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09/18/2020

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

09/18/2020

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.

09/17/2020

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.

09/15/2020

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.

09/14/2020

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.

09/14/2020

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.

09/14/2020

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.

09/14/2020

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

09/10/2020

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...

09/09/2020

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.

09/09/2020

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

09/08/2020

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.

09/04/2020

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

09/04/2020

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.

09/04/2020

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.

09/03/2020

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

09/02/2020

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.

09/02/2020

JobsOhio Names Tim Derickson New Director of Food and Agribusiness

Former Ohio State Representative Joins from the Ohio Department of Agriculture

JobsOhio announced the hiring of Tim Derickson, a longtime agribusiness entrepreneur and former state legislator, as its new Director of Food and Agribusiness. In his new role, Derickson will oversee a sector that includes hundreds of companies that cultivate, process, package, distribute and market foods and beverages enjoyed around the world.

09/01/2020

OABA Sustaining Sponsor Spotlight: Rosen’s Inc.

After Elmer and Lud Rosen came back from World War II in 1946, they purchased a truck with a GI Bill and began hauling cattle to Chicago. Today, Rosen’s Inc. remains a family-owned business that believes in the relationships with their customers and treating people fairly.

09/01/2020

OABA and Ohio’s Country Journal Partner to Offer Agricultural Career Center

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net are partnering to offer an agriculture industry-focused Career Center. This free resource allows career seekers to explore available positions across Ohio, while allowing agriculture employers to post their open positions.

08/28/2020

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.

08/28/2020

News from Washington: August 24-28

China Corn Purchases Surge in August - Taiwan Agrees to Ease Restrictions on US Beef and Pork - Trump Administration Announces Additional $1 Billion For the Farmers to Families Food Box Program - Hurricane Laura Not Seen as Threat to Corn/Bean Exports - Covid-19 Continues to Challenge Food Industry - EPA Head Discusses RVO Process - EPA and USDA Announce Competition to Advance Agricultural Sustainability in the U.S. - Midwest Shaping Up as Key for Trump - Former Ag Secretary Breaks with GOP, Endorses Biden

08/27/2020

New COVID-19 Checklist Aims to Keep Employees Safe in the Workplace

The Food and Drug Administration and Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a checklist for FDA-regulated human and animal food operations to use when assessing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The checklist provides helpful suggestions, not requirements, and can be an excellent tool for facility management to ensure the appropriate policies are in place.

08/27/2020

OABA Members Encouraged to Participate in Virtual Career Exploration Fair

Hosted by OABA and OSU CFAES

The Farm Science Review Career Exploration Fair, previously planned to be held during the 2020 Farm Science Review, will now be offered as a virtual event. The virtual Career Exploration Fair will be held September 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., allowing participants time to network with these companies and ask questions regarding available positions and scholarships.

08/26/2020

Ready? Take Aim... Fire! Registration Open for 2020 Target: Scholarships

Sponsorship opportunities now available

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.