Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
October 23, 2017
Water in Ammonia Testing Methods: 
SP Issued for New Method
Source:  The Fertilizer Institute
Anhydrous ammonia shipped in DOT Specification MC-330 or MC-331 cargo tanks must have a minimum water content of 0.2 percent in anhydrous ammonia. As part of TFI's strategic plan and with an eye toward enhanced safety and efficiencies, we have been working with TFI members and interested parties on new testing method(s) for determining the minimum water content of 0.2 percent. The Department of Transportation has approved a Special Permit for a new  testing method.  Click HERE to read further details in a memo from TFI.
For more policy news, click HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter.  Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
Nominate Someone Today for 2017 ICC Adviser of the Year Award!
Now is your chance to nominate a qualified CCA for the  2017 Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award! This award will recognize an individual who has performed superior service for you in nutrient management, soil and water management, pest management and crop production.
The award will be presented to the winner at the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference on December 12-13, 2017, in Indianapolis. The winner will receive  $1,500. In addition, the winner will be eligible for the National CCA Award of  $1,000. The Indiana winner will be submitted to the International CCA Board for consideration for the International CCA of the Year Award.
The nomination should include the  nomination form, three letters of recommendation -one from the CCA's employer and two from customers.  Three letters of recommendation may come from customers if the CCA is self-employed.
Indiana Farm Bureau must receive the nomination by  November 10, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Justin Schneider at  317.692.7835 or Quentin Rund at  l.800.387.1283.

Registration Open: Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar
On November 28-29, ACI will partner with the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky for the annual Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar.  Held in beautiful French Lick, this year's program offers two days of education, networking, and continuing education credits to help you maintain your professional certification.  For more information on the agenda, click HERE.  And for registration information, click HERE.
Continuing Education Opportunities
OSHA Instructions

Written plans are required when OSHA considers a safety or health hazard to be serious.  Use  this online tool  to create and produce written programs personalized to your retail agricultural farm center, terminal, warehouse or equipment dealership.

2017 IBA Agricultural Clinic

Provides a wide range of general and concurrent sessions addressing the most current issues facing agricultural lenders. The clinic also provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to interact with more than 250 senior lenders and agricultural leaders from throughout the region.   For more information or to register,  visit the IBA website .

Indiana Rural Economic Development Model:
Capturing Opportunity Through Value-Added Agriculture

For information on a 'tool kit' to help local communities assess their ag production footprint and mobilize to attract food processing facilities,  and to register, visit .

Post Harvest Workshop
December 13 - Beck Center
Purdue Cooperative Extension Services and ACI join again this year in offering the Post Harvest Update and Recertification Workshop.  This event is always a great way to get those last minute CCH credits for the year.  Registration is now open and Early Bird rates are in effect until December 6th.  Click here for the registration form.
2018 Emerging Professionals Leadership Program:
Have You Considered Joining?
Are you considering 2018 as THE year to focus on your career - adding leadership opportunities and networking to your resume?   ACI has long established that the agribusiness workforce isn't getting any younger, and there is a definite need for strong, emerging leaders in our ag companies. That's why, in 2014, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana   recognized this challenge and offered its members a robust leadership development program - the Emerging Professionals Leadership Program - to help continue to grow a leadership pipeline and ensure a strong future for Indiana's agribusinesses.   Soon, we will be circulating an application and agenda for the seven (7) sessions included in the 2018 program.   We are seeking 20 aspiring leaders from across our membership to participate in the 2018 class. Participants selected through the application process are on a first-come, first-served basis.   So stay tuned . . . more information will follow in the coming weeks!
Weekly Washington Report - 10-23-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Senate Passes Budget Resolution with House Fixes, One Step Closer to Tax Reform
  • Gloves Come Off at 4th Round of NAFTA Talks 
  • The Battle Over RFS Escalates, EPA Sends Assurances
  • Senate Ag Approves Ibach, Northey; Leg Need to Clarify Northey's Title, Job 
  • Clovis, Valen May Get Confirmation Hearing Next Week
  • FDA Issues Guidances on Feed Industry FSMA, Preventive Controls, CGMPs 
  • "Sue and Settle" Targeted by EPA
  • Regional Conservation Partnerships Program to Get Boost from Stabenow-Ernst Bill 
  • House Lawmakers Push Trump to Modernize Biotech Regulation
  • Major European Glyphosate Actions Coming Next Week; Farmers Threaten to Sue 
ACI Board of Directors
Dave Reichhart
Michelle Vigna
ACI Treasurer
 Mike Hucker
CGB Enterprises

Past Chair
Sal Sama
Winfield Solutions
IGFA Past Chair
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

 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
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

Brad Sommer
 Justin Daugherty
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 & Sons

 Phill Zimmerman

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The Agribusiness Council of Indiana will be the premier advocate serving members' business interests.
Our Mission: 
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