Just a reminder....ACI's offices will be closed beginning Thursday, December 29 through Monday, January 2. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3. There will not be an ENews sent the week of January 2. The weekly ENews will resume on Monday, January 9.
HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET FOR THE 2017 ACI CONFERENCE AND EXPO?
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This year's ACI Conference will focus on a variety of themes with another outstanding line-up of industry experts and thought-leaders joining us on the program. You will come away with timely updates, but also a better appreciation and a call to action to "Educate - Advocate - Lead".
Do you have a product or services you are wanting to get in front of company decision-makers? The 2017 ACI Expo is just the place to do that! Our expo space is filling up quickly so don't delay - start 2017 off with a bang!
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PSM Case Slipping From OSHA's Control, Rehearing Request Denied
On December 20, 2016 the D.C. Circuit Court made a unanimous decision denying the US Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) petition for a rehearing on the Process Safety Management (PSM) case. When OSHA issued a change to its guidelines that redefine what business are exempt from the PSM standard in mid 2015, they picked a fight with ag retailers across the country. ACI supported the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in their uphill battle to block the rule's enforcement.
DOL may still petition the Supreme Court for a hearing, but this is now unlikely considering the anticipated perspectives of the incoming administration. The agency in its rehearing petition hinted that it may unilaterally rescind or make modifications to the original "retail facilities" interpretive letter issued in 1992.
Indiana Road Funding Task Force Announces Recommendations
The legislative task force known as Funding Indiana's Roads for a Stronger Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) has announced its recommendations for generating revenue to be used to improve Indiana's transportation infrastructure. FIRSST has identified several potential funding options, including a gasoline tax increase, tolling and vehicle fees. Click HERE to read the list of funding recommendations.
REMINDER: FDA Facility Re-registration Deadline Dec. 31
Source: American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)
Animal food facilities are responsible for re-registration with the Food and Drug Administration by December 31. This is required in even-numbered years by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Medicated feed mills, where the mill holds an approved medicated feed mill license, must re-register every year. These are two different registrations and each has a separate set of requirements. There is no fee for facility registration/re-registration or fine for not registering for both medicated feed or food facilities, but it is required by law; if you do not re-register by Dec. 31, your food facility registration will expire and be removed from your account. Click HERE to access an AFIA advisory on the registration details.
Huntington University Ag Education Program Approved
The Indiana State Board of Education has approved Huntington University's agricultural education program. The program will be part of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies and will help address the shortage of agriculture teachers in the state and nationwide. The new curriculum will include courses in agribusiness and education and will also add courses in agriculture and agricultural instruction to provide academic and practical experience. In addition to on-campus education, the program will also include hands-on vocational skills instruction through local education partnerships.
Huntington University is a small private Christian college located in northeast Indiana and began instruction in agriculture in the 2015-2016 academic year.
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