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VIDEO: Catching Up with Chris: July 2020

We're pleased to offer two Grain Grading Schools this summer - July 21 and August 26. Chris provides updates in this video, as well as a shout out to our 2020 Sustaining Sponsors.


OABA Announces New Partnership with Crestcom International

Member access to internationally recognized leadership development programs

With members in mind, OABA has partnered with Crestcom International, a globally recognized leadership development organization, to offer Crestcom’s results-oriented, live facilitated leadership development program in a virtual environment. The Crestcom partnership is made possible under OABA’s AMP’T (Advancing Modern Professionals for Tomorrow) Program – OABA’s suite of leadership programs that prepare leaders to take the next step in their professional careers.


Register Now for 2020 Grain Grading School

Limited seating - Register ASAP

OABA is offering two ODA-approved Grain Grading Schools in 2020: July 21 (Wooster) and August 26 (Springfield) for those seeking to obtain or renew a Commodity Tester Certificate. Once again, OABA will offer a Test-only option for individuals seeking recertification.


News from Washington: July 6-10

USDA Allows More Specialty Crops to Get in on Aid - Waiting on a ‘Phase Two’ Trade Deal with Japan - Farm Spending Bill Set for House Markup - Rural Voters Prefer Farm-Focused Climate Policies - A Push to Support ‘Double Up Food Bucks’ in Next Round of Aid - Keeping Tabs on Trump’s Farm Rescue Effort - Trump and Amlo Get Together - USMCA Meets COVID-19 - Unprecedented Number of Kids Not Getting Enough to Eat - Biden Leans Into ‘Buy American’ - Farm Groups Host Online Ag Town Halls


Updates from the OSU Leadership Center

Save 15% on upcoming workshops!

The OSU Leadership Center is celebrating their 30th anniversary and is celebrating with a 15% discount on their 21st Century Workshop series, and is introducing a new series titled "Moving Forward."


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Association Benefit Planners

Since 1992, Association Benefit Planners has been committed to delivering quality insurance products and services to Ohio associations and their members. ABP is dedicated to providing valuable advice, review, and planning on a wide range of comprehensive insurance products and business services.


News from Washington: June 29 - July 2

Welcome to the USMCA Era - House Bill Would Create Climate Fund for Farmers - Secretary Perdue: President Trump Delivers USMCA, a Huge Win for U.S. Agriculture - Democrats Detail Plans for Climate-Friendly Farming - Dicamba Drama Continues with Bayer Settlement - Farmers Fear Cash Crunch for Ag Inspectors - U.K. Commission to Shield Farmers in Trade Talks - Ottawa Shrugs Off Trump’s Tariff Talk - Fed to Buy Bonds from Food, Ag Firms - House Infrastructure Bill Draws Ag Critics - Biofuels Fight Bites EPA Nominee - Democrats Aim to Clamp Down on Agency Moves - COVID-19 Meets Wildfire Season - Western Rural Development, Post-COVID-19


Register Now for AFIA's Virtual Feed Industry Institute

Registration is open for AFIA’s virtual Feed Industry Institute. This is a great opportunity for new members of the feed industry to get back in the classroom with an online course designed just for them.


USMCA Takes Effect

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement goes into effect July 1, at a crucial time for farmers and ranchers struggling to recover from COVID-19 losses and a depressed agricultural economy. The expected $2 billion annual increase in U.S. agricultural exports and overall increase of $65 billion in gross domestic product will provide a welcome boost.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has been serving the rural communities of Ohio for more than 100 years. As the organization embarks on its next century, it has reaffirmed its focus on helping farmers prosper and making communities stronger. 


ODA Partners with OSU Extension to Provide Online Pesticide Recertification Opportunities

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), is partnering with the Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) to temporarily provide online recertification for pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders whose licenses expired in spring of 2020.


