Grill Cell-Based Meat Sector - Washington Has Work to Do on Hemp, CBD - Farm Credit Board Nominee Lacks Ag Support - Nutrition Interests Mixed on Dietary Guidelines Advisors


Treasurer Robert Sprague Announces 1% Minimum Loan Discount for Ag-LINK Program

In a move that will benefit Ohio’s farmers and agri-businesses, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague announced the implementation of a one percent minimum loan discount for the Ag-LINK program. 


Wood County Farmer Files Lawsuit Challenging LEBOR Legality

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has pledged its support to member and Wood County farmer Mark Drewes, who today filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality and legal status of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. Toledo voters yesterday approved creation of LEBOR during a special election.


ODA Announces New Western Lake Erie Basin Assistance Programs

On February 26, Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO, joined ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda in announcing new assistance programs for the Western Lake Erie Basin. Ohio Senate Bill 299 will provide $23.5 million for soil and water conservation districts in the WLEB for nutrient management programs, distributed over three programs.


National Pollinator Garden Network Surpasses Goal of One Million Registered Pollinator Gardens

The American Seed Trade Association is pleased to announce the National Pollinator Garden Network has surpassed the goal of one million registered pollinator gardens! Launched in June 2015 by the NPGN, the goal of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge was to create networks of gardens to help save pollinators.


CropLife America Applauds Leadership on PRIA Passage

CropLife America praised leaders of the 116th Congress for passing a long-term Pesticide Registration Improvement Act reauthorization that will strengthen and improve pesticide registration through 2023. House and Senate leadership, congressional appropriators and authorizing committees have worked diligently over the past two years to preserve the benefits and process improvements first realized with PRIA’s original enactment in 2004.