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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Public Meetings

Public Meeting Notices

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Ohio Grape Industries Committees Administrative and Budget Subcommittee
Monday, April 04, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee’s Administrative/Budget Subcommittee will meet on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Building, Room 207, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare FY17 budget recommendations.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safetys Ride Modifications Subcommittee
Monday, April 11, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Amusement Ride Safety
The Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety’s Ride Modifications Subcommittee will meet Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Plant Health Conference Room 101, 8995 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a revision to the ride rules and regulations in order to define a “major ride modification” of an amusement ride and to form recommendations to be brought forth to the Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
REVISED Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on the 31st Floor, East B, Riffe Building*, Columbus, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to review and approve the FY17 budget, as well as the production, public relations and research program proposals.

*This meeting was originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m., on ODA’s campus in Reynoldsburg. Please note the time and location change.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Public Hearing Notice: Equine Infectious Anemia
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 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 Chapter 901:1-19 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
The rules in this package regulate the disease known as Equine Infectious Anemia which is designated under section 901:1-21-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as dangerously contagious and infectious. Pursuant to authority in section 941.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Director of Agriculture has authority to use all proper means in the prevention and eradication of infectious and contagious diseases which pose a threat to public health or animal health.

The hearing will be held on:
May 19, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Bromfield Administration Building
Hearing Room 129 (Seminar “A”)
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, May 19, 2016
Public Hearing Notice: Livestock Brands
Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 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 Chapter 901:1-25 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 946 sets forth statutes regarding the identification of property it applies to livestock in the state of Ohio. In Ohio and across the country, this is accomplished through the use of livestock brands. Specifically, ORC § 924.07 states that the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture “shall record livestock brands and maintain a central registry of brands.” Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 901:1-25 outlines the regulations for the registration and recording of those brands. The rules are more specifically outlined on the following page.

The hearing will be held on:
May 19, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Bromfield Administration Building
Hearing Room 129 (Seminar “A”)
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.

The rules to be reviewed are as follows:
OAC § 901:1-25-01 outlines the procedures for recording of livestock brands. The rule defines certain terms that are used in the chapter as well as outlining the important renewal deadlines. Additionally, the rule sets forth particular requirements for brand construction, including the prohibition of certain symbols and position of letters. These particulars preemptively eliminate confusion when reading two brands. The rule is being amended to add definitions to the rule as well as to make stylistic changes which should enable easier comprehension of the rule.
OAC § 901:1-25-02 sets forth the fees for the registration of brands. The rule requires a fee of twenty-five dollars for each recorded, renewal, and re-recording of brands, as well as, ten dollars for the transfer of ownership and five dollars for each additional certificate requested. The rule is being amended to eliminate potential ambiguities in the rule by clarifying that renewal registrations must also pay a $25 fee.
OAC § 901:1-25-03 states that the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture may designate a livestock identification law administrator. This rule is being rescinded as it is not currently in use by the Department. Further, there is no statutory requirement that the Director nominate such a position. Therefore, the rule is being rescinded.
OAC § 901:1-25-04 states that individuals need to contact the Department upon the following occurrences: change in ownership, address, or name under which a brand is recorded. The rule is being amended to remove language that is unnecessary for the enforcement of the rule. There are no substantive changes to the rule.
OAC § 901:1-25-05 states that in the event that any livestock is lost due to theft or suspect theft the owner shall contact the Department and the sheriff’s office immediately. The rule is being amended to remove a toll-free number that is no longer in use by the Department.
OAC § 901:1-25-06 outlines specific brands that the Department and the United States Department of Agriculture reserve the rights to use exclusively. These brands are primarily used for disease control and identification. For example, positive equine infectious anemia animals shall have a letter “A” branded on their bodies. The rule is being amended to come into conformity with USDA’s current branding regulations. This is not a federal requirement however, it is important for uniformity. The amendments change where the brands of certain diseases are located.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Public Hearing Notice: Anthrax Control
Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 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 rule 901:1-3-01.

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) § 901:1-3-01 outlines regulations for controlling anthrax in bone products. Anthrax is a disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The disease is generally lethal and can affect most animals. Due to the serious nature of the disease, Anthrax is listed as dangerously contagious, infectious and reportable pursuant to OAC § 901:1-21-02. In order to prevent the spread of anthrax, the rule prohibits the use of bone products in animal feedstuffs unless they have been processed in a manner rendering them free from viable anthrax spores.

