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Stakeholder Input Sought in Public Meeting on New Era of Smarter Food Safet

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  announced that it will hold a public meeting on October 21, 2019, to hear from a broad cross-section of stakeholders on a modern approach, called “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety,” that the agency is planning to take to strengthen its protection of the food supply.


OABA Members Take Aim at Agricultural Scholarships

Second Annual Target: Scholarships Held Sept. 13

The OABA Educational Trust held its second annual Target: Scholarships event on Sept. 13 at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio. Seven teams comprised of OABA member company employees spent the day on the range to support Ohio's agribusiness students.


Elevate Your Employees! Invest in Emerging Agribusiness Leaders through 2020 LAUNCH Program

Program features engaging sessions, capstone project, webinars, networking and more

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.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Luckey Farmers, Inc.

Opened in 1919 with the goal to buy and sell farm products, member-owned cooperative Luckey Farmers, Inc. is celebrating its hundred year anniversary in 2019. Luckey Farmers maintains seven grain locations and five agronomy facilities, in addition to three cardtrol petroleum stations.


New Workforce Development Program Launches

Futures Grow Here is a new collaborative initiative among Ohio food production and farming companies to educate students, young professionals and their families about their growing and innovative businesses and career opportunities that may have not been previously considered. OABA has provided seed funding to help with the launch of the program to help change the overall perspective of agriculture and food production jobs and to create a pipeline to lead candidates to our skills-based jobs.


Global Standards S.C. is Named Accredited Certification Body for FSMA

The U.S. FDA has  announced that an additional certification body has been accredited under the FDA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program. ANSI has accredited Global Standards S.C. for the following scopes: Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Juice Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, and Seafood HACCP.


News from Washington: September 9-13

WOTUS is Dead. What Happens Next? - Democrats Mull Throwing a Wrench in Trump’s Trade Aid Plans - Positive Signs Ahead of China Talks - Democrats Hint at Optimism on USMCA - Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA WOTUS Announcement - Digging into The Disaster Aid Details - Smooth Sailing for Japan Deal? - A Warning Shot Over RFS Talks - Fed Doesn’t Expect Recession, But Rate Cuts Still Likely - USDA Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters - State Ag Officials Call for Climate Resilience - Hemp Farming Reaches Half the States - Perdue, Trump Tout Administration’s Ties to HBCUs - EPA to Phase Out Animal Testing - Organic Acres Growing in 2019


Participants Prepare for 2020 Agronomy Opportunities and Challenges at FSR Agronomy College

At the 2019 FSR Agronomy College, more than 50 agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers, custom applicators and students 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. 


ARA Applauds Repeal of 2015 WOTUS Rule

Agricultural Retailers Association President and CEO Daren Coppock praised an announcement by the U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of the Army repealing the 2015 Waters of the United States rule, which vastly and unclearly expanded the definition of “Waters of the United States” beyond the limits imposed by Congress and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Nation’s First Exploring Ag Program Starts in Seneca County

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

The Ohio State University Extension Office in Seneca County recently established the nation’s first Agricultural Exploring Post. Businesses including Kalmbach Feeds, POET, Sunrise Cooperative, The Mennel Milling Company, Ag Credit, Sunrise Cooperative, The Andersons, ST Genetics, and USDA Farm Service Agency are all involved in teaching young students how to budget and manage a farm.


CFAES Names Director of New Water Quality Initiative

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has named Ohio scientist Heather Raymond as director of its new Water Quality Initiative. She began her appointment Sept. 1.


Elevate Your Employees! OABA Seeking Emerging Leaders for Eighth LAUNCH Class

Transitional Training Empowers Employees to Reach Higher Levels

Tomorrow’s agribusiness leader will need to be nimble and lead change in addressing workforce pressures, consumer demands, and governmental challenges, all while fostering networks and collaborative work styles. 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.


