Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
December 4, 2017
Kettler Named New Director of ISDA
Last Friday, Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced Bruce Kettler as the new director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Bruce is currently the director of public relations for Beck's Hybrids and will begin his new post on January 8, 2018. He has an extensive background in the agriculture and agribusiness industry and will be a great leader for Indiana Agriculture. Check out the policy newsletter for the full press release.
Bruce Kettler, ISDA Director

Exciting Opportunity for ACI - 
We Need Your Vote!
Your ACI board is continually searching for the best ways to maximize our presence among Indiana decision makers, both today and into the future. To that end, we are presenting for member consideration and approval a merger of ACI with the Indiana Seed Trade Association (ISTA).
 
Please check your mailboxes for more information about the merger, nomination of directors, and voting ballot.  For your vote to be counted, your completed ballot must be returned, or post-marked if returned by U.S. mail, on or before December 11, 2017.  Your written ballot, once submitted, is not revocable.
 
On December 1,  ACI President Amy Cornell, ACI Board members and ACI Association Management Personnel conducted a call-in town hall meeting to answer questions about the potential merger. If you have further questions or you were unable to attend the town hall meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Cornell, acornell@inagribiz.org, Jayne McElwain, jmcelwain@inagribiz.org, or any of the ACI Board Members included on the roster available HERE.

2017 NGFA Country Elevator Conference
ACI President Amy Cornell and ACI Board Member Mike Schweickert, JP Morgan Chase, are currently attending the NGFA Country Elevator Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Today began with a  "30,000 ft. view" of the world economy and then attendees will move to four rounds of interactive breakout sessions focusing on merchandising, operations, management, legal, safety, and/or marketing.
Mike Schweickert and Amy Cornell
Information Regarding Agriculture Production Tax Exemptions
ACI reminds agribusinesses that certain transactions are sales tax exempt.  The Indiana Department of Revenue has published guidance - click here to view.  The rules are complex and are fact sensitive.  You should consult your tax advisor if you have questions based on the specific facts and situations related to your particular business.
ELD Extension Not Applied to Farm Supply Retailers
Source: Agriculture Retailers Association
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration new Electronic Logging Device requirements go into effect December 18. ELD systems synchronize with a vehicle's engine to more easily and accurately record driving time for hours of service requirements. The ELD rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS) per Part 395, 49 CFR 395.8(a). To ease the transition to ELDs, FMCSA has announced that any violations cited during the time period of December 18 to April 1, 2018, will only receive a fine and not count against a carrier's Safety Measurement Systems (SMS) scores.

FMCSA also announced that in advance of the Dec. 18, 2017, implementation of the ELD rule, and to further facilitate the transition to the rule by motor carriers, the agency will be providing guidance related to enforcement procedures during the ELD transition. These will include a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of agricultural commodities, formal guidance specifically pertaining to the existing Hours-of-Service exemption for the agricultural industry, and guidance on the "personal conveyance" provision.
 
The 90-day waiver will NOT include transporters of farm supplies.
 
ARA remains concerned with the impact this new regulation will have on the agricultural industry and has submitted a petition to the DOT seeking a complete exemption for agricultural retailer and distributors from this unfunded federal mandate. Your ACI Policy Team is working with national organizations on this issue. Please click on the policy newsletter for further information on this issue.
Indiana Attorney General Calls for Delay of Implementation of New Requirements for ELDs
On Wednesday, the Attorney General of Indiana sent a letter to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calling on the agency to delay implementation regarding Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) by commercial drivers. This is a major blow to the agency's claim that the states are fully prepared for the December 18 th implementation deadline. Please click HERE to read the letter.
 
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.
Weekly Washington Report - 12-4-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Senate Floor Vote on Tax Reform Slips as "Tweaks" Needed, Negotiations Continue
  • Congress Needs to Suspend "PAYGO" Rules or Risk Spending Cuts Post-Tax Reform
  • NAFTA Outlook Depends on to Who's Talking; MI, ND, WI Take Big Hit if NAFTA Dies, Says C of C
  • Third Disaster Assistance Bill Taking Shape
  • Unions Take Dead Aim at Effort to Expand H-2A Visa Program
  • EPA Notes
    • EPA Pleases Ethanol with Final 2018-2019 RFS Mandate, Disappoints Biodiesel 
    • Pruitt Gives Official "No" on RFS Point of Obligation Change
    • WOTUS Effective Date to be Delayed Two Years 
    • ND Department of Ag Restricts Dicambra Use
    • DC Appeals Court Extends Emissions Reporting Stay
    • France to Buck EU Five-Year Glyphosate License Renewal
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
Bane-Welker Equipment

 Jackson Umbarger
Roy Umbarger & Sons

 Phill Zimmerman
AgWorld


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





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