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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Public Meetings

Public Meeting Notices

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
DATE CHANGE: Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board will meet on June 28, 2017*at 1:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, Auditoriums A&B. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct regular business of the board, which is required to meet four times each year.

The Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board was created with the passage of Senate Bill 130 to advise the Director of Agriculture on the development of administrative rules governing high volume breeders and dog retailers.

*This meeting was originally scheduled for June 20, 2017. Please note the date change to June 28.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Soil and Water Conservation
The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will meet on July 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingsgate Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati, 151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission is a seven-member commission; which ensures Ohio counties are served by effectively administered and adequately supported soil and water conservation districts.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation at 614-265-6610.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Maple Syrup, Sorghum, and Honey Rules
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Food Safety
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed amendments made to Chapters 901:3-44, 901:3-45, and 901:3-46 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

The hearing will be held on:
July 19, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Bromfield Administration Building
Hearing Room 133 (Seminar “B”)
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-3399.

The hearing will be conducted in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Revised Code. Any person affected by the no change rule package may appear and be heard in person, by his attorney, or both, may present his position, arguments, or contentions, orally or in writing, offer and examine witnesses, and present evidence tending to show that the no change rule package, if adopted or effectuated, will be unreasonable or unlawful.

More information on the rule package, including a business impact analysis and copies of the rules, can be found at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/proposedrules/proposedrules.aspx or by visiting the Register of Ohio at www.registerofohio.state.oh.us.

Any person who wishes to present his position, arguments, or contentions in writing, other than at the public hearing, may do so by either mailing his or her written comments to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, c/o Legal Section, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068; by email at ecomments@agri.ohio.gov, or by transmitting by facsimile at (614) 995-4585. Written comments sent by mail shall be postmarked no later than the day of the hearing. Written comments transmitted by facsimile shall be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing.

Maple Syrup, Sorghum, and Honey Rules
Generally, any food production operation is required to be licensed as a food processing establishment and inspected regularly by the Ohio Department of Agriculture or their local department of health. However, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3715.021, this general rule does not apply to processors of maple syrup, sorghum, and honey who meet certain criteria. Regardless, certain provisions of Chapter 3715 of the ORC do apply to maple syrup, sorghum, and honey. The rules of this package contain the regulations and standards of maple syrup, sorghum, and honey as allowed under the ORC.

OAC 901:3-44-01 outlines the mandatory food sampling tolerance levels for maple syrup, sorghum, and honey. As stated above, maple syrup, sorghum, and honey producers are not regulated in the same manner as other food production operations. However, ORC 3715.022 states that all food products, including maple syrup, sorghum, and honey, shall be sampled and tested to determine if the food product is misbranded and/or adulterated. The rules establish lead tolerance levels in maple syrup and sorghum. Maple syrup and sorghum products which are found to contain lead in greater than 500 parts per billion are considered adulterated. Further, the rule is being amended to state that all honey products sampled which detect antibiotics are adulterated. Beekeepers who apply antibiotics to their hives must withhold from drawing honey until the withdrawal period of the antibiotics has lapsed.

Pursuant to ORC 3715.24, the Department shall adopt rules which establish voluntary grades, authorized optional ingredients, standards for fill of containers, and standards of weight for the sale of maple products in this state and that specify the analytical tests to be used for determining compliance with those voluntary grade requirements. The rules in Division 901:3-45 of the Administrative Code fulfill this requirement.

OAC 901:3-45-01 replaces the existing rule, which is to be rescinded in this package. The new rule is established to mirror the grading system used to classify maple syrup utilized by the United States Department of Agriculture. The rule adopts color classifications of maple syrup which are verified by measuring light transmission of the syrup.

OAC 901:3-45-02 sets out the optional ingredients which are allowed in maple products. These optional ingredients match those ingredients allowed in federal law (See 21 C.F.R. 168.140). There are no substantive changes to this rule, rather, the rule is being amended to comply with LSC’s drafting manual.

OAC 901:3-45-03 outlines the labeling requirements for maple syrup. The rule is being amended to modify the grading labeling requirements to reflect U.S. versus Ohio. This change will allow manufacturer’s to comply with federal labeling requirements should producers wish to ship their products across state lines. Further, a code reference has been updated within the rule.

OAC 901:3-45-04 sets forth the packing and fill requirements for maple syrup. The rule is being amended to make formatting changes which should help with comprehension. Further, the rule has added a requirement that all containers must be made of food grade materials.

OAC 901:3-45-05 sets forth the bulk packaging requirements for maple syrup. The rule has added a requirement that all containers must be made of food grade materials.

Ohio Revised Code 3715.024 permits maple syrup, sorghum, and honey producers to be voluntarily inspected by the Department. Upon successfully passing inspection, the producers will receive a seal of conformity and inspection by the Department. The rules below identify the requirement of these processors necessary to pass inspection.

OAC 901:3-46-01 outlines the definitions as used in the Chapter. The rule is being amended to replace “ODA” with “Department.”

