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July 11-12, 2019
MO-AG Summer Meeting;
Lake Ozarks, MO

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The Missouri Agribusiness Association is committed to the agribusiness industry within the Show-Me State by offering services that will enhance the day-to-day operations of agribusinesses now and in the future.

 

MO-AG's mission simply states, "The mission of the Missouri Agribusiness Association (MO-AG) is to advocate for the business of agriculture while offering services and networking opportunities for the agribusiness community."

 

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MO-AG Meets with Governor Parson on Proposition D
 

Governor Mike Parson (far right) discusses the benefits of Proposition D with MO-AG Chairman Kevin Holcer (far left) and MO-AG Board Member Chris DeMoss

Representatives of Missouri Agribusiness Association (MO-AG) and other agricultural leaders recently held a meeting with Governor Mike Parson to discuss Proposition D.   Prop D would increase funds for maintenance for highways, bridges, roads and streets.  Recognizing the vital importance of roads and bridges for Missouri agribusinesses, MO-AG has long been supportive of infrastructure improvements and highway safety.  MO-AG would encourage members to take a look at Prop D and consider supporting the measure next Tuesday at the ballot box.  More information on Prop D can be found HERE and HERE.


OSHA Fertilizer REP Update
As mentioned in the last edition of the MO-AG Minute, a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) has been announced by OSHA for Missouri and other States within Regions 6 and 7.   Locations that handle Ammonium Nitrate and Anhydrous Ammonia can expect an inspection any time after January 1, 2019.  MO-AG staff have met with OSHA staff in Kansas City and MO-AG continues to seek more information.

Since that time, the REP was officially published by OSHA and it can be found HERE.  Also, MO-AG's national affiliates, TFI and ARA, recently met with OSHA's staff in Washington, D.C.   Conversations continue about efforts that can be made to reduce confusion and to help insure a successful implementation of the REP.  A webinar, conducted by OSHA, is being discussed where OSHA can address the scope of the inspections.  Also being discussed is a video showing a mock inspection.   There have been discussions regarding the benefits afforded facilities that become ResponsbileAG certified.  More information on ResponsibleAG can be found HERE.  MO-AG will share details as they become available.  Additional information can be found in the REP itself.  If you have any questions, please contact MO-AG's Deputy Director Tony Benz at 573-301-2747 or at tbenz@mo-ag.com

 

Elevator and Feed Mill Permits

On September 7, 2018, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources reissued the multi-industry general stormwater permit MO-R13XXXX. This permit covers feed mills and grain elevators. As required in the previous permit, the permit renewal continues to require a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). For new facilities, the new SWPPP must be prepared within 60 days and implemented within 180 days. For existing facilities, the facility must review and revise its SWPPP as necessary within 30 days of reissuance of coverage. The SWPPP must include an Alternative Analysis that is a structured evaluation of BMPs that are reasonable and cost effective. The analysis must demonstrate why "no-discharge" or "no-exposure" are not feasible alternatives.
 
Once again, this permit renewal sets benchmark stormwater sampling requirements for COD, oil and grease, pH and total suspended solids. However, the permit says "there are no regular sampling requirements in this permit." In other words, you are not required to sample stormwater. If you do, you must submit the sample results, and if the sample results exceed a benchmark, you must review the SWPPP and BMPs to determine what improvements or additional controls are necessary to reduce the pollutants in the stormwater discharge.
 
If you have any questions, please contact MO-AG's legal counsel Robert Brundage by email at rbrundage@ncrpc.com or by phone at 573-634-2266.


MO-AG Meeting Changes
In conjunction with MO-AG's 50th anniversary, MO-AG is making changes in its annual meetings.  In recent years, MO-AG has held three annual meetings:  the summer meeting, the winter convention, and legislative day.  The MO-AG Board has decided to consolidate these meeting and no longer hold the winter convention while focusing on increasing the value and attendance at the summer meeting.  The 2019 MO-AG Summer Meeting will be held July 11-12, 2019 at Camden on the Lake at the Lake of the Ozark.  Please, mark that date on your calendar now! 

