Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
January 29, 2018
News from the Statehouse
It was another busy week at the Indiana Statehouse as the Legislative Session moved into its fourth week. As deadlines loom at the Statehouse, committees conducted hearings with full agendas with some committees meeting for the final time before first house action ends.  House committees have until Tuesday afternoon to vote bills out to the floor for consideration, and the Senate will conduct one final week of hearings before its committee deadline of February 1. The General Assembly continues to tackle big policy issues such as Sunday liquor sales (which cleared the House on Tuesday), gerrymandering of election districts, K-12 funding shortfall, autonomous vehicle operation, medical marijuana study and lifetime gun permits.  For a short session, this is a large and diverse list of public policy issues.

Floor calendars in both chambers will be full as deadlines loom for first house action.  House bills must pass by February 5, and Senate bills must advance by February 6.  The ACI  bill tracking report can be found here and the list of all filed bills with language may be found  here . A more in depth policy report can be found by clicking HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter. Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
Indiana Dept of Workforce Development Hosts Webinar Tomorrow!
Join staff leaders from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to take a look inside the new Next Level Jobs initiative recently launched by Governor Eric Holcomb. This webinar, to be held on  Tuesday, January 30, at 2 p.m. EST, is being offered exclusively for members of Farm Bureau, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Dairy Producers, the Indiana State Poultry Association, the Indiana Pork Producers Association, the Illiana Watermelon Association and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Bose McKinney & Evans and Ice Miller will also participate. The program will break down the various components and requirements of the Employer Training Grants and touch on Workforce Ready Grants. Among the highlights will be information on how employers can be reimbursed up to $2,500 per employee (and up to $25,000 total) for training programs. We will look at agriculture-specific occupations eligible for the grants.
IMPORTANT: If the date and time does not work for your schedule, we encourage everyone interested to still register. All who register will receive a link to a recording of the program. To register, click here.
ACI Hosts First Legislative Breakfast
The Agribusiness Council of Indiana hosted their first Legislative Breakfast last Thursday before the annual conference. A number of ACI members attended and had the opportunity to meet with state legislators, including members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and stakeholders from various agencies to discuss ACI's legislative priorities. ISDA Director Bruce Kettler attended along with IDEM Commissioner Bruno Piggott and the Lt. Governor's Chief of Staff and Policy and Legislative Director among others. During the breakfast, Senator Jean Leising, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair, asked an ACI member to testify in an upcoming committee meeting regarding Senate Bill 331 - a bill ACI is tracking regarding implementation of federal food safety regulations. These types of interactions are critical to building relationships, sharing policy priorities and implementing the ACI vision - Proactive Voice for Indiana Agribusiness. Thank you to the ACI members in attendance and we look forward to next year's event!
Perdue Announces USDA's 
Farm Bill and Legislative Principles 
United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Department of Agriculture's 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles on Wednesday. The Department plans to focus on a plethora of agricultural issues including: farm production and conservation, trade and foreign agricultural affairs, food safety and inspection services and rural development. To see the full list of USDA's goals click here.
Indiana Grain Merchandiser Risk Academy - 2/27-28!
ACI member INTL FC Stone Financial is hosting a  day-and-a-half pure education seminar in Zionsville, Indiana, February 27-28. This program will:
  • help you manage commodity price risk
  • protect and enhance profit margin
  • increase flow/grain origination
This program is appropriate for all levels of grain merchandisers and feed manufacturers, but is also designed for financial institutions who do business with merchandisers and traders. Individuals with more experience may appreciate this refresher session, as it will provide practical experiences from seasoned veterans.  Click HERE  for registration information and more details including Early Bird rates.
Registration Open for
2018 Midwest Women in Ag Conf.
Women who work in the agricultural industry can network and learn about topics ranging from risk management to herb gardening at the   2018 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference.

The conference will be held February 21-22 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana. There will also be an optional pre-conference session on February 20 and a special program available for young ladies in grades 8-12. For more information or to register, click here.
Wondering How FDA's Recent FSMA
Enforcement Guidance Impacts You?
Join ASTA's Webinar on 2/22
Source:  American Seed Trade Association
If you're a seed conditioning facility that sells discarded seed materials for consumption by either animals or humans, you've probably heard the good news about FDA's recent guidance on FSMA enforcement discretion. Wondering if/how this guidance Impacts you? Join ASTA for a webinar on February 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET to learn more.   Click here to read more and register.
Weekly Washington Report - 1-29-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • USDA Releases 2018 Farm Bill, Legislative Principles
  • NFU Wants More Farm Bill Money; AFBF Likes USDA Approach
  • Trump Favors Citizenship for DACA Immigrants, but Wants a Wall
  • Immigration Battles Heat Up on Capitol Hill
  • Key NAFTA 2.0 Round Grinds on in Montreal, Dairy at Center of Ag Talks
  • Trade Notes
    • TPP Approved by Remaining 11 Nations
    • U.S. Exports to Cuba Up
    • U.S.-Japan Trade Talks to Begin
    • Biodiesel Gets High Praise in USDA Report
    • High Court: District, Not Circuit Court Proper Venue for WOTUS Challenges; EPA Says 'No Worries' 
    • FDA Releases More Guidance on FSMA Hazard Analysis, Risk-Based Preventive Controls
    • Senate Approves Azar to Head HHS
    • HSUS' Pacelle Under Board Investigation for Workplace "Misconduct"
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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