OAC 901:3-46-02 reiterates the option that maple syrup, sorghum, and honey processors may seek voluntary inspection. A stylistic change, which does not impact the substance of the rule, has been made.

OAC 901:3-46-03 states that maple syrup, sorghum, and honey processors who elect to be voluntarily inspected must register with the Department. A stylistic change, which does not impact the substance of the rule, has been made.

OAC 901:3-46-04 outlines the seal of conformity and inspection pursuant to ORC 3715.024. The rule is being amended for clarity and comprehension. No substantive changes to the rule have been made.

OAC 901:3-46-05 outlines the collection equipment which may be utilized in production. The rule has been amended for clarity and comprehension. No substantive changes to the rule have been made.

OAC 901:3-46-06 sets forth the packing and fill requirements for maple syrup, sorghum, and honey. The rule is being amended to make formatting changes which should help with comprehension. Further, the rule has added a requirement that all containers must be made of food grade materials.

OAC 901:3-46-07 sets forth the bulk packaging requirements for maple syrup, sorghum, and honey. The rule has added a requirement that all containers must be made of food grade materials.

OAC 901:3-46-08 outlines the good manufacturing practices which are required under the rule. The rule has been amended for clarity and comprehension. No substantive changes to the rule have been made.

OAC 901:3-46-09 establishes water supply requirement for production. The rule is being amended to comply with the incorporation by reference standards.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Fertilizers Certification Program Rules
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Plant Health
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed amendments made to Chapter 901:5-4of the Ohio Administrative Code.

The rules in this package were originally enacted pursuant to Senate Bill 150 of the 130th General Assembly. The rules established a fertilizers certification program, which required training, certification, and record keeping for individuals who apply fertilizer to over 50 acres of land for agricultural production. The amendments found in this chapter have been proposed to fine tune the certification program after its first two years.

Rules 901:5-4-02 outlines requirements for obtaining a fertilizer certificate from the Department. The rule is being amended to clarify the definition of a person acting “under the instructions and control” of a certificate holder. Further, the rule adds a 180-day grace period for those who have completed their educational requirements but have failed to submit a timely application.

Rules 901:5-4-03 sets forth the education requirements for obtaining a fertilizer certificate. The rule is amended to clarify the education requirements for initial and renewal applicants. Additionally, the rule establishes an exam, which individuals may elect to take, rather than attend a course.

Rule 901:5-4-04 outlines record keeping requirements. The rule is proposed to add “number of acres” and “total amount of fertilizer, by weight or volume” to the list of received information to be documented.

The hearing will be held on:
July 27, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Bromfield Administration Building
Hearing Room 133 (Seminar “B”)
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-3399.

The hearing will be conducted in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Revised Code. Any person affected by the no change rule package may appear and be heard in person, by his attorney, or both, may present his position, arguments, or contentions, orally or in writing, offer and examine witnesses, and present evidence tending to show that the no change rule package, if adopted or effectuated, will be unreasonable or unlawful.

More information on the rule package, including a business impact analysis and copies of the rules, can be found at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/proposedrules/proposedrules.aspx or by visiting the Register of Ohio at www.registerofohio.state.oh.us.

Any person who wishes to present his position, arguments, or contentions in writing, other than at the public hearing, may do so by either mailing his or her written comments to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, c/o Legal Section, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068; by email at ecomments@agri.ohio.gov, or by transmitting by facsimile at (614) 995-4585. Written comments sent by mail shall be postmarked no later than the day of the hearing. Written comments transmitted by facsimile shall be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
The Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Amusement Ride Safety
The Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety will meet Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, Cardinal Building, Room TBA, Columbus, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss any concerns or questions pertaining to amusement rides and any new business brought before the advisory council.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Thursday, November 03, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building, Room 129, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to review recommendations for the event sponsorship program and to review progress to date on the FY18 research and extension programs.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board will meet on August 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, Auditoriums A&B. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct regular business of the board, which is required to meet three times each year.

The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board was created with the passage of Senate Bill 310 to advise the Director of Agriculture on the development of administrative rules governing dangerous and restricted animals.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board
Monday, June 12, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Livestock Care Standards
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will meet on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building, Auditorium A&B, 8995 E Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is for the board to review the livestock care standards of chapters 901:12-5, 901:12-6, 901:12-7, 901:12-8, 901:12-12, 901:12-13 of the Administrative Code. A public comment opportunity will be provided during the meeting.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Farmland Preservation Technical Meeting and Local Sponsor Certification Presentation
Monday, February 06, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Farmland Preservation
The Ohio Farmland Preservation Office will hold a Farmland Preservation Technical Meeting and Local Sponsor Certification Presentation on Friday, August 18, 2017, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Bromfield Building, Auditorium, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The purpose of the meeting is to review with local sponsors the Clean Ohio 2017 Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) and the 2018 Local Sponsor Certification application.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board will meet on September 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, Auditoriums A&B. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct regular business of the board, which is required to meet four times each year.

The Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board was created with the passage of Senate Bill 130 to advise the Director of Agriculture on the development of administrative rules governing high volume breeders and dog retailers.
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