The rule has been reviewed in accordance with the five year rule review process. It is being amended to make stylistic changes to allow for easier comprehension. Further, the rule is being amended to correct errors that would be in conflict with the Legislative Services Commission drafting manual.

Substantively, in paragraph (F) of the rule, the word “sterilized” has been replaced by the phrase “processed to render them free from viable anthrax spores.” This change was made in order to eliminate any confusion as to the meaning of “sterilized.” The change ensures that the risk of moving anthrax spores is eliminated.

The hearing will be held on:
May 19, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Bromfield Administration Building
Hearing Room 129 (Seminar “A”)
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, May 19, 2016
Dangerous Wild Animal State Emergency Response Commission
Thursday, April 21, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Dangerous Wild Animal State Emergency Response Commission will meet on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Building (Room 207), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of this meeting is to review and approve County DWA Emergency Response Plans.
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Monday, May 23, 2016
Public Hearing Notice: County and Independent Agricultural Societies Administrative Rules
Thursday, April 21, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Legal Office

A public hearing will be held by the Ohio Department of Agriculture on May 23, 2016 at 10 a.m., in Room 133, in the Bromfield Administration Building, located at 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit public comment on the following proposed rules:

901-5-01 titled “Definitions” is being amended in order to define “Department” and “Director.”
901-5-03 titled “Requirements for membership certificates” is being amended in order to make stylistic changes.
901-5-04 titled “Declaration of candidacy for society director” is being amended in order to allow the secretary of a society to publish the filing requirements on the society’s website in addition to the annual premium list and newspaper.
901-5-05 titled “Terms of office for society directors and officers and conduct of election” is being amended in order to allow election judges and clerks to be county board of election officials or members of a society so long as they remain impartial and avoid conflicts of interest.
901-5-06 titled “Reorganization meeting” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes.
901-5-07 titled “Reporting society finances and hearing procedures for withholding funds by the department” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes.
901-5-08 titled “Society constitution” is being amended in order to allow a society to publish the notice of an amendment on the society’s website in addition to being published in a newspaper.
901-5-09 titled “Payments to directors and officers of a society” is being amended in order to make stylistic changes.
901-5-10 titled “Authorized representative to the annual meeting with the director” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. 901-5-11 titled “Approval of fair dates by the director” is being amended in order to permit a society to submit dates in which the society desires to hold its annual fair up to four years in advance.
901-5-13 titled “Health requirements for animals exhibited on fair grounds” is being amended in order to make stylistic changes.
901-5-15 titled “Prohibition on use of society facilities of employees to promote candidacy of directors” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes.
901-5-16 titled “Junior fair premiums” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes.

All interested parties are invited to attend the hearing and present oral and/or written testimony.
Written comments may also be submitted to the attention of Hannah Smith-Carr, Senior Staff Counsel, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, or via email at ecomments@agri.ohio.gov, or via 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, May 24, 2016
Public Hearing Notice: Gypsy Moth Rules
Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 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 901:1-25 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Chapter 901:5-52 of the Ohio Administrative Code establishes a quarantine against the highly destructive insect Lymantria dispar, more commonly known as the gypsy moth. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (Department) established this quarantine to prevent the gypsy moth’s artificial spread in the state of Ohio in order to protect Ohio’s forest, timber and wildlife resources from this destructive pest.

The hearing will be held on:

May 24, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Bromfield Administration Building
Hearing Room 129 (Seminar “A”)
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.

