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05/26/2017

IGS Energy: Proudly Supplying Energy to OABA Members for 20 Years

OABA is celebrating 20 years of partnership with IGS as a member service provider. IGS provides OABA members with options for natural gas and electricity.

05/26/2017

Washington Report for 5-29-17

By Steve Kopperud

Trump Budget Whacks USDA 20%, EPA 31%, Likely DOA on Hill - NAFTA Talks Set to Begin; House Ag, USDA, USTR Hold Trade Roundtable, USTR Sets June Hearing - Branstad Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to PRC - NPDES Permit Legislation Passes House – Again - Trump Budget Eyes Pesticide Licensing Fee Hike, but How Much? - FDA Sued Over GRAS Program

05/25/2017

CLA Applauds House Passage of Bill Addressing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, addressing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide Permit, which will educe redundancy in federal laws, ensure that farmers can adequately address crop threats and more.

05/23/2017

Global Food Trends in 2017: Nutrition, Quality & The Future of What We Eat

June 22, 2017 in Columbus, OH

The Columbus Council on World Affairs invites you to join a dialogue about the state of global food issues on June 22 in Columbus, Ohio.

05/19/2017

NGFA Reiterates Need for STB to Develop Streamlined Rate-Challenge Procedure for Ag Commodities

The National Grain and Feed Association submitted a statement to the Surface Transportation Board again calling on the agency to develop a new, streamlined and cost-effective method for grain and other agricultural shippers to challenge unreasonable rail rates.

05/19/2017

NGFA and Leaders of U.S. Food & Ag Dialogue for Trade Commend USTR on NAFTA Notification

NGFA is a leader on the Implementing Team of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, which commended U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for officially notifying Congress given the Trump administration's previously announced intent to negotiate a "modernization" of the NAFTA with Mexico and Canada.

05/19/2017

Washington Report for 5-22-17

By Steve Kopperud

Perdue Makes Debut Appearance at House Ag Hearing, Talks Reorganization, Rural, Trade Issues - NAFTA Game Begins as Trump Sends Congress Formal Notice of Intent to Renegotiate - Trump Infrastructure Investment Plan Tilts Toward Public-Private Investment - Don’t Cut Income Support, Crop Insurance, Says Conaway, while Trade Promo Targeted for Big Hike - Stabenow Not Happy with Science Review Board Firings - Agency Gets Over 57,000 Comments on Reducing EPA Rules - EPA Sets Up WOTUS Website - EPA Wants Comments on Pyrethroids - Foreign Supplier FSMA Compliance Date May 30

05/18/2017

OABA Office Closed for Memorial Day

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. OABA will resume normal business activities on Tuesday, May 30. There will be no News & Notes e-Bulletin on Memorial Day.

05/18/2017

Last Chance to Receive Early Registration Discount for June Golf for Scholarships

Early registration closes May 26

Register now to support Ohio agricultural students at the annual OABA Golf for Scholarships outing, to be held June 21 in Bellville, Ohio.

05/18/2017

Final Days to Register for May Grain Grading School

Obtain or Renew Your Commodity Tester Certificate

OABA is providing commodity testers the opportunity to obtain or renew their certification through an ODA-approved Grain Grading School on May 31. The session will train participants in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment.

05/18/2017

ODA Releases New Nutrient Management Tools

Ohio Applicator Forecast and Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program will help all Ohioans work to improve water quality

The ODA has introduced two new nutrient management tools, the Ohio Applicator Forecast and the Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program.

05/18/2017

AFIA Now Accepting Nominations for Liquid Feed Hall of Fame

Nominations due June 16

The American Feed Industry Association's Liquid Feed Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Liquid Feed Hall of Fame. The Liquid Feed Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the science and growth of the liquid feed industry.

05/18/2017

You're Invited: ASTA Annual Convention

Don't miss the premier policy meeting of the seed industry!

Register now for ASTA's Annual Convention, held June 21-24 in Minneapolis. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the U.S. seed industry's premier policy meeting which brings together leaders and experts to discuss issues affecting the industry.

05/17/2017

Apply for Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program

Award recognizes businesses that continuously strive for environmental excellence

The Ohio EPA’s E3 program targets those who reduce waste, improve efficiency and work to continuously improve as an environmental steward. As leaders in environmental stewardship, OABA members are encouraged to apply.

05/17/2017

Attend the 2017 4R Summit in Minneapolis

Registration is now open for the 2017 4R Summit, which will be held in Minneapolis June 12-13. The Summit provides opportunities for those interested in nutrient management and stewardship to learn more about the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program and hear how stakeholders across the country are implementing the 4R principles.

