OSA's State Policy Priorities
- 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 policies backed by science and research-based discoveries to create practical regulations.
- Supports allowing current policies, regulations, and research the time needed to achieve expected outcomes.
- 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 for feasible practices to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
- Ohio Department of Agriculture: OSA supports the funding the Department needs to fulfill their required duties.
- Supports efforts to increase broadband access to rural Ohio in order to help improve quality of life and create strong and competitive farming operations.
- Supports and encourages the increased purchase and use of biobased products by state agencies.
- 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 fuel quality standards to protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing substandard fuel to maintain the integrity of the fuel supply, and protect the reputation of biodiesel as a high quality, high performing fuel.
- Supports timely and consistent inspections of bridges in rural areas, and adequate funding for bridge maintenance.
- Supports higher truck weight limit implementation 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.
- Encourages the state of Ohio to develop funding specifically for attracting and promoting food and agricultural companies to Ohio.
- Encourages funding for beginning farmer through special young farmer loans, Farm Credit Associations, and other sources.
The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) works with its national affiliate, the American Soybean Association (ASA), on federal policy initiatives. Together OSA and ASA serve as a collective voice and policy advocates for Ohio Soybean farmers at the federal level.
Each year in March, OSA policy delegates join their fellow farmer leaders from around the country to draft policy resolutions for the American Soybean Association for the upcoming year. Click the button below to find a directory and complete list of the resolutions adopted on March 1, 2018.