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06/23/2017

Washington Report for 6-26-17

By Steve Kopperud

Trump, Perdue take Rural Development Show to Iowa, Talks Successes, Immigration - Ryan Sets Sights on Tax Reform; Promises 2017 Final Action - Perdue Names More Key Staff - House Agriculture Talks University Research Challenges - CFTC Gets Commission Nominees, Giancarlo Gets Confirmation Hearing, Bowen Announces Departure - Doud Nominated to USTR Top Ag Post - Perdue Hosts Canadian, Mexican Ag Ministers in Georgia - NAFTA Sparring Continues; Lighthizer Offers Hopes for Talks - Kind Wants Lighthizer, Perdue in Wisconsin to Talk Dairy - Ag Groups Unhappy with Trump Move on Cuba - July Set for U.S. to Begin Talks with UK on Post-Brexit Bilateral Trade Deal - U.S. Pushing China to Approve Six More Biotech Crops - U.S. Cuts of All Fresh Beef Imports from Brazil on Safety Concerns - EPA, BLM Signal Possible Massive Job Cuts

06/23/2017

NGFA-PFI Feed & Pet Food Joint Conference

Registration Opens June 26

The 2017 NGFA-PFI Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference is an annual collaboration between the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Pet Food Institute (PFI), designed specifically for the feed and pet food sectors.

06/23/2017

Report Finds Lake Erie Deteriorating Due to Algae

Source: The Hannah Report

Lake Erie’s ecosystem is in poor condition and the trend is deteriorating, according to a new report put out by the U.S. EPA and the Canadian government.

06/22/2017

OABA Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships Outing Recap

Register for Aug. 16 outing by July 28 for early registration discount

A beautiful day met those gathered for the Ohio AgriBusiness Association Educational Trust Golf for Scholarships June 21 scramble. More than 80 golfers from across the agricultural community came together at the Deere Ridge Golf Club in Bellville to support the Educational Trust scholarship fund.

06/20/2017

FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing Join Forces as FLM Harvest

Deal Merges Complementary Client Portfolios in Farm, Food, Environmental Sciences and Lifestyle

FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing announced they will join forces, merging highly complementary competencies, cultures and client portfolios across the farm, food, environmental sciences and lifestyle spectrum. Together, the companies will rebrand as FLM Harvest.

06/20/2017

Attorney General DeWine Signs Letters on Waters of the United States Rule

Attorney General DeWine submitted a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging the Administration to reformulate the “waters of the United States” regulatory definition. 

06/20/2017

Archbold Equipment Co. Rebrands and is Now Redline Equipment

Archbold Equipment has rebranded and is now Redline Equipment. The company has a new name, new logo and tagline; any season, any reason, any time.

06/16/2017

Great News!

Chris Henney share updates on OABA staff

Andrew Allman will be rejoining the team here at OABA effective immediately. We welcome Andrew back as our Director of Business Operations and hope you will as well.

06/16/2017

Washington Report for 6-19-17

By Steve Kopperud

Tyson Lobbyist in Serious Condition After DC Shooting, Conaway OK - Trump Moves to Roll Back Some Obama U.S.-Cuba Normalization, Targets Castro Government - China Beef Deal Finalized, Milk Sales About to Begin - Hazlett Named Perdue’s New Special Assistant for Rural Development; Controversy Follows - Trump to Nominate Stump to CFTC: Reports - E15 Bill Senate Hearing Not as Smooth as Backers Hoped - House Ag Sets June 24 Farm Bill Listening Session in Florida - Two-year Delay on Methane Recapture Proposed - Pruitt Assures Lawmakers Defunding Watershed Program Won’t Kill Clean-up - Risk Management Plan Compliance Pushed to 2019 - Overtime Rule Rolled Down by DOL - Justice OK’s Dow, DuPont Merger

06/16/2017

GMO Answers Launches Newly Designed Website

GMO Answers is pleased to announce their newly redesigned website. The refreshed GMO Answers website is the latest evolution in GMO Answers’ continued commitment to creating a central, user-friendly resource for GMO and biotechnology information.

06/16/2017

Be Recognized as Among the Best in Ag Retail

Apply today for Agricultural Retailers Association 2017 Retailer of the Year

Wanted: Innovative, tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, community-minded ag retailer with outstanding employees and solid track-record. Successful applicant will be recognized as the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2017.

