OSA Legislative & Policy Priorities
Water Quality & Nutrient Management
• The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) strongly supports implementation of the 4R concept of nutrient management – Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place. Properly managed fertilizers supporting cropping systems that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits
• Supports legislation based on scientific and research based discoveries in order to create meaningful regulations
• Ohio Department of Higher Education: OSA supports full funding of the Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio State University Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie.
• Ohio Department of Natural Resources: OSA supports funding for the Clean Lake Erie Fund and continued funding to be utilized to offer feasible practices to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
• Ohio Department of Agriculture: OSA supports the funding the Department needs to fulfill their required duties.
Commodity Handlers Fund
• Supports maintaining a farmer funded program that “insures” the investment of agricultural products stored at a commercial licensed grain handling facility
Biobased Products & Biodiesel Use
• Supports and encourages the increased purchase and use of biobased products by state agencies
• Believes the biobased purchasing reporting requirements for the respective agencies of state government should be streamlined to minimize the “red-tape” necessary for state agencies to comply with the reporting requirements
• Supports the usage of biodiesel by state vehicles and heavy equipment and encourages the Ohio Legislature to explore the impact of a biodiesel requirement or incentives on all fuel sold in Ohio.
• Supports timely and consistent inspections of bridges in rural areas, and adequate funding for bridge maintenance
• Believes higher truck weight limits should be implemented when technology shows that increased limits are appropriate due to modern equipment
• Supports resources allocated toward the upgrade of inland water systems and harbor management
Jobs and Economic Development
• Encourages the state of Ohio to develop funding specifically for attracting and promoting food and agricultural companies to Ohio