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11/17/2017

OABA Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving. OABA will resume normal business activities on Monday, Nov. 27. 

11/17/2017

Washington Report for 11-20-17

By Steve Kopperud

Congress Goes Away Next Week for Thanksgiving; AFBF Says the Feast is Cheaper this Year - Full House Approves Tax Reform Bill 227-205; Senate Finance Committee Approves Tax Bill - Perdue Continues with USDA Reorganization Action Plan; GIPSA, Grain Inspection Move to AMS - Blumenauer’s “New” Farm Bill Sees “Overhaul” of Income Safety Net, Conservation Programs - Ross Hits Ag for “Screaming and Yelling” Over Administration NAFTA Talk - Trump Will Get Reworked NAFTA Deal: Ross - Top Negotiators Not in Mexico City for NAFTA Round 5 - Industry Calls on Lighthizer to Protect NAFTA Trucking Provision - Ag Groups, Monsanto Sue Over Glyphosate in California - EPA Moves to Formally Delay WOTUS – Just in Case… - Another $44 Billion for Disaster Aid to be Requested - Ag Value to Economy, Jobs Outlined in New Study - Farm Exports Jump 8% in FY2017

11/16/2017

Earn Continuing Education Units at the 2018 OABA Industry Conference

Register now to save on registration fees!

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference Feb. 1-­2, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for both Certified Crop Advisers and state licensed pesticide applicators that attend the conference.

11/16/2017

Agricultural Facility Available for Purchase in Northwest Ohio

An agricultural facility is available for purchase or lease in Williams County, Ohio. The total size is 51,000 square feet situated on 7.14 acres (additional acreage could be available).

11/14/2017

Changes Made to Rules on Applying Fertilizer

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

The ODA has announced changes to the fertilizer application rules, including the choice to take an exam instead of a class, additional record keeping requirements and more.

11/13/2017

ODA Announces Changes to Ohio's Livestock Care Standards

The Ohio Department of Agriculture wants to remind producers and livestock owners about upcoming changes to Ohio’s livestock care standards.

11/13/2017

Washington Report for 11-13-17

By Steve Kopperud

House Ways & Means Approves GOP Tax Cut Plan; Senate Unveils its Version of Tax Code Fixes - Ag Pushes Back on Administration NAFTA Talk; Perdue Announces “Contingency” Plan for Pull-out - Loss of $2.6 billion, 46,000 Jobs if Grain Trade Disrupted - Clovis Out, Northey Still Blocked, Vaden Gets Hearing, Doud Gets Caught by from Flake - Trump’s Pick to Head Council on Environmental Quality Flips on RFS Opinion - Trump Announces U.S.-China Trade Deals Worth “Hundreds of Billions” - Trump White Moves to Tighten Reins on U.S.-Cuba Relations - Perdue Pulls Back Obama Proposed Action on Biotech Regulation - Study Show Half of U.S. Food Pesticide Residue Free - EC Rejects Glyphosate License Extension; NCA says No Cancer Link - WHO Says “No” to Livestock/Poultry Antibiotics for Disease Prevention; USDA Scientist, Industry Scoff - Former House Ag Chair Goodlatte Joins Rush to House Exit

11/09/2017

INTL FCStone to Host Food Industry Risk Academy in Chicago, Illinois

OABA members receive special discount

INTL FCStone will host the Food Industry Risk Academy in Chicago, Illinois December 12-14, 2017. The Food Industry Risk Academy is a three-day, interactive educational event that provides market outlooks delivered by world-renowned experts with insight into where prices for key commodities are headed.

11/09/2017

Member Service Update: LifeCycle Tank Management Program

Source: Asmark Institute

LifeCycle is designed to provide a comprehensive, practical approach to managing the integrity and use-life of tanks with capacities from 750 to 99,000 gallons.

11/09/2017

Registration Now Open for 2018 OABA Industry Conference

Connect knowledge and network with industry leaders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference Feb. 1-­2, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest. During general sessions and breakouts, attendees will explore challenges and connect knowledge to help improve the industry.

11/09/2017

Raamezah Ahmad Joins AFIA's Communications Team

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to welcome Raamezah Ahmad as its new graphic and web design coordinator. Ahmad joined AFIA Nov. 6. 

11/09/2017

MACA Young Leader Scholarship Program Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Mid America CropLife Association is pleased to announce the continuation of the Young Leader Scholarship Program that it benefits students who have an interest in agriculture. MACA is an association made up of basic manufacturers, distributors/formulators and allied industry from the crop protection industry. 

