Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
October 9, 2017
ACI Emerging Professionals
Learn About Leadership
Last week, ACI's Emerging Professionals class traveled north to visit Red Gold Farms in Orestes.  They were able to view their facility firsthand and learn more about the successes and challenges of the business from the Director of Agriculture, Steve Smith.  At lunch, Indiana Farm Bureau's Casie Conley spoke to the group about the importance of leadership. The group then drove to Middletown, Indiana for a peek into the world of pumpkin farming at Howell Farms.  It was an incredible day observing agriculture through the eyes of specialty crops facilities as they discussed their value through diversification.  Special thanks to our two host companies.
EPLP "down on the farm"
Ted McKinney Confirmed for USDA Post
Ted McKinney was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week and will now head to Washington DC.  He will work with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in the newly created position as the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs.  We wish him the best of luck and hope he visits Indiana often in his new post!
Ammonium Nitrate in the News
Source:  The Fertilizer Institute
The mass shooting last Sunday in Las Vegas is placing ammonium nitrate in the news media spotlight. This product is legally sold in sport hunting stores and on Amazon and Ebay. It has been reported that law enforcement found 50 pounds of explosives in the shooter's car, which is believed to be tannerite, but it has not been confirmed. TFI has not received any inquiries about the incident, but proactively, we have updated our statement we shared on Tuesday with more information about our efforts on the safe storage and handling of ammonium nitrate.

We have reached out to federal officials to gather more information, and have posted a statement on our website HERE. We have not received media inquiries on the topic, but we are prepared to respond if contacted. Our messages will be high-level, and focused on the industry's commitment to safe AN storage and handling through ResponsibleAg, and TFI and ARA's Ammonium Nitrate Safe Storage and Handling Guidelines.  We are coordinating with other associations to ensure consistent messaging throughout the supply chain. We will keep you apprised as developments warrant.

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.
Agricultural Industry Supports a Guestworker Program for American Farmers
Source:  American Dairy Coalition
The American Dairy Coalition released a united letter of support today on behalf of our nation's dairy, agriculture and livestock producers and agriculture industry businesses, representing thousands of businesses that have been waiting for a program that ensures a viable labor force.

Associations, businesses and individuals signed on in support on an new immigration reform bill, introduced today by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) will create a new, workable agricultural guest-worker program.

Click HERE to read the letter of support and HERE to see changes in the draft language.  For further information on this issue, please read the full policy report.
Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Award Nominations Due November 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.
Additional 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 .
Weekly Washington Report - 10-9-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • White House Wants $30 Billion in Hurricane, Disaster Aid
  • Censky, McKinney Get Committee, Full Senate Blessing; Roberts Tees Up Next Subcabinet Players
  • Doud Says NAFTA, KORUS Important, but New Markets Need Attention Now
  • Conaway Heads to Ottawa to Press NAFTA Need; Next Round of NAFTA Talks All About Ag: Perdue
  • Nominee to Head EPA Chem, Pesticide Office Slammed in Confirmation Hearing for Industry Ties
  • House Approves FY2019 Budget Resolution - First Step to Tax Cuts
  •  Budget Resolution Exercise Signals Ag May Avoid Cuts
  • Trump Administration Contemplates Cutting RFS; Grassley Leads Battle to Reverse Actions
  • E15 Bill Set Aside in Committee as Major Amendments Cut Likely Votes
  • Obama Clean Power Plan Rule Withdrawal, Replacement Begins
  • Goodlatte Effort to Fast Track H-2A Program Rewrite Sidelined by Iowa's King
  • White House to Unveil Immigration Plan Next Week
  • Over $9.6 Billion in Income Support, Conservation Payments Mailed by USDA
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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