Newly inaugurated Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will give the closing keynote on the opening day (Thursday, January 26th) of the annual ACI Conference and Expo. ACI is thrilled to host our state's 51st Governor and encourages all members to turn out to hear from him! He has long been a champion for and friend of our organization and Indiana agribusinesses. The session will give you the opportunity to hear the Governor's first comments focused on agriculture and agribusiness themes since his inauguration last week.
Click HERE for more information on the program, expo opportunities and sponsorship levels and HERE to register for the conference.
Governor Eric Holcomb
ACI Monitoring Legislative Session Closely
The second week of the General Assembly is at an end. The deadlines for submitted bills to both the House and Senate have passed, January 10 and January 12, respectively. No agriculture committees have met yet. The House's major goals are passing a balanced budget and a road repair funding plan. The Senate President has emphasized road funding, education, and the drug epidemic. And, Governor Holcomb has outlined his 2017 legislative agenda for "Next Level" Indiana. Click HERE to read more news from the Statehouse and the Governor's office.
Ted McKinney Second Hoosier to Visit Trump Tower to Talk Ag
As mentioned in this week's Weekly Washington Report below, the Secretary of Agriculture position is the only cabinet post not yet filled in President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet. The list of interviewees for the position grew again last week. The latest to meet with Trump officials was our own IN State Dept. of Agriculture Director, Ted McKinney. McKinney has been a member of the Trump ag advisory committee during the campaign and has had his name on the list of possible choices since the beginning of the cabinet selection process. We will be watching the news closely in the next few days to see if the post gets filled before Friday's Inauguration. Stay tuned!
Trump Optimism Spills into
Last week, Purdue and CME Group's monthly ag economy barometer boasted its all-time high of 132, jumping sixteen points from the November report. Jim Mintert, director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture said there was also an improvement in the November barometer and it is clear now that these jumps are part of the post-election bump. In the Purdue/CME Group results, producer optimism rose in both current conditions and future expectations indices. See more of the Purdue/CME Group Barometer results by clicking HERE.
AGCO and Asmark Institute
Collaborate to Offer Training for Beginning Custom Applicators
AGCO Corporation and the Asmark Institute are collaborating to offer a new training program dedicated to educating and developing custom applicators of crop protection products and plant nutrients. The Applicator Training Course will provide a comprehensive program of professional training to newly hired applicators and those with up to five years of experience in liquid and dry application. Click HERE to read more about the new course.
Weekly Washington Report - 1-17-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
USDA Secretary Last Slot Unfilled
WOTUS Rescission Battle Begins; Could be Tougher than Thought
House Approves CFTC Reauthorization with No Funding Increase
Trump Target of Full Court Press on Ag Trade
House Ag Committee Subcommittee Chairs Named
Ethanol, GHG Benefits Outlined in USDA Report
REINS Act Sails through House, Senate Outcome Unsure; Ryan Touts Regulatory Accountability Act
USDA Says Wheat Stocks Up, Corn, Oilseed Production, Use Down