Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
November 27, 2017
Exciting Opportunity for ACI - 
We Need Your Vote!
Your ACI board is continually searching for the best ways to maximize our presence among Indiana decision makers, both today and into the future. To that end, we are presenting for member consideration and approval a merger of ACI with the Indiana Seed Trade Association (ISTA).
Please check your mailboxes for more information about the merger, nomination of directors, and voting ballot.  For your vote to be counted, your completed ballot must be returned, or post-marked if returned by U.S. mail, on or before December 11, 2017.  Your written ballot, once submitted, is not revocable. 

Do you have questions or need clarification on the merger?  On Friday, December 1, from 11:30-1:30 p.m., we will host a call-in town hall meeting to answer any questions about the merger, a proposed new dues structure, nomination of directors, engagement in committees and any other concerns from our membership. Please keep an eye on your email for an invitation to this meeting
IDEM Seeks Input on Indiana NPS Management Plan
I DEM is currently finalizing the  Indiana State NPS Management Plan , which guides the usage of Clean Water Act funds received by IDEM from the EPA, set to be finalized in 2019.
Before finalizing the plan, IDEM is seeking input from the public. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts on the current plan or the plan for 2019 and beyond, complete IDEM's survey by midnight on Wednesday, December 6.
ACI Welcomes Kim Speer to 
Association Management Team
ACI is pleased to announce that Kim Speer has joined the Association Management Team.  Kim will join Jayne McElwain and Kelli Waggoner in the daily operations of our membership.  Kim is a 1987 graduate of Indiana University and a 1990 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. She practiced law for thirteen years as an appellate attorney. Since that time, she has been active in the community as a full time volunteer focusing on fundraisers for organizations such as Heritage Christian School, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.  Kim has been married  to her husband Kevin for 27 years.  They have two sons; Eric, a recent graduate of DePauw University, and Cole, a freshman at DePauw.  Please join us in welcoming Kim to ACI!
Purdue Launches New Program to 
Help Students Cover Tuition
Beginning next fall, Purdue will award Boiler Affordability Grants, which will cover any remaining tuition, fees and estimated book expenses for qualifying Indiana resident undergraduates whose full financial need isn't met by other need-based aid.
The Boiler Affordability Grant is for Indiana residents at the Purdue West Lafayette campus who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Students must either be Federal Pell Grant eligible or show a parent adjusted gross income of $70,000 or less on the FAFSA.
For more information, visit the Boiler Affordability Grants website .
Optimism About the Ag Economy Is
On The Rise
Producer optimism about the ag economy improved in October, according to the Purdue University Ag Barometer, a monthly survey of 400 producers in the United States. The barometer landed at 135 in October, up three points from September. It was the third-highest reading since data collection began two years ago.  Read more here .
Indiana General Assembly Meets for Organization Day
The official start to the 2018 Indiana Legislative Session began on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 with Organization Day. Our Indiana legislators met to officially kick-off session and discuss policy priorities and issues and will begin filing bills over the next several weeks. Legislators will return to the Indiana Statehouse in January to begin the legislative session. The ACI Government Affairs Team is monitoring the bill filings related to our agenda and priorities including 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 and more.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Grants 90-Day ELD Waiver
Source: American Feed Industry Association
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced yesterday in a stakeholders briefing with National Agricultural Organizations that it is granting a 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule that was set to go into effect December 17, 2017. The reason for the 90-day waiver is to give the agency time to consider a couple of exemption requests as well as clarify the 150-air mile radius exemption for agricultural commodities. While livestock feed is not considered an agricultural commodity by definition and does not qualify for the 90-day waiver, it does meet the definition of farm supplies and qualifies under the 150-air mile radius hours of service exemption. FMCSA expects to officially announce the 90-day waiver within the next three weeks.

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.
Weekly Washington Report - 11-27-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Congress Returns Next Week, Senate to Tackle Tax Return
  • NAFTA Round 5 Concludes with a Bit More Optimism; Bipartisan Senate Letter Yanks Up Ross
  • What Happens if U.S. Pulls out of NAFTA?
  • Pesticide Registration Rework Includes ESA Exemptions
  • RFS Announcement Due Next Week; Northey Nomination Still Held Hostage by Cruz
  • FMCSA Giving Ag 90-Day Waiver on Truck Electronic Logging Device Rule
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
Bane-Welker Equipment

 Jackson Umbarger
Roy Umbarger & Sons

 Phill Zimmerman

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The Agribusiness Council of Indiana will be the premier advocate serving members' business interests.
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 The Agribusiness Council of Indiana supports members with legislative representation, industry insight and regulatory guidance.

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