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 UpdateAs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or by phone at 573-634-2266.
MO-AG Meeting ChangesIn 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.
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