 

NGFA's 47th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show, the single largest gathering of country elevator personnel, features the most up-to-date information on the economic outlook for grain elevators, as well as educational sessions on merchandising, the latest technology changing the industry and expert advice on recruiting and retaining employees in an evolving environment.  During the 2018 Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show, held Dec. 2 - 4 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., NGFA industry officers will take the stage to discuss the trends influencing markets and their companies in a roundtable format. There's much more included on the full agenda, which is focused on helping you and your company adapt to a rapidly changing business environment.
 
For more information, see NGFA's website HERE.

  

More EWG Propaganda

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a long history of attacking modern agriculture.  EWG attempts to affect the farm bill and dismantle farm programs.  EWG also attacks the tools of modern agriculture.  In the 1990s, EWG generated reports regarding the environmental and health effects of atrazine.  These 'reports' used scare tactic that showed atrazine in baby bottles.  Over 20 years later and not much has changed.  Today, EWG is out with its newest misinformation report 'Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup'.  The report discusses residues of Roundup (glyphosate) in breakfast cereals.  And as they hoped, it was picked up by the news media in a big way (see below).  Interestingly, this EWG report coincides with a recent $289 million jury verdict against Monsanto regarding a cancer diagnosis of a former groundskeeper. 
 
EWG Study Dismantled
"If you or your children are eating Cheerios right now, there's a good chance that they're accompanied by a potentially harmful weed killer called Roundup," Fortune told its readers on August 16.  A headline from Newsweek states, "Dangerous Weed Killer Ingredient Found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and Other Breakfast Cereals."   These were two of literally hundreds of news outlets that botched coverage of what scientists say is a dubious study of breakfast cereals and granola bars by virulently anti-GMO Environmental Working Group, a Washington DC-based public health advocacy group.  A bowl of cheerios, or a daily bowl over months or even many years won't endanger your health. Why? Because we are talking about minuscule amounts of glyphosate-well below the levels that would be considered dangerous. It's almost certain that EWG would have found trace levels of dozens of chemicals (similarly harmless)-if they had tested for any other chemical. But EWG only tested for glyphosate. Source:  AgriMarketing

Apply For 4R Advocate Program
The 4R Advocate Program recognizes agricultural retailers and their grower customers who are leading the way when it comes to implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship on the farm. Nominations for the program will be accepted from August 1 through October 31, 2018. Ag retailers are encouraged to work with growers to complete the nomination form with relevant details about how they are implementing the 4R practices. Applications received by October 31 will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and the winners will be announced in December 2018.  Winning retailers and growers must be able to participate in an expense-paid trip to the 2019 Commodity Classic, which takes place February 28 - March 2, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The 2019 4R Advocate growers and retailers will be recognized during an awards banquet hosted by TFI at Commodity Classic, in news releases, and on the 4R website.  For more information, CLICK HERE Source:  TFI
 
Dicamba Pre-Plant Only?
Beck's Hybrids is pushing EPA to limit dicamba use to pre-plant applications in order to avoid drift damage issues connected to some in-season applications. "We want to see as many choices in soybean technology as possible for farmers that include Xtend, and we sold over 1 million bags of Xtend soybeans this year," says Kevin Cavanaugh, Beck's director of research. "The challenge we have is for two years we've seen people spray dicamba and follow the label, but we still see drift and volatilization occur on non-dicamba crops."  In the past two years Extension weed scientists have reported millions of acres of suspected dicamba damage, including not only soybean acres, but to commercial vegetable crops, home owner gardens and trees as well.  Cavanaugh says with this level of damage and suspected damage, company representatives felt like they needed to say something for a number of reasons.

"First, we're concerned if drift and volatilization continues, farmers will say 'I can't use any other technology because dicamba could drift onto my field and crinkle leaves-potentially reducing yield,'" Cavanaugh says. "Therefore it forces them to one technology, and when we force them to one technology we get really concerned about weed resistance."  Cavanaugh says they want to make sure access to the technology isn't completely ripped from farmers' hands.  "We don't know what way the EPA will go, they could just let dicamba expire, and we don't want that either," he says. "We're not against Xtend, we fully support its use a pre-plant system so it doesn't drift or volatilize in the growing crop." 


EPA will issue guidance on whether or not dicamba use will be permitted over-the-top of soybeans by the end of August.  Source:  Farm Journal



 
 


 




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