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03/24/2017

Washington Report for 3-27-17

By: Steve Kopperud

Everybody Loves Sonny Perdue Based on Confirmation Hearing - Ag gets White House Attention on Ag Day; Reassurance on Trade Priority - House Ag Hears About Farm Bill Dairy Fixes Needed - Brazilian Beef Scandal Raises Calls for Import Ban; USDA Assures on 100% Re-inspection - Biodiesel Board Wants Antidumping Duties on Argentine, Indonesian Imports - PRIA Passes House, Heads to Senate - Trump Administration to Send NAFTA Hill Notification, Review of Existing Trade Deals

03/24/2017

Coalition to Advance Precision Ag Launches New Website

The Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org. Filled with informative resources developed by coalition members, the new website helps CAPA promote science-based policy decisions to advance a safe and sustainable food system.

03/23/2017

"Buckle Up!" Wile Ride Ahead for the U.S. Food System

UK Professor David Hughes Bring Unparalleled Knowledge of Global Food Issues to Ohio Ag Council Spring Meeting

Professor David Hughes, also known as Dr. Food, will share his knowledge about the global food industry at the Ohio Agricultural Council joint luncheon with the Columbus Metropolitan Club on Wednesday, April 5th.

03/22/2017

Trade and Infrastructure Top Concerns for NGFA Members at 121st Annual Convention

More than 650 National Grain and Feed Association members gathered in New Orleans this week for the NGFA's 121st Annual Convention, where they discussed and debated industry priorities on trade, infrastructure and farm policy.

03/22/2017

OABA Signs Comments on EPA's Recommended Values for Microcystin

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association signed comments to the U.S. EPA regarding its recommended values for microcystin, stating the EPA should address gaps in the scientific data before finalizing the recommended values.

03/21/2017

OABA Supports Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 100 state and national agricultural organizations, signed a letter to U.S. Senators in support of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative.

03/21/2017

Ohio FFA Foundation has Unsponsored Programs for the 89th Ohio FFA State Convention!

Help the Ohio FFA Foundatoin provide outstanding opportunities for FFA members by sponsoring a CDE or proficiency award area. As a sponsor, your name (and/or your company logo) will be shared on screen and in the convention program during the 89th Ohio FFA State Convention.

03/20/2017

OABA Members Bowl to Support Agricultural Students

Ninety Ohio AgriBusiness Association members came together for the 2017 Bowling for Scholarships event in Maumee, Ohio, to raise money for the OABA Educational Trust scholarship program.

03/20/2017

OABA Welcomes 2017 First Quarter 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.

03/20/2017

Ag Groups Conduct 'Substantive, Productive' Meeting with Trump Administration on Trade

Source: National Grain & Feed Association

Executive staff leaders from 11 major U.S. agricultural and agribusiness organizations commended the Trump administration for engaging in a substantive and productive meeting yesterday focused on the importance of continued growth of U.S. food and agriculture exports.

03/20/2017

Last Chance to Submit 2017 OABA Directory Updates

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is currently updating member directory listings for the 2017 OABA Directory. If you have not received your 2016 listing to update, please contact Andrew Allman.

03/20/2017

Washington Report for 3-20-17

By: Steve Kopperud

Trump “America First” Budget Blueprint Whacks USDA Spending 21%; “DOA” on Hill - Perdue Gets March 23 Confirmation Hearing - Trump Nominates Dr. Scott Gottlieb to Head FDA - Giancarlo Trump’s Pick to Head CFTC - Groups Talk Trade with NEC - Lighthizer Breezes through Confirmation Hearing - NAFTA Talks Could Begin in June: Mexican Official - U.S. Attends TPP Meeting in Chile - U.S. Dairy in Mexico Talking Trade - Bill would Put USDA, HHS on Foreign Investment Review Panel - House Ag Panel Looks at Farm Bill Ag Research Title; Dairy, Livestock Get Hearings Next Week - Glyphosate Not Carcinogen: EU Chemical Agency - Long-time House Ag Committee Chair Kika de la Garza Dies

03/20/2017

Judge Throws Out Des Moines Water Works' Nitrates Lawsuit

Source: The Des Moines Register

A federal judge has dismissed Des Moines Water Works' lawsuit against drainage districts in three northern Iowa counties the utility claimed are funneling high levels of nitrates into the Raccoon River. The utility sought to have the drainage districts, and indirectly farmers, regulated under the federal Clean Water Act as a "point source" of pollution, much like businesses and manufacturing plants.

