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.
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
. 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
, and TFI and ARA's Ammonium Nitrate Safe Storage and Handling
. We are coordinating with other associations to ensure consistent messaging throughout the supply chain. We will keep you apprised as developments warrant.
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.
to read the letter of support and
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
, 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
Additional Continuing Education Opportunities
Written plans are required when OSHA considers a safety or health hazard to be serious.
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
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
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