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11/16/2018

News from Washington: November 12-18

Farm Bill Compromise Taking Shape - Another Grim Forecast For 2019 Ag Markets - Farm-State Freshmen to Watch - Long Lame-Duck To-Do List Beyond the Farm Bill - Roberts Faces Difficult 2020 Decision - Trade Meetings on Deck - Pork Exports Trending Downward in Key Markets - Progressives Could Be Roadblock to Trade Pact Approval - Democrats’ Ag Oversight Agenda - Critics of ERS, NIFA Moves Eye Ag Appropriations Rider - Immigrant Families Drop From SNAP - California Wine Producers Seek Wildfire Aid

11/16/2018

Beware Fraudulent Emails Originating from OABA

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has recently been made aware of phishing emails sent to OABA members. These emails appear to be sent from familiar sources, with OABA staff signatures, but if someone were to reply to the email it would not be directed back to OABA’s @oaba.net email address, it would be directed toward the scammer's email.

11/16/2018

Comment Period Open for Draft Ohio Rail Plan

The draft of the Ohio Rail Plan is now available for review. The draft plan is available at ORDC’s website. Comments should be submitted by December 14. The final version will be released after this date based on the provided comments.

11/16/2018

OABA Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving. OABA will resume normal business activities on Monday, Nov. 26. 

11/14/2018

4R Program Celebrates More Than Fifty Certified Facilities; Announces Year Four Certifications

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, now in its fifth year, is proud to announce more than 50 facilities are now certified in the program. Out of the 51 certified facilities, six locations, the early adopters of the program, have achieved retention of certification through four annual audits.

11/14/2018

Agribusiness Conference to Navigate Future Course of the Agriculture Industry

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2019 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, providing education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals.

11/12/2018

J. Billy Pirkle Continues to Serve the Ag Industry, Launches Pirkle Solutions, Inc.

J. Billy Pirkle announces the launch of PIRKLE SOLUTIONS, INC., located in Windsor, Colo. The new consulting and business services firm provides expertise in regulatory compliance, operational management and agency interaction to support the global crop production industry at all levels of the supply chain.

11/12/2018

ADM and Cargill to Help Farmers Achieve Greater Profitability with Grainbridge Technology Joint Venture

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Cargill, Incorporated, have agreed to form a technology joint venture, Grainbridge LLC. The joint venture intends to provide grain marketing decision support, e-commerce and account management software for North American farmers.

11/09/2018

News from Washington: November 5-11

Peterson, The Farm Bill and 2019 - Trump’s Farm Bill Threat Rings Hollow - Election Results: Who's In, Who's Out - The Farm-State Political Landscape - USDA Still Holding Off on SNAP Waiver Rule - The Florida Recount Frenzy - Some H-2A Requirements Going Digital - Health Advocates Decry State Soda Tax Loss

11/09/2018

MACA to Offer Young Leader Scholarship Program to Students in Agriculture

Deadline to Apply: January 25

The Mid America CropLife Association Young Leader Scholarship Program is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities. Recipients will benefit from exposure and networking with MACA members for potential job opportunities as well as financial compensation.

11/09/2018

New Study Will Track Ways to Cut Runoff from Elevated Phosphorus Fields

Some farm fields in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed have more phosphorus than their crops can use. Called “elevated phosphorus fields,” such fields may be at higher risk of contributing to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms. That’s the premise of a new five-year, $5 million study that hopes to learn about those fields and lower that risk by creating new public-private partnerships.

11/06/2018

FDA Issues Final Guidance on FSMA Mandatory Recall Authority

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a final guidance regarding the agency’s mandatory recall authority under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. This final guidance follows a draft which was made available for public comment in 2015, and provides additional clarity including some modifications based on comments received.

11/02/2018

Register Now for 2019 OABA Industry Conference!

Chart your course at the 2019 conference

Are you prepared to Navigate the future of the agriculture industry? The Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2019 Industry Conference will help you chart your course by providing invaluable education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals. 

