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NGFA, Ag Transportation Working Group, Urge STB to hold CSXT Accountable for Service Failures

Source: National Grain & Feed Association

The Agricultural Transportation Working Group - a diverse network of national farm, commodity group and agribusiness organizations, including the NGFA - called upon the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to aggressively continue its efforts to examine the underlying reasons for the precipitous, deteriorating rail service being provided by CSXT.


OABA to Honor Professionalism, Stewardship and Excellence in Agribusiness Employees

OABA will recognize outstanding leaders in the agribusiness industry through the Awards and Recognition Initiative. Members are now able to nominate their employees for two award opportunities: Excellence in Safety & Stewardship and Achievement as an Emerging Leader.


Paul Davis Joins AFIA's Legislative and Regulatory Team

The American Feed Industry Association is excited to welcome Paul Davis, Ph.D., as its new director of quality, animal food safety and education.


FSR Agronomy College Provides Insight to Keep Agronomic Professionals Sharp

Agronomists, CCAs and custom applicators can stay current on agronomy issues during the Farm Science Review Agronomy College, hosted by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association in partnership with Ohio State University Extension on Sept. 12.


Washington Report for 8-14-17

By Steve Kopperud

GOP Shifts Focus to Tax Reform Before Year’s End - ‘We Have the Facts’ on Farm Bill Rewrite, Says Conaway; Grassley Predicts Farm Bill by Christmas - Clovis Nomination Remains Controversial, but Perdue Weighs In - NAFTA Talks Begin Next Week in DC - Roberts Gets 100 Senators to Back Dole Gold Medal - FSMA CCMP, Preventive Control Compliance Dates Coming, but Control Inspections Deferred - USDA Accused of Censoring Use of “Climate Change;” Stabenow Wants Answers - Icahn Loses, Biofuels Wins in Likely EPA RFS Decision - Biodiesel Makers Nervous over Import Impact on RFS Mandate - Capitol Hill Weighs into Glyphosate Issue - West Coat Dock Contract Approved through July, 2022 - August 31 is Date for Dow, DuPont Deal Closing - Corn, Soybean Production Drops; Storage Supply Keeps Prices Steady: USDA


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Syngenta

Syngenta believes in delivering more food for a better world through outstanding crop technologies. Syngenta remains committed to realizing a better way to help growers do more with less.


Register Now for AFIA's Equipment Manufacturers Conference

Registration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association's Equipment Manufacturers Conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 2-4.


NGFA, NAEGA Outline Trade Priorities for Trump Administration

The National Grain and Feed Association and the North American Export Grain Association submitted a joint statement to the Trump administration regarding the performance of free trade agreements.


Washington Report for 8-7-17

By Steve Kopperud

Farm Bill Schedules Speeding Up; Final Bill with “Fine Tuning” by End of Year? - Blumenauer Opts to Introduce His Own Farm Bill - Senate Legal Immigration Bill Embraced by Trump; Bipartisan Critics Want Broader Reform - Senate Ag Committee Approves CFTC Nominees - Tripartite NAFTA Line-up Nearly Set - Dems Resurrect Bill to Normalize U.S.-Cuba Trade - Iowa, Nebraska Governors, ASA Want More Biodiesel and Cellulosic Ethanol in Final RFS - EPA Methane Regs Must Be Enforced: Court - On-Farm Antibiotic Use, Resistance Linked by European Government Study - West Coast Longshoremen Seen Approving Three-Year Contract Extension - Sensenbrenner Bill Stops State Law on Animal Production, Interstate Trade


TFI Response to NOAA Hypoxia Announcement

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

Nutrients and their impact on water quality were again in the news with the release of NOAA's announcement, that at 8,776 square miles, the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico is, the largest measured since dead zone mapping began in 1985. The Fertilizer Institute deployed a multifaceted strategy to ensure that industry’s commitment to nutrient stewardship was heard.


Last Chance! Register Now for August Golf for Scholarships Outing

Register now to support Ohio agricultural students at the annual OABA Golf for Scholarships outing, to be held August 16 in Sidney, Ohio.


Conservation on Farms – Tackling Issues, Seizing Opportunities

OSU EPN Breakfast Series

The Environmental Professionals Network hosts a monthly breakfast series with compelling speakers on important innovative topics at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Ohio Soybean Council

The Ohio Soybean Council's mission is to invest soybean checkoff funds to maximize the value of soybeans and increase profit opportunities for Ohio farmers.


Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course Offers FSMA Training for Processing Facilities

Training Meets FDA Requirements for PCQI Designation

In order to assist businesses in meeting the requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration, the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in collaboration with the American Feed Industry Association, will offer the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course Sept. 26-28.


Ag Organizations Partner to Host 4R Technology Field Day

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is partnering with industry leaders to host a 4R Technology Review Field Day to continue efforts that strengthen the industry's commitment to improving water quality in Lake Erie and waterways through Ohio.


STB Must Reject Railroad Attempts to Reverse Protections for Rail Users

Source: National Grain & Feed Association

The National Grain and Feed Association urged the Surface Transportation Board's Regulatory Reform Task Force to reject attempts by monopolistic freight railroads to rescind the few remaining statutory protections afforded to rail users under the Staggers Rail Act.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Legacy Farmers Cooperative

Legacy Farmers Cooperative is a locally-owned farmers' cooperative located in Findlay, Ohio and the surrounding counties of Hancock, Henry, Putnam, Seneca and Wood.


OABA Demonstrates Commitment to Educational Trust Through Contribution to Endowed Scholarship Fund

The OABA Board of Directors has voted to match the Educational Trust's initial contribution of $50,000 to complete the Endowed Scholarship Fund. The endowment will provide $8,000 annually in scholarship revenue, in perpetuity, to students studying agriculture at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.


Obtain or Renew Commodity Tester Certificate at OABA Grain Grading School

Register Now for Sept. 6 Session

OABA is providing commodity testers the opportunity to obtain or renew their certification through an ODA-approved Grain Grading School on Sept. 6. The session will train participants in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment.


SBA Office of Advocacy Seeks Input from Small Businesses at Ohio Regional Regulatory Roundtables

The SBA's Office of Advocacy will host two Regulatory Reform Roundtables in August to help identify specific regulatory barriers to small business growth through first-hand testimony and thereby assist federal agencies in complying with the President’s directive to eliminate burdensome regulations.


CropLife America Supports White House Nominations

CropLife America supports the nomination of Dourson, McKinney and Clovis to various federal positions.


Invest Now in Nation's Transportation Infrastructure or Fall Farther Behind

Source: National Grain & Feed Association

The United States needs to make more strategic, significant and predictable investments in the U.S. transportation infrastructure or risk having U.S. agriculture lose its competitive export advantage to foreign countries, the National Grain and Feed Association told Congress.


Attend 4R Technology Reviews for Exclusive Access to Nutrient Stewardship Tools

Save the date for Ohio's event on Sept. 13

Grow your nutrient stewardship expertise and stand out as a leader in environmental sustainability by attending a 4R Technology Review event.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Seed Consultants, Inc.

Seed Consultants, Inc., located outside Washington Court House, Ohio, is a corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa seed supplier for the eastern Corn Belt. Founded in 1990, SCI has grown to become the largest Ohio-based seed company.


Time is Running Out! Register Now for August Golf for Scholarships Outing

Early registration closes July 28

Register now to support Ohio agricultural students at the annual OABA Golf for Scholarships outing, to be held August 16 in Sidney, Ohio.