News from Washington: June 22-26

May Was Deadliest Month for Meatpacking Workers - After Long Decline, SNAP on the Rise Due to COVID-19 - Help Wanted for Farmworkers - Farm Aid Tops $4B - Senators Grill Meatpackers Over Exports to China - Climate Ag Bill Picks Up Steam - Bayer Settles for $10.5B - WOTUS Launch Gets the Greenlight - Another Court Win For EPA - Second Round of U.S.-U.K. Talks Wrap Up Friday - Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19 - Corn Staters To Wheeler: No SREs! - Senate Ag Presses USDA on WIC Waivers - USDA Provides Flexibilities to Ensure Kids Receive Meals This Fall - Feds Outline How to Protect Seafood Workers From Pandemic


OABA Office Closed for Fourth of July

Office Will Reopen July 6

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed July 3 in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen on Monday, July 6.


OABA & ASTA Partner to Host Webinar for Seed Industry

July 14 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and the American Seed Trade Association are partnering to host a free webinar on current seed industry issues within the agribusiness sector. This can’t-miss opportunity will provide up-to-date information on developments in the seed industry that will directly impact your business.


Save the Date for OSHA's Safe + Sound Week - August 10-16

Plus workplace safety resources from OSHA

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Nachurs Alpine Solutions

Celebrating nearly 75 years of operation, Nachurs Alpine Solutions® is the leading manufacturer of quality liquid fertilizers in North America. Founded on the 4R principles, NACHURS® developed a liquid starter fertilizer that has revolutionized the farming industry.


Remembering Yvonne Lesicko

Source: Ohio Farm Bureau

Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau vice president of public policy, passed away June 18 from an unexpected medical issue. Adam Sharp shares about Yvonne in this letter to members.


Court Allows EPA Existing Stock Provisions to Remain

Source: Farm Journal's Ag Pro

On Friday, judges in California with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a petition to halt all use of Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax dicamba herbicides. Instead, it will allow farmers to use existing stocks of the dicamba products under specific rules of EPA’s cancellation order.


Ohio Farm Bureau Family Mourns the Loss of Yvonne Lesicko

Source: Ohio Farm Bureau

Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president of public policy, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday night. She was 48.


New PUCO Website Live

On June 15, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) website,, migrated to its new website hosted by the state’s Innovate Ohio Platform.


EPA Releases Guidance on Pesticide Safety Training Requirements During COVID-19

EPA has released guidance regarding the annual pesticide safety training requirements outlined in the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that offers flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


News from Washington: June 15-19

No Meat Trade, No Deal - Farm Aid Keeps Flowing to The Midwest - Ag Exports to China Are Lagging - Steering Stimulus Loans to Rural, Underserved Businesses - Farmers Still Plagued by Hog Backlog - Small Meatpackers Scramble to Meet Demand Boom - USDA Misses Organic Livestock Rule Deadline - USDA Taps Food Box Suppliers For 2 More Months - Senate Ag Back in Action - Poultry Plants Raising Line Speeds Despite COVID Outbreaks - EPA to Boost Biofuel Mandate by Half-A-Billion Gallons - Perdue’s Forestry Blueprint Faces Green Backlash - Apple Groups Appeal for Ag Aid - Another Push for Dietary Guidelines to Address Obesity


Agribusiness Industry Golfs to Support Ohio's Agricultural Students

Register for August outing by July 24 for early registration discount

In midst of coronavirus restrictions, OABA members came out in full force to support Ohio's agricultural students at the June 17 Golf for Scholarships event. While maintaining social distancing, nearly 80 golfers from across the agricultural community enjoyed a beautiful day in the sunshine at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville.


OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Nutrien

Nutrien was born of the merger between PotashCorp and Agrium, both companies with a proud history of providing crop nutrients to farmers in North America and around the world. The combined result is an integrated platform to better serve customers with low cost, high value products and services with an increased emphasis on efficiency and innovation.


Changes in Status of Dicamba Product Labels – A Recap

By Dr. Mark Loux, professor and weed science specialist at The Ohio State University

Dr. Mark Loux, professor and weed science specialist at The Ohio State University, recaps the events of dicamba and offers guidance on how to adjust herbicide programs.