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04/26/2017

OFBF Calls Ohio Farmers to Action on CAUV

Act Now to Protect CAUV!

Ohio Farm Bureau has been working with House members to accomplish CAUV reform and is now calling on its members to help protect and keep CAUV language in the budget by making sure statewide support is voiced.

04/26/2017

Wilt Public Relations Shifts Gears with New Brand

Shift•ology Communication Launching at National Agri-Marketing Association’s Annual Conference

After nearly 10 years in business, bioscience agency Wilt Public Relations is rebranding as Shift•ology Communication to better express the agency’s unique science-based communication process that helps its clients reach more, convince more and win more.

04/25/2017

OABA Congratulates Secretary Sonny Purdue on Appointment to USDA

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association congratulates Secretary Sonny Perdue on his appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. OABA welcomes the agribusiness experience and leadership Perdue will bring to the USDA.

04/25/2017

Obtain or Renew Commodity Tester Certificate at OABA Grain Grading School

Register Now for May 31 Session

OABA is providing commodity testers the opportunity to obtain or renew their certification through an ODA-approved Grain Grading School on May 31. The session will train participants in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment.

04/25/2017

Register Now for 2017 Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training

Training Open to Grain Professionals and First Responders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in partnership with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and the Safety and Technical Rescue Association, will offer its 2017 Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training program for firefighters, first responders and grain personnel Aug. 22-25 in Sidney, Ohio.

04/24/2017

AGCO and Asmark Institute Collaborate to Offer Training for Beginning Custom Applicators

Launch event planned for June 12; first course to be held June 13

AGCO Corporation and the Asmark Institute are collaborating to offer a new training program dedicated to educating and developing custom applicators of crop protection products and plant nutrients. Each course will consist of 3 ½ days of training with the first course starting June 13. Before the first training, Asmark and AGCO will host a launch event on June 12.

04/21/2017

Washington Report for 4-24-17

By Steve Kopperud

Perdue Set for April 24 Vote; Committee to Clear Gottlieb April 26, as Nominations Increase - Trump Returns to Tough Talk on NAFTA at Wisconsin Speech - White House Split on Whether to Exit Paris Climate Change Accord - EPA Moving Ahead on WOTUS Reinvention; No Plans to “Outsource” Reg Writing - Ethanol Exceeds 10% Blend Rate for First Time - DOC, ITC Begin Biodiesel Antidumping Investigation against Argentina, Indonesia; Tax Credit Assailed - Chemical Companies Push to Suspend EPA Organophosphate Review by Fisheries Unit - Organic Production Growing Fast: USDA

04/18/2017

OABA Welcomes Janice Welsheimer as Director of Educational Programs

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has hired Janice Welsheimer as its director of educational programs. Welsheimer will provide leadership and direction for OABA’s educational programs, including workshops, seminars and conferences.

04/17/2017

OABA to Hold Annual Golf for Scholarships Outings

Mark your calendars for June 21 and August 16

Register now to support Ohio agricultural students at the annual OABA Golf for Scholarships outing, to be held June 21 in Bellville, Ohio.

04/17/2017

Ohio Department of Agriculture Welcomes New Assistant Director

Tim Derickson Joins Agency

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels has appointed former State Representative Tim Derickson as the department’s assistant director.

04/17/2017

Huron Tractor Now Offering SoilWarrior® Zone Tillage Equipment

Environmental Tillage Systems announced that Huron Tractor Ltd. will now be selling and supporting the SoilWarrior brand in the province of Ontario, Canada. Based out of Exeter, Huron Tractor will sell SoilWarrior zone tillage and nutrient application equipment throughout their sales territory.

04/17/2017

Washington Report for 4-17-17

By Steve Kopperud

April 24 Perdue Senate Confirmation Vote Schedule Sets Off Heitkamp - White House Continues Push to Downsize Government, Cut Costs - Obamas Re-emerge to Talk about Food - Sessions Kicks Immigration Enforcement Action into High Gear - Senate Ag Panel to Hold Second Farm Bill Hearing in Michigan May 6 - Conservation Programs Get Farm Bill Attention; Thune Wants Higher CRP Cap - States Ask USDA to Buy More Surplus Cheese, Butter, Blame Canadian Reclassification System - Inherits Russia Election Probe Reins - Trump Looks to Fill White House CEQ Chair - Pruitt Says Dump Paris Climate Agreement; NFU Tells White House to Honor Paris Accord - EPA to Meet with States Over How to Repropose WOTUS - Federal Court Tosses EPA CAFO Air Emission Exemption - Beef Makes the Cut on U.S.-China 100-day Agreement Deal - U.S. Corn Ethanol Use Up; Global Coarse Grain Production Higher

04/13/2017

OABA Submits Comments for IJC's Draft Report on Great Lakes Water Quality

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with state and national partner organizations, submitted comments on the International Joint Commission's draft report “First Triennial Assessment of Progress on Great Lakes Water Quality.”

