Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

January 17, 2017

Governor Eric Holcomb Keynotes 
ACI Conference - SIGN UP TODAY!
Newly inaugurated Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will give the closing keynote on the opening day (Thursday, January 26 th ) of the annual ACI Conference and Expo.   ACI is thrilled to host our state's 51 st Governor and encourages all members to turn out to hear from him!  He has long been a champion for and friend of our organization and Indiana agribusinesses.  T he session will give you the opportunity to hear the Governor's first comments focused on agriculture and agribusiness themes since his inauguration last week. 
Click HERE  for more information on the program, expo opportunities and sponsorship levels and HERE to register for the conference. 

Governor Eric Holcomb
ACI Monitoring Legislative Session Closely
The second week of the General Assembly is at an end. The deadlines for submitted bills to both the House and Senate have passed, January 10 and January 12, respectively.  No agriculture committees have met yet.  The House's major goals are passing a balanced budget and a road repair funding plan.  The Senate President has emphasized road funding, education, and the drug epidemic.  And, Governor Holcomb has outlined his 2017 legislative agenda for "Next Level" Indiana.   Click HERE to read more news from the Statehouse and the Governor's office.
Ted McKinney Second Hoosier to Visit Trump Tower to Talk Ag
As mentioned in this week's Weekly Washington Report below, the Secretary of Agriculture position is the only cabinet post not yet filled in President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet.  The list of interviewees for the position grew again last week.  The latest to meet with Trump officials was our own IN State Dept. of Agriculture Director, Ted McKinney. McKinney has been a member of the Trump ag advisory committee during the campaign and has had his name on the list of possible choices since the beginning of the cabinet selection process.   We will be watching the news closely in the next few days to see if the post gets filled before Friday's Inauguration.  Stay tuned!
Trump Optimism Spills into 
Farmers' Outlook?
Last week, Purdue and CME Group's monthly ag economy barometer boasted its all-time high of 132, jumping sixteen points from the November report.   Jim Mintert, director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture said there was also an improvement in the November barometer and it is clear now that these jumps are part of the post-election bump.   In the Purdue/CME Group results, producer optimism rose in both current conditions and future expectations indices.  See more of the Purdue/CME Group Barometer results by clicking HERE .

AGCO and Asmark Institute 
Collaborate to Offer Training for Beginning Custom Applicators
AGCO Corporation and the Asmark Institute are collaborating to offer a new training program dedicated to educating and developing custom applicators of crop protection products and plant nutrients. The Applicator Training Course will provide a comprehensive program of professional training to newly hired applicators and those with up to five years of experience in liquid and dry application. Click HERE to read more about the new course.
Weekly Washington Report - 1-17-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • USDA Secretary Last Slot Unfilled
  • WOTUS Rescission Battle Begins; Could be Tougher than Thought
  • House Approves CFTC Reauthorization with No Funding Increase
  • Trump Target of Full Court Press on Ag Trade
  • House Ag Committee Subcommittee Chairs Named
  • Ethanol, GHG Benefits Outlined in USDA Report
  • REINS Act Sails through House, Senate Outcome Unsure; Ryan Touts Regulatory Accountability Act
  • USDA Says Wheat Stocks Up, Corn, Oilseed Production, Use Down
ACI Board of Directors



Sal Sama

Winfield Solutions


IGFA Chair

Alan Lowe

Lowe's Pellets & Grain


ACI Treasurer

 Mike Hucker

CGB Enterprises


Past Chair

Ben Breazeale



IPFACA Past Chair

Joe Farmer

The Andersons



Max Deatsman

Deatsman Grain


Mike Hucker

CGB Enterprises

 Ed Korniak

Iroquois Bio-Energy


Brad McCord


 Brad Sommer


 Dave Reichhart

Ag Plus

Mike Schweickert

J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

 Ryan Smith



Dr. Ken Foster





 Jennifer Long

Dow AgroSciences


Rod Miller

Crop Fertility Specialist

 Scott Sharp

Premier Ag


Marv Ulmet

Groundwork BioAg

Jackson Umbarger

Roy Umbarger & Sons

 Michelle Vigna


 Phill Zimmerman


Dr. Joe Anderson


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