Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
February 12, 2018
News from the Statehouse
The Indiana General Assembly is halfway done with the 2018 short session, and legislators are enjoying their brief mid-session break. The deadlines for both the House and Senate third readings were last week. Bills approved by the full chamber in either the House or Senate will now move across the hallway to the other Chamber for consideration - House bills move to the Senate and Senate bills move to the House. Bills that do not pass 3rd reading in the Chamber where the bill was filed are dead, which means they are ineligible to be considered as a stand-alone proposal.  However, the provisions included in a dead bill remain eligible to be amended into another bill that is still alive.
You will find this week's bill tracking report  here. Please review it closely for any new developments. You may also review the actual language of the bill  here. A more in depth policy report can be found by clicking HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter.   Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
NGFA recommends changes to FSMA-related regulations
Source: National Grain & Feed Association
In a  statement submitted this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) outlined several existing regulatory requirements that could be changed or eliminated to reduce regulatory burden on the grain and feed industry while still preserving FDA's ability to fulfill its public health responsibilities."The NGFA appreciates this opportunity to provide comments on existing FDA regulations and information collections for the agency's consideration for repeal, replacement or modification," the NGFA's statement noted. "We believe there are several existing regulatory requirements that can be revised to achieve meaningful regulatory burden reduction while allowing FDA to fulfill its public health mission and statutory obligations." To read the full press release, click here.
The Nature Conservancy is Hiring an Agribusiness Specialist
The Agribusiness Specialist will work with agricultural industry partners and TNC staff to help evaluate and advance the implementation of the North American Region priorities. This team member will interpret agronomy and/or water quality research, assist agribusinesses with corporate practices and conservation goals, and communicate regularly about soil health, nutrient management, and water quality.

To learn more or apply, click here.
Past ACI Board Member, Gary Hunter,
Retires After 46 Years in Industry
Please join us in celebrating the career and friendship we have enjoyed with Ceres Solutions Agronomy Division's Gary Hunter.   Since 2005, Gary has been a member of the Ceres Solutions employee team, and for more than 46 years he made his career in the agricultural industry.   Gary served on the ACI Board of Directors from 2013-2015.   Please send your well wishes to Gary at .
Congratulations to Gary Hunter

Registration Open for
2018 Midwest Women in Ag Conf.
Women who work in the agricultural industry can network and learn about topics ranging from risk management to herb gardening at the   2018 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference.

The conference will be held February 21-22 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana. There will also be an optional pre-conference session on February 20 and a special program available for young ladies in grades 8-12. For more information or to register, click here.
Indiana Grain Merchandiser Risk Academy - 2/27-28!
ACI member INTL FC Stone Financial is hosting a  day-and-a-half pure education seminar in Zionsville, Indiana, February 27-28. This program will:
  • help you manage commodity price risk
  • protect and enhance profit margin
  • increase flow/grain origination
This program is appropriate for all levels of grain merchandisers and feed manufacturers, but is also designed for financial institutions who do business with merchandisers and traders. Individuals with more experience may appreciate this refresher session, as it will provide practical experiences from seasoned veterans.  Click HERE  for registration information and more details including Early Bird rates.
Weekly Washington Report - 2-12-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Congress Cuts Two-Year Budget Deal, Moves New CR, Repeals Spending Caps, Raises Debt Ceiling
  • Budget Deal Includes Sweeteners on Spending, Taxes
  • Next Up:  Immigration Reform Battles
  • EPA Finalizes WOTUS Repeal Rule; Ag Seeks Relief, States File Against Administration Action
  • Grassley Unleashes on Cruz, Perdue in RFS Battles; Northey Nomination Still Hostage
  • Trade Notes
    • China Starts U.S. Sorghum Anti-Dumping, Countervailing Duties Investigation
    • Perdue Sees NAFTA Deal by December; Canada Calls U.S. Proposals "Unconventional"
  • Environmental Developments
    • Farmers Want Emissions Exemption
    • White House Kills CEQ Nomination
    • "Closed Mind" Enough for Clean Power Recusal for Pruitt
    • University Professors Set Up Global Warming Coalition
ACI Board of Directors
ACI Chair
Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist
Vice Chair
Drew Garretson
Winfield United

ACI Secretary
Marv Ulmet
Bane-Welker Equipment
ACI Treasurer
 Jim Engelberth
Dow AgroSciences

Justin Daugherty

Ben Green
Purple Ribbon Seeds

George Greenwood
ADM Grain 

Jason Helms
AgReliant Genetics

John Larimer
Lords Seed
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

Brad McCord
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

 ACI   Ex-Officio
Dave Reichhart
ISTA Ex-Officio
Rodney Busick

Alan Galbreth

Dr. Jayson Lusk
Dept of Ag Economics

Don Robison

Dr. Ron Turco
Dept of Agronomy

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