Farm Science Review to Offer Career Fair

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

For the first time, the annual agricultural trade show, sponsored by The Ohio State University CFAES, will offer the Career Exploration Fair for anyone interested in working in agriculture. OABA will be at the event promoting the OABA Career Center; members are encouraged to submit their current open positions to OABA for maximum exposure.


ResponsibleAg Completes 3,000th Ag Facility Audit

West Geneva County Cooperative Brings Industry Initiative to Milestone

ResponsibleAg, an industry-led safety and stewardship initiative, recently reached a major milestone when it completed its 3,000th agricultural facility audit at the West Geneva County Cooperative in Geneva, Alabama. Launched in 2014, ResponsibleAg provides a program that helps agribusinesses properly store and handle farm input supplies.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank is a community bank located in Central Ohio with clients and relationships across the state offering financial services and investment planning. Originally founded in a small Licking county farming community in 1911, Heartland Bank has grown to 16 branches and recently built a brand-new Corporate Center to house the growing enterprise.


News from Washington: September 3-6

Fed Finds Weakness in Key Farming Regions - Keeping Tabs on Trade Aid 2.0 - Digging Out of Trump’s Ethanol Dilemma - Trade Aid Behind Projected Farm Income Bump - Ag Cheers Potential Wins in Japan Deal - USDA Opens 2019 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs - Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Farmers and Climate Change - Southeast Agriculture Bracing for Dorian - Chicken Industry Faces Wage-Fixing Claims - Food Insecurity Shrinks to Decade-Low - The Poultry Clash Awaiting U.S.-U.K Trade Talks - Top Dairy Execs Make Millions as Farms Shutter


Minor Details Can Lead to Major Issues When Offering Employee Benefits

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

At first it can seem like a very minor (yet complicated and costly) detail that may be better off ignored by employers. And, in many cases it can be inconsequential, until it is not. The potential for problems with this detail start, very simply, when an employer hires an employee and offers benefits, such as health insurance.


Stress Resources Available for Agricultural Industry

ODA's "Got Your Back" and OSU's "#LeanOnYourLandGrant in a Crisis" Campaigns

In light of a challenging growing season, resources are now available from The Ohio State University CFAES and the Ohio Department of Agriculture to help those in the agriculture industry address stress.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: The Farmers Elevator Grain & Supply Association of New Bavaria

The Farmers Elevator Grain & Supply Association of New Bavaria offers a wide range of services, including custom application, rental equipment, grain handling, chemical and fertilizer products and marketing programs. Since the cooperative originated in 1912, Farmers Elevator has continued to expand their business to meet the growing needs of their customers.


Ready? Take Aim... Fire! Register Now for 2019 Target: Scholarships

One more chance to support Ohio's agribusiness students in 2019

For the second year, the Ohio AgriBusiness Association will host its newest Educational Trust fund-raising event – Target: Scholarships. The sporting clays event will be held on September 13 at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio.


Agronomy Beyond 2019: Prepare for 2020 at FSR Agronomy College

For agronomists, CCAs, custom applicators & farmers

Held September 10 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, the FSR Agronomy College provides participants with up-to-date knowledge on current agronomy issues through a variety of breakout sessions. This year, topics will the challenges of the 2019 growing season and the opportunities moving into 2020 and beyond.


Trade Agreement in Place with Japan

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

U.S. agriculture celebrated a U.S. trade agreement with Japan that, once implemented, will place it back on a level playing field with international competitors in one of its most important export markets. The agreement was announced at the G7 summit in France during a press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.


Sweet Hires Jamie Daugherty-Weaver as Marketing Specialist

Sweet Manufacturing Company is pleased to announce that Jamie Daugherty-Weaver has joined the company as its Marketing Specialist. Jamie will be responsible for all areas of the company’s marketing and advertising.


Catching Up With Chris - August 2019

Join us at our September events: FSR Agronomy College & Target: Scholarships

There are still a few weeks left of summer, but it's never too early to start thinking about OABA's fall events! Join us September 10 at the FSR Agronomy College or September 13 at our Target: Scholarships sporting clays event.


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.