Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
March 26, 2018
ACI Members Travel to Washington D.C. for Section 199A Discussions
ACI members JoAnn Brouillette, Demeter Lp; Tom Madru, Kokomo Grain; and Larry Callahan, Demeter Lp, were in Washington, D.C. last week for 199A discussions. A fix was included in the omnibus budget bill signed into law on Friday. Thank you to all of our members who took action by speaking with lawmakers about this vitally important issue.

199A Fix Signed Into Law
ACI thanks Congress for voting to pass, and President Donald Trump for signing into law,  the stakeholder-driven provisions included in the omnibus fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill that correct the unintended consequences of Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The House voted on the omnibus legislation (H.R. 1625) on March 22, with the Senate subsequently voting to pass the bill late last night. Trump signed the bill earlier today prior to the midnight deadline to avert another shutdown of the federal government. The provisions amending Section 199A are retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.
 
This would not have been possible without the action of our members and the leadership of NGFA - ACI thanks everyone who took the time to speak up about this vitally important issue.
 
To read NGFA's release about the omnibus spending bill, click here.
News from the Statehouse
As we reported last week, the Indiana General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, March 14 without taking final action and votes on seven bills - all of which were not voted on in the House and one of which was not voted on in the Senate. Tensions were high as the Sine Die deadline approached in both chambers. Less than a week later, Governor  Holcomb announced he will call legislators back to the Statehouse sometime in May for a special session to address several topics of unfinished business.
 
ACI tracked over 55 bills this session. Bills of importance included noxious weed classifications, state seed commissioner regulations and federal food safety regulations. Through input and expertise from a number of members, ACI lobbyists Mark Shublak and Lesa Dietrick were able to craft these bills to eliminate onerous requirements on agribusiness. We've included the session report again for your review as it recaps bills that addressed key ACI priorities along with a preview for 2019. 
A more in depth policy report regarding the legislative session and federal news can be found by clicking HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter.  You can find your full bill tracking report here and the actual language of the bill here. The 2018 Bill Watch webpage can be found here which is updated as Governor Holcomb signs the bills.  
If you have questions, feel free to contact Mark Shublak  mark.shublak@icemiller.com or Lesa Dietrick  lesa.dietrick@icemiller.com .
Syngenta GMO Corn Class Action Suit Settled for $1.5 Billion
Reflecting one of the largest agricultural case settlements in history, the nationwide class action lawsuit against Syngenta for selling GMO corn seed that had not yet been approved by China has been settled for $1.5 billion.  The settlement covers all U.S.-based corn farmers, grain handlers, and ethanol producers who sold corn or corn products after September 15, 2013.   Read more here .
Feed Industry Poised for 
Digital Disruption
The feed industry is on the verge of a digital disruption and must act now or risk having others step in to take advantage of potential gaps and vulnerabilities, John Foley of Cargill Animal Nutrition told 700 feed industry leaders gathered in Ft. Worth, Texas, for the American Feed Industry Assn.'s Purchasing & Ingredient Supplier Conference (PISC).   Read more here.
IndyStar: Here's How a Trade War With China Could Affect Hoosiers
It's still unclear how the tariffs that President Trump said Thursday he wants to impose on Chinese products - on top of already announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports - will play out. And it's uncertain how the Chinese government will respond.   Read the full article for ACI President Amy Cornell's insights.
ACI Grain & Feed Committee 
Needs You!
ACI Grain and Feed Committee Chair George Greenwood is looking for motivated volunteers to participate in the Grain & Feed committee for the 2018 year. The recent events around Federal Tax law and 199A bring to light the need for active committee involvement and participation to ensure that industry voices are heard and that the Association can truly represent it's members on important and timely issues such as this. Those interested in serving can reach out to George at greenwood@adm.com or calling 317-313-8660.
Engulfment Prevention Week: 
April 9-13
Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins. Engulfment is one of the leading types of fatalities inside a grain bin; however, there are numerous OSHA and industry resources available to assist in preventing future incidents. During the Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention, employers and workers are encouraged to emphasize worker protection and ways to reduce injuries and prevent fatalities from engulfment.

