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10/20/2017

Legislative Update: Subject to Change

By Belinda Jones

Belinda Jones, legislative counsel for OABA, discusses recent changes with Ohio legislators, as well as other important issues facing Ohio.

10/20/2017

Washington Report for 10-23-17

By Steve Kopperud

Senate Passes Budget Resolution with House Fixes, One Step Closer to Tax Reform - Gloves Come Off at 4th Round of NAFTA Talks - The Battle Over RFS Escalates, EPA Sends Assurances - Senate Ag Approves Ibach, Northey; Leg Need to Clarify Northey’s Title, Job - Clovis, Valen May Get Confirmation Hearing Next Week - FDA Issues Guidances on Feed Industry FSMA, Preventive Controls, CGMPs - “Sue and Settle” Targeted by EPA - Regional Conservation Partnerships Program to Get Boost from Stabenow-Ernst Bill - House Lawmakers Push Trump to Modernize Biotech Regulation - Major European Glyphosate Actions Coming Next Week; Farmers Threaten to Sue

10/20/2017

Don't Miss Out! Application Deadline Approaching for Sixth LAUNCH Class

Applications Due October 31

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select up to 25 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program early next year.

10/18/2017

Ohio’s Senate Ag Committee Chair Cliff Hite Resigns

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

State Senator Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, resigned, effective immediately. In his resignation letter, Hite cited “personal health” issues as a reason for his departure. Hite represented Ohio’s 1st Senate District since early 2011.

10/16/2017

Murray Equipment Announces Transition to Third Generation

Murray Equipment, Inc. has announced that Dan Murray has been named President effective immediately. Former President Steve Murray will stay on board and focus his efforts on KleerBlue Solutions, Murray Equipment’s DEF storage, dispensing, and manufacturing systems brand.

10/16/2017

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

Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture

The next round of funding is now available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, as part of a five year, $17.5 million program funded by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

10/16/2017

Bayer Signs Agreement to Sell Selected Crop Science Businesses to BASF for EUR 5.9 Billion

In light of the planned acquisition of Monsanto, Bayer has signed an agreement to sell selected Crop Science businesses to BASF for EUR 5.9 billion ($7 billion).

10/16/2017

New Dicamba Regulations Agreed Upon

Source: Morning Ag Clips

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont regarding the application of dicamba, which is used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified cotton and soybeans.

10/13/2017

Washington Report for 10-16-17

By Steve Kopperud

Tax Reform Vote on Christmas Eve? - Trump Attacks NAFTA Again as 4th Round of Talks Begin - Trade Angst Spawns New Grass Roots Group to Support Trade Deals - AFIA, NGFA Support Codex Office Move at USDA, Offer Recommendations on Future Actions - ‘Cooperative Alliance’ with OSHA Struck by NGFA - House Approves $36.5-Billion Hurricane, Disaster Package; Calls Aid Bill a ‘Down Payment’ - Giancarlo says One-Year Delay in Swaps Rule Registration Likely - Water Group Wants Farm Bill to Protect Water Sources from Runoff - Lock 52 57-Mile Backup is Poster Child for Trump Infrastructure Promises - House Subcommittee Rail Infrastructure Hearing Collects Improvement Needs - Trump Nominates Andrew Wheeler to be EPA Deputy Administrator - Supreme Court Seems Taken with Ag, Industry WOTUS Jurisdiction Arguments - FDA Begins Ag Biotech ‘Outreach’ to Consumers

10/13/2017

Celebrate Ohio Cooperative Week: Oct. 15-21

The 2017 Ohio Cooperative Week is October 15-21, 2017. October is also Cooperative Month. Celebrate cooperative businesses in the state of Ohio!

10/13/2017

Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) 2018 Recognition Program

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.

10/13/2017

Agriculture Industry Celebrates National Farmers Day

On National Farmers Day (October 12th) the agriculture industry recognized the hard work demonstrated every day by farmers across America.

10/13/2017

NGFA Testifies on CSX Rail Service Problems; Recommends STB Require Detailed Recovery Plan

The National Grain and Feed Association on Oct. 11 told the Surface Transportation Board about continuing shortcomings by CSX Transportation Inc. to provide reliable, consistent and predictable rail service to a significant number of NGFA-member companies that operate on the carrier's lines.

10/12/2017

Conservation Efforts Working in Lake Erie

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

Ohio farmers are making positive impacts to water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), according to a new report from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This new report shows applied conservation practices reduce sediment losses from fields by an estimated 80% and reduce the amount of sediment being delivered to Lake Erie by an estimated 40%.

