Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
April 16, 2018
Online Membership Renewal - 
Available Now!
Yesterday, we launched a new tab contained in the ACI website that will allow you to renew your membership online, update your contact and company information, and access online member-only benefits. You will also notice upcoming website upgrades and upcoming events.  
Have you visited the ACI website lately?  Click HERE to see the latest news from YOUR  "Proactive Voice of Indiana Agribusiness"!
ACI Scholarship Applications Available Now!
For several years, the Indiana Agribusiness Foundation has provided scholarships to both high school graduates and current college students who are pursuing a future in the Agricultural Industry. Through the Foundation, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) encourages young people to continue their education and eventual participation in agriculture.
Three scholarships are being offered by the association - the  T. Jeffrey Boese Memorial Scholarship, Larry Foster Scholarshipand theJohn Anglin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  For more information visit our website or download the application HERE.
ACI ENews Moving to Fridays
In two weeks, you will notice a change in our ENews schedule. Beginning on May 4, you will receive your weekly email on Friday. Thank you for your patience as we continue working to optimize our communication with our members.
President Trump Is Exploring Rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks
In a striking reversal, President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a free trade deal he pulled out of during his first days in office as part of his America-first agenda.
Monsanto Makes Another Genetics Play with RNAgri Research Deal
Right on the heels of announcing a $100 million tech collaboration with CRISPR startup Plantwise, Monsanto has entered into a research deal with St. Louis-based startup RNAgri, whose RNA interference (RNAi) technology can result in decreased production of a protein to achieve a desirable physiological outcome or trait. RNAgri's system produces RNA, which can be used to regulate targeted genes in plants, insects, and fungi with effectiveness and specificity.

Call to Action: EPA's Neonicotinoid Comment Period Ends April 21, 2018
Source: Agriculture Retailers Association
Neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides are currently undergoing registration review, an extensive scientific process that the EPA conducts on all registered pesticides every 15 years, to ensure they meet the latest scientific standards. This multistep process typically takes five to eight years to complete.  EPA plans to review all neonics in the same timeframe to ensure consistency across the class. As risk assessments are completed, the Agency will pursue steps to mitigate potential risk, as appropriate.  Registration review includes the following neonic brands:
  • Imidacloprid - Bayer's Admire® Pro, Gaucho®(600, XT), Leverage360, Velum® Total.
  • Clothianidin - Bayer's Poncho®, Poncho®/VOTiVO, Poncho® Beta, Prosper®  EverGol®, Sepresto 75WS, Emesto Quantum. Valent's NipsIt INSIDE®, NipsIt® Suite, INOVATE®, INTEGO®, Belay® Insecticide.
  • Thiamethoxam - Syngenta's Actara®, Platinum®, Cruiser® FS, CruiserMaxx®.
  • Dinotefuran - Valent's Venom® Insecticide.
As part of this multistep process, EPA is now seeking public comments on the current neonicotinoid risk assessments, highlighted in the chart below and posted on the individual dockets. The dockets will remain open through April 21, 2018. 

Please consider posting comments on each active ingredient (a.i.) by the April 21, 2018 deadline.  ARA has set up a template comment letter to EPA that you can personalize by including some of the information mentioned above.  
  • Click here to view a neonic insecticide fact sheet.  
  • Click here to view the ARA comment letter. 
  • Click HERE to log in and send your message.
  • Read more in this week's policy newsletter HERE.  
Description of Law Amending 
Section 199A Tax Provisions 
Source: NGFA
As reported previously in the NGFA Newsletter, the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 was enacted on March 23, and included a legislative solution to correct the unintended consequences of Section 199A in the tax law passed in December 2017. Click HERE to read more and see the NGFA weekly report.
Memo - House Farm Bill Draft Released - TFI Priorities Included
Source: The Fertilizer Institute - April 12, 2018
The House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX-11) released a draft of the ''Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018'' (Farm Bill). The Committee plans to hold a markup of the bill next Wednesday, April 18. Click here to view the bill text and here to view the section-by-section summary.

TFI is pleased that the draft bill includes a majority of our farm bill priorities developed by the TFI Farm Bill Task Force.  Attached is the list of priorities that are included as well as a list of additional relevant items.  We will continue to work to ensure that these priorities remain in the bill as the process moves forward. Click here for TFI's Farm Bill Highlights.
ASTA to Offer Purpose-Driven Education for Emerging Leaders, Communication Professionals
Source: American Seed Trade Association
ASTA's new Policy & Leadership Development Conference (PLDC), June 9 - 13 in Washington, DC, will offer new twists on educational programming. In addition to its new multiple-track series on innovation, trade and international opportunities, sustainability and leadership development topics, spouses and family guests can learn how to "Make Your Voice Heard" in every day conversations related to the seed industry story - and how those family voices have helped shaped American history in Washington D.C. Check out ASTA First Lady Julie Tally's video introduction to this new, purpose-driven content at the June ASTA event. Read more here.
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.
IASWCD Seeks Executive Director
The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) and as such shall be in charge of the day-to-day operations and organization, supervision of the office operations and staff of the association. In that capacity, the executive director will develop and maintain a strong working relationship with Indiana's 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).
 
For the complete job description and application instructions, click here.
Weekly Washington Report - 4-16-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • No Big Surprises as House Releases Farm Bill, Sets Markup for April 18
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan Announces Retirement
  • Trade Notes
    • Trump Doubles Down on Trade War Farm Assistance; China Makes Conciliatory Statements
    • NAFTA 2.0 by May? Canada, Mexico Says "Yes," Trump Says "Getting Close"
    • Trump Signals Possible Reversal on TPP
    • China Files Steel/Aluminum WTO Complaint; 700 Tariff Exemption Requests Received
    • RFS/RIN White House Meet Yields No Result; Trump to Let Issue Slide for Now, Waiver Battle Goes On
    • Trump Says E15 Coming
    • Pruitt OK for Now, Wheeler Approved by Senate
    • EPA to Issue Yet Another WOTUS Rule
    • Administration Goal of Cutting FY2018 Spending Law Unlikely: McConnell
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

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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