Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
May 11, 2018
Indiana Special Session 
Scheduled for May 14
On May 14, the Indiana General Assembly will re-convene for a special session called by Governor Holcomb. The legislature will address five bills: HB 1230 (school safety measures), HB 1315 (school corporation financial management), HB 1316 (tax matters) and HB 1242 (tax matters) and HB 1457 (technical corrections).  The tax bills - which legislative leaders call "critical" - are largely meant to conform with federal tax code changes. 
 
Legislative leadership's aim is to complete the special session work in one day. As such, there will be no public testimony or amendments considered on the five bills.  However, numerous legislative rules must be suspended to approve legislation in a single day and that will require a two-thirds vote of lawmakers in each chamber.    
 
The legislative counsel held a special meeting on May 7 to lay out procedures for the special session and discuss the bills' content. The legislative council consists of both parties' leadership teams in both chambers.   Click here to see all materials for the special session.
Joint Ag Law Program - 
Your Feedback Requested
The   Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, in cooperation with Purdue University , is launching a program in agriculture law in 2019.  A   steering committee  is tasked with ensuring that the program meets the needs of the agricultural law market and appeals to a wide student base. Members will also have input on the curriculum of the program, experiential and capstone learning opportunities and overall promotion of the program.  As such, they are requesting your feedback.  Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey:
 
Farmers Worry as Trade War Looms
Farmers are worried about current and future conditions of the ag industry, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer that measures the health of the U.S. ag economy.

The most recent barometer reading fell to 125 in April, 10 points lower than a month earlier and 15 points below its February reading.

Trump Team Makes Stern Demands on China; China Makes its Own to U.S.
The U.S. and China proposed seemingly insurmountable demands to each other during two days of meetings in Beijing, but agreed to keep talking in hopes of averting a trade war.

Negotiations over NAFTA are Bogging Down Ahead of a Major Deadline
Negotiations over a new North American trade deal have hit a major snag, leaving White House officials increasingly uncertain of their ability to hit their May 18 deadline for securing congressional approval of a new deal before year's end.  The main stumbling block involves a dispute over determining which automobiles are given duty-free treatment under the agreement, according to five industry and U.S. government sources.

Perdue: Trump Pushing SNAP Reform But No Veto Threat Yet
President Donald Trump is using a met with the House and Senate Agriculture committee chairmen on Thursday to emphasize that a new farm bill needs to tighten work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.  Perdue told reporters this morning that it would be premature for Trump to threaten a veto, but he will tell the lawmakers he "looks forward to some form of work requirements in the farm bill."   Perdue said congressional Democrats are making a mistake by resisting tougher SNAP work rules. House Democrats are expected to be united in opposition to a GOP farm bill that is expected to be on the floor next week. 

Aquaculture Facility Gets FDA Approval
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQB), a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market and a majority-owned subsidiary of  Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON), announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to raise AquAdvantage┬« Salmon at its land-based contained facility near Albany, Indiana.

The FDA previously approved AquaBounty's New Animal Drug Application (NADA) for the production, sale, and consumption of AquAdvantage Salmon in the United States. That approval specified that all production facilities for the product would require separate site-specific approvals. To conform with this requirement, the company submitted a supplementary NADA to the FDA requesting approval to grow AquAdvantage Salmon at its farm site near Albany, Indiana.
NGFA Ag Transportation Summit: 
But First, Transportation
Hosted by  NGFA and the  Soy Transportation Coalition and supported by the  U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service, the  Ag Transportation Summit unites leaders from agricultural producer organizations, agribusinesses and government to focus on the importance of inland waterway, rail, truck and vessel transportation to the competitiveness and profitability of U.S. agriculture.   The 2018 Summit will focus on  "Connecting Growing Supply with Growing Demand"  and feature panels highlighting port and rail issues, speakers from USDA and Surface Transportation Board (STB), and several "Innovation Sessions" focusing on new and emerging technologies. After the Summit concludes, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, in cooperation with Washington State University (WSU), Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (TAMAE), will host an  "Agricultural Transportation Infrastructure Workshop"  on the afternoon of July 26.  For more information and to register, click here .
ARA Retailer of the Year: 
Be Recognized As The Best in Ag Retail
Apply now for the 2018 Ag Retailer of the Year Award, which honors retailers who consistently exceed customer expectations and serve as a positive example of sustainable and innovative business practices.

For more information or to apply, click here.
Registration Opens for 
AFIA PCQI Course this July
Register now to secure your spot in the only Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training the American Feed Industry Association will offer this year! From July 24-26, AFIA will host a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food training in Nashville, Tenn.  
The Food Safety Modernization Act requires one or more PCQIs in each facility to develop and apply an animal food safety plan. Developed by FSPCA, the 20-hour course provides the "standardized curriculum," which is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as adequate for PCQI training.  

For complete information and to register, click here.
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 Scholarship and the John Anglin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  For more information visit our website or download the application HERE.
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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