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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Public Meetings

Public Meeting Notices

Friday, July 21, 2017
Ohio Auctioneers Commission
Monday, June 26, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Auctioneer Program
The Ohio Auctioneers Commission will meet on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bromfield Administration Building (Seminar Room B), 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The agenda will include a discussion regarding OAA request for approval as a bid calling contest, an enforcement update, and any other business brought before the commission.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Registration of Weighing or Measuring Devices
Monday, June 26, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Weights and Measures
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 section 901:6-4-01.

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 901:6-4-01 outlines the application process for obtaining a permit to operate a commercially used weighing and measuring device in the state of Ohio. The rule is being amended to correct the number of days an applicant may submit his application late before the Department may issue a late fee. Currently, the rule states ninety days while the statute (ORC 1327.501) states sixty days. This revision ensures that the rule and the statute are aligned.

The hearing will be held on:
July 24, 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, 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.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Food Coloring and Standards of Identity Rules
Thursday, June 29, 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 901:3-1of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Ohio Revised Code 3715.021 states that the director of agriculture shall adopt rules to conform with or be equivalent to the standards for foods established by the United States Department of Agriculture found in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These rules adhere to the standards and good manufacturing practices for food processing establishments.

Ohio Administrative Code 901:3-1-12 sets forth the standards of identity of various food products. Standards of identity are legal definitions of food products which outline what a food must contain, often in terms of ingredients and measurements, in order to be marketed as that product. These standards are adopted by reference to the particular food standards found in 21 C.F.R. Parts 100 - 169. The rule has been updated to include standards of identity for salt and iodized salt, common or usual name for non-standardized foods, milk, cheese, and frozen desserts. The adoption of these standards allow Ohio producers to ship their products across the United States. The adoption of these rules is not a federal requirement however, by adopting the federal standards of identity, Ohio have producers the flexibility needed to expand their businesses nationwide.

Ohio Administrative Code 901:3-1-13 adopts standards found in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations applicable to the use of color additives in foods. As with standards of identity, the adoption of these standards allow Ohio producers to ship their products across the United States. The adoption of these standards is not a federal requirement however, by adopting the federal standards of identity, Ohio have producers the flexibility needed to expand their businesses nationwide.
The hearing will be held on:

August 7, 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, August 07, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: NIST Handbook 44 Adoption
Thursday, July 06, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Weights and Measures
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed amendment to Ohio Administrative Code rule 901:6-1-01. The rule is being amended to adopt the new edition (2017) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44.

The hearing will be held on:
August 7, 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
CANCELED: Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board meeting scheduled for August 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. has been canceled.
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.
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