Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

January 30, 2017


Incredible Speakers - Thought-Provoking Panels - 
Challenging Topics - Innovative Exhibitors - 
Inspired Members

This conference and expo had it all!  Stay tuned later this week for a complete overview of the 2017 event as well as an opportunity to download and review the inspiring presentations made by so many of our amazing speakers.  Special thanks to our membership for your support - to our vendors for sharing their products/services - and to our generous sponsors.  You are the reason this year's event was such a success!  Thanks!
3D Word Lost and Found on white background
After our closing luncheon on Friday, we noted that two coats were remaining on the coat rack . . . A Jos. A Bank men's charcoal black dress coat (Size 44L) with black earmuffs and plastic bags in one pocket  and a black Syngenta North Face jacket (Size M/M) .  Please contact Jayne at (317) 454-8055 if either of these is yours.   The dress coat actually needs to be exchanged for one mistakenly taken - it belongs to our speaker, Rajan Gajaria from Dow AgroSciences.
ACI Thanks Beth Bechdol for 
Service as President - 
Welcomes Amy Cornell
ACI conference attendees thanked Beth Bechdol for her service as President and also got the opportunity to meet and hear from incoming President, Amy Cornell who works for Bose Public Affairs.   Amy will assume the role this week beginning on Feb. 1.  She is an Illinois farm girl, a Boilermaker, an ag lawyer and a proud mom!  She has worked with the IN Farm Bureau and also the IN State Dept. of Agriculture.

The ACI Board recently announced the 2017 leadership and management structure that includes support from KAW Management, Ice Miller LLP and Bose Public Affairs.   Click HERE to read the full press release regarding ACI's 2017 Leadership Team structure. 
Beth Bechdol
Amy Cornell

Indiana General Assembly
Committees in Full Swing
The bill filing deadline has passed for the Indiana General Assembly and we expect the next few weeks to be fast paced with committees in full swing.  The ACI Legislative team is following a number of bills and working on behalf of ACI to make sure priorities are met.  Click HERE to see the full list of bills and HERE for more news on specific bills and committee action.   A few bills have been filed regarding changes to the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing.  There was extensive discussion and testimony on Senate Bill 476 last week which ACI opposes.  Watch for a Member Action Alert coming soon!  Click HERE for the bill language. House Bill 1237, authored by Chairman Lehe, has received full ACI support as it currently reads. The bill was held, and will likely be revisited soon.  Click HERE for bill details.
ACI Signs on to NGFA Letters - Infrastructure Funding and USDA Secretary Appointment
ACI has signed on to support letters being submitted by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and other agriculture groups to Congress and the President.  A total of 133 food and ag organizations and companies - including ACI - sent President Trump a letter last week expressing eagerness to work with his Administration to modernize NAFTA, while preserving and expanding the gains achieved to date.  Click HERE to read the full letter.
A letter encouraging the President to provide federal funding for the improvement of infrastructure related to agriculture, including roads and locks and dams, will be sent next week.  Additionally, a letter will be sent to the Senate Ag Committee leadership encouraging swift action to approve the nomination of Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture.
Update on Water Issues - 
Supreme Court to Hear WOTUS and 
IA Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Drainage Districts
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Waters of the US (WOTUS) case.  Many industry and agricultural groups asked the Supreme Court to hear the case after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided it had original jurisdiction opposed district courts.  The Sixth Circuit decision is in direct conflict with the North Dakota District Court which decided it had jurisdiction, not the appellate courts.
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last week that the three counties being sued by the Des Moines Water Works are immune from damage claims.   The Des Moines Water Works sued 10 drainage districts in the Iowa counties of Sac, Calhoun, and Buena Vista in federal court alleging the illegal discharge of pollutants into the Raccoon River.  The county defendants moved the federal court to dismiss the lawsuit because drainage districts have been statutorily immune from lawsuits for more than a century.  Click HERE to read more about both cases.
Weekly Washington Report - 1-30-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Busy Week for Trump as Executive Orders, Proclamations Abound
    • TPP, NAFTA
    • Federal Regulatory Freeze
    • Federal Hiring Freeze
    • Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines
    • Immigration Enforcement/Border Wall/Sanctuary Cities
  • Ryan Tells Caucus of Ambitious 200-day House Plan to Tackle Big Issues
  • Some Fear Mexican Border Wall Stand-off Could Trigger Trade War
  • Ryan Invites Trump to Address Joint Session of Congress February 28
  • Dems, GOP Unveil Dueling Infrastructure Investment Plans
  • Perdue Confirmation Hearing Expected by End of February
  • Clovis Takes Over USDA Set-up Duties; Ag Sec Aide Named
  • Giancarlo takes Temporary Reins at CFTC
  • First Senate Farm Bill Hearing Set for Kansas February 23; House to Hold Listening Sessions Soon
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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P. O. Box 203
Zionsville, IN  46077
(317) 989-8142 (Jayne)

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.