10/09/2017

Washington Report for 10-9-17

By Steve Kopperud

White House Wants $30 Billion in Hurricane, Disaster Aid - Censky, McKinney Get Committee, Full Senate Blessing; Roberts Tees Up Next Subcabinet Players - Doud Says NAFTA, KORUS Important, but New Markets Need Attention Now - Conaway Heads to Ottawa to Press NAFTA Need; Next Round of NAFTA Talks All About Ag: Perdue - Nominee to Head EPA Chem, Pesticide Office Slammed in Confirmation Hearing for Industry Ties - House Approves FY2019 Budget Resolution – First Step to Tax Cuts - Budget Resolution Exercise Signals Ag May Avoid Cuts - Trump Administration Contemplates Cutting RFS; Grassley Leads Battle to Reverse Actions - E15 Bill Set Aside in Committee as Major Amendments Cut Likely Votes - Obama Clean Power Plan Rule Withdrawal, Replacement Begins - Goodlatte Effort to Fast Track H-2A Program Rewrite Sidelined by Iowa’s King - White House to Unveil Immigration Plan Next Week - Over $9.6 Billion in Income Support, Conservation Payments Mailed by USDA

10/09/2017

Ohio Agribusiness Quarterly Shares Association Updates with Legislators and Regulators

To share OABA's story and activities with legislators and executive agency staff, we have developed a new communication piece, the Agribusiness Quarterly. Each issue will contain an update from Chris Henney, a recap of quarterly activities and some general information about our industry.

10/09/2017

Enhance Your Leadership Skills! Apply Now for Sixth LAUNCH Class

Program Develops Future Generation of Agribusiness Leaders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select up to 25 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program early next year.

10/09/2017

OABA Signs Industry Comments to EPA and Army Corp to Rescind WOTUS

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association joined the National Corn Growers Association and other industry organizations to ask the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the 2015 "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule and write a new rule that provides farmers with clarity and certainty, reduces red tape, and does not discourage farming practices that improve water quality.

09/29/2017

OABA Accepting Applications for Sixth LAUNCH Class

Program Develops Future Generation of Agribusiness Leaders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select up to 25 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program early next year.

09/29/2017

Washington Report for 10-2-17

By Steve Kopperud

Federal Tax Reform Plan Unveiled by Trump, GOP; ‘Protecting Middle Class, Small Biz,’ Simplicity are Goals - Censky, McKinney to Get Ag Committee Votes Next Week; Roberts Tees Up Northey, Ibach, Finance to Quiz Doud - USDA Codex Office Shift Attracts More Opposition, Concerns including FDA - NAFTA 2.0 Round Three Ends; Lighthizer Continues Tough Talk, Cools Expectations - EPA Falling Down on Imported Pesticide Inspections; FDA not Handling Food Inspections Well - Industry Outraged as EPA Contemplates Cut in 2018, 2019 Biodiesel RFS - WOTUS Comment Period Ends - H-2A Visa Battle Heating Up - Syngenta Inks Deal on GMO Corn Suit - East Coast, Gulf Unions Pursue Contract Talks

09/29/2017

Nutrient Management and Water Quality 4R Video

By adopting the 4Rs philosophy - a science-based approach to apply the right source of fertilizer at the right rate and right time in the right place - farmers and agribusinesses are doing their part to help reduce nutrient runoff.

09/28/2017

ASTA to Launch Seed Ambassador Program

As part of the Better Seed, Better Life communications initiative, the American Seed Trade Association is launching a new seed ambassador program! ASTA is seeking the help of its members in nominating up-and-coming seed-industry leaders to be part of this exciting program’s inaugural class.

09/26/2017

Register Now: NGFA Country Elevator Conference

The CEC is the premier conference built for your business and the issues you face every day. Held for the first time in Louisville, KY, this meeting is an easy drive for much of NGFA membership, and an exciting destination for all.

09/26/2017

Jay Vroom Announces Retirement from CropLife America

Jay Vroom announced during the general session at the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting in Dana Point, California, that he would be retiring from his position as president and CEO at the end of 2018. After nearly thirty years at the helm, Vroom reflected on his tenure and plans moving forward.

09/26/2017

New Research Project Evaluates Salmonella Risk in Animal Feed Production

The Institute for Feed Education & Research, along with several partners, has launched a new research project with the University of Arkansas to analyze whether animal feed contains any of the serotypes from the bacteria Salmonella that could pose a health threat to livestock.