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Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
November 20, 2017
Indiana Pesticide Review Board Meets - Dicamba Presentation  
On November 15 th the Indiana Pesticide Review Board met in West Lafayette.  ACI lobbyist Mark Shublak monitored the discussion.  A nearly hour presentation on dicamba was presented by Dave Scott. As has been reported in previous editions of this newsletter, dicamba is now a Restricted Use Pesticide.  Dicamba complaints for 2017 show a record increase of 129 cases.  For perspective, in 2016 there were only 3 cases.  Going forward, the State Chemist Office will be focused on education and training on dicamba as a priority matter.  In the near future, we will distribute educational materials or other information released by the office.  In the meantime, click HERE to see the materials presented at the meeting.   For additional information on reactions to this topic, read MSN's full feature on farmers' differing opinions, click here .
Notice for All Registered Restricted Use Pesticide Dealers
Source: Office of Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner
A notice is being mailed from OISC to all of our currently registered Restricted Use Pesticide Dealers (vendors/retailers/distributers) that sell RUPs to Indiana end users (applicators). We anticipate it will be mailed out early next week.  It is also posted at the following link:  http://www.oisc.purdue.edu/pesticide/dicamba.html . We are interested in providing this notice to dealers/retailers who may sell agricultural dicamba pesticides to Indiana farmers and custom applicators, but are not already RUP dealers. Your assistance or recommendations in spreading this word would be greatly appreciated.
 
Please note: OISC is working on a second notice that is intended to announce requirements and details for mandatory training for any applicator that wants to use Engenia, Xtendimax, or FeXapan Herbicide in 2018. That notice may be ready, or at least drafted by this afternoon. Your assistance in distributing that information to potentially impacted clients would be appreciated as well.
 
For more policy news, click HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter. Please contact Mark Shublak at mark.shublak@icemiller.com or Lesa Dietrick at lesa.dietrick@icemiller.com if you have any questions.

The National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health: Harvesting the Potential in Indianapolis December 7-8
This conference is an opportunity for farmers, certified crop advisors, conservation professionals and others to obtain the latest information on cover crops and soil health including their economic impacts. Attendees will gain insight from farmer speakers as they quantify the on-farm benefits they receive from cover crops including solving problems in their fields, managing inputs, controlling weeds and pests, and improving soil health.   For complete conference details and to register, click here .
USDA Withdraws Proposed Changes to Biotech Regulations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Nov. 6 announced its intention to withdraw its significant proposed revisions to its regulations governing agricultural biotechnology.  Click here to learn more.
FDA Reaffirms Responsibility of Rail, Truck Carriers for Providing Clean, Suitable Conveyances under FSMA
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a reply letter sought by the NGFA and other grain-based organizations, has reaffirmed the responsibility of rail and truck carriers to provide conveyances that are clean and suitable for the type of food or feed products being hauled.  Click here to learn more.
FDA Report: Most Human and Animal Foods Test Within Federal Pesticide Residue Limits 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report indicating that the vast majority of human and animal foods most recently tested by the agency were compliant with federal pesticide residue limits.  Click here to learn more.
FDA Report:
FDA Eases Timeline for Co-Manufactures to Meet FSMA Rules
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 3 released guidance that provides certain co-manufacturers of human and animal food more time to meet supplier approval and verification requirements under FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act rules.  Click hereto learn more.
Economic Study Quantifies Effects of Grain Trade Disruptions
Trade disruptions for U.S. grain exporters could damage more than 46,000 jobs and cut $2.6 billion in gross domestic product that the sector provides directly to farmers, ethanol producers and meat producers, according to a study released Nov. 7 by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).  Click here to learn more.
Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar Next Week - Register Today!
On November 28-29, ACI will partner with the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky for the annual Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar.  Held in beautiful French Lick, this year's program offers two days of education, networking, and continuing education credits to help you maintain your professional certification.  For more information on the agenda, click HERE.  And for registration information, click HERE.
Lake Erie Experiences "Severe" Algae Bloom in 2017
The harmful algal bloom (HAB) that formed on Lake Erie this year had a severity index (SI) of eight, making it a "severe bloom" roughly equivalent to the 2013 HAB, which was the third worst bloom observed this century, according to a seasonal assessment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). To learn more, click here.
Weekly Washington Report - 11-20-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Congress Goes Away Next Week for Thanksgiving; AFBF Says the Feast is Cheaper this Year
  • Full House Approves Tax Reform Bill 227-205; Senate Finance Committee Approves Tax Bill
  • Perdue Continues with USDA Reorganization Action Plan; GIPSA, Grain Inspection Move to AMS
  • Blumenauer's "New" Farm Bill Sees "Overhaul" of Income Safety Net, Conservation Programs
  •  NAFTA Notes
    • Ross Hits Ag for "Screaming and Yelling" Over Administration NAFTA Talk
    • Trump Will Get Reworked NAFTA Deal: Ross
    • Top Negotiators Not in Mexico City for NAFTA Round 5
    • Industry Calls on Lighthizer to Protect NAFTA Trucking Provision
  •  EPA Developments
    • Ag Groups, Monsanto Sue Over Glyphosate in California
    • EPA Moves to Formally Delay WOTUS - Just in Case...
    • Another $44 Billion for Disaster Aid to be Requested 
    • Ag Value to Economy, Jobs Outlined in New Study
    • Farm Exports Jump 8% in FY2017 
ACI Board of Directors
  
ACI/IGFA Chair
Dave Reichhart
AgPlus
  
IPFAC Chair
Michelle Vigna
Monsanto
  
ACI Treasurer
 Mike Hucker
CGB Enterprises

 ACI/IPFACA 
Past Chair
Sal Sama
Winfield Solutions
  
IGFA Past Chair
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain
  
IGFA BOARD MEMBERS

 Max Deatsman
Deatsman Grain

George Greenwood
ADM Grain 

Mike Hucker
CGB Enterprises

 Ed Korniak
Iroquois Bio-Energy
  
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

Brad McCord
Co-Alliance
  
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

Brad Sommer
Bunge
 
IPFACA BOARD MEMBERS
  
 Justin Daugherty
GROWMARK
  
Drew Garretson
Winfield/Land O'Lake

Jennifer Long
Dow AgroSciences

Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist

 Scott Sharp
Premier Ag
  
Marv Ulmet
Groundwork BioAg

 Jackson Umbarger
Roy Umbarger & Sons

 Phill Zimmerman
AgWorld


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The Agribusiness Council of Indiana will be the premier advocate serving members' business interests.
  
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 The Agribusiness Council of Indiana supports members with legislative representation, industry insight and regulatory guidance.





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