Ohio Soybean Association Board members met to review and update the organization’s policy priorities for the upcoming year. Some of the top priorities for 2018 are water quality, nutrient management, infrastructure, and fuel quality standards.
Other OSA priorities for 2018 include:
Water quality and nutrient management
- The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) strongly supports implementation of the 4R concept of nutrient management — Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place. Properly managed fertilizers supporting cropping systems that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits.
- Supports policies backed by science and research-based discoveries to create practical regulations.
- Supports allowing current policies and regulations the time needed to achieve expected outcomes.
- Ohio Department of Higher Education: OSA supports full funding of the Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio State University Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie.
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources: OSA supports funding for the Clean Lake Erie Fund and continued funding to be utilized for feasible practices to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
- Ohio Department of Agriculture: OSA supports the funding the Department needs to fulfill their required duties.
• Supports efforts to increase broadband access to rural Ohio in order to help improve quality of life and create strong and competitive farming operations.
Biobased products and biodiesel use
• Supports and encourages the increased purchase and use of biobased products by state agencies
• Supports the usage of biodiesel by state vehicles and heavy equipment and encourages the Ohio Legislature to explore the impact of a biodiesel requirement or incentives on all fuel sold in Ohio.
• Supports biodiesel fuel quality standards to protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing substandard fuel, maintain the integrity of the fuel supply, and protect the reputation of biodiesel as a high quality, high performing fuel.
• Supports timely and consistent inspections of bridges in rural areas, and
adequate funding for bridge maintenance
• Supports higher truck weight limit implementation when technology shows that increased limits are appropriate due to modern equipment
• Supports resources allocated toward the upgrade of inland water systems and harbor management.