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News from Washington: February 12-16

Trump's Budget Proposal for FY2019 - Ag Chairmen React to Administration’s FY2019 Budget Proposal - Perdue's First Budget - Rural Infrastructure Details - Ag Deals in FTC Crosshairs - USADA’s Meal-Kit Idea Faces Backlash - WOTUS Opponents Put Backup Plan in Place - Health Insurance A Huge Issue on the Farm - Amazon to Pay $1.2 Million In Illegal Pesticide Settlement


Leaders of Congressional Tax-Writing Committees Commit to Fixing Section 199A Of New Tax Law

Source: National Grain & Feed Association

The National Grain and Feed Association .commended the leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees for their statements committing to addressing as soon as possible the unintended consequences of Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act during hearings on Capitol Hill.


Are Ohio Beef Checkoff Accusations Legit or a Bunch of Bull?

Source: Ohio's Country Journal

The Ohio Farmers Union teamed up with the Organization for Competitive Markets and released a briefing paper outlining accusations directed at Ohio’s checkoff programs, specifically the beef checkoff.


Central State University Spring 2018 Career & Internship Fair

Central State University welcomes your participation in the Spring 2018 Career & Internship Fair. The Spring 2018 date is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


News from Washington: February 5-9

Cotton, Dairy Provisions Slide into Budget Deal - Sec. Perdue Briefs House Agriculture Committee on State of Rural Economy - Still Awaiting Fix to Ag Co-op Tax Break - Ross Reneges on Trump Vow to Eliminate Trade Deficit - Trump Wants $90M To Implement Tax Law in Next CR - Perdue Urges Caution in Response to China's Sorghum Trade Probe - Trump's Stock Market Miscalculation - Perdue Predicts NAFTA Deal by Year's End - State AGs File First Legal Challenge to WOTUS Delay - Details on FDA’s Nutrition Plan to Be Unveiled in Coming Weeks - More Flexibility on State ACA Waivers Coming - Pacelle Out at HSUS After Sexual Harassment Storm


Jim Lake Announced as 2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

The Nutrient Stewardship Council is pleased to announce Jim Lake as the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to an individual who has provided outstanding service and commitment to the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.


Bowl for Agribusiness Students! Register Now for 2018 Bowling for Scholarships

The 2018 Bowling for Scholarship event will be held on March 16, 2018 at Timbers Bowling in Maumee, Ohio. Members can register in teams or as individuals.


New for 2018! Tour Grain Processors in Northwest Ohio

Join OABA for the Ohio Grain Processors Tour on April 10

Are you curious to know what products and bi products are made from the grain you ship out? Do you ever wonder who the final consumer of your grain is? Then join us for an educational opportunity provided by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, touring grain processors in Northwest Ohio.


Space is Limited! Register Now for Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold two Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshops, March 1 in Crestline, Ohio and March 2 in Custar, Ohio.


Register Now for Grain Merchandising 101 Course

Course for new grain merchandisers and those who support the merchandiser function

OABA’s Grain Merchandising Course provides practical information on a variety of topics in the grain industry, from market fundamentals to facility operations. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of grain merchandising and how it connects with different aspects of the industry.


Attend the Water Professional Development Mission to Israel

Presented by the Ohio-Israel Ag & CleanTech Initiative of the Negev Foundation

The 2018 Professional Development Mission to Israel, hosted by the Ohio-Israel Ag & CleanTech Initiative of The Negev Foundation, is built around site visits of Israeli companies working in a variety of water related fields.


Sixth Annual Industry Conference Builds Networks and “Connects” Ohio Agriculture

More than 350 Ohio AgriBusiness Association members and industry professionals were on hand to engage in collaborative learning and networking at the organization’s sixth annual Industry Conference. The conference allowed attendees to build their networks and “connect” knowledge through a variety of sessions presented by well-respected speakers from across the country.


OABA Announces 2018 Board of Directors

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce the newly elected members to the Board of Directors. In addition to new members, the Board of Directors has new leadership for 2018-2019.


Ohio CCA Harold Watters Announced as 2018 International CCA of the Year

Source: American Society of Agronomy

The American Society of Agronomy has announced Harold Watters of The Ohio State University as the 2018 International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year.


FDA Launches New FSMA, Produce Safety Rule Webpages to Provide Information on the Food Safety Modernization Act

The U.S. FDA has launched a new FSMA landing page on to help stakeholders more easily access information and resources about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to help them comply the rules.


News from Washington: January 22-26

Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 - NAFTA Updates: Hoping for Completion - Supreme Court Picks Path Through District Courts for WOTUS - EPA: WOTUS Won't Go into Effect, Despite SCOTUS Ruling - EPA Sends WOTUS Delay Rule for White House Review - Trump Backs Path to Citizenship For 1.8M Dreamers - Revised TPP Moves on Without U.S. - Trump Says He's Open to TPP If It Were 'A Substantially Better Deal' - Perdue: Delays in USDA Appointees 'Crippling' - Perdue Emphasizes Public-Private Partnerships to Fund Ag Research - Ross: U.S. Troops ‘Coming to The Ramparts’ for Trade Wars - USDA Helped Improve Essential Services for 7 Million Rural Residents in 2017


OABA Members Invited to Attend Ohio Rail Plan Stakeholder Involvement Session

The Ohio Rail Development Commission is seeking input from OABA members on the Ohio Rail Plan during a meeting on Feb. 27 at the ODOT Central Office building.


ODA Reminds Farmers of New Requirements for Dicamba Use

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is reminding farmers of revised labels and new training requirements for applicators who intend to use dicamba herbicide products this year.


FDA Releases Guidance to Help Food Producers Meet FSMA Requirements

Source: Politico

The FDA issued guidance that aims to help importers and food producers comply with food safety rules mandated by the Obama-era Food Safety Modernization Act.


Overview: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Source: Packer Thomas

Packer Thomas provides an overview of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The majority of the provisions in the new tax law don’t take effect until 2018, but it is important to be aware of the changes as your 2017 tax returns are prepared and you start planning for 2018.


Register Now for Grain Merchandising 101 Course

Course for new grain merchandisers and those who support the merchandiser function

OABA’s Grain Merchandising Course provides practical information on a variety of topics in the grain industry, from market fundamentals to facility operations. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of grain merchandising and how it connects with different aspects of the industry.


News from Washington: January 15-19

How Shutdown Affects Ag - NAFTA Talks to Continue Even If Government Shuts Down - FDA Pledges Food Recall Fixes - Conaway Seeks Farm Bill Price Tag - Lighthizer Criticizes China, Russia as Threats to Global Trading System - Senate Sends Surveillance Bill to Trump - WTO Panel Sides with U.S. in China Chicken Dispute - Bipartisan Nutrition Working Group Kicks Off in House - SNAP Increasingly Tied to Positive Health Outcomes, Report Finds - Organic Groups Protest USDA's Reversal on Livestock Standards - White House: Trump Told Xi Growing U.S. Trade Deficit 'Not Sustainable'


Download the 2018 OABA Industry Conference App

2018 Industry Conference attendees can take advantage of a valuable new resource, the 2018 Industry Conference app! Sessions, speakers, attendee directory and more ... all at your fingertips!


Ongoing Discussions to Resolve Section 199A Tax Issue

Chris Henney of OABA and Randy Gordon of NGFA provide an update on the Section 199A tax issue.


Register Now for 2018 OABA Industry Conference

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.