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News from Washington: November 11-15

Ag Purchases Ensnare U.S.-China Trade Talks - Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Deal - Trade Aid’s Winners and Losers - China Welcomes Poultry Imports Again - Cold Weather Cuts into Corn Crop - Rural Areas Face Toughest Economic Conditions - A New Crack in the Farm Economy - Dean Foods Goes Bankrupt - Biofuels Lawsuit Against EPA Thrown Out - Spending Talks on Tap as Deadline Nears - Bringing Ag Into the Drone Zone - Brazil’s Implementation of Tariff Rate Quota for Wheat a Win for American Farmers - USDA Sends Hurricane Aid to Southern Farmers - France’s Glyphosate Phase-Out Falling Short - Organic Corn Harvest Weeks Behind Schedule - NSAC Calls for Climate-Neutral Ag Sector - Brazil on Damage Control After Amazon Fires


H2Ohio Strategies and Farm Practices Outlined by Gov. DeWine

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled an overview of his new H2Ohio plan for water quality Thursday afternoon in Toledo. Backdropped by the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Governor DeWine presented basic details of the plan to an invited audience of over 100 farmers and legislators, as well as collaborators from farm associations, conservation groups, universities and research centers, agribusinesses, and public and government entities.


Governor DeWine Announces H2Ohio Water Quality Plan

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination.


A Message to Our Members on H2Ohio

On Nov. 14, Governor Mike DeWine outlined his framework for the use of H2Ohio funds to improve Ohio’s water quality. The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI), of which OABA is a member, will serve as an integral partner in this initiative. This is, in large part, recognition of our commitment to lead in developing and deploying solutions that result in meaningful water quality improvements.


Michigan Agri-Business Association Announces New President

The Michigan Agri-Business Association Board of Directors announced today that Chuck Lippstreu has been selected to lead the association upon the retirement of current MABA president Jim Byrum in February 2020. He will join the association effective January 2.


VIDEO: Catching Up with Chris - November 2019

Fall is a wonderful time of year: harvest is wrapping up, membership renewals are coming in and we're putting the finishing touches on our 2020 Industry Conference! We're excited to announce our speaker for the Industry Dinner: Shirley Brooks-Jones.


From Life-Changing to World-Changing: Keynote Speaker to Share Power of Giving Back

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to welcome Shirley Brooks-Jones as the Industry Dinner keynote speaker at the upcoming 2020 OABA Industry Conference.


News from Washington: November 4-8

USMCA Negotiators Near the Finish Line? - U.S., China Agree to Tariff Cuts… Eventually - How China Could Get To $40B in Ag Purchases - Another Trade Aid Tranche Coming in Hot - Corn, Pork Groups See Promise in U.S.-China Deal - Peterson Calls for Trade Aid Tweaks - Hemp Checkoff in The Works? - Ethanol Sector Looks South for Sales Boost - Trump Taps Hahn For FDA’s Top Job - Meat Sector Seeing Green in Export Outlook - Farm Economy Woes Forcing Farmers Out of Business - How A Foreign Meatpacker Became a U.S. Powerhouse - Price Incentives Boost SNAP Produce Purchases - Indecision 2020: Peterson Mulls Another Run, Another Farm Bill - USDA to Award New Broadband Money By December


FDA Will Continue Enforcement Discretion Policy Relevant to Certain Co-Manufacturers under FSMA

The FDA will be continuing its enforcement discretion policy for compliance with certain FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) supply-chain program requirements applicable to receiving facilities that are co-manufacturers.


Become a 2020 OABA Sustaining Sponsor!

One Ask | One Investment | 365 Promotion

The all-inclusive Sustaining Sponsorship structure allows members to select one Sustaining Sponsorship level and receive promotional opportunities at all OABA events throughout the calendar year.


The Best Strategic Plans - Leadership Offerings from the OSU Leadership Center

The OSU Leadership Center offers a variety of professional development opportunities, open to current and aspiring leaders interested in increasing their leadership knowledge and skills.


Sweet Launches Enclosed Belt Conveyor

For nearly 65 years, Sweet Manufacturing Company has provided superior service and the highest quality in material handling equipment. Sweet continues its legacy of quality with the announcement of its new Enclosed Belt Conveyor. The EBC expands on Sweet’s current offering of conveyors which includes Flite-Veyor® Flat Bottom Drag Conveyors, Flite-Veyor® Round Bottom Conveyors, Formed Channel Belt Conveyors, and Quick-Key® Spool Belt Conveyors.


