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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Public Meetings

Public Meeting Notices

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Ohio Advisory Committee on Livestock Exhibitions
Monday, May 15, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Ohio Advisory Committee on Livestock
Exhibitions will meet on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Building (Animal Health Conference Room), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The committee will be discussing Quality Assurance rules during the meeting.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
UPDATED: Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Thursday, November 03, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at noon at the Riffe Building, Room 1918, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215*. The purpose of the meeting is to review and approve the FY18 budget, marketing and research/extension programs.

*Please note the time and location change (this meeting was originally scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on ODA’s Reynoldsburg campus).
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Soil and Water Conservation Civil Penalty Rule
Thursday, May 04, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Soil and Water Conservation
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed administrative code rule found in Division 901:13-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

On July 3, 2015, Substitute Senate Bill 1 of Ohio’s 131st General Assembly passed into law Ohio Revised Code (hereinafter “ORC”) section 1511.10 which prohibited any individual from making surface applications of manure in Ohio’s Western Basin under certain conditions. Further, Senate Bill 1 stated that the Director of Agriculture and the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources shall adopt rules establishing the amount of the civil penalty for violations of ORC 1511.10. Ohio Administrative Code (hereinafter “OAC”) 901:13-1-99 was created to fulfill this requirement and became effective on January 31, 2016.

Amended Substitute House Bill No. 64 of the 131st General Assembly transferred the Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Program from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to the Ohio Department of Agriculture effective January 1, 2016. With this bill, Chapter 939 of the Revised Code was created. Specifically, ORC 1511.10 was renumbered to 939.08. Additionally, ORC 939.02 was created giving the Director the authority to power to levy civil penalties for violations of any provision of the Chapter or the rules promulgated under it.

As stated above, the original 901:13-1-99 only referenced civil penalties for violations of 939.08 (formerly 1511.10). In accordance with the Legislative Service Commissions administrative rule drafting manual, the original rule has been proposed to be rescinded as there are amendments to more than 50% of the existing rule. The proposed 901:13-1-99 meets the statutory obligation in 939.02 by establishing the amount of the civil penalties for each potential violation of Chapter 939 or OAC Chapter 901:13-1. These penalties range from two-hundred and fifty dollars to ten thousand dollars based on the severity of the violation and any past non-compliance history with the violator. he manner in which prizes are offered and displayed, and the signage requirements for each game.

The hearing will be held on:
June 6, 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, June 07, 2017
Ohio Farmland Preservation Advisory Board
Monday, February 06, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Farmland Preservation
The Ohio Farmland Preservation Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Bromfield Building, Room 308, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Clean Ohio 2017 Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program and any other issues brought before the board.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee
Monday, April 17, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Livestock Environmental Permitting
The Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF) Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bromfield Building (Auditorium), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. Dr. Libby Dayton will be doing a presentation on Phosphorus Loss Assessment.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Ohio Rural Rehabilitation Program Rules
Monday, May 15, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Administration
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed rescission to Chapter 901-17 of the Administrative Code.

The rules in this package regulate the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation program overseen by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Ohio Rural Rehabilitation program was developed to assist Americans affected by the Great Depression. At that time, money was set aside for the relief effort to “make grants to the several states to aid in meeting the costs of furnishing relief and in relieving the hardship and suffering caused by unemployment in the form of money, service, materials, and/or commodities to provide the necessities of life to persons in need as a result of the present emergency, and/or their dependents, whether resident, transient, or homeless.” These funds were administered in Ohio by the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation Corporation. In 1973, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, through a Use Agreement entered into by the Department and the Federal Government, took over the program.

Ohio Revised Code section 901.30 through .34 outlines the program. Specifically, ORC 901.32 states that “[m]oney credited to the [Ohio farm loan fund] may be expended or obligated by the director for rural rehabilitation purposes benefiting the state.” The Revised Code and associated Use Agreement provides the Department and its community enough guidance and authority to administer the program. The administrative code rules currently merely duplicate and/or reiterate the Revised Code. For those reasons, it was determined that the rules in this chapter are no longer necessary.

The hearing will be held on:
June 16, 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.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Family Farm Loan Program Rules
Monday, May 15, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Administration
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed rescission to Chapter 901-3-63 of the Administrative Code.
The rules in this package are the final two rules which regulated the Family Farm Loan Program. HB 64 of the 131st General Assembly rescinded the statutory authority for these rules. Further, there are no longer any outstanding loans under the program. Therefore, the rules are unnecessary and are proposed to be rescinded.

The hearing will be held on:
June 16, 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.
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, 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.

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