Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
January 8, 2018
Indiana General Assembly Begins 
2018 Legislative Session
The Indiana General Assembly kicked off the 2018 Legislative Session last Wednesday for a short session that must conclude by mid-March. Just before the holidays, a long-time serving senator, Brandt Hershman - SD 7, announced his resignation which caused Senate Pro Tempore David Long to reorganize key leadership positions, chairmanships and committees. Both chambers met on Wednesday and Thursday with caucuses announcing their legislative priorities, including: a funding boost for K-12 education, workforce development, government efficiency, tackling the opioid epidemic and more.
The ACI Government Affairs Team will be monitoring session for bills impacting ACI members including items related to food safety regulations, certification programs, transportation and environmental issues, rulemaking from the seed board and more. Frequent updates will be sent to members along with action alerts as needed. On Monday, January 8th, the Senate Agriculture Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. and hear three bills. Each are listed below with links for more specific information. 
Read more policy news, by clicking HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter. Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
Governor to give State of the State Address on Tuesday
Governor Eric Holcomb is scheduled to give his second State of the State Address on Tuesday, January 9, at 7p.m. EST in the Indiana House Chamber. The Address is given to members of the legislature, Supreme Court, statewide elected officials, and members of the public. Traditionally, recent Governors have taken it as an opportunity to highlight successes of the past year and outline key legislative priorities.
Save the Date: ACI Legislative Reception - January 25, 2018
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. 
Caucus Priorities for Legislative Session
Members of both caucuses within the House announced legislative agendas for the current session. Issues included will become their focus throughout session and detail caucus priorities. Senate Democrats unveiled their legislative agenda last November.  

Legislative Session Calendar
Jan. 3 -  House and Senate Convene for First Day of Session
Jan. 9 -  State of the State Address
Feb. 5 -  Deadline for bills to clear House
Feb. 6 -  Deadline for bills to clear Senate
Mar. 5 -  Deadline for Senate bills to clear House
Mar. 6 -  Deadline for House bills to clear Senate
Mar. 14 - Mandated session ending

Click here for the  Full House Session Calendar
Click here for the  Full Senate Session Calendar
FDA Issues Guidance on Compliance Enforcement Discretion for Certain FSMA Provisions
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a guidance for industry on its "Policy Regarding Certain Entities Subject to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Preventive Controls, Produce Safety, and/or Foreign Supplier Verification Programs." The guidance states that FDA does not intend to enforce certain provisions in four of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules--the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human and Animal food rules (PC Human Food and PC Animal Food or CGMP and PC rules), the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule (FSVP), and the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption rule (Produce Safety rule).
The Next Round of Rural Energy for America Grants are Due March 31, 2018
The United States Department of Agriculture offers the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants for the purchase, installation and construction of a renewable energy system or energy efficiency upgrades. REAP creates opportunities for economic development for rural small businesses, farmers and ranchers by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. REAP grants provide a 25% cash reimbursement of the total system costs, with a maximum grant of $500,000 for renewable energy systems and $250,000 for energy efficiency systems.
To get started on your application, contact Prosperity Ag & Energy Resources .
New Rules for Dicamba Products
Earlier this fall, EPA imposed new requirements on  Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax for 2018. This past week, we learned that the changes require each container (package, minibulk and bulk tank) to be relabeled with the 2018 information. EPA considers relabeling of these products to be repackaging, and if performed at one of your facilities, it will need to be included on their 2017 Pesticide Production Report. Relabeling can only be performed legally at a facility that possesses an active EPA Establishment Number.  We recommend you fully understand your responsibilities associated with relabeling before agreeing to perform the task.  Please check out the guidance provided by Asmark by clicking here , or watch the brief webinar that was broadcast on the subject Thursday, December 7, by clicking here The webinar is archived under the Tutorials section of the website if you want to revisit the topic in the future
NRCS Announces Deadline for Conservation Innovation Grants
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering grants for innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies. NRCS plans to invest $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding innovative conservation projects in three focus areas: grazing lands, organic systems and soil health. Grant proposals are due Feb. 26, 2018.
This year, NRCS is focusing funding on three areas:
  • Grazing Lands: Helping livestock producers make grazing management decisions, encouraging prescribed burning as a grazing management practice, and improving access to conservation planning tools used for developing grazing management plans.
  • Organic Agriculture Systems: Helping organic producers develop innovative cropping and tillage systems, edge-of-field monitoring, crop rotations, and intercropping systems.
  • Soil Health: Supporting both cropping and grazing systems, in a variety of climatic zones, that incorporate soil health management systems for addressing specific resource concerns like nutrients and availability. Evaluating multiple soil health assessment methods to assist in the development of new soil health indicators and thresholds.
Potential applicants should review the announcement of program funding available at  , which includes application materials and submission procedures. Projects can last up to three years. The maximum award amount for any project this year is $2 million.
NRCS is hosting a webinar for potential CIG applicants on Jan. 11, 2018, at 4 p.m. Eastern. Information on how to join the webinar can be found on the NRCS CIG webpage.

