Agribusiness Council of Indiana 
ENews

April 18, 2017
  

Update from the 
Indiana General Assembly
Generally, ACI has achieved policy gains in terms of tax reform, transportation of agricultural goods, and seed and feed. Further, ACI has managed to mitigate most of the harm that would have resulted from HB 1237- Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing.
 
Please keep in mind that the Grain buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency is currently developing educational materials pursuant to House Enrolled Act 1237 (formerly known as HB 1237- Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing). ACI expects these pamphlets to be made available to the public shortly after the Governor has signed the bill into law. We will keep ACI members promptly advised of any new information on the topic.
 
Last Wednesday morning, Indiana's latest fiscal forecast showed the state is on track to generate $200 million more in revenue than was previously expected. Given the higher return, some legislators are more eager to shift the rest of the gasoline sales tax towards road maintenance. However, if the shift is made it will leave a $300 million gap in the state's General Fund. To make up the difference, House Republicans are proposing a one dollar increase to the cigarette tax.
 
Legislators from the House and Senate came together on Wednesday to discuss their opposing versions of HB 1001-State Biennial Budget. Stakeholders testified in support of Governor Holcomb's proposal for a larger increase in pre-kindergarten funding that neither chamber version matched. Both sides agreed on the overall fundamentals of the bill but mainly differ on the assignment of priorities. A major issue will be the school funding formula and how much money will ultimately be allocated towards education.
 
The General Assembly continues the process of conference committees, and has one week left before the Sine Die adjournment deadline this Friday. Please click HERE for ACI's bills of interest that have 'died,' been sent to the Governor or referred to Conference Committee.
 
To review all bills ACI is tracking, click  HERE.
ACI Member Spotlight
On Monday, ACI President Amy Cornell had a chance to catch up with members of Co-Alliance and Dow AgroSciences as they spent some time at the Statehouse.  Shawn Lambert, Past ACI Chair and Brad McCord, current ACI Board member, were joined by 2017 EPLP class participants Michael Williams (Co-Alliance) and Kenny Johnson (Dow AgroSciences).  
Michael Williams, Brad McCord, Kenny Johnson, Amy Cornell and Shawn Lambert tour Indiana Statehouse.
U.S. Exports Up 33 Percent
Recent trade data shows that U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms increased 33 percent year-over-year in the first six months of the 2016/2017 marketing year.  To read more click  HERE.
6 Percent of U.S. Corn Planted
The USDA says 6% of this year's U.S. corn crop is planted, compared to 11% a year ago and the five year average of 9%.  To read more click  HERE.
ACI Offers Job Posting Opportunities for Members

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.
If you would like to post job openings with your organization, send the request to jmcelwain@inagribiz.org.
Weekly Washington Report - 4-18-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • April 24 Perdue Senate Confirmation Vote Schedule Sets Off Heitkamp 
  • White House Continues Push to Downsize Government, Cut Costs 
  • Obamas Re-emerge to Talk about Food 
  • Sessions Kicks Immigration Enforcement Action into High Gear 
  • Senate Ag Panel to Hold Second Farm Bill Hearing in Michigan May 6 
  • Conservation Programs Get Farm Bill Attention; Thune Wants Higher CRP Cap 
  • States Ask USDA to Buy More Surplus Cheese, Butter, Blame Canadian Reclassification System 
  • Conaway Inherits Russia Election Probe Reins
  • Trump Looks to Fill White House CEQ Chair
  • Pruitt Says Dump Paris Climate Agreement; NFU Tells White House to Honor Paris Accord
  • EPA to Meet with States over How to Repropose WOTUS 
  • Federal Court Tosses EPA CAFO Air Emission Exemption 
  • Beef Makes the Cut on U.S.-China 100-day Agreement Deal
  • U.S. Corn Ethanol Use Up; Global Coarse Grain Production Higher
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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The Agribusiness Council of Indiana will be the premier advocate serving members' business interests.
 
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 The Agribusiness Council of Indiana supports members with legislative representation, industry insight and regulatory guidance.