Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
October 30, 2017
Indiana Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources Meets
The legislative interim study committee held its final meeting on Thursday, October 19 and both ACI President Amy Cornell and Government Affairs team member Lesa Dietrick attended. The committee discussed the final CAFO report and heard from the Hoosier Environmental Council and the Office of the State Chemist regarding CAFOs and related regulations. The committee discussed and made tweaks to its final report, which will be posted soon and we will share with you when we know more. It was clear in the meeting that the committee seems divided on a number of issues including IDEM versus local zoning oversight.
Click here to visit the committee's website where the October 19 meeting link can be found with information and copies of the presentations from the Hoosier Environmental Council and the State Chemist plus others submitted by entities that did not testify during the hearing.
ACI Signs NAFTA Trade Letter to Secretary Ross
Source:  National Grain & Feed Association
The Agribusiness Council of Indiana along with a number of other food and agribusiness businesses and associations signed a letter responding to comments made recently by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross. During a panel discussion, Secretary Ross responded to a question asserting that withdrawal from NAFTA would harm U.S. agriculture with the following statement:  "It's a little bit of an empty threat to agriculture. If somebody cuts off their purchases of soybeans from us, they're going to have to get it from some other marketplace - that will free up that market for us. As far as I can tell, there is not a world oversupply of agricultural products. So unless countries are going to be prepared to have their people go hungry or change diets, I think it's more of a threat to try and frighten the agricultural community than it is something that they could really live with."
In response, the Food and Agricultural Dialogue for Trade has prepared the letter to Secretary Ross to respectfully inform him why we disagree that export markets are a zero-sum game.  If we lose one market we do not automatically gain another.  Sometimes when we lose a market we are left holding more stocks at lower prices, which can eventually lead to less U.S. production and a smaller U.S. agricultural industry. Click HERE to read the letter.
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.
2017 ICC Adviser of the Year Award
Nominations due 11/10!
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.
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.
Weekly Washington Report - 10-30-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • House Narrowly Adopts Senate Budget Resolution - Let the Tax Reform Games Begin
  • NAFTA Nerves Are Jangled as Pessimism Grows
  • Congress Advances Disaster Package, White House Looks for Offsets in Third Aid Bill
  • Biofuels Battles Continue as Oil State Senators Seek Trump Meeting
  • Ibach Clears the Senate; Cruz Puts Hold on Northey Action After Ernst, Grassley RFS Win
  • Senate Committee Advances Four EPA Office Nominees
  • Commerce Sets Anti-Dumping Duties on Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel Imports
  • Goodlatte H-2A Visa Program Rewrite Advances on Tight Vote
  • CFTC Swap Dealer De Minimis Threshold Extended
  • EC Glyphosate Decision Delayed
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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