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OSHA Issues New Respirator Guidance

Source: American Feed Industry Association

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new enforcement guidance on the use of respiratory protection equipment certified under international standards or other jurisdictions during the coronavirus disease pandemic. All employers that have employees who are required to use, or are permitted to use respiratory protection voluntarily, must continue to manage their respiratory protection programs (RPPs) in accordance with the OSHA respirator standard.


Kalmbach Feeds to Launch Campaign to Provide Half Million Meals

In response to the unprecedented challenges being faced by Americans due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Kalmbach Feeds is launching a campaign to support Feeding America by donating funds to supply 500,000 meals to friends and neighbors in need.


Gov. DeWine, BWC Propose $1.6 Billion Dividend to Ohio Employers

Move made to ease COVID-19 financial impact

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud have proposed giving up to $1.6 billion to Ohio employers this spring to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Ohio’s economy and business community.


4-H Events Cancelled Statewide Through July 6

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

According to a letter penned by Dr. Kirk Bloir, Assistant Director of 4-H Youth Development with Ohio State University Extension, all Ohio 4-H events are cancelled through July 6, 2020. This closure does not include county fairs, which are governed by county agricultural societies.


2020 Ohio FFA Celebration Announced

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio FFA made the decision to cancel the 2020 Ohio FFA Convention, but there are still many member accomplishments to celebrate this spring. The newly announced 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration will highlight members from across the state during this timeframe including Proficiency Award Areas, Star State FFA Degrees, Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Awards, the 2020-2021 Ohio FFA State Officer Team, and more.


Statement from Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda Regarding H2Ohio

While the rollout of the H2Ohio program was very thoughtfully executed, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a necessary reevaluation of ODA’s budget for the H2Ohio Initiative. ODA is committed to working within the Administration’s budgetary guidelines and will communicate with farmers the status of H2Ohio going forward based upon those guidelines once they are known.


Stand Up for Grain Safety Week: Virtual Events Available

April 13-17

OSHA and NGFA have made digital webinars and resources available to companies to celebrate Stand Up for Grain Safety Week - April 13-17. Share updates on social media with #StandUp4GrainSafety!


Share Your Stories! OABA to Run Outstanding Employee Features During Coronavirus Situation

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association would like to feature stories of agribusiness employees who have gone above and beyond throughout COVID-19 on our social media channels. Recognizing these heroes of agribusiness raises the awareness of the industry overall and also helps to spread positive messages across social media.


Registration Open for 2020 Golf for Scholarships Outings

June 17 - Bellville | August 19 - Sidney

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association invites you to attend the 2020 Golf for Scholarships outings. The early outing will be held June 17 at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville, Ohio. The late outing will be held August 19 at Shelby Oaks Golf Club in Sidney, Ohio. 


News from Washington: March 30 - April 3

Shaping the Next Phase of The Stimulus - Senators Seek Slowdown On USMCA - ‘Unprecedented’: Sizing Up the Federal Farm Rescue - Secretary Perdue Statement on Coronavirus Rescue Package - Coronavirus Pushes Farm Labor Failings into Spotlight - Secretary Perdue Applauds State Department’s H-2 Decision - The Pandemic in Rural America - Another ‘Missed Opportunity’ For Ethanol - Trump Punts on Ethanol Enforcement - FDA Reassures Food Safety During Pandemic - Rising Pressure to Target Beef Price-Fixing - Global Leaders Call for Steady Food Flows - Trump’s SNAP Crackdown Undercut by Coronavirus - Growing Pains as Grocers Adapt to New Normal - Decision Day for Dean Foods


COVID-19 Job Search Resource

Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis.


OABA Office Closed for Good Friday

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed on Friday, April 10 for Good Friday. OABA will resume normal business activities on Monday, April 13.


Agriculture Associations Ask Governors to Support Food System

On April 1, 35 national trade associations sent a letter to governors across the country recognizing the importance of their leadership, as well as asking them to support agriculture as they navigate decisions and policy regarding coronavirus response.


Organizational Management in Times of Uncertainty - CLA Livestream Series

Free resource for OABA members from CLA Connect

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP is hosting a multipart livestream series on Tuesdays and Thursdays to engage in the latest changes related to these uncertain times. Topics include issues related to legislation, liquidity, workforce, and other relevant topics.


Navigating and Understanding the CARES Act for Small Businesses

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

On March 27, President Donald J. Trump signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) into law with provisions to provide financially distressed consumers and small businesses greater access to bankruptcy relief.


Ohio’s Agribusinesses Remain Committed to Serving Farmers and Consumers Through Coronavirus Outbreak

Implementing safety and health measures while still providing excellent service

In the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, farmers across Ohio continue to operate to their fullest in order to keep Ohio’s food supply strong. Standing behind them are Ohio’s agribusinesses, which, as an essential industry, continue to diligently serve their farmer customers, while also managing the risks related to coronavirus.


H2Ohio Deadline For Accepting Applications Moved To March 31

The deadline for farmers to submit applications for the H2Ohio program is moving back to the original date of March 31, 2020. 


Pesticide Private Applicator Certification Deadline Extended

With the signing of House Bill 197, Ohio’s COVID-19 emergency response legislation, the March 31, 2020 deadline for private pesticide applicators (farmers) and the May 31, 2020 deadline for agricultural fertilizer certificate holders to renew their license and get training has been extended. 


FDA Fact Sheet on Safety Distributing Unused Human Food for Animal Food Use During COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on in-store dining, restaurants and restaurant suppliers may have surplus food that they cannot use and are looking for ways to repurpose their inventory. If you can’t redistribute the unused food for human food use, FDA has developed a new Fact Sheet on how to safely distribute it for animal food use during COVID-19.


VIDEO: Secretary Perdue Thanks the Ag Supply Chain

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said “Thank You” this week to everyone on the ag supply chain in a video message.


News from Washington: March 23-27

Smaller Farm Aid, No Benefits Boost in Bipartisan Stimulus Plan - Pelosi Setting Up Phase 4 Coronavirus Bill - Farmers, Rural Businesses Brace for Recession - Pesticides Amid the Pandemic - USDA Makes it Easier to Feed Kids and Those Who Need Food During the COVID-19 National Emergency - Secretary Perdue’s Statement on National Ag Day - H-2A System Gets Reprieve - Peterson: Agriculture and Food “Absolutely Critical” in Fighting Pandemic - Perdue Keeping Close Tabs on Commodity Prices - Trump Mum as Refiners Target Biofuel Ruling - Coronavirus Scrambles Europe’s Ag Network - China’s Big Wheat Buy - Brashears Approved for Ag Undersecretary - Victory Gardens’ Born Out of Coronavirus Pandemic


Does Your Company have PPE to Spare? Consider Donation to Ohio COVID Efforts

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, continue to remind Ohioans of the oncoming shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.


Free Leadership Webinars for OABA Members – Enhance Your Skills During Unprecedented Times

In Partnership with OSU Leadership Center

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is partnering with The Ohio State University Leadership Center, to grant OABA members exclusive access to outstanding professional development workshops. These webinars grant members access to high-caliber training, from their work or home. With current restrictions and public health concerns, webinars are the perfect way to ensure your employees continue to develop their leadership skills.  


Ohio BWC Announces Deferment of Unpaid Insurance Premium Installments

To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio BWC is announcing that unpaid insurance premium installment amounts due for March, April, and May for the current policy year can be deferred until June 1, 2020.


U.S. Seed Companies Remain Committed to Meeting Farmer, Consumer Demand

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew LaVigne provides a statement on COVID-19 on behalf of the U.S. seed industry.