Compass Monthly Feature - LifeCycle Tank Management Program

Source: Asmark Institute

Experience has shown that environmental, management, design and use factors determine how long a tank will last. Periodic inspections, performed systematically will help prevent the unexpected and potentially catastrophic release of product due to tank failure.


News from Washington: October 28 - November 1

Next Steps for USMCA Negotiations - Closing in On Phase-One Trade Deal - What You Need to Know About the Hemp Regs - Hemp Org Releases New Guidance - Playing Catch-Up Against African Swine Fever - It’s Back to The Eighties After Trump’s WOTUS Repeal - Climate Crisis Committee Looks for Ag Solutions - Oil, Ag Take Biofuels Feud to The Hill - The Ag Labor Victory Lap - Why We Don’t Know What to Eat to Stay Healthy - FDA Has A New Way to Test for PFAS in Food


FOCUS 2020: Register Now for 2020 OABA Industry Conference

Are you ready to FOCUS on the future of the agriculture industry? The theme of this year's OABA Industry Conference is Focus 2020. In an ever-changing business landscape, this year’s conference will look forward into 2020 and beyond to the opportunities and challenges on the horizon, guided by the industry’s leading experts.


Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Recognition Program

Each year Ohio EPA recognizes organizations in the Buckeye State for exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship through the Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio can be recognized for their commitment to environmental excellence.


USDA Reveals Long-Awaited Hemp Guidance

Source: The Hannah Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, giving the Ohio Department of Agriculture a regulatory framework to follow as the agency considers modifications to its initial draft hemp rules.


Ohio Agribusiness Quarterly Shares Association Updates with Legislators and Regulators

To share OABA's story and activities with legislators and executive agency staff, we have developed a communication piece, the Agribusiness Quarterly. Each issue will contain an update from Chris Henney, a recap of quarterly activities and some general information about our industry.


Heritage Cooperative to Work with Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, Campbell Soup Company to Support Stewardship on Ohio Farms

Heritage Cooperative announced it will work alongside Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Campbell Soup Company to help Ohio wheat farmers benchmark their stewardship work and strive to continue safeguarding the air, land and water. Together, the companies will seek to enroll 60,000 Ohio wheat acres in the program, which was previously piloted in Maryland and Pennsylvania.


Last Chance! Nominate Emerging Leaders for 2020 LAUNCH Program

Full Session Agendas Set - Outstanding Speakers Prepared to Elevate Your Employees

The deadline to apply for the 2020 LAUNCH program is October 31. With two packed sessions led by industry experts, participants will be pushed to rise to the challenges and opportunities facing agribusinesses today and tomorrow


News from Washington: October 21-24

Democrats Staying Positive On USMCA - Tariffs on EU Farm Goods Take Effect - Ag Groups Challenge EPA Waivers in Court - Grassley Losing Hope for USMCA Passage This Year - Ag Spending Bill Hits the Senate Floor - WOTUS Repeal, And Lawsuits, Land - EPA Chief Tamps Down the Latest Biofuels Backlash - USDA’S Internal Watchdog Launches Climate Probe - FDA Looks to Next Chapter of Food Safety - FDA To Give 6 Months Leeway on Nutrition Facts Update - Spring Rains Stymie Organic Production


Time is Running Out! Elevate Your Employees Through 2020 LAUNCH Class

Applications due October 31

Agribusinesses continually compete with all industries to recruit and retain the best talent, but there is also a need to invest in those who are already passionate about agriculture. Emerging agribusiness leaders can build their skills through LAUNCH – Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights – to rise to the challenges and opportunities facing agribusinesses today and tomorrow.


Agribusiness Conference to Focus on Opportunities and Challenges of 2020 and Beyond

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference across three days in 2020, Jan. 29, 30 and 31 at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel, providing education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals.


VIDEO: Catching Up with Chris - October 2019

Theme alert! We're excited to announce the 2020 OABA Industry Conference theme: Focus 2020! Chris Henney and guest Al Holdren, chairman of the Industry Education Committee, share why it's important to prioritize conferences for your employees.


News from Washington: October 14-18

Fed Says Farm Finances Are Worsening - Trump Lands A Limited Trade Truce with China - Censky Says Next Round of Trade Aid TBD - How China Could Open the U.S. Ag Spigot - Tariffs Could Spark U.S.-EU Trade War - Trump’s Ethanol Deal Flops with Farmers - How USDA Is Failing Farmers on Climate Change - The Hemp Hype Comes to K Street - Democrats Decry Delay on SNAP Rule Analysis - The Grassroots Push Behind Whole Milk