The rules to be reviewed are as follows:
OAC § 901:5-52-01 sets out the notice of quarantine and the general rule that no person shall transport any regulated article from a regulated area to a non-regulated area in the state. The current OAC § 901:5-52-01 is being rescinded and replaced by the proposed new version. The rescission is due to changing more than 50% of the original rule in accordance with the Legislative Services Commissions’ administrative rule drafting manual. While a new rule is being proposed, there are no substantive changes to this rule. The rule has been amended to make a stylistic change that places the rule in line with the other plant pest quarantine rules administered by the Department.
OAC § 901:5-52-02 outlines the definitions that are used in the chapter. The rule has been amended to ensure that the defined terms match the actual terms used in the chapter. Further, a definition of the term “Department” was added. Unused terms were deleted from this rule. Finally, a minor change was made to ensure compliance with the incorporation by reference standards.
OAC § 901:5-52-03 sets forth the regulated articles for the quarantine. Unless specified elsewhere, a regulated article cannot move from a regulated area into a non-regulated area. The rule was amended to remove two articles from the list. However, even with the removal of those articles, the articles may be subject to quarantine if it is determined by an inspector that the article is carrying the plant pest.
OAC § 901:5-52-04 outlines the regulated areas in the state. The rule was amended to comply with the incorporation by reference standards, as well as, to make stylistic changes to the rule. Further, due to expansion of the plant pest, the following counties were added as a regulated area: Seneca, Franklin, Delaware, Morrow, Marion, Crawford, Athens, and Vinton. At the time of filing, 51 of Ohio’s 88’s counties are now under quarantine.
OAC § 901:5-52-05 outlines the exceptions to the general rule found in OAC § 901:5-52-01. The rule is being amended to make stylistic changes which do not impact the substance of the rule.
OAC § 901:5-52-06 sets out the authority and procedure for the inspection and disposal of any regulated articles which are believed to be or have been found to be carrying the plant pest. The rule has been amended to make stylistic changes which do not impact the substance of the rule.
OAC § 901:5-52-07 states that when feasible articles and areas found to be infested with the plant pest may be treated rather than destroyed. The rule has been amended to make stylistic changes which do not impact the substance of the rule.
OAC § 901:5-52-08 outlines the Gypsy moth suppression program. The gypsy moth suppression program is a landowner/community requested program in counties and locations where the pest is already established. Landowners in coordination with the Department request that their lands be treated with a variety of products which have been proven to slow the growth of the pest. The
rule outlines the process in which the landowners are accepted into the program. The rule has been amended to make stylistic changes which do not impact the substance of the rule.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Public Hearing Notice: Weights and Measures Rules
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Weights and Measures
A public hearing will be held by the Ohio Department of Agriculture on May 31, 2016 at 10 a.m., in Room 133, in the Bromfield Administration Building, located at 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit public comment on the following proposed rules:

901:6-2-01 titled “National Type Evaluation Standard” is being amended in order to add commercial weighing and measuring devices required to have a certificate of conformance.
901:6-3-01 titled “Application” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-3-02 titled “Definitions” is being amended in order to define the term “person.”
901:6-3-03 titled “Declaration of Identity: Consumer Package” is being amended in order to include the identity statement exemption set forth in the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act for food packages, other than meat or poultry, that are repackaged in retail establishments and displayed in certain circumstances.
901:6-3-04 titled “Declaration of Identity: Non-Consumer Packages” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-3-05 titled “Declaration of Responsibility: Consumer and Nonconsumer Packages” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-3-06 titled “Declaration of Quantity: Consumer Packages” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-3-07 titled “Declaration of Quantity” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-3-08 titled “Prominence and Placement: Consumer Packages” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-3-09 titled “Prominence and Placement: Nonconsumer Packages” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-3-10 titled “Requirements: Specific Consumer Commodities, Packages, Containers” is being amended to incorporate changes made to the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) Handbook 130 (2016). The amendments include packages using bag-on-valve technology and indirect sale of random packages.
901:6-3-11 titled “Exemptions” is being amended to incorporate an exemption adopted in NIST Handbook 130 (2016), specifically the exemption of SI units for United Sates customary units.
901:6-3-12 titled “Variations to be Allowed” is being amended in order to make minor stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.
901:6-7-01 titled “Definitions” is a new rule that establishes the definitions used in Chapter 9:6-7 of the Administrative Code.
901:6-7-02 titled “Food Products” is being amended in order to add food products such as bread, flour, and pelletized ice cream. This rule is also being amended in order to include specific information that must be provided by the seller at the time of sale and time of delivery of food products.
901:6-7-03 titled “Non-Food Products” is being amended to add some non-food products, including but not limited to, stove wood pellets, liquid oxygen used for respiration, animal bedding, wiping cloths, and potpourri.
901:6-7-04 titled “General” is being amended to make stylistic changes. However, the rule remains substantively the same.

All interested parties are invited to attend the hearing and present oral and/or written testimony. Written comments may also be submitted to the attention of Hannah Smith-Carr, Senior Staff Counsel, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, or via email at ecomments@agri.ohio.gov, or via 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.
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