Jan. 17 Webinar to Connect 
Grain Quality and Safety
Registration now is available for a special webinar presentation on how the proper handling and storage of grain intersects with improved safety practices, including engulfment prevention. A benefit of the alliance entered into in September between the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the "How Grain Quality and Safety Intersect" webinar will air Jan. 17, 2018, at 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CDT.
Access the Latest NGFA Safety Tips
New "NGFA Safety Tips" sheets are available to view, print and share. Hand Tool Safety and Lifting, Rigging and Hoisting are covered in the latest documents, available on the safety section of the NGFA website. "NGFA Safety Tips" guides, authored by NGFA Manager of Training, Education and Regulatory Affairs Jim Seibert, can be widely used and shared. View more information about NGFA's safety program online .
FMCSA Issues 
Electronic Logging Devices Update
Last Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a memo reminding businesses that Dec. 18 was the implementation date for the congressionally mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD) final rule. By now, all vehicles and drivers that were previously required to complete paper log books are required to have either a grandfathered Automated On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) or an ELD. A full copy of the memo can be found here.
Indiana Senate Leadership Changes in 2018
Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) announced several changes in Senate leadership as a result of the retirement of Senate Majority Floor Leader Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek).
* Sen. Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) will replace Sen. Hershman as the Senate Majority Floor Leader effective Jan. 2, 2018. Sen. Bray will retain his additional role as chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

* Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) will replace Sen. Hershman as chairman of the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy. Sen. Holdman will also take Sen. Hershman's position on the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Sen. Holdman will relinquish his chairmanship and membership on the Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions. These changes are effective immediately.

* Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) will replace Sen. Holdman as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions. This change is also effective immediately.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Next Level Jobs Webinar,
An Inside Look at Agriculture, 
Scheduled for January 30
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 .
EPA Denies Petition Seeking Regulation of CAFOs under the Clean Air Act
In the closing days of 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition from environmental and animal rights groups calling for EPA to list large farms as "stationary sources" under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and implement stricter controls on air emissions.
Read more here .
First Farmers Bank & Trust 
2018 Ag Summit Scheduled for January 23
The 2018 Ag Summit is a day of nationally recognized speakers and peer networking at Ross-Ade Stadium Pavilion & Event Center. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 23. The event is free to attend, but registration is required. To learn more and to reserve your spot, click here .
Indiana Fertilizer Advisory Board Meeting, December 19
On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, ACI President Amy Cornell attended the Indiana Fertilizer Advisory Board meeting. Topics discussed at the meeting included:
  • Emerging products in the fertilizer world
  • Microbial products in agriculture
  • OISC fertilizer and rules updates
  • Nutrient transport to fields and watersheds of the Lake Erie basin
  • Fertilizer compliance and industry updates
Weekly Washington Report - 1-8-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Senate Returns, Swears in Two New Members, House Returns Next Week
  • 2018 Congressional Agenda Promises Fireworks Running up to Midterm Elections
  • Spotlight Swings to Highlight 2018 Farm Bill
  • Tax Reform Bill Signed, Next Up:  Technical Corrections
  • Trump Keynotes AFBF Convention Next Week
  • NAFTA Warnings to White House Continue from All Sides; Rails, Trucks Support Ag, Oppose Pullout
  • Hatch, Schuster to Retire from Congress
  • Biofuels Items
    • White House Hosts Meetings on RFS "Fix;" Cruz Wants 10% RIN Cap, Grassley Protects RFS "Integrity
    • Biodiesel Tax Credits Languish without Extension
  • EPA Notes
    • WOTUS Replacement Timeline Falters Again 
    • Obama Pesticide Worker Protection Rule Under Review 
    • Monsanto to Rebate Farmers Who Buy Dicamba 
    • EPA Says Glyphosate Not Harmful to Humans as Monsanto, Ag, CofC, States Sue California
    • Two EPA Deputies Approved, One Withdraws; Corps Nominee Gets Committee OK
    • EPA Report Shows Birds, Bees Affected by Neonicotinoids
    • Manure Emissions Reporting to Hit More Farms
    • FDA Struggling with FSMA Preventive Controls Enforcement, 'Farm v. Facility' Definitions 
    • FDA Struggling with FSMA Preventive Controls Enforcement, 'Farm v. Facility' Definitions
    • ELD Ag Exemption in Place, but not for Feed
ACI Board of Directors
ACI Chair
Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist
Drew Garretson
Winfield/Land O'Lakes

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

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


Justin Daugherty

George Greenwood
ADM Grain 

Jason Helms

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

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

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