05/17/2017

Submit Your Food Project to Ohio Signature Food Contest

Residents across Ohio now have the opportunity to transform their food product dream into a reality with the Ohio Signature Food Contest, which will showcase new, innovative products from across the state.

05/15/2017

Time is Running Out! Register Now for June Golf for Scholarships

Early registration closes May 26

Register now to support Ohio agricultural students at the annual OABA Golf for Scholarships outing, to be held June 21 in Bellville, Ohio.

05/12/2017

OABA Board Member Scott Thibaut Hosts Ag Secretary Perdue at CGB's Cincinnati Facility

Perdue announces new undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs position

Ohio AgriBusiness Association Board of Director Scott Thibault hosted Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at Consolidated Grain & Barge in Cincinnati, Ohio.

05/12/2017

Washington Report for 5-15-17

By Steve Kopperud

New Trade Undersecretary Job Key to USDA ‘Significant Reorganization’: Perdue - USDA Subcabinet Announcements Expected Soon: News Service - USTR’s Lighthizer, FDA’s Gottlieb Approved by Senate - Branstad Gets Senate Committee Approval as Next Ambassador to China - White House Reports Deal Cut with China on Beef, Cooked Poultry Trade, Biotech Products - Roberts Pledges PRIA Move within Weeks - NRDC Sues EPA for Pruitt Records, Conflicts - States Asked for WOTUS Input - Pruitt Delays Worker Protection Regs - EPA Slogging through Chlorpyrifos Comments - Half of Science Review Panel Let Go by EPA - OPP Looking to Streamline Rules Process, Collaboration - Fischer Wants to See E15 Sold All Year, Bill Gets Markup in Methane Rule Deal - Did Icahn Break RIN Rules?, Senate Democrats Demand Investigation - ITC’s First Vote Favors Biodiesel Dumping Complaint Against Argentina, Indonesia - Ag Needs Visa Revamp, Enforcement as Part of Feinstein “Blue Card” Plan for Ag Workers - Bayer to Sell Liberty Herbicide, LibertyLink Seed - Global Poultry Group Says Human Antibiotics Should Be Restricted to Animal Disease Treatment - Winter Wheat Crop Could Be Off 25%: USDA

05/12/2017

Office of the Asst. Sec. for OSHA to Keynote CONVEY17

Register now for CONVEY17, July 24-26

The National Grain & Feed Association and Grain Journal Magazine invite all facility managers and key employees in the grain handling, processing, milling, and feed industries to a day and a half conference July 24-26 at the Westin Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

05/12/2017

Jay Vroom Testifies Before Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Regarding the Importance of PREA Reauthorization

Source: CropLife America

Jay Vroom, president and CEO at CropLife America, testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry regarding the reauthorization of the industry’s fee-for-service program, commonly referred to as the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act.

05/10/2017

52nd Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio's farm community will be honored Friday, August 4, 2017, by the Ohio Agricultural Council, when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

05/08/2017

Washington Report for 5-8-17

By Steve Kopperud

First Perdue Policy Speech Long on Reassurances, Biofuels, Trade - Perdue Working with White House on USDA Subcabinet; Northey Frontrunner for Deputy Slot - Lighthizer, Gottlieb Senate Votes Set for this Week - Michigan Hearing Continues Senate Moves to Craft 2018 Farm Bill - Dairy Weighs In - Animal Ag, Vets Want Disease Prevention, Response Program in Farm Bill - Portman, Heitkamp Introduce Regulatory Reform Act - Feinstein, Leahy Introduce Worker Protection Plan - WOTUS Rescission Order Heads to OMB - E15 Waiver Supported by Pruitt - Pruitt to Recuse Himself from WOTUS, State Lawsuits - Environmentalists Sue EPA over Water Pollution Rules

05/03/2017

House Adds Funding for Opioid Crisis, CAUV Changes and Other Provisions in Budget Bill; Bill Passes to Senate for Deliberation

By Belinda Jones, Legislative Counsel

The Ohio General Assembly is in the process of deliberating the budget bill, HB 49. Belinda Jones of Capitol Consulting Group shares the contents of the proposed bill.

05/03/2017

Safe & Sound Online Training Management Tool Now Available

Source: Asmark Institute

The Safe & Sound Online training Management tool, a new feature on the Asmark Institute website, is ideal for organizations seeking a comprehensive training solution that incorporates advanced technologies to help manage their employee training from start to finish.