03/20/2017

Ohio AgriBusiness Association Shares Agricultural Policy with General Assembly at Legislative Reception

More than 150 Ohio agribusiness leaders, legislators and legislative aides gathered at the Ohio Statehouse March 14 to discuss the impact and importance of the state’s agribusinesses during the Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s second Legislative Reception.

03/16/2017

Timothy Berning Named 2017 Ohio CCA of the Year

The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program is honored to announce Timothy Berning of Minster, Ohio as the 2017 CCA of the Year. Berning is an agronomist and crop consultant at Precision Agri Services, Inc. with more than 32 years of crop advising experience.

03/16/2017

FLM+ Promotes Cheetham to VP

Company veteran to join leadership team

FLM+, a hybrid strategic consulting, marketing and communications company, promotes Cody Cheetham to vice president. In her new role, Cody will join the company’s leadership team.

03/15/2017

Obhof Announces Workers' Compensation Rebate Of $1 Billion To Ohio's Employers

Source: The Ohio Senate

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof joined with Governor Kasich and the leadership of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to announce a one-time rebate of approximately $1 billion to Ohio's private employers and public-taxing districts. This will be the third such rebate in the last four years.

03/13/2017

AFIA Promotes Huddleston to Director

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to announce the promotion of Gary Huddleston as its director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. Huddleston previously served as the manager of feed manufacturing safety and environmental affairs.

03/13/2017

OABA Directory Updates

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is currently updating member directory listings for the 2017 OABA Directory. If you have not received your 2016 listing to update, please contact Andrew Allman.

03/13/2017

Washington Report for 3-13-17

By: Steve Kopperud

Perdue Confirmation Hearing Looks Like Late March - Internal Industry RFS Battle Continues; Public Citizen wants Investigation of Icahn Role - Farm Bill Drumbeat Continues; Conaway Says Bill will be “On Time” - Dairy Seeks Big Changes in Farm Bill Income Support Program - House Passes Bipartisan Food Agroterrorism Protection Bill - EPA’s Pruitt Takes Shots for Denying CO2 Causes Climate Change - WOTUS Recission Part II – “Pause” the States’ Federal Case - EPA Needs to Overhaul CAFO Rules: Enviro, Consumer Groups - Future Trade Policy Debate Continues - Bayer, Monsanto Begin Sale of $2.5 billion in Assets

03/08/2017

Time is Running Out! Register Today for 2017 OABA Legislative Reception

Ohio AgriBusiness Association members are invited to attend an important legislative event on March 14. All Ohio legislators have been invited to attend, and many have already indicated their planned attendance. Legislators are excited for the chance to discuss Ohio agricultural policy with the members of OABA.

03/06/2017

MACA Offers DOT Hazmat Training Videos

DOT Hazmat Training Videos offered by the Mid America CropLife Association have been updated and are available for MACA members and non-members.

03/06/2017

Central State University to Offer Scholarships to Students Under the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program

Central State is excited to announce that the Ohio Department of Higher Education awarded funding to CSU to provide scholarships to students under the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program.

03/06/2017

Last Chance to Register for Bowling for Scholarships

Deadline to Register is March 10

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will host its annual Bowling for Scholarships event on March 17, 2017 at Timber Lanes in Maumee. The deadline to register is March 10, sign up a team today!

03/06/2017

NGFA Declares Opening of Mid-Mississippi River

Pursuant to NGFA Barge Freight Trading Rule 18(J), the NGFA declared that the mid-Mississippi River opened for navigation as of 7 a.m. on March 7.