04/10/2017

Join the Ohio Materials Marketplace

Source: Ohio EPA

The Ohio Materials Marketplace aims to create a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where one organization’s hard-to-recycle wastes and by-products becomes another organization’s raw material.

04/07/2017

ODA Launches 2017 "Ag is Cool!" Creative Expression Contest

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced it will begin accepting entries for the 2017 “Agriculture is Cool!” Creative Expression Contest. Children enrolled in school or home schooled in Ohio during the 2016-2017 academic year have until June 5, 2017 to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool.

04/07/2017

Washington Report for 4-10-17

By: Steve Kopperud

April 24 Set for Perdue Senate Confirmation Vote - House Ag Committee Talks Tax Reform as Ryan, White House Work on Plans - HELP Committee Hears Gottlieb as FDA Commissioner Nominee - Lighthizer Nomination Stuck - SCOTUS Won’t Mess with WOTUS - NRDC, Pesticide Action Network Want Fed Court to Order Ban on Chlorpyrifos - New Group Battles RFS Proposal - State Ag Departments: Fully Fund USDA, FDA and EPA Discretionary Spending - FTC Calls for Sale of U.S. Assets in Okaying China National, Syngenta Merger; EU Gives Green Light

04/07/2017

OABA Office Closed for Good Friday

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed on Friday, April 14 for Good Friday. OABA will resume normal business activities on Monday, April 17.

04/07/2017

Senate Vote on Secretary of Ag Nominee Scheduled

Source: Brownfield Ag News

The vote to confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture has been pushed to the end of the month. The full Senate will vote on April 24, after they return from their upcoming two-week Easter recess.

04/05/2017

State Officials Updated on Research Projects to Prevent Algal Blooms

Source: The Hannah Report

In order to fight the problem of harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie, there will need to be continuous research and new remedies created, state officials said.

04/05/2017

NGFA Outlines Waterways Infrastructure Needs in Letter to Congressional Appropriators

A total of 22 agricultural producer and agribusiness organizations that participate in the Agricultural Transportation Working Group sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators asking for continued funding support in fiscal year 2018 to rebuild the nation's declining inland waterways infrastructure.

04/03/2017

NGFA Urges Senators to "Confirm Sonny Now!"

OABA is partnering with the National Grain and Feed Association to mobilize members to call their U.S. senators and engage with them on social media to urge them to confirm Perdue before the Senate recesses for two weeks on April 7.

03/31/2017

Washington Report for 4-3-17

By Steve Kopperud

Perdue Gets Committee Approval, Gillibrand Won’t Support, Floor Vote Remains Elusive - Senate HELP Panel Narrowly Approves Acosta Nomination for Labor Secretary - House Ag Subcommittee Talks ARC, PLC - Trump Orders End to Obama “Clean Power Plan,” Climate Change Actions - Science Underlying EPA Decisions Needs Public Disclosure: House - EPA Rejects Enviro Petition on Chlorpyrifos Dangers; Lawsuit Likely - CAFO FOIA Information Release Deal Finalized - WOTUS Reverse Set for Late 2017; Keep Federal Case Moving, says AFBF - FDA Commissioner Nominee Gottlieb Gets April 5 Hearing after Submitting Finances Plan - Big Company Compliance Date on FSMA Transport Rule Set for April 6 - CFTC Acting Chair Giancarlo Names James McDonald Enforcement Director - NAFTA Talks are Test for White House - Vietnam told U.S. Wants “Deeper” Trade Relations - NCBA Pushes Beef on White House, China Agenda - Producer Checkoff Programs Under Attack; HSUS Praises Action

03/31/2017

Registration is Open for OABA Grain Grading School

Mark your calendars for May 31 and September 6 in Reynoldsburg

OABA is providing commodity testers the opportunity to obtain or renew their certification through an ODA-approved Grain Grading School on May 31. The session will train participants in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment.

03/31/2017

Grain Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training Offered for Grain Professionals and First Responders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in partnership with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and the Safety and Technical Rescue Association, will offer its 2017 Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training program for firefighters, first responders and grain personnel Aug. 22-25 in Sidney, Ohio.

03/31/2017

Register Now for NGFA Trading, Trade Rules and Dispute Resolution Seminar

Join the National Grain & Feed Association for the 2017 Trade Rules Seminar, May 1-2 at the Hilton KCI in Kansas City, MO.