Agribusiness Council of Indiana 
ENews

February 13, 2017
  

A Message from the President
First, let me tell you how humbled I am to have the opportunity to lead our organization to the next level.  As a farmer's daughter, I am delighted to find a role that allows me to advocate for agriculture and cultivate leadership.  Over the course of 2017, we will be reevaluating our strategic plan, reactivating our committee structure, developing a communications strategy, surfacing new talent, and developing agribusiness leaders. 
 
During these first few months, my top priority is to get in my car, get out to your businesses, and talk to you.  What are we doing well?   What can ACI improve?  What challenges are your businesses facing?  How can we come alongside you to help you succeed?  These conversations will help guide all the other broad vision goals that I previously mentioned.  I look forward to seeing you soon!
Alan Lowe, Amy Cornell and Kristy Lowe pause for a picture after a tour of Lowe's Pellets & Grain
Policy Update
Will Farm Bill Be Pushed to 2019?
Farm bill hearings haven't even begun, but lobbyists are already speculating that Congress will not complete the legislative package until 2019.  Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts will hold the first farm bill hearing February 23 in Manhattan, Kansas.  Click  HERE for more information.

Furthermore, our legislative team of Mark Shublak and Lesa Dietrick, Ice Miller, is working diligently to keep our members updated on the status of important legislation being discussed. Read their full report on the status of this important information by clicking HERE
Long-term Indiana Infrastructure Push Heats Up
Hoosier Ag Today
Amy Cornell, ACI President, recently sat down with Hoosier Ag Today to discuss ongoing issues the ag community is watching closely in the 2017 General Assembly.  In particular, discussion began with questions on how the state will  fund a long-term solution for repairs and improvements to Indiana roads and bridges.  Cornell urges all agribusiness owners and Hoosier farmers to contact their legislators.  "Make sure that they understand the need for local road funding." To read more about this and other important issues, click HERE for the entire article.
ACI Joins ResponsibleAG as 
Affiliate Member
ResponsibleAg Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 to promote the public welfare by assisting agribusinesses as they seek to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. The organization provides participating businesses a federal regulatory compliance audit relating to the safe storage and handling of fertilizers, recommendations for corrective action where needed and a robust suite of resources to assist in this regard.  To learn more about the organization click  HERE.
Weekly Washington Report - 2-13-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Steve is traveling out of the country this week and will not be providing a weekly update today.  We will have a Washington Report in our 2/20/17 ENews.
ACI ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
MARCH 30 - BECK'S CENTER
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ACI Board of Directors

  

ACI/IPFACA Chair

Sal Sama

Winfield Solutions

  

IGFA Chair

Alan Lowe

Lowe's Pellets & Grain

  

ACI Treasurer

 Mike Hucker

CGB Enterprises


 ACI/IGFA 

Past Chair

Ben Breazeale

Cargill

  

IPFACA Past Chair

Joe Farmer

The Andersons

  

IGFA BOARD MEMBERS


 
Max Deatsman

Deatsman Grain

 

Mike Hucker

CGB Enterprises


 Ed Korniak

Iroquois Bio-Energy

 

Brad McCord

Co-Alliance


 Brad Sommer

Bunge


 Dave Reichhart

Ag Plus
 

Mike Schweickert

J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC


 Ryan Smith

CIE

  

Dr. Ken Foster

Purdue-Ex-Officio 

  

IPFACA BOARD MEMBERS

 

 Jennifer Long

Dow AgroSciences

  

Rod Miller

Crop Fertility Specialist


 Scott Sharp

Premier Ag

  

Marv Ulmet

Groundwork BioAg


 
Jackson Umbarger

Roy Umbarger & Sons


 Michelle Vigna

Monsanto


 Phill Zimmerman

AgWorld


Dr. Joe Anderson

Purdue-Ex-Officio

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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.