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News from Washington: May 21-25

Update on the Farm Bill - What’s Next in China-U.S. Trade Feud? - North Korea Says It's Still Willing to Meet Trump After U.S. President Cancels Summit - Trump and House GOP Take On H-2A Reform - Trump Takes A New NAFTA Outlook - Senate Appropriations Moves USDA-FDA Spending Bill - EPA Extends Comment Period on Science Rule - GOP Immigration Showdown Threatens Ryan’s Job - USDA Tied in With Trade Talks - USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities - Sasse Introduces Livestock Haulers Legislation - Study Raises Concerns About Climate Change and Rice - AFBF Zippy Duvall Calls on Congress to Get Farm Bill Done


The Andersons to Host OSU Grain C.A.R.T. Presentation on June 28

The Andersons in Greenville is hosting an educational presentation on grain handling safety by the OSU Grain C.A.R.T. on June 28.


News from Washington: May 14-20

Conservative Revolt Over Immigration Sinks Farm Bill - Conaway Statement on Farm Bill Vote - NAFTA Deal Not Expected Soon - What’s in The Agriculture-FDA Fiscal 2019 Spending Bill - Secretary Perdue Applauds Red Tape Reduction for Farmers - A U.S.-China Deal on ZTE Could Be a Win for U.S. Farmers - USDA Keen on Broadband Pilot, But No Word on Timing - Perdue Tackles Rest of USDA Reorganization


OABA Office Closed for Memorial Day

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. OABA will resume normal business activities on Tuesday, May 29. There will be no News & Notes e-Bulletin on Memorial Day.


Mennel Milling Acquires Keynes Brothers

Transfer of ownership and operation assets will be final May 22

The Mennel Milling Company, Fostoria, OH, has entered into a tentative agreement with Keynes Brothers Inc. to acquire the Logan, OH-based company. The transfer of ownership and operation of Keynes Brothers’ assets is slated to become final May 22, 2018.


Mosaic Moving Its Headquarters to Florida

Source: StarTribune

Mosaic Co. announced that it is moving its headquarters to Florida. In a news release, Mosaic said it will move its corporate headquarters to Hillsborough County, Fla., to be closer to its phosphate mines in Florida and for long-term cost savings.


Early Deadline Approaching! Register Now for June Golf for Scholarship Outing

Early Bird Registration Closes May 25

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association invites you to attend the early Golf for Scholarships outing, held June 20 at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville, Ohio.


Ontario Agri-Retailers Make Great Strides for Great Lakes Water Quality

Source: 4R Nutrient Stewardship

With its partners in the province, Fertilizer Canada has undertaken extensive efforts to promote and implement 4R Nutrient Stewardship and have joined Ohio in introducing the 4R Certification program for agri-retailers. The province is the second region to launch the certification program.


Save the Date for Growing Innovations

Attend Growing Innovations, a breakthrough event assembling the entire specialty farming spectrum in one smart, connected space that's focused on providing real solutions with proven success. Growing Innovations will be held November 7-8, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Registration opens May 28.


News from Washington: May 7-13

Conaway Sprints to Sell the Farm Bill - White House RFS Meeting Points to Positive Outcomes for Ethanol - House Speaker Issues Deadline for NAFTA Deal - Trump to Discuss Snap Work Requirements, Farm Bill in White House Meeting - Secretary Perdue Names FSA Administrator - White House Seeks to Trim $1B at USDA - Retailers Lose on SNAP Sales Fight - Farmers Press USTR To Drop China Tariffs Plan - Senate Ag Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Farmer Veteran Legislation - U.S. Calls Out India Over Wheat, Rice Subsidies - Secretary Perdue Commits to Prioritizing Food Waste Solutions - FDA Seals the Deal on Menu Labeling


Tillie Wilson of Morral Companies Passed Away

Tillie Wilson, longtime employee of Morral Companies, LLC, passed away last week. Obituary and funeral arrangements are not available at this time, but will be posted to the OABA website when made available. 


Ohio Agricultural Council Announces 53rd Class Of Hall Of Fame Inductees

Visionary leaders in Ohio’s farm community to be honored in August

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community will be honored Friday, August 3, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Agriculture Industry Leader Jay Vroom Joins FLM Harvest’s Board of Advisors

FLM Harvest, a strategic consulting, marketing and communications agency, has announced that agriculture industry leader, mentor and veteran Jay Vroom will join FLM Harvest’s distinguished Board of Advisors.


