Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
November 13, 2017
A New Era of Nutrient Management
The EPA has charged states with reducing nitrogen (N) losses by 25% and phosphorus (P) losses by 15% in troubled watersheds by 2025. The end goal is to reduce the losses of both nutrients by 45%. For farmers in most states, the emphasis still is on voluntary measures.

Farmers needs to use the 4Rs-right nutrient, right time, right rate and right place-to prevent fertilizer from leaving their fields and protect water resources. In the process, they'll lower production cost while increasing yield and profit.

To read more, click here.
2013 ACI Scholarship Recipient Brandon Brunt to Speak at Purdue Commencement
In 2013, ACI received nearly twenty applicants for the scholarship program and it was determined that a young man named Brandon Brunt should receive the first ever John Anglin Memorial Scholarship.  Fast forward to 2017, and we just learned that Brandon will be the commencement speaker for the Fall, 2017 graduating class of Purdue University!  Brandon has left quite an impact through his work with Ag Ambassadors and his accomplishments in the classroom - a double major in Ag Econ and Youth Development and Agricultural Education.  ACI would like to express sincere congratulations and best wishes for Brandon's continued successes in the future.
Commodity Gifts May 
Become More Costly
Currently, many farmers are able to gift grain to their children and grandchildren, resulting in tax savings. But buried in the Senate tax proposal are changes to that tax. Under current rules, the child usually simply pays income taxes based on the parent's tax rates on unearned income. Earned income such as wages is always at the child's tax rate.  However, the Senate is proposing changing the child's tax rates on unearned income to be equal to the tax rates for estates and trusts. This means that once the child hits $12,500 of unearned income, they will be facing a maximum tax rate of 38.5% on all income above this amount.

For more information, check out this article.
Attention Current EPLP Participants and Alumni!
In the coming weeks, you will receive a questionnaire via email that asks about your experience with the Emerging Professionals Leadership Program - please fill out the questionnaire and return it to Jayne McElwain so that we can feature your story in an upcoming edition of the ACI newsletter!

Applications for the 2018 EPLP class will also open soon, so keep an eye out for updates and pass the application along to anyone you know who may be interested in growing their leadership skills to ensure a strong future for Indiana's agribusinesses.
Save the Date - Ag/Rural Opioid Addiction Symposium
Understanding the impact of opioid addiction on business economics, community services, law enforcement and the overall health of the county population is a start to community conversations that can lead the way to positive outcomes. Join us in this much needed conversation and learn more about the true impact and the opportunities for action.

For a full agenda and to register, please visit the AgrIInstitute website.
ACI Legislative Priorities for 2018
After much work by the ACI Government  Affairs Committee, Dave Reichart and Mark Shublak reported into the board on a proposed set of  policy positions designed  to protect and promote the  interests of agribusiness in the State of Indiana.  This  agenda will be published later in the year to public officals and members. The board also heard a report that CAFO legislation, rulemaking from the seed board, food safety modernization act, and transferring certain certification programs from Department  of Ag to Board of Animal Health will be priorities for ACI in 2018. 
Conaway says House farm bill to come in early 2018
Source: National Grain & Feed Association
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said he expects his committee to act on the next farm bill legislation during the first quarter of 2018, according to a CQ Roll Call report. He noted the House will be occupied with legislation on tax reform and funding the federal government for the remainder of this year, and said Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has agreed to move quickly to have the farm bill ready before the current 2014 version expires Sept. 30, 2018. Both committees have conducted numerous farm bill hearings throughout the year, focusing on several aspects of the law, including food stamp program reform and conservation policy.

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.
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.
Weekly Washington Report - 11-13-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • House Ways & Means Approves GOP Tax Cut Plan; Senate Unveils its Version of Tax Code Fixes
  • Ag Pushes Back on Administration NAFTA Talk; Perdue Announces "Contingency" Plan for Pull-out
  • Loss of $2.6 billion, 46,000 Jobs if Grain Trade Disrupted
  • Clovis Out, Northey Still Blocked, Vaden Gets Hearing, Doud Gets Caught by from Flake
  • Trump's Pick to Head Council on Environmental Quality Flips on RFS Opinion
  • Trump Announces U.S.-China Trade Deals Worth "Hundreds of Billions"
  • Trump White Moves to Tighten Reins on U.S.-Cuba Relations
  • Perdue Pulls Back Obama Proposed Action on Biotech Regulation
  • Pesticide Update 
    • Study Show Half of U.S. Food Pesticide Residue Free
    • EC Rejects Glyphosate License Extension; NCA says No Cancer Link
    • WHO Says "No" to Livestock/Poultry Antibiotics for Disease Prevention; USDA Scientist, Industry Scoff
    • Former House Ag Chair Goodlatte Joins Rush to House Exit
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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