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Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio AgriBusiness Association Streamline Development of VNMPs For H2Ohio Program

ODA and OABA are joining forces to streamline the approval process of Voluntary Nutrient Management Plans for farmers participating in the H2Ohio water quality initiative to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie.


Elevate Your Employees! OABA Accepting Applications for Ninth LAUNCH Class

Program Develops Future Generation of Agribusiness Leaders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select up to 25 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program early next year.


News from Washington: September 21-25

Nations Raise Concern Over US Farm Subsidies at WTO - Farm Groups to USTR: WTO Critical for US Ag Exports - For Second Time, Democrats Relent on USDA Funding - Analyst Says Government Aid Could Play Larger Part In Post-COVID Ag Landscape - Trump vs Biden on Trade: A Decision Between Tariffs or Allies - Lawmakers Told to use Stimulus to Legalize Workers - Roberts: Food Insecurity is a National Security Issue - EPA: No Significant Risk to Children from Chlorpyrifos - Farm Groups Backing Bayer in Roundup Case - South Korea Close to Filling Quota Pledge for US Rice - USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities for Duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - Perdue Signals End to Food Boxes, Return to Normal in USDA Hunger Efforts


Resources Available from Nutrients for Life Foundation

Have you ever been asked to present the basics of fertilizer or your career at a school or community event? If so, the Nutrient for Life Foundation has a new resource for you! Ohio's agribusinesses have knowledge and a story worth telling, so NFL created six ag professional toolboxes that include hands-on materials, activities and PowerPoints to help make those commitments a little easier. 


USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.


Cargill to Advance Regenerative Agriculture Practices Across 10 Million Acres of North American Farmland by 2030

Initiative will advance progress against company’s climate commitment and water ambition

Cargill is supporting farmer-led efforts to adopt practices and systems foundational to regenerative agriculture practices across 10 million acres of North American farmland over the next 10 years.


Register Now! Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness Program Fall Webinar Series

To kick off the new Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness program, OABA is hosting a three session webinar series this fall. Women new or seasoned in the industry are invited and encouraged to participate and share with one another.


Jane DeMarchi to Join NAMA as President in September

The North American Millers’ Association is pleased to announce that Jane DeMarchi will return to the association as its president on September 1, 2020. Jane began her career in agriculture and food policy in Washington, DC at NAMA. 


News from Washington: September 14-18

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus - Trump Announces Second Round of CFAP Payments - US Soy Sales to China Heat Up in New Marketing Year - WTO Panel Rules Against US tariffs on China - EPA Says It’s Denying “Gap” Waivers - Senators Weigh New Clean Water Act Rule - US Braces for New Organic Food Fight with EU - USDA Won’t Budge on Organic Animal Standards - Biden, Trump Cast Sharply Different Visions for Biofuels - USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Western Wildfires - Federal Government Fines Smithfield Plant for COVID


Treasurer Sprague Calls for Small Business Relief through Remaining CARES Act Funds

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague is calling for at least $100 million in the state’s remaining federal CARES Act allocation to be used for the creation of small business grants. The grants would provide much-needed support and relief to Ohio’s job creators severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic.


OABA Members Donate Bowling Registrations to Support Agricultural Students

The 2020 Bowling for Scholarships event was scheduled for March 13, but was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Displaying their generosity and commitment to Ohio's agricultural students, the 18 registered teams chose to donate their registration to the Educational Trust.


Governor DeWine Signs House Bill 606 - Civil Immunity

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 606 into law. House Bill 606, sponsored by Representative Diane Grendell, ensures civil immunity to individuals, schools, health care providers, businesses, and other entities from lawsuits arising from exposure, transmission, or contraction of COVID-19, or any mutation of the virus, as long as they were not showing reckless, intentional, or willful misconduct.


Ohio Department of Agriculture Urges Proper Use of Disinfectants

The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a reminder about the proper use of disinfectants to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, particularly in schools, businesses, and other large institutions.


ODAg Makes H2Ohio Farm Initiative One-Year Program, Reduces Target Funding Goal

Source: The Hannah Report

Because of revenue shortfalls and other problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODAg) has scaled back its efforts to help Northwest Ohio farmers finance best management practices (BMPs) to reduce harmful algal blooms, according to Ohio Lake Erie Commission Director Joy Mulinex and the recently-released H2Ohio annual report.


OABA Members Take Aim at Agricultural Scholarships

Third Annual Target: Scholarships Held Sept. 11

The OABA Educational Trust held its third annual Target: Scholarships event on Sept. 11 at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio. Twelve teams comprised of OABA member company employees spent the day on the range to support Ohio's agribusiness students.


News from Washington: September 7-11

Brazil Agrees to Extend US Ethanol Quota for 90 Days - Wheeler: Pesticide Regulation Needs to be 'Holistic' - Report: Trump orders EPA to reject RFS waivers - US Wheat Reaps Rewards from Stronger Ties with Brazil - New Round of US-UK Trade Kicks Off - AFBF Survey Highlights Biden, Trump Policy Differences - CFTC Report Warns Financial System on Climate Risks - Election Outcome Could Shift Focus of US Farm Support


Catching Up with Chris: September 2020

Introducing Hallie Roberts - 2021-21 Student Intern

Chris Henney introduces OABA's 2020-21 intern: Hallie Roberts. Take a minute to get to know Hallie and welcome her to our team! And if you tune in often to Catching Up with Chris, you may notice something's missing from Chris' face...


OAC Announces 2020-21 Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the Ohio Agricultural Council offers up to three (3) $1,500 scholarships annually to Ohio high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in agriculture and up to three (3) $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate college students from Ohio who are currently pursuing a degree in agriculture.


AgCredit Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

AgCredit has announced the winners of five $2,000 scholarships awarded through the cooperative’s Joe Leiser Memorial Scholarship program


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.


News from Washington: August 31 - September 4

China’s US Ag Imports Sluggish Through July, but Purchases Increasing - Ag Secretary Perdue Pleased with China’s Recent Purchases - Economist: USDA Has Money but Needs Authority - Peterson Blasts Lack of Deal on Brazil Ethanol Tariff - House Ag Chair Peterson Faces Tough GOP Challenger, Trump Onslaught - Monsanto Looks to Reverse Roundup Decision - Taiwan Eases Restrictions on US Pork and Beef - Trump Second Term: Reforms to Pesticide Oversight - Poll: Farmers Stay in Trump’s Corner


Register Now! Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness Program Fall Webinar Series

To kick off the new Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness program, OABA is hosting a three session webinar series this fall. Women new or seasoned in the industry are invited and encouraged to participate and share with one another.


Last Chance! Registration Now for 2020 Target: Scholarships

For the third 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 11 at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio.


TFI Announces International Governing Body for 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

The Fertilizer Institute announced the formation of an international governing body for the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program – the Global Nutrient Stewardship Certification Council


OABA Launches “Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness” Program

Even though women have been working in agribusiness for decades, there are particular challenges that face women in professional agribusiness roles. Through small group discussions and input from members, OABA is pleased to offer a forum for women who are looking for resources from experts and peers alike to face these challenges. To meet this need, the Ohio AgriBusiness Association is launching the Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness program.