Agribusiness Council of Indiana 
ENews

April 10, 2017
  

Update from the 
Indiana General Assembly
With two weeks left in the session, bills that were amended in the second chamber are one step closer to becoming law.  Conference committees - considered by many Statehouse insiders as the pivotal point in the legislative process - begin on Monday, as legislators from both chambers come together to find common ground on their key bills.  The final two weeks will be dedicated to bills that were amended the second half of the session. Both chambers will meet daily to debate bills and vote on final conference committee reports. 
 
Last Thursday, Representative Lehe filed a motion to concur for House Bill 1237, Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing. This means that, as author, Lehe agrees with the amendments made to HB 1237 while it was heard in the Senate and will now be eligible for the Governor's signature. The finalized version of HB 1237 is the product of constant ACI advocacy and diligence. While retroactive coverage still exists for the "Cline failure," the amended bill no longer contains onerous language that going forward would have been difficult for our members.
 
Roads and Infrastructure
On Tuesday, the Senate passed its version of HB 1002 -Transportation Infrastructure Funding - by a vote of 34-13.  Differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill are significant, with the Senate proposing a $5 fee on tires and a fee increase on commercial vehicles. The House version moves all of the proceeds from the state's sales tax on gasoline to roads and would fill the resulting hole in the state budget with a higher cigarette tax. However, Governor Eric Holcomb has stressed the importance of doubling the state's preschool program while also reiterating his opposition to increasing the cigarette tax to pay for road improvements.  These matters will be discussed at HB 1002's conference committee next week.
 
Click HERE to read about other bills ACI has been tracking and policy news affecting the industry.
 
To review all bills ACI is tracking, click HERE.

White House Wants USDA to Take Lead on Reducing Agricultural Runoff
A recent White House directive illustrates a policy shift for reducing agricultural runoff.  The Trump administration wants USDA to address runoff from farms and ranches.  The internal memo specifically seeks to zero out the $164.5 million that the Environmental Protection Agency provided in fiscal year 2016 to states as grants for nonpoint source pollution, saying this is an effort to limit federal investment in duplicative activities. The memo then directs the EPA to "continue to coordinate with the USDA on targeting funding where appropriate to address non-point sources."  To read more click HERE.
Syngenta/ChemChina Deal Moves Forward in U.S. and EU
Although the divestitures required differ by market, the Syngenta/ChemChina $43 billion deal continues to move forward in both the U.S. and the EU.  Before the deal can close, certain stipulations must be met. ChemChina will be required to sell some of its assets to a rival and at least three of its businesses for the  U.S. Federal Trade Commission. To read more click HERE.
Ag Groups Call Attention to Waterways Infrastructure Needs
A total of 22 agricultural producer and agribusiness organizations that participate in the Agricultural Transportation Working Group today sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators asking for continued funding support in fiscal year 2018 to rebuild the nation's declining inland waterways infrastructure.  The groups listed specific action items they'd like to see from appropriators regarding U.S. waterways, including requests to:
  • Appropriate the full amount supportable by the barge diesel fuel tax going into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund.
  • Support, at a minimum, a funding level of $3.173 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations & maintenance (O&M) budget, which helps support ongoing inland and coastal navigation activities.
  • Ensure that spending targets for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund codified in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 are met to cover O&M activities, such as harbor dredging, which would amount to approximately $1.33 billion.
To read more click HERE.
Up to 50 Percent of Old Corn Crop 
Isn't Priced
Farmers shied away from forward pricing because yields exceeded their expectations.  However, analysts are encouraging farmers to get pricing in place.  To read more click HERE.
ACI Offers Job Posting Opportunities for Members
Beginning today, we will have a designated block in our ENews for career opportunities available with our ACI member companies and other ag partners.  We will have a brief description of the position, company name and contact information.  We hope this tool will help our member companies find the best talent in our industry as we step into the 2017 busy season.  If you would like to post job openings with your organization, send the request to jmcelwain@inagribiz.org.  Let's get started!
Opportunity Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

  • Grain Merchandiser - SIEMER MILLING COMPANY
    Buy and maintain an uninterrupted supply of grain to produce Siemer Milling Company products. Oversee the day-to-day merchandising activities and addressing customer needs.  Candidates should contact Sharon Robb, Human Resource Manager at 217-857-3131 or at  srobb@siemermilling.com.
Weekly Washington Report - 4-10-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • April 24 Set for Perdue Senate Confirmation Vote
  • House Ag Committee Talks Tax Reform as Ryan, White House Work on Plans
  • HELP Committee Hears Gottlieb as FDA Commissioner Nominee
  • Lighthizer Nomination Stuck
  • EPA Notes
    • SCOTUS Won't Mess with WOTUS
    • NRDC, Pesticide Action Network Want Fed Court to Order Ban on Chlopyrifos
    • Group Battles RFS Proposal
  • State Ag Departments:  Fully Fund USDA, FDA and EPA Discretionary Spending
  • FTC Calls for Sale of U.S. Assets in Okaying China National, Syngenta Merger; EU Gives Green Light
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
Groundwork BioAg

 
Jackson Umbarger
Roy Umbarger & Son s

  Phill Zimmerman
AgWorld

Dr. Joe Anderson
Purdue-Ex-Officio
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