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09/21/2018

Last Chance! Register Today for OABA's Target: Scholarships Sporting Clays Event

Support Ohio's agriculture students!

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce a new Educational Trust fund-raising event – Target: Scholarships. This sporting clays event will provide an additional opportunity for OABA’s membership to support students enrolled in agriculture-related fields.

09/21/2018

News from Washington: September 17-23

Europe Can’t Replace China as U.S. Soy Buyer - China Coming After U.S. Food & Ag Targets - For Conservatives, It’s Work Requirements or a Farm Bill Bust - Target Date Dawns for U.S.-Canada Deal - Ranchers Question Drought Insurance Revamp - Ag Reports on Florence Damage

09/21/2018

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was formed in 1919 as a membership organization of farmers and rural residents dedicated to improving their communities and strengthening their chosen farming vocation.

09/21/2018

Ohio's Top Conservation Farmers Honored

Winners Recognized During Farm Science Review

The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized five families representing each region of the state as winners of the 2018 Conservation Farm Family Awards at the Farm Science Review in London.

09/20/2018

Funding Available to Western Lake Erie Basin Farmers in Ohio to Improve Water Quality

Sign-up Deadline is October 19, 2018

The next round of funding is now available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, as part of a tri-state, five year, $17.5 million program funded by the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients entering Ohio waterways to lessen harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

09/20/2018

FDA to Open VQIP Application Portal Early

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be opening the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) application portal on October 1, 2018. This is three months earlier than originally scheduled to allow importers to submit their Notice of Intent to Participate and their completed VQIP applications early for the Fiscal Year 2020 benefit period.

09/17/2018

News from Washington: September 10-16

Farm Bill Tit-For-Tweet - Ag Senators Pepper Officials with Trade Questions - USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations - Pesticide Makers See Legal Losses Piling Up - Perdue: USDA Will Look into Immigrants Dropping From WIC - Perdue Plugs Ag Worker Visa Bill - Poverty Drops Slightly - Anti-Hunger Worries Public Charge Chilling All Nutrition Access - Cell-Based Meat Spat Unresolved in Ag Approps Talks - Farmers Brace for Hurricane Florence

09/17/2018

Time is Running Out! Register Now for OABA's Target: Scholarships Sporting Clays Event

Support Ohio's agriculture students!

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce a new Educational Trust fund-raising event – Target: Scholarships. This sporting clays event will provide an additional opportunity for OABA’s membership to support students enrolled in agriculture-related fields.

09/17/2018

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: CoBank

As "Rural America's Cooperative Bank," CoBank is part of the Farm Credit System, which Congress formed in 1916 to fill a need for long-term agricultural credit. CoBank’s mission is to serve as a dependable provider of credit and other value-added financial services to agriculture and rural infrastructure businesses for the benefit of rural America.

09/14/2018

Is Your Business a Qualified Facility Under Preventive Controls Rules?

FDA Issues New Resource Materials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued documents designed to help food facilities subject to the preventive controls for human and animal food rules determine if they meet the definition of a “qualified facility” under those rules, and if so, what modified requirements are applicable to such facilities.

09/14/2018

Statement from CHS Farmer-Owners and the Global Grain Market

CHS has released a statement regarding tariffs and trade policy as they discuss these issues with farmer members, coalition partners, Members of Congress and the administration.

09/14/2018

FSR Agronomy College Helps Participants Stay Current on Agronomy Issues

At the 2018 FSR Agronomy College, more than 60 agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers and custom applicators gained insight on current agronomy issues. Participants had access to industry experts covering topics including crop disease, weed ID, soil health, spraying, insects and more. 

09/12/2018

Got Leadership?

Nominate Leaders for Industry Excellence Awards and LAUNCH Course

OABA is offering two opportunities to recognize leaders in the agribusiness industry: the Industry Excellence Awards and the 2019 LAUNCH course.

09/07/2018

News from Washington: September 3-9

Ag Appropriations on The Move - Trade Aid Meets the Spending Season - Big Four Far Apart in Farm Bill Talks - New CBO Scores on Farm Bill Could Be Key - Perdue Pledges Transparency on Trade Aid - Rural Affordable Housing ‘Crisis’ Looms - Names Needed for Dietary Guidelines Panel - Report Shows Conservation Can Promote Profit - Enviros Target Farm Bill Pesticide Changes - USDA Partners with HHS to Support Rural Communities Combating Opioid Misuse - Why Immigrants Are Dropping Out of WIC - Safety Second, as USDA Eyes Faster Line Speeds

09/07/2018

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: AMVAC Chemical Corporation

American Vanguard Corporation is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company focusing on crop protection, turf and ornamental markets, and public health applications. They offer a full portfolio of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, nematicides, soil fumigants and PGRs.

09/06/2018

FLM Harvest Names Laurie Fleck President and CEO

Steve Zabka Promoted to COO

FLM Harvest has named a new president and chief executive officer: Laurie Fleck, a 25-year communications veteran and the agency’s former chief operating officer.

09/06/2018

Clarification on Seed Eligibility Under USDA Market Facilitation Program

Source: American Seed Trade Association

ASTA was recently made aware that there was confusion regarding whether farmers who grow corn/soybean/wheat seed would be eligible to receive payments for their seed acres under USDA’s recently announced Market Facilitation Program. Under Secretary Northey confirmed to ASTA that it was not the intention of USDA to exclude seed producers.

09/06/2018

Attend NGFA's Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show

Dec. 2-4 in St. Louis, Missouri

The National Grain & Feed Association's 47th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show, the single largest gathering of country elevator personnel, features the most up-to-date information on the economic outlook for grain elevators, as well as educational sessions on merchandising, the latest technology changing the industry and expert advice on recruiting and retaining employees in an evolving environment. 

09/04/2018

Attend ARA's Regional Ag Retail Forum

Maumee, Ohio - September 10, 2018

The Agricultural Retailers Association, in partnership with the Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana state agribusiness associations, is holding a policy seminar September 10, in Maumee, Ohio.

08/31/2018

Got Leadership?

Nominate Leaders for Industry Excellence Awards and LAUNCH Course

OABA is offering two opportunities to recognize leaders in the agribusiness industry: the Industry Excellence Awards and the 2019 LAUNCH course.

08/31/2018

Last Chance! Register Now for 2018 FSR Agronomy College

A partnership between OABA & OSU Extension

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and Ohio State Extension will partner to hold the Farm Science Review Agronomy College on Sept. 11. The event is designed to educate agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers, custom applicators and farmers on current agronomy issues.

08/31/2018

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: CompManagement

CompManagement is a leading provider of workers’ compensation solutions to over 25,000 employers in the state of Ohio. CompManagement represents every industry classification and size, from large corporations to small family-owned businesses to over 1,800 public entities and the Department of Administrative Services for the state of Ohio.

08/31/2018

OABA Participates in State Agribusiness Associations Meeting in Montana

Last week, state agribusiness associations and supporting national stakeholders held the annual “Out of Focus” Conference. Chris Henney attended the conference, and served on a panel to discuss 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification.

08/31/2018

Soil, Water Task Force Begins Work on Kasich’s ‘Distress’ Order

Source: The Hannah Report

A task force formed by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to review Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to designate eight watersheds in the Western Basin of Lake Erie as “in distress” began work Thursday on recommendations that could lead to the full commission agreeing with or going against that order. 

08/30/2018

AFIA Launches Coordinated Effort to Address African Swine Fever

Source: AFIA

Last week, AFIA was made aware of several outbreaks of African Swine Fever occurring in China, Romania and Ukraine. With the pork tariffs imposed on swine destined to China and these outbreaks, pork producers are nervous, rumors are frequent and concerns are high.