Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

November 14, 2016

The ACI Board of Directors recently approved two new members.  Morgan Feed of Terre Haute was established in 1961 and is a feed retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer. Regions Insurance is located in Kokomo and stands ready to provide insurance services to the ag industry.  Welcome to both organizations and if you know someone who may be interested in becoming an ACI member, click HERE for more information.
OSHA Files for Re-Hearing of 
PSM Decision
Source:  Ag Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute
Last week, OSHA filed a petition for rehearing of the Process Safety Management (PSM) decision from September, which reinstated the retail exemption from the PSM standard for ag retailers.  The petition argues that the DC Circuit improperly interpreted the July 2015 guidance as a standard subject to notice and comment rulemaking, rather than as an interpretative rule, not subject to notice and comment.  In so doing, OSHA is ignoring the DC Circuit's clear understanding between what constitutes a standard versus an interpretive rule.  The OSHA petition asks for either the three judge panel, which ruled unanimously against the agency, to reconsider their decision, or for the entire DC Circuit Court to review the decision. 
The likelihood of the DC Circuit doing either of these reconsiderations is very low.  Assuming the DC Circuit declines, OSHA will then have the opportunity to file a petition with the Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn the DC Circuit decision.  The Supreme Court is very picky about these types of federal rulemaking challenges and will only likely consider reviewing it if they believe it to be sufficiently precedent setting.  The bar here is very high indeed. 
FDA Updates List of Licensed Medicated Feed Mills and VFD Distributors
FDA has released an updated list of licensed medicated feed mills and Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) distributors.  An approved medicated feed mill license is required for facilities that manufacture feed using Category II, Type A medicated articles or manufacture certain liquid and free-choice feed, using Category I, Type A medicated articles that must follow proprietary formulas or specifications.  Click HERE for a current list of licensed medicated feed mills.  A VFD drug is intended for use in animal feeds, and such use of the VFD drug is permitted only under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian.  Click HERE for updated VFD Distributor Notifications from FDA. 
Asmark Feature Program for 
ACI Members - LifeCycle Tank Management Program
Asmark Institute is offering the LifeCycle Tank Management Program under its Compass Line of Services.  Experience has shown that there are several use factors that determine how long a tank will last.  LifeCycle is a tank management program designed to provide a practical approach to managing the useful life of tanks with capacities from 750 to 99,000 gallons.  The service also covers both stationary and mobile tanks.  Click HERE for more information on the program. 

Last Chance for 2016 CCH's
Post Harvest Workshop
12/1/16 - Beck Center
Each year ACI partners with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service to provide a one-day update and recertification workshop for CCH's.  Instructors this year include Scott Williams - Spensa; Klein Ileleji and Bill Fields - Purdue; James Feston - Insects Limited; Pat Hottel - McCloud Services and Linda Mason from Purdue Department of Entomology.  CCH categories available include 1, 7A, 7D and RT.   Register before Nov 23 to receive early bird fee of $95.00.  Click HERE for registration form.
Weekly Washington Report - 11-14-16
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Pollsters, Pundits, Press Go Zero for Three on White House, House, Senate Election Outcomes
  • Who Will Help Trump Transition? Who's Up for Ag Secretary, HHS, Labor?  
  • Canada, Mexico Says They'll Talk NAFTA with Trump White House
  • Trump Win Puts Budget, Spending Back in Play; CR Until Spring, 2017 Possible
  • Mass. Voters Okay Anti-Farming Ballot Question; Oklahoma Voter Reject 'Right-to-Farm' Item
  • Obama Push on TPP Vote during Lame Duck Falling on Deaf Ears; NFU says Public Opposes Deal
  • Corn Crop Pushes Higher, Ethanol Use Rises
ACI Board of Directors



Sal Sama

Winfield Solutions


IGFA Chair

Alan Lowe

Lowe's Pellets & Grain


ACI Treasurer

 Mike Hucker

CGB Enterprises


Past Chair

Ben Breazeale



IPFACA Past Chair

Joe Farmer

The Andersons



Max Deatsman

Deatsman Grain


Mike Hucker

CGB Enterprises

 Ed Korniak

Iroquois Bio-Energy


Brad McCord


 Brad Sommer


 Dave Reichhart

Ag Plus

Mike Schweickert

J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

 Ryan Smith



Dr. Ken Foster





 Jennifer Long

Dow AgroSciences


Rod Miller

Crop Fertility Specialist

 Scott Sharp

Jackson Jennings 



Marv Ulmet

Groundwork BioAg

Jackson Umbarger

Roy Umbarger & Sons

 Michelle Vigna


 Phill Zimmerman


Dr. Joe Anderson


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