Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

February 13, 2017

A Message from the President
First, let me tell you how humbled I am to have the opportunity to lead our organization to the next level.  As a farmer's daughter, I am delighted to find a role that allows me to advocate for agriculture and cultivate leadership.  Over the course of 2017, we will be reevaluating our strategic plan, reactivating our committee structure, developing a communications strategy, surfacing new talent, and developing agribusiness leaders. 
During these first few months, my top priority is to get in my car, get out to your businesses, and talk to you.  What are we doing well?   What can ACI improve?  What challenges are your businesses facing?  How can we come alongside you to help you succeed?  These conversations will help guide all the other broad vision goals that I previously mentioned.  I look forward to seeing you soon!
Alan Lowe, Amy Cornell and Kristy Lowe pause for a picture after a tour of Lowe's Pellets & Grain
Policy Update
Will Farm Bill Be Pushed to 2019?
Farm bill hearings haven't even begun, but lobbyists are already speculating that Congress will not complete the legislative package until 2019.  Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts will hold the first farm bill hearing February 23 in Manhattan, Kansas.  Click  HERE for more information.

Furthermore, our legislative team of Mark Shublak and Lesa Dietrick, Ice Miller, is working diligently to keep our members updated on the status of important legislation being discussed. Read their full report on the status of this important information by clicking HERE
Long-term Indiana Infrastructure Push Heats Up
Hoosier Ag Today
Amy Cornell, ACI President, recently sat down with Hoosier Ag Today to discuss ongoing issues the ag community is watching closely in the 2017 General Assembly.  In particular, discussion began with questions on how the state will  fund a long-term solution for repairs and improvements to Indiana roads and bridges.  Cornell urges all agribusiness owners and Hoosier farmers to contact their legislators.  "Make sure that they understand the need for local road funding." To read more about this and other important issues, click HERE for the entire article.
ACI Joins ResponsibleAG as 
Affiliate Member
ResponsibleAg Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 to promote the public welfare by assisting agribusinesses as they seek to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. The organization provides participating businesses a federal regulatory compliance audit relating to the safe storage and handling of fertilizers, recommendations for corrective action where needed and a robust suite of resources to assist in this regard.  To learn more about the organization click  HERE.
Weekly Washington Report - 2-13-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Steve is traveling out of the country this week and will not be providing a weekly update today.  We will have a Washington Report in our 2/20/17 ENews.
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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

Premier Ag


Marv Ulmet

Groundwork BioