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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Public Meetings

Public Meeting Notices

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
CANCELED Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Thursday, November 03, 2016 | Public Meeting Cancellation | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 has been canceled.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Ohio Auctioneers Commission
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Auctioneer Program
The Ohio Auctioneers Commission will meet on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 10:45 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building, Room 133 (Seminar Rm. B), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The agenda will include an enforcement update and any other business brought before the commission.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee
Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Livestock Environmental Permitting
The Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Building (Auditorium), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The agenda will include a presentation by Dr. Kevin King on edge of field water quality testing to-date and a rule review process update.
Friday, February 03, 2017
02.03.17 Public Hearing Notice: Farm Markets, Farmers''' Markets and Auctions
Monday, January 09, 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 Chapter 901:3-6 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Chapter 901:3-6 of the Ohio Administrative Code regulates farm markets, farmers’ markets, and farm product auctions which have registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3717.22, these regulated areas are exempt from the general retail food establishment requirement so long as they register with the Department. This registration is voluntary however, only through registration is an entity exempt from the retail food establishment licensure. In order to meet this exemption, the regulated areas are only allowed to sell foods that are not
potentially hazardous.

The hearing will be held on:
February 3, 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.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Livestock Exhibtions
Monday, January 09, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed amendments made to Ohio Administrative Code rules 901-19-07 and 39.

The hearing will be held on:
February 9, 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 rules in Chapter 901-19 of the Ohio Administrative Code outline the regulations for the exhibition of livestock in the state of Ohio. Exhibition of livestock generally occurs at a livestock show held at the Ohio state fair or a fair under the control of a county or independent agricultural society. The rules in this chapter set forth the governance and administration of these exhibitions and standards related to food safety and the health, safety, and welfare of livestock including grooming, commercial, or medical practices that are generally accepted in the community. The rules have been reviewed by the advisory committee on livestock exhibitions which meet annually to discuss these rules as well as other issues that pertain to the exhibition of livestock.

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 901.72, the rules adopted under which apply to exhibition-related food safety and the health, safety, and welfare of livestock shall apply to every exhibition. However, exhibitions may choose to adopt rules which do not apply to those issues. The rules as drafted indicate which rules are mandatory and which rules are optional for adoption by the exhibition.
OAC 901-19-07 requires that all exhibition sponsors require exhibitors to attend or complete a quality assurance program or pass an exam which indicates that the exhibitor has the requisite knowledge presented in the quality assurance program. The quality assurance program is a comprehensive educational program which focuses on the proper care and welfare of food animals. The majority of animals entered into livestock exhibitions are eventually sold and placed in food supply. Due to this eventual entry into the stream of commerce, the knowledge of food safety, nutrition, management, handling, and the environment are critical to the success of producing a safe and wholesome product. Therefore, it is essential that all exhibitors be required to participate in the quality assurance program. The rule has been proposed to be amended to make the failure to participate in the quality assurance program in action in which the disciplinary actions of OAC 901-19-21 is subject to.

OAC 901-19-39 sets forth the ownership requirements for livestock entered in an exhibition. In 2015, this rule was reviewed and amended during its five year rule review period. The rule was amended to allow exhibitions the flexibility to allow households and exhibitors to enter multiple animals into the exhibition. This flexibility allowed junior exhibitors, if permitted by the fair, to have a reserve animal should their primary animal decease prior to the exhibition. In addition, paragraphs (D) and (E) were added to the rule to indicate that the fair has the discretion on whether or not to allow additional animals to be entered into the fair, and the number of additional animals to be added. These paragraphs have been interpreted by many as allowing the Department to regulate this matter. As stated above, the Department has the authority to regulate food safety and the health, safety, and welfare of livestock exhibited. The Department does not regulate the administrative decisions of the fair such as determining whether additional animals are allowed to be registered. In order to clear up this confusion, paragraphs (D) and (E) are proposed to be rescinded.
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.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Fair Concessions
Monday, January 09, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Amusement Ride Safety
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed amendments made to Chapter 901:9-2 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

The rules in this package regulate “concessions” at fairs and expositions operated by county and independent agricultural societies. Concessions are defined as shows, games, or novelty stands which take place at these county fairs. Classic examples of these games can be found at a fairs “Midway” such as the milk bottle ball game, pop bottle ball game, and the bank-a-ball game. Pursuant to Chapter 1711 of the Ohio Revised Code (“ORC”), it is the Department’s regulatory mission to protect the public from dishonest and fraudulent dealings with regards to concessions. In order to accomplish this mission, the Department has created a specific set of administrative code rules which outline the way each game shall be played, the manner in which prizes are offered and displayed, and the signage requirements for each game.

The hearing will be held on:
February 9, 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.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Ohio Soil and Water Conervation Commission
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Soil and Water Conservation
The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will meet on February 28, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, located at 50 North Third Street Columbus, OH 43215.


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, March 08, 2017
Ohio Grape Industries Public Relations Subcommittee
Monday, December 12, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries’ Public Relations Subcommittee will meet on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building, Room 207, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to review the strategic marketing plan for FY18.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Livestock Care Standards
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will meet on Thursday, March 23, 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 901:12-1, 901:12-2, 901:12-3, and 901:12-4 of the Administrative Code. A public comment opportunity will be provided during the meeting.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Thursday, November 03, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building, Room 308, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible FY18 marketing/promotions programs.
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