CORRECTION: Ohio Ag Retailers Are at the Forefront of Voluntary Efforts to Improve Ohio Water Quality

Over the past six years, Ohio ag retailers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have substantially increased sales of products and services that keep soil and nutrients on farm fields. Based on published studies, we estimate Ohio ag retailers participating with the Partnership for Ag Resource Management retained more than 1.5 million lbs. of total phosphorus on farm fields in 2017, and out of Ohio waterways.


2018 Ohio Primary Election Results

Source: Belinda Jones, Capitol Consulting Group

OABA's government relations consultant, Belinda Jones of Capitol Consulting Group, shares results and insight for Ohio's primary election, including governor candidates and key congressional districts. 


OABA Welcomes 2018 Summer Intern Mary Buehler

Mary Buehler is the 2018 summer student intern for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association. She will provide support to OABA’s membership, events, policy and other key efforts and began in May 2018.


OABA Comments on OEPA’s Draft Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report

On May 4, OABA submitted comments to the Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, expressing concern with the 2018 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report’s proposed impairment designation. The comments were made in collaboration with the Ohio Soybean Association and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.


Registration Open for 2018 OABA Grain Grading Schools

ODA Approved Course for Commodity Tester Certificates

Are you looking to obtain your Commodity Tester Certificate? Or, do you already have your Commodity Tester Certificate and need to renew it? OABA is providing two opportunities to attend the 2018 Grain Grading School: June 5 in Fremont and August 22 in Renyoldsburg. 


News from Washington: April 30 - May 6

Farm Bill Expected to Meet Resistance - Trump Grants Key U.S. Allies an Extra Month of Tariff Relief - USDA Swaps ‘GMO’ for ‘Bioengineered’ - Trump Supports More Ag Guestworker Labor - Grassley Seeks Changes to RFS Exemptions - Clovis Leaves the White House, Returns to Iowa - Perdue Sides with Smithfield In Hog Waste Case - Menu Labeling Guidance MIA as Deadline Approaches - E. Coli Outbreak Has Caused First Known Death - USDA Celebrates World Trade Month


Registration Open for 2018 ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course

Credentialed auditors needed to assist agribusinesses with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program

The next ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course will be offered June 19-22, 2018, in Owensboro, KY. The course provides graduates with a thorough understanding of the assessment and auditing process as it relates to the areas found at retail facilities including dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, seed treater, shop, office and grounds.


Establishing a Safety Culture

A safety series in cooperation with Ohio's Country Journal and OABA's membership

When it gets hot out, safety glasses, gloves and long sleeves may not be comfortable. And it can be really frustrating on a busy day to make sure to take the time for locking out a machine. Prioritizing safety is not always easy or pleasant.


Register Now for 2018 Golf for Scholarships Outings

June 20 - Bellville | August 15 - Sidney

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association invites you to attend the 2018 Golf for Scholarships outings. The early outing will be held June 20 at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville, Ohio. The late outing will be held August 15 at Shelby Oaks Golf Club in Sidney, Ohio. 


Time is Running Out to Complete Census of Ag

Source: Morning Ag Clips

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.


News from Washington: April 23-29

NAFTA 2.0 Crunch Time Has Arrived - Conaway’s Farm Bill Amendment Plan - U.S. Beef Could Expand in EU to Avoid Trade War - Perdue Ok’s Transfer of Non-Infectious Animal Virus - Chinese Hunger for Ag Investments - Senators Plan Marker Bills - Missing Farm Bill Energy Title - USDA Rural Development Innovation Center Launches Interactive Webpage to Share Best Practices for Rural Economic Development - Biofuels Detente Stalled - N.C. Residents Win Big Money from Smithfield - Chairman Roberts Announces Senate Confirmation of Ken Barbic - Secretary Perdue Commemorates First Year at USDA - Push for Snap Recipients to Get Jobs Lacks Evidence - Chairman Roberts Welcomes Senator Hyde-Smith to Ag Committee - Monsanto’s Legal Rollercoaster


Attend the 2018 Grain Merchandising Risk Academy in Chicago, Illinois

OABA members receive discount on registration

INTL FCStone Financial Inc. will be hosting the 2018 Grain Merchandising Risk Academy in Chicago, Illinois on August 1-3, 2018.