Education and Training

Delivering quality and timely education programs relevant to the talent development for our members is vital to the mission of OABA, but also to the agriculture industry. Throughout the year, OABA provides professional development opportunities for members to gain extensive training on regulatory compliance, business management and the newest technology, while networking with fellow agribusiness professional.


Anhydrous Ammonia Workshops   

      Offered two consecutive days in Winter

This educational program features an interactive, hands-on format designed to help participants “learn by doing.” Participants will spend the morning in a classroom setting, and will then move to a nearby anhydrous facility to apply the information presented in the first portion of the training. Participants will break into smaller, more interactive groups to participate in hands-on break-out sessions throughout the facility.

Program complies with Ohio Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation and Occupational Safety & Health Administration training requirements for anhydrous ammonia.


Grain Grading School   

      Offered three time annually in Summer 

The Grain Grading School, approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is structured to provide Commodity Testers with certification and recertification opportunities. Individuals seeking certification will receive training in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment, and will then take an open-book exam consisting of 50 questions. Those seeking recertification receive the same training and sign a verification of attendance form.

The Ohio Commodity Handler Law requires all individuals who perform a quality test for the purpose of applying a premium or discount on commodities to be certified.



      Offered annually

The Leaders Achieving New Career Heights, or LAUNCH program, will provide aspiring leaders skill development in personal insight and diversity in thinking styles, management skills and decision making, communication and presentation skills, global issues in agriculture, sales and marketing principles, Ohio/regional trends in agribusiness, strategic planning, critical thinking, goal setting and organizational skills, state and local government, and a capstone project.

Participants are expected to program’s two sessions, each lasting three days. Meals and lodging included.


Grain Merchandising Course

      Offered biennially

This course is designed to provide practical information on a breadth of topics in the grain industry, from market fundamentals to facility operations. The objective is to provide a deeper understanding of grain merchandising as well as to connect the different aspects of the industry.

Registration is limited to the first 40 people and courses can be taken individually or together as a series. 


Grain Operations Course


Offered biennially

This course is designed to provide quality, hands-on training for individuals whose primary responsibilities are in grain operations. The course is a series of three, day long classes conducted at an operating grain facility. Each session will focus on specific aspects of efficient grain operations.  Experienced grain operation professionals and elevator supervisors provide practical instruction addressing four main categories: safety, maintenance, grain handling and administration.

Registration is limited to the first 30 people and participants are expected to attend all three sessions.


Industry Conference


Held annually in Winter

This opportunity provides invaluable education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals. The conference will also feature the OABA Industry Dinner & Annual Meeting.

To learn more about this year’s conference, click here.



4R Technology Review Field Day


Offered annually

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association partners with other industry leaders to host a field day to continue efforts and strengthen the industry’s commitment to improving water quality in Lake Erie and surrounding waterways.


FSR Agronomy College


Offered annually the week prior to Farm Science Review

OABA partners with Ohio State Extension to host an event designed to educate agronomists, Certified Crop Advisers and custom applicators on current agronomy issues.