Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
November 6, 2017
Letter from the President
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go home to the family farm.  Several years ago, my parents created a museum about farming in our old milking barn.  We are trying to capture all of that family history on tape before memories fade or heirlooms are ruined.  As we walked around the various displays, I was struck by how much agriculture has changed over the years. 
Our family farm started in 1863.  Things have changed a lot over the last 154 years.  Gone are the days of hand cutting grain an acre at a time.  (Thank goodness!)  Now so many farm decisions are dependent on reliable GPS data, good internet connections, and valued relationships with agribusiness dealers.
Speaking of valued relationships with agribusinesses, I am excited that we will be discussing this in one of the sessions at our 2018 Conference & Expo - All Systems Go!  We will be taking a peek under the cap to hear directly from a panel of farmers about the business relationships they have with agribusinesses - How did they develop those trusted relationships?  What qualities do they look for in dealers?  This is just one of the many sessions that the member-led events committee designed to add value to your businesses.
We look forward to seeing you in January!

BMV Final Rule Repeal for 
Overweight Loads
The BMV has published a final rule repeal the four points violation for overweight loads.  In large part to the advocacy of ACI, the BMV resolved that assessing point violations against drivers with heavy loads was not the right sanction given weight of loads frequently are outside the sole control of drivers.  As a matter of safety, ACI urges all of its members to diligently load within accepted weight limits and also encourage their customers to do the same.  However, we are gratified that the BMV published this new rule repealing the driver point sanction. Please click here for the final rule.
Dicamba Added As Restricted Use Pesticide Effective December 1
The Office of the Indiana State Chemist (OISC) has announced that dicamba will become a restricted use pesticide in Indiana. Today's announcement stated that the rule will become effective on December 1, 2017. According to the OISC website, as of October 27, 2017, the office has received 257 drift complaints for 2017 and 129 of those complaints are alleged to involve dicamba. Letters will be sent to non-RUP dealers of impacted dicamba products soon. For more information on from OISC, please visit their site by  clicking here.  To view the actual final review, click here.   The ACI team is tracking the issue and will update members with more news as it is announced.
Rebuild Rural Coalition Request for Infrastructure Stories
As REBUILD RURAL continues to work to raise awareness for rebuilding rural infrastructure, please help by consider identifying an anecdote from your respective organization or membership that conveys the need for investment in rural infrastructure and the impact that this investment would have on rural communities.  Ideally, the best stories underscore both the breadth & depth of the need facing our rural communities.  You can find a submission form for your stories HERE and an example of a completed submission HERE.  If you could please e-mail these stories to as soon as convenient, this will greatly help raise awareness of the need across Rural America.  Thank you in advance for your time and consideration related to this endeavor.  
For more policy news, click HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter. This week's newsletter includes action items on NAFTA and an update on the federal tax reform bill. Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
Senate Confirms Ibach for USDA
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Greg Ibach to serve as undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing regarding Ibach's nomination earlier this month and favorably reported him with a bipartisan voice vote. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Ibach, who previously served as the Nebraska Director of Agriculture, "will bring experience and integrity to his new role."
National Grain and Feed Association's 46th Annual Country Elevator Conference Coming to Louisville
The 2017 Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) will be held Dec. 3-5 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown and will focus on real-world issues that country elevators face on a daily basis. The conference, which is the single largest gathering of country elevator personnel, will feature expert insights on the global agricultural economy as well as educational sessions on safety, facility operations, management, social media strategy and more. Early bird registration runs through November 13. To learn more or to register, click here.
Winter Checklist for ResponsibleAg Retailers (and Those Considering Certification)
Over the winter, ensure that these items are checked off if you're a ResponsibleAg certified retailer so that things will be ready for next year:
  • Schedule 2018 audits
  • Complete any corrective actions that are outstanding
  • Review any new changes to the audit list
  • Review your procedures and risk management plan for any changes
If you're not yet certified, it's the right time to register, get prepared and request an audit. The first steps in the certification process are:
  • Review the audit checklist on the ResponsibleAg website.
  • Choose a RA auditor and date.
  • Review the compliance aids provided on the website, and if clarifications are needed, call the help desk.
Congratulations to Newly Certified ResponsibleAg Facilities
Crop Production Services
Mount Vernon, Indiana

Crop Production Services
Pimento, Indiana
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.
Volunteer Feed Mills to Participate in Salmonella Project with IFEEDER
- Beck Center
In September, IFEEDER notified donors of a new research project launched to analyze whether feed for livestock does not contain any of the eight strains of Salmonella the Food and Drug Administration considers to be harmful to livestock health. Now, the institute is looking for volunteer feed mills to participate in this project.

The yearlong research project involves the University of Arkansas analyzing 500 commercial feed samples for the presence of salmonella. If found, the university will further analyze the sample to determine the specific strain. It is a double-blinded study, meaning the university will not know where the samples are coming from and the mills participating will not receive the results, but an overall report of the data will be provided to IFEEDER and the partners at the conclusion of the project sometime next year.

Mills that are interested in participating must be willing to take two samples of their livestock feed from their bulk shipments in two different seasons, roughly six months apart. They do not need to be AFIA members. If interested, contact Preston Buff, Ph.D., AFIA's director of regulatory affairs for more information.
Weekly Washington Report - 11-6-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • House GOP Leaders Unveil Tax Cut/Reform Plan
  • Who's Happy, Who's Not with the GOP Tax Bill for Now? 
  • Clovis Withdraws, Northey Held Hostage, Ibach Sworn In
  • Roberts Warns White House on NAFTA; Survey Shows Stock Market Sell-Off 
  • Farm Bill Developments
    • EWG Says Farmers Got $14 Billion in Crop "Subsidies" in 2015, 2016
    • Bill to Allow More Produce Planting on Base Acres Introduced
    • Double Ag Research Budget, Say Groups
  • EPA Notes
    • Final RFS Mandates Sent to OMB
    • Glyphosate Legal Wars, Fears Continue
    • Dicamba Damage More than Thought?
    • Animal Waste Air Emissions Guidance Released
    • EPA Rolls Out New Advisory Scientist Policy
    • "Safety Net" Enrollment Begins
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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