11/09/2017

Lake Erie Experiences ‘Severe’ Algae Bloom in 2017

Source: The Hannah Report

The harmful algal bloom that formed on Lake Erie this year had a severity index of eight, making it a “severe bloom” roughly equivalent to the 2013 HAB, which was the third worst bloom observed this century, according to a seasonal assessment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

11/07/2017

Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program Accepting Nominations for 2018 Ohio CCA of the Year Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award.

11/06/2017

Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a slate of Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors, all serving as appointees of President Donald J. Trump. For Ohio, the FSA Director is Leonard Hubert and the RD Director is Dave Hall.

11/03/2017

Washington Report for 11-6-17

By Steve Kopperud

House GOP Leaders Unveil Tax Cut/Reform Plan - Who’s Happy, Who’s Not with the GOP Tax Bill for Now? - Clovis Withdraws, Northey Held Hostage, Ibach Sworn In - Roberts Warns White House on NAFTA; Survey Shows Stock Market Sell-Off - EWG Says Farmers Got $14 Billion in Crop “Subsidies” in 2015, 2016 - Bill to Allow More Produce Planting on Base Acres Introduced - Double Ag Research Budget, Say Groups - Final RFS Mandates Sent to OMB - Glyphosate Legal Wars, Fears Continue - Dicamba Damage More than Thought? - Animal Waste Air Emissions Guidance Released - EPA Rolls Out New Advisory Scientist Policy - “Safety Net” Enrollment Begins

11/03/2017

2nd National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

The Cash in Cover Crops for Farmers and Agribusiness

The National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health is an opportunity for farmers, certified crop advisors, conservation professionals, and others to obtain the latest information on cover crops and soil health including their economic impacts.

11/02/2017

Registration Now Open for 2018 OABA Industry Conference

Connect knowledge and network with industry leaders

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference Feb. 1-­2, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest. During general sessions and breakouts, attendees will explore challenges and connect knowledge to help improve the industry.

11/01/2017

INTL FCStone to Host Food Industry Risk Academy in Chicago, Illinois

INTL FCStone will host the Food Industry Risk Academy in Chicago, Illinois on December 12, 2017. The Food Industry Risk Academy is a three-day, interactive educational event that provides market outlooks delivered by world-renowned experts with insight into where prices for key commodities are headed.

10/31/2017

ZoneNinja, The Newest Innovation From the Creators of the SoilWarrior

Environmental Tillage Systems, the creator of the SoilWarrior, announces the launch of the all new ZoneNinja, a dual-purpose tool that can freshen zones one day and convert to side-dress the next - the ultimate combination in one piece of proven, field-tested equipment. 

10/27/2017

Last Chance! Oct. 31 Deadline to Apply for Sixth LAUNCH Class

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

10/27/2017

Washington Report for 10-30-17

By Steve Kopperud

House Narrowly Adopts Senate Budget Resolution: Let the Tax Reform Games Begin - NAFTA Nerves Are Jangled as Pessimism Grows - Congress Advances Disaster Package, White House Looks for Offsets in Third Aid Bill - Biofuels Battles Continue as Oil State Senators Seek Trump Meeting - Ibach Clears the Senate; Cruz Puts Hold on Northey Action After Ernst, Grassley RFS Win - Senate Committee Advances Four EPA Office Nominees - Commerce Sets Anti-Dumping Duties on Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel Imports - Goodlatte H-2A Visa Program Rewrite Advances on Tight Vote - CFTC Swap Dealer De Minimis Threshold Extended - EC Glyphosate Decision Delayed 

10/27/2017

OABA Signs Letter to Commerce Secretary Ross Outlining NAFTA Withdrawal Impacts for Agriculture

OABA, with nearly 90 agribusinesses and organizations, signed a respectful letter that the Food and Agricultural Dialogue for Trade sent to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The letter addresses Ross' recent comments that harm to American food and agriculture interests from a potential NAFTA withdrawal is an “empty threat.”

10/26/2017

Save the Date: February CCA Exam

Deadline to register is Dec. 8

The CCA Exam is offered twice a year, the first Friday in February and the first Friday in August. The next exam is Friday, February 2, 2018.

10/26/2017

Connect with Ohio's Agribusiness Professionals at the 2018 Industry Conference!

Become a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor

Industry Conference sponsorship and exhibitor spots allow your business to network with more than 300 agribusiness professionals at the 2018 event.