Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
January 22, 2018
News from the Statehouse
The Indiana General Assembly has been moving at an exceptionally rapid pace with the House releasing its last bill list on Tuesday. The final day for committee hearings in the House will be January 30 and February 1 in the Senate.  Therefore, some committees will have their final hearing of the first house next week. This week was packed with hearings for a number of high profile issues including the sale of liquor on Sunday (voted out of committee), the sale of cold beer by other than liquor stores (defeated in committee), restricting local ordinances governing Airbnb's, testing of autonomous vehicles in Indiana, introduction of a cigarette tax and restrictions on sales, and several measures to address the opioid epidemic. Some of the issues scheduled for hearing next week include legislation addressing the security of elections, sale of CBD oil, education issues, insurance issues and veterans' programs.
The list of all filed bills is available here. Bills that ACI is closely monitoring this year, the ACI Bill Track, can be found here. To read more details about specific bill ACI is tracking, click HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter. Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
RSVP Today - ACI Legislative Reception - 
This Week!
As many of you know, it is imperative to engage with elected officials on issues affecting your business. The ACI Policy Committee strives to engage with state legislators and decision makers during the Indiana General Assembly and throughout the year. ACI will be hosting its first Legislative Reception before the Annual Conference to introduce our members to state policymakers and the government affairs process.   Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 25 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. at the Indiana Statehouse, 3rd Floor North Atrium.  RSVP to Katie Glick at   if you plan to attend.
Ag Coalition Formed to Support NAFTA
Source: Hoosier Ag Today
A new coalition of agriculture groups is focusing on the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement. More than 30 organizations across the agriculture sector announced the formation of Americans for Farmers and Families, noting that food and agriculture supports 43 million U.S. jobs and depends on trade with Canada and Mexico. The group was formed to "ensure" President Trump and Congressional leaders understand the "importance of preserving and modernizing" NAFTA to America's agricultural economy. As part of the effort, the coalition will be launching an educational campaign to highlight the positive impact of NAFTA and lay the groundwork for an updated trade agreement that "preserves America's strong economic standing for decades to come." Coalition members include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and many various commodity groups. Click here to read the full story.
Weekly Washington Report - 1-22-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Government "Shutdown" Looms as Senate Ponders Options
  • Dole Receives Congressional Gold Medal in Capitol Ceremony 
  • Co-Op Tax Fix Still Evolving 
  • No Word on Farm Bill Price Tag - Yet 
  • Rural Broadband Fix Gets Overnight Attention 
  • Biodiesel/Renewable Diesel Tax Extenders Bill Back in Spotlight; Grassley has "Hope" for E15 
  • Trade Notes 
    • Next Round of NAFTA 2.0 Talks Extended 
    • More USTR Nominees on "Hold" 
    • New Industry NAFTA, Pro-trade Campaign Launches Soon 
    • On Infrastructure Spending CofC wants Federal Gas Tax Hike 
    • Two Key Trump Administration Ag Personnel Named 
ACI Board of Directors
ACI Chair
Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist
Vice Chair
Drew Garretson
Winfield United

ACI Secretary
Marv Ulmet
Bane-Welker Equipment
ACI Treasurer
 Jim Engelberth
Dow AgroSciences

Justin Daugherty

Ben Green
Purple Ribbon Seeds

George Greenwood
ADM Grain 

Jason Helms
AgReliant Genetics

John Larimer
Lords Seed
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

Brad McCord
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

 ACI   Ex-Officio
Dave Reichhart
ISTA Ex-Officio
Rodney Busick

Alan Galbreth

Dr. Jayson Lusk
Dept of Ag Economics

Don Robison

Dr. Ron Turco
Dept of Agronomy

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