To learn more about the activities planned for the week, click here.
Omnibus Bill Includes Several Ag Provisions
Source: Hoosier Ag Today
The omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate last week includes many victories for agriculture. Farm groups applauded the inclusion of the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM Act, that Act exempts air emissions from animal waste from being subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or CERCLA, reporting requirements. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says he was "pleased" with the bipartisan deal, which will fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. Roberts says the bill gives farmers and ranchers "some regulatory relief."
IGBWLA Seeks New Director
Incumbent serves as Director for the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency (IGBWLA) and is responsible for the management of the office and all activities of the IGBWLA. The Director will cooperate and coordinate activities through the Office of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and will work jointly with members of the grain industry in the State of Indiana. The Director reports directly to the Deputy Director of Agriculture. Incumbent is an employee of the Indiana Department of Agriculture and works out of the Indianapolis office; although travel in state will be required to conduct audits.  For job description/requirements, click HERE.

If you are interested in the position, contact Melissa Rekeweg by Friday,   March 23.
Peterson Says Farm Bill Extension Appears Likely
Source: Agri-Pulse
Congress is breaking for a two-week recess with the future of the farm bill very much in doubt. An extension of the 2014 farm bill looks like a real possibility given the bitter partisan impasse in the House Agriculture Committee and the very short time frame for moving a bill through Congress. The House committee's top Democrat, Collin Peterson, says the farm bill "is on life support."   "If you were a betting person you would want to bet on an extension," he said. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, insists there is still time to enact a new farm bill this year and said yesterday at a Washington Examiner event  that he is moving ahead with his committee's bill next month with or without Democratic support
Register Today for AFIA-KSU 500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing
The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its online feed manufacturing course, conducted in partnership with Kansas State University, April 16-May 18. The five-week distance education program provides an in-depth understanding of the feed manufacturing process, while allowing participants to work at their own pace and engage in online discussions with other students and university instructors.

To date, more than 450 individuals have earned a certificate for completing this course. Visit the course website for more information and to register.
Weekly Washington Report - 3-26-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Congress Heads Out of Town
  • National Ag Day Celebrated in Nation's Capital
  • Trump Orders Tariffs on Chinese Imports; China Strikes Back at U.S. Ag Imports
  • White House Expands Steel/Aluminum Tariff Exemptions
  • Trump Wants Three-year TPA Authority; Policy "Dangerous," NAFTA 2.0 Not Trump's Decision: Hatch
  • Congress Passes FY2018 $1.3-trillion Spending Package Avoiding Shutdown, Fixes Sec. 199A
  • RFS/RIN Cap Standoff Continues; Perdue Hints Congress May Act
  • Dems Refuse to Talk, House Farm Bill Remains in Flux; Senate Begins to Move
  • Young CDL Drivers to get Interstate Highway Access under New Bill
  • New Mississippi Senator to be Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith
  • EU Gives Green Light to Bayer-Monsanto Deal After Concessions
2018
ACI Board of Directors
  
ACI Chair
Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist
  
Vice Chair
Drew Garretson
Winfield United

ACI Secretary
Marv Ulmet
Bane-Welker Equipment
  
ACI Treasurer
 Jim Engelberth
Dow AgroSciences
  
ACI BOARD MEMBERS

Justin Daugherty
GROWMARK

Ben Green
Purple Ribbon Seeds

George Greenwood
ADM Grain 

Jason Helms
AgReliant Genetics

John Larimer
Lords Seed
  
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

Brad McCord
Co-Alliance
  
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

 ACI   Ex-Officio
Dave Reichhart
AgPlus
  
ISTA Ex-Officio
Rodney Busick
Syngenta

Ex-Officio
Alan Galbreth
ICIA

Ex-Officio
Dr. Jayson Lusk
Purdue
Dept of Ag Economics

Ex-Officio
Don Robison
OISC

Ex-Officio
Dr. Ron Turco
Purdue
Dept of Agronomy

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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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