11/02/2018

2017 Ag Retailer Survey Report Release

This year, the Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM) conducted a literature review (occurs every three years) on nutrient loss reductions of various products and services to integrate into the updated Nutrient Calculator originally developed in collaboration with Heidelberg University’s Center for Water Quality Research.

11/02/2018

News from Washington: October 29 - November 4

Ag’s Biggest 2018 Ballot Initiative - Perdue: Full Second Wave of Trade Aid by December - Trump Still Formidable in Farm Country - Perdue Likely to Stick Around - Farm Bill to Test Trump’s Deregulatory Push - Perdue Touts Hands-Off Farm Bill Strategy - Grassley And the Pull of the Finance Gavel - FDA Forging Ahead on Animal Biotech - Perdue Touts ERS, NIFA Moves - Call for EPA to Measure Farmland Loss Tied to RFS - Inside USDA’S Data Gap on Organic Acreage - FDA To Test Romaine Lettuce After Outbreak - Oregon’s Hemp Boom

11/02/2018

Commission Tables Kasich’s Order on Watersheds

Source: Farm & Dairy

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission voted 4-3 to table their consideration of an executive order issued by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in July, that seeks to declare eight northwestern Ohio watersheds in distress, and set specific rules for 7,000 farms, including the requirement of a nutrient management plan.

11/01/2018

EPA Announces Changes to Dicamba Registration

On October 31, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for “over-the-top” use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba.

11/01/2018

Lake Erie Algae Bloom Less Severe Than Expected

Source: Farm & Dairy

This year’s harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie was considerably less severe than scientists predicted in the summer, according to a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 2018 bloom had a severity index of 3.6, compared to the 6 that forecasters predicted in July.

11/01/2018

Trans-Pacific Free Trade Pact to Take Effect Dec. 30

Source: Morning Ag Clips

A trans-Pacific free trade pact without the United States covering 13 percent of the global economy is set to enter into force on Dec. 30 after Australia’s ratification Wednesday, a move that appears to counter U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist policy.

10/31/2018

FDA Announces Plan to “Advance Plant, Animal Biotechnology Innovation”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has issued a statement announcing the agency’s Plant and Animal Biotechnology Innovation Action Plan.

10/31/2018

Allen Summers Announces Retirement

Source: Asmark

After 30 years as the President of Asmark, Allen Summers will retire at the end of 2018.  His career in agriculture spans more than 44 years as a farmer, distributor, retailer and founder of the Asmark Institute. Amber M. Duke will take his place as the President/CEO while Megan Hill, Manager of Data & Processes will replace Susan.

10/31/2018

Retaliatory Tariffs Will Negate USMCA Export Gain

Source: Farm Foundation

Market access improvements included in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will lead to an expansion of U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the dairy and poultry sectors, according to a new analysis released today. However, those gains will be more than negated by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in reaction to the United States' decision to raise import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

10/29/2018

ASTA Bolsters Staff with Newly-Created Member Engagement Position

As part of the association’s increased focus on member engagement, ASTA is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member. Ms. Ellen Zimmerman starts in the newly-created role of Director of Internal Communications and Member Engagement.

10/29/2018

Registration Now Open for 2019 OABA Industry Conference

Chart your course at the 2019 conference

Are you prepared to Navigate the future of the agriculture industry? The Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2019 Industry Conference will help you chart your course by providing invaluable education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals. 

10/26/2018

News from Washington: October 22-28

Trade War Clouds 2019 Farm Forecasts - Tariffs Hit the Campaign Trail Across Heartland - Dairy Asks USDA for Greater Trade Aid - Perdue Talks Hurricanes in Trade Aid Context - Many Towns Want ERS, NIFA - U.S., Canada Still Have to Work on Steel Tariffs - Swine Fever and the Trade War - Trump Wades into Water Wars - Cash Pours into Anti-Grocery Tax Ballot Measures - EWG Goes for Round 2 In Glyphosate Fight - Debate Over Cell-Based Meat Continues - Starch as The New Sugar