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Ohio Department of Agriculture | Public Meetings

Public Meeting Notices

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.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Ohio Advisory Committee on Livestock Exhibitions
Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
he Ohio Advisory Committee on Livestock
Exhibitions will meet on Tuesday, August 22, 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 purpose of this meeting is to review current exhibition rules, make recommendations and review the 2017 exhibition season.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Regulating Pesticide Applicators
Tuesday, August 01, 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 901:5-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

The rules in chapter 901:5-11 of the Administrative Code regulate pesticide application in the state of Ohio. These rules protect the citizens of Ohio by training and regulating pesticide applicators on proper pesticide use and application. The rules below have been review by the Department of
Agriculture (“Department”) and industry stakeholders pursuant to Revised Code 119.32, and have been found to need the changes as outlined.

OAC 901:5-11-02 is being amended to clarify that trained servicepersons shall not apply pesticides for their employer unless their supervisor is within the allotted distance. The amendment replaces the word “apply pesticides for hire” with “for their employer.” This amendment was brought about by
several applicators attempting to claim that the trained serviceperson was not hired but rather their employer was. The amendment closes this potential loophole. Further, OAC 901:5-11-02 is being amended to no longer require aerial applicators to pass a category exam for the pesticides they are spraying. This is due to a change in the industry for which the applicator themselves never get out of
the aircraft. Rather, they land, an individual fills up his pesticide tank and the pilot is given the coordinates on where to fly. Since the pilot is not handling the pesticides a category examination is not necessary.

OAC 901:5-11-09 sets forth notification requirements for pesticide applicators. The rule’s proposed amendment ensures that the public is properly notified and warned by not allowing obstructed sightlines to the lawn chemical application sign.

OAC 901:5-11-19 adopts the Agricultural Worker Protection standard as the pesticide safety standard in Ohio. This rule is being amended to clarify the rule.

The hearing will be held on:
September 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.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Public Hearing Notice: Apiary Program
Monday, August 07, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Apiary Program
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting testimony on the proposed amendments made to Chapter 901:5-55 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The rules contained in this chapter establish an apiary program to ensure a healthy beekeeping industry in the state of Ohio. Honey bees have always played a vital role in agriculture and as such the Ohio Department of Agriculture (“Department”) has overseen their inspection since House Bill 28 was approved on April 21, 1904. Honey bees not only provide honey but are a vital source of pollination for many of the fruit and vegetable crops grown in Ohio such as apples, melons, cucumbers, and pumpkins. They are also used to pollinate seed crops such as sunflower and canola.

The Department’s apiary program coordinates state and county inspection services that help to ensure a healthy beekeeping industry. In 2014, 4,435 beekeepers registered in accordance with Ohio Revised Code section 909.02 which represents 6,028 apiaries, and an estimated 39,055 colonies. Additionally, the apiary program works with several national groups and the USDA in providing samples for the study of Colony Collapse Disorder which caused massive colony deaths in various parts of the nation, including Ohio. The rules contained in this package focus on science-based practices which support responsible apiary practices while allowing Ohio to continue to grow the apiary industry.

The hearing will be held on:
September 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.

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.

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.

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 , 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, September 07, 2017
Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Commercial Dog Breeding Advisory Board will meet on September 7, 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.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Thursday, November 03, 2016 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 8, 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 FY18 research and marketing programs, as well as discuss the 2018 Ohio Grape & Wine Conference.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Ohio Grape Industries Committees Production and Research Subcommittees
Friday, August 11, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Ohio Grape Industries
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee’s Production and Research Subcommittees will meet on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Room 129 Bromfield Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss RFP process for the FY19 extension, production and research programs.
Thursday, November 09, 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 November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Room 141A, Bromfield Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

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, November 15, 2017
Ohio Farmland Preservation Advisory Board
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Farmland Preservation
The Ohio Farmland Preservation Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 10:00 am to 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 recommend local sponsor certifications and allocations for 2018, discuss the Clean Ohio 2018 Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program and any other issues brought before the board.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Public Meeting Notice | Animal Health
The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board will meet on November 21, 2017 at 10:00 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 three times each year.

The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board was created with the passage of Senate Bill 310 to advise the Director of Agriculture on the development of administrative rules governing dangerous and restricted animals.
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