06/15/2017

EPA Extends RMP Effective Date

Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

US EPA Administrator Pruitt signed a final rule to further delay the effective date of EPA's Risk Management Program Amendments an additional 20 months to allow the agency to conduct a reconsideration proceeding. The new effective date of the rule is February 19, 2019.

06/15/2017

Ohio’s Western Basin of Lake Erie Will Not Be Listed as “Impaired”

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

The EPA decided to accept the Ohio EPA’s proposed list of impaired waters for the State of Ohio. Ohio’s list does not include the open waters in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

06/14/2017

Office of the Asst. Sec. for OSHA to Keynote CONVEY17

Register now for CONVEY17, July 24-26

The National Grain & Feed Association and Grain Journal Magazine invite all facility managers and key employees in the grain handling, processing, milling, and feed industries to a day and a half conference July 24-26 at the Westin Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

06/14/2017

Take Action Today: Tell Your Senators to Vote Yes on S. 951

Source: The Fertilizer Institute

Write your senators asking them to support S.951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation would ensure a transparent, accountable, and common sense regulatory process that would yield more effective regulatory outcomes for American businesses.

06/14/2017

OABA Signs Letters Supporting Nominations to Surface Transportation Board

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, with more than 25 state and national organizations, signed two letters supporting the nominations of Patrick Fuchs/Ann Begeman and Kendell Keith for the Surface Transportation Board.

06/09/2017

OABA Takes Part in D.C. Legislative Fly-In

OABA representatives discuss critical agribusiness topics with national legislators

A delegation of OABA members traveled to D.C. to share key issues impacting Ohio agribusinesses with legislators, including international trade, transportation infrastructure and regulation reform.

06/09/2017

OABA Staffing Transition

By Chris Henney, OABA President and CEO

Effective June 9, Andrew Allman will be leaving the OABA team to serve as the accounting manager for AlerStallings, a law firm specializing in estate planning services.

06/09/2017

Washington Report for 6-12-17

By Steve Kopperud

Perdue on First Foreign Trip Pushes U.S.-Canada Dairy, Wheat, Wine Issues - House Approves Dodd-Frank Rollback Bill - U.S.-Mexico Sugar Deal Watched Closely for NAFTA Direction - Ross Says January Best Time to Wrap Up NAFTA Rewrite - USTR Wants Industry to Share NAFTA Negotiating Priorities - Trump Heads to Ohio, Kentucky, Talks Infrastructure, Focuses on Canals, Locks, Dams - Taking Land Out of CRP “Loses” Environmental Benefits: EWG - CFTC’s Giancarlo Wants More FY2018 Dollars; House Appropriations Sees Trump’s Number as “Good” - Some States Want Chlorpyrifos Gone - FDA Extends Compliance Deadline for FSMA Produce Water Standards

06/09/2017

Get S'more from Your Meeting with Pick Your Bonus!

Member Service from Ohio State Park Lodges

OABA member service provider Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers is offering a bonus to companies that book a meeting at one of their beautiful event centers.

06/06/2017

OABA Adding New Staff Member to the Team

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is adding a new staff member to the team. The association is seeking a strong, qualified candidate to fill the position of Office Manager.

06/06/2017

Researchers Examine Role of Virus in Toledo Water Crisis

Source: The Hannah Report

Researchers studying the 2014 Toledo water crisis found the microcystis cells responsible for the crisis had an exceptionally severe viral infection, which caused the cells to release their toxin into the water and subsequently into water facility intake pipes and treatment centers.

06/02/2017

Register Now for June Golf for Scholarships Outing

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

06/02/2017

Washington Report for 6-5-17

By Steve Kopperud

Trump May Reverse Obama Policy on U.S.-Cuba Relations; Author Pushes Cuba Export Finance Bill - U.S. to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord - NAFTA Reassurances Keep Coming; No Deadline for Completion - Montana Summit Draws DC Ag Leaders - California WOTUS Case Heats Up; Rescission Actions Continue - Trump Plan on River Tolls Draws Opposition - STB Reform Bill Reintroduced - Maryland Joins California in Banning “Routine” Antibiotic Use on Farms - CFTC Market Risk Advisory Committee to Meet June 20

06/02/2017

Obhof Expects to Fill Bigger Budget Shortfall

Source: The Hannah Report

While revenue results for May aren’t expected for another few days, Senate President Larry Obhof told reporters he expects the Senate will be having to fill a bigger budget shortfall than the $800 million previously announced.