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05/29/2020

Attend the Virtual Cooperative Law Conference

June 5

The CFAES Center for Cooperatives is pleased to be co-sponsoring the 2nd Bi-Annual Cooperative Law Conference, “The Legal Life of a Cooperative,” as a virtual event on Friday, June 5, 2020.

05/29/2020

Gov. DeWine Releases Guidance for County Fairs

Governor DeWine's Fair Advisory Group has released guidelines for how county fair boards and agricultural societies can work with county health departments to safely operate junior fairs for kids.

05/27/2020

OSU CFAES and MACC Present Welcome to Co-ops Online Training

The Mid America Cooperative Council's training for new co-op employees and interns is being offered online, in partnership with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The online training will be offered Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

05/27/2020

Passing of OABA Member Stephen G. Peters

OABA is saddened to report the passing of Stephen G. Peters on May 18. Steve was a long-time OABA member and a familiar face at events. Please join us in expressing condolences to the family.

05/21/2020

News from Washington: May 18-21

Invoking DPA For the Rest of the Food Supply - Coronavirus Throws a Wrench into U.S.-China Communication - USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program - USDA, FDA Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic - USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers - EU Lacks Data to Back Up Anti-Pesticide Policies - Republicans Want Wheeler Reduce Biofuel Blending Requirements - Food Lion Files to Disrupt Dairy Union - Trump Backs Restaurants’ Bid for Looser Loan Rules - Seafood Sector in Trouble - Biden Urges More Meat Worker Protections - EU Aims to Stop Promoting Meat - Perdue, Ivanka Launch Food Box Deliveries - Pork Producers Get Approval to Coordinate Culling

05/21/2020

Register Now for June Golf for Scholarships Outings

New for 2020: Virtual Golfer Registration

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association invites you to attend the 2020 Golf for Scholarships outings. The early outing will be held June 17 at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville, Ohio. The late outing will be held August 19 at Shelby Oaks Golf Club in Sidney, Ohio. 

05/21/2020

OABA Office Closed for Memorial Day

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association office will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. OABA will resume normal business activities on Tuesday, May 26. 

05/21/2020

Now Available: Grain Disclosure Facility Sign

OABA is pleased to offer a new facility sign available for purchase by members. This high quality sign is a visible reminder of Ohio's grain disclosure laws. Members can request the digital PDF file for free. Corrugated plastic and metal signs are also available for purchase through the OABA store.

05/20/2020

2 Million Face Coverings Headed to Ohio Workers

Latest effort by Governor DeWine and BWC to mitigate COVID-19 impact

Governor Mike DeWine announced on May 19 he is sending at least 2 million face coverings to employers and workers across the state to weaken the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on the safety and health of Ohioans.

05/19/2020

H2Ohio Funds Survive COVID-19

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

Governor DeWine’s commitment to clean water in Ohio through his H2Ohio Initiative has remained a priority. Although the economic impact of COVID-19 was unforeseen and required a reevaluation of Ohio Department of Agriculture’s budget, ODA is pleased to be able to move forward with $50 million in funds that will be available to farmers currently enrolled in H2Ohio programs.

05/18/2020

Helpful Guidance for Procuring PPE

This guide provides tips to help businesses in procuring PPE for employees. Review your businesses COVID-19 operation plan along with your businesses typical PPE needs to see what PPE is needed. Be sure to include employee needs as well as the needs of any potential visitors or customers based on your plan.

05/15/2020

VIDEO: Catching Up with Chris: May 2020

Your OABA staff shares a brief message for our members as they face planting season during the COVID-19 situation.

