Agribusiness Council of Indiana 
ENews

February 27, 2017
  

Update from the 
Indiana General Assembly
The Indiana legislative session moved through committee reports and Second Reading deadlines this week. The House will consider bills on the Third Reading Monday and the Senate will conclude their chamber action on Tuesday.  HB 1001, the State Biennial Budget, continues to be the most prominent piece of legislation this year in the General Assembly.  It was called on Second Reading last Thursday. Multiple amendments were proposed; only two were adopted.  The budget bill will be eligible for Third Reading on Monday.
 
House Bill 1237, the Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing bill sponsored by Rep. Don Lehe, saw its Third Reading this week, where it passed by a vote 97-0. It has been referred to the Senate for further review, and its sponsor will be Senator Jean Leising.  The Emerging Professionals Class was able to watch the vote in the House Gallery during their first session last Tuesday!  Highlights from the bill and a list of more bills ACI is tracking can be found HERE
 
To review all bills ACI is tracking, click HERE.
IOSHA Interpretation for 
Fire Retardant Clothing
The Indiana Occupation Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) cited an ACI member on the grounds that employees - not involved in hot work - should use fire-retardant clothing while operating in a grain handling facility.  To continue reading click HERE.
Class B CDL Offers More Flexibility
Under the new Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) policy, agricultural retailers and producers will receive greater flexibility with their commercial driver's license. This new policy took effect on February, 1 2017.
 
Under this new policy, operators apply for a license that is tailored to fit their seasonal needs. Holders of the license can select one or two seasonal periods in which they can operate their equipment. The credential fee will be $35.  To continue reading click HERE
Economists Predict Downward Trend in Farm Income Will Continue in 2017
At the 93 rd Annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., farm economists gave a gloomy prediction of the farm economy for the year ahead.  That said, many economist also say comparisons to the farm crisis of the 1980s is premature.  Click HERE to continue reading.
ACI President to Speak at 
Agribusiness Outlook
On March 7, professionals from Wells Fargo, Crowe Horwath, Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group, along with industry veterans, will share the projected top issues of the year, why they are likely to be prominent, and the potential impact on businesses and the overall economy at the 2017 Outlook for the Food and Agribusiness Industries.   Amy will serve on a panel discussing the recent and upcoming changes in food safety. 
Weekly Washington Report - 2-27-17
(by Steve Kopperud)

Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:

  • No Date Set for Perdue Confirmation Hearing; FDA Nominations Unknown
  • Pruitt Confirmed to Head EPA Despite Major Opposition; Tells Employees 'Regulators mean certainty'
  • Confirmations Include OMB's Mulvaney; Rulemaking Machine Restarted
  • Congressional Regulatory Rollback in High Gear
  • RFS Revamp in Bullseye for Bipartisan House Group, Pruitt Told "Hands Off" on RFS
  • Farm Bill Action Kicks into Gear on both Sides of Hill
  • Trump Releases Immigration Enforcement "Guidance;" New Travel Ban Expected Next Week
  • House Ag Clears Two Pesticide Bills
  • How's That NAFTA "Renegotiation" Going?
  • Branstad Says Ag Trade Priority in China Talks
  • CFTC Grants Six-Month Transition on Collateral Requirements
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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