Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
December 18, 2017
All Systems Go!  The 2018 ACI Conference & Expo - 1/25-26/18
Are you strategizing on ways you can make the most of a new year and set your course for a successful 2018?  Why not make plans NOW to join other ag professionals at the 

2018 ACI Conference & Expo - 

This year our Events Committee has worked diligently to find topics and speakers that bring a clearer focus into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  And with the merger of ACI and the Indiana Seed Trade Association nearly complete, this will be the first opportunity for our joint members to come together - these are exciting times!  We have also heard from our membership that 2017 has been a difficult year for getting necessary credits.  So we are offering three stand-alone opportunities for you and your team to get those credits right off the bat in 2018 - 
  • Grain Grading
  • Soil and Water 
  • HR 101:Manager Training/Employee Development
Our Exhibit Hall is filling quickly - Sponsors are contacting us daily and registration will be open soon online!  You won't want to miss this opportunity!  So ALL SYSTEMS GO!  Why not start now by clicking HERE for information on the program, exhibition opportunities and sponsorship levels.  See you in January!

Help Fight for NAFTA Today
Source: National Grain & Feed Association
As the U.S., Mexican and Canadian negotiators meet this week to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), opponents of free trade led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) will be rallying in Washington, D.C. Don't allow them to drown out the voice of the grain, feed and processing industry. Click below to send a Tweet to your representatives in Congress to tell them how important it is to maintain the gains made for agriculture in NAFTA, which benefits the health of the agricultural and overall U.S. economy. 
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. In 2018, ACI will be hosting a 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 25from 8:00-10:30 a.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. More details will be coming soon!
Relabeling of Existing Dicamba Inventory
Source: Agriculture Retailers Association
Due to the change to Restricted Use Pesticide status for Engenia, Xtendimax and Fexapan, the Environmental Protection Agency and registrants of these products are requiring that existing inventory be relabeled before the 2018 season.   The Agricultural Retailers Association has previously supported the EPA precedent to allow existing stocks to be used with existing labels, and we intervened on that topic in the cancellations of flubendiamide and sulfoxaflor. However, the dicamba situation is different: change to the RUP status is one component of what is hoped to be a successful strategy for using these products over tolerant crops in 2018, and all three manufacturers under their agreement with EPA are directing that existing inventory be relabeled for 2018.
If a retailer who has existing stock does not have an EPA establishment number, which permits you to relabel product as required by EPA, registrants are requiring that the product be moved back to a distribution point that has such an establishment number so relabeling can be handled there legally. No statements have been issued about whether compensation is available to cover this added shipping cost.

Read more dicamba updates and policy news, by clicking HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter. Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
NGFA CAP Application Period Now Open
NGFA's Committee Apprentice Program (CAP) is designed to help develop future leaders of NGFA member companies and the association. Apprentices participate in all committee activities and thoroughly learn the industry issues that their respective committee address.  For more information on how you or someone in your office can apply, click HERE.
Weekly Washington Report - 12-18-17
(by Steve Kopperud)

The Washington Report will not be available this week.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming days. 

ACI Board of Directors
Dave Reichhart
Michelle Vigna
ACI Treasurer
 Mike Hucker
CGB Enterprises

Past Chair
Sal Sama
Winfield Solutions
IGFA Past Chair
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

 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
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

Brad Sommer
 Justin Daugherty
Drew Garretson
Winfield/Land O'Lake

Jennifer Long
Dow AgroSciences

Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist

 Scott Sharp
Premier Ag
Marv Ulmet
Bane-Welker Equipment

 Jackson Umbarger
Roy Umbarger & Sons

 Phill Zimmerman

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