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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Public Meetings

Public Meeting Notices

Monday, November 27, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Rides
Wednesday, October 18, 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 901:9-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

The rules in Chapter 901:9-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code (“OAC”) regulate amusement rides in the state of Ohio. Amusement rides are defined as “any mechanical, aquatic, or inflatable device, or combination of those devices that carries or conveys passengers on, along, around, over, or through a fixed or restricted course or within a defined area for the purpose of providing amusement, pleasure, or excitement.” See 1711.50. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (“Department”) is responsible for adopting rules for the safe operation and inspection of all amusement rides as necessary for amusement ride safety and for the protection of the public. The rules contained in this chapter have been proposed as a result of a combination of legislative amendments and the five year rule review process. The rules and their amendments are more specifically outlined below:
House Bill 49 of the 132nd General Assembly amended portions of the Amusement Ride laws found in Chapter 1711. of the Revised Code. The amendments removed the statutory inspection fee for inflatable devices and required the Department to adopt this fee in rules. Further, the legislative amendment required that the inspection fee be based off of the reasonable cost of an inflatable inspection and be less than $105. OAC 901:9-1-01 has been amended to comply with this statutory requirement. The Department conducted a review of the costs associated with inspecting inflatables. Due to the methods in which inflatable companies have requested inspection the cost has varied significantly. The Department compiled information and determined that the average cost of the inspection of an inflatable was greater than $105. However, as stated above, the legislative amendments required that the inspection fee be less than $105. Therefore, the Department established an inspection fee of $104. The rule also establishes a 365-day licensing term for inflatable rides. OAC 901:9-1-01 was also reviewed for purposes of the five year rule review. In order to make the rule easier to read, a significant amount of formatting changes were made. As a result of these changes, OAC 901:9-1-01 has been proposed to be rescinded and replaced with the new OAC 901:9-1-01. Further, other rule amendments will be heard during this hearing.
The hearing will be held on:

November 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.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Administrative Hearings
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Administration
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed amendments made to Chapter 901-4 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 901-4 adopts reasonable and proper rules and regulations to govern the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s proceedings pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Revised Code. The rules are being rescinded and replaced with a rule that incorporates by reference the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Administrative Hearing manual. This manual describes in great detail the rules for all hearings conducted before the Department.

Interested individuals may find the manual by visiting the Department’s website:
http://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/legal/docs/Hearing%20Manual.pdf

The hearing will be held on:
November 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.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Livestock Environmental Permitting
The Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, November 28, 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 general discussion and update of the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting activity and any issues brought before the Committee.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Invasive Plant Species
Tuesday, September 19, 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 rules in Chapter 901:5-30 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
The rules contained in this chapter establish a list of invasive plants in the state of Ohio. Invasive plants are plant species that are not native to Ohio whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health as determined by scientific studies. Invasive plants do not include cultivated plants grown as food or livestock feed in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practices, including all plants authorized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Am. Sub S.B. 192 of the 130th General Assembly granted the Ohio Department of Agriculture (Department) the exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species including identification of species and establishment of prohibited activities, and authorizes the Department to adopt rules for that purpose.

After nearly two years of stakeholder outreach, the rules proposed establish a list of invasive plants for sale in the state of Ohio is prohibited. Further, the rules establish an Ohio Invasive Plant Advisory Committee which will provide advice to the Director on matters regarding invasive plants, including but not limited to the identification of invasive plants and the establishment of prohibited activities regarding those species. In order to allow businesses which may have invested time and resources into growing some of these plants, the Department has built in a grace period for the prohibition to take effect. This will allow these businesses time to recoup costs that were already invested and to develop alternative plants to market as replacements.

The hearing will be held on:
November 30, 2017 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, November 30, 2017
UPDATED Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board will meet on November 30, 2017 at 11:00 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 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.

*Please note that the meeting time has changed from the original 1:30 p.m. start time to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Farmland Preservation Local Sponsor Certification Training
Monday, February 06, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Farmland Preservation
The Ohio Farmland Preservation Office will be hosting the Farmland Preservation Local Sponsor Certification Training on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Bromfield Building, Auditorium, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Local sponsors are invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) with local sponsors and provide training for the 2018 landowner application.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Milk Sanitation Board
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Dairy
The Milk Sanitation Board will meet Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Building (Seminar Room A), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Agenda items include updates on Milk Sanitation Board appointments, budget, staffing, rules, farm and plant activities.
Friday, December 08, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: DWA Registered Rescission
Tuesday, October 31, 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 Chapter 901:1-2 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

On September 5, 2012, Senate Bill 310 of the 129th General Assembly became effective. Senate Bill 310 was more commonly referred to as the Dangerous Wild Animal and Restricted Snake Act which regulated the possession of dangerous wild animals and restricted snakes in the state of Ohio.

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 935.04, “a person that possesses a dangerous wild animal on [September 5, 2012] shall register the animal with the director of agriculture in accordance with this section not later than sixty days after [September 5, 2012].” Further, Ohio Revised Code 935.17(A) stated that the Director of Agriculture was to adopt rules no later than ninety days after September 5, 2012, which established standards for the care and housing of registered dangerous wild animals. These standards were established in Chapter 901:1-2 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Any person that possessed a registered dangerous wild animal on October 1, 2013, and that wished maintain possession of the animal after January 1, 2014, was required to obtain either a wildlife shelter or propagation permit by that date. At that time, all dangerous wild animals properly permitted were subject to the standards adopted in Chapter 901:1-4 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Therefore, due to the conversion from registered animals to permitted animals the rules regulating registered animals are no longer necessary. Therefore, the rules of Chapter 901:1-2 of the Ohio Administrative Code are proposed to be rescinded.

Please note that the standards for permitted animals were adopted in Chapter 901:1-4 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The standards found in OAC Chapter 901:1-4 are not impacted by this rule package and remain effective.

The hearing will be held on:
December 8, 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, December 13, 2017
Agricultural Commodity Advisory Commission
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Plant Health
The Agricultural Commodity Advisory Commission will meet on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Plant Health Building (Building 23) Conference Room 101, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct regular business of the commission, which is required to meet three times a year.
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety
Monday, October 30, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Amusement Ride Safety
The Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety will meet Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10 a.m., at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Room Union A, 400 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss business brought before the advisory council.
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