05/15/2020

News from Washington: May 11-15

USDA Gives Few New Clues on Farm Aid - Latest COVID Response Heads to The House Floor - USDA to Send Fatter Checks to Farmers - More Meatpackers Reopen for Business - USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Ohio - Democrats Roll Out Farm Rescue Wish List - Ideas for Ethanol Aid - Rural Roads in Need of Repair - USDA Continues Fight Over New SNAP Rule - Trump Seems to Acknowledge China Deal Shortcomings - Multimillion-Dollar Food Bank Contracts Go to Unknown Names

05/15/2020

Don't Miss Out! June Leadership Offerings from the OSU Leadership Center

In these times, its more important than ever to maintain your leadership development. The OSU Leadership Center, an OABA partner, is hosting high-caliber leadership events to help you develop your skills.

05/15/2020

Navigating COVID-19 on the Farm

Resources for farmer customers

The Ohio State University has prepared a slideshow titled "Navigating COVID-19 on the Farm," a resource designed to help farmers implement best practices regarding sanitation, delivers, equipment repairs and employees, as well as information on contingency planning and much more. Agribusinesses are encouraged to share this slideshow with their farmer customers.

05/15/2020

Early Deadline Approaching! Register Now for June Golf for Scholarships Outings

New for 2020: Virtual Golfer Registration

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association invites you to attend the 2020 Golf for Scholarships outings. The early outing will be held June 17 at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville, Ohio. The late outing will be held August 19 at Shelby Oaks Golf Club in Sidney, Ohio. 

05/14/2020

SBA to Make Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal reopened on May 14 as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act.

05/14/2020

Free Job Postings for Farmers, Ranchers, Producers and Agribusinesses

AgCareers.com is offering free job postings for temporary workers within the agriculture and food industry. This offer is free, no strings attached. AgCareers.com knows there is a need for employees within the agriculture and food industry.

05/14/2020

Share Your Stories! OABA to Run Outstanding Employee Features During Coronavirus Situation

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association would like to feature stories of agribusiness employees who have gone above and beyond throughout COVID-19 on our social media channels. Recognizing these heroes of agribusiness raises the awareness of the industry overall and also helps to spread positive messages across social media.

05/12/2020

Webinar: COVID-19 Updates for Grain, Feed and Processing Industry

May 20 | OSHA Guidance and Workplace Health and Safety Issues

The National Grain & Feed Association and Grain Journal are partnering to host a free webinar "COVID-19 Updates for Grain, Feed and Processing Industry: OSHA Guidance and Workplace Health and Safety Issues" on May 20. 

05/12/2020

Ohio Restaurant Association Announces the Ohio Restaurant Promise

The Ohio Restaurant Association has recently announced the Ohio Restaurant Promise. The new Promise asks restaurant owners/operators to make a public commitment about how they are following safety requirements, recommendations for best practices and protocols during the COVID-19 crisis.

05/12/2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers New Video and Poster on Proper Workplace Use of Respirators

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that OSHA has released a new video and poster for employers and workers on how to properly wear and remove a respirator.

05/08/2020

News from Washington: May 4-8

Azar Blames ‘Home and Social Conditions’ for Meatpacking Crisis - Trump: Stay Tuned on China Purchases - Food, Consumer Product Companies Ask Pence for Guidance - Worker Crisis Hits the Grocery Store - Trump Suggests DOJ Will Look into Meatpackers - Supersizing USDA’s Farm Relief Arsenal - Trump Signs Executive Order Intended to Boost Seafood Industry - How To Get Food Banks Buy Directly From Farms - States Seek Federal Beef Price-Fixing Probe - Economic Disaster Loans Now Open to Small Farms - All the Ag Aid Ideas - USDA Throws Biofuel Sector A Bone - Giant Dairy Merger Is A Done Deal - Tracking SNAP Approvals

05/08/2020

A Message to Ohio Farmers from the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative

A message to farmers from OACI regarding the current status of the H2Ohio program.

05/08/2020

OSC and OABA Offering Free Webinar on Ag Retailer Communication During Covid-19

OABA members invited to share webinar with farmer customers

The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff, in partnership with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA), is presenting the webinar Communicating in Crisis: Your Relationship with Ag Retailers, Thursday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. OABA members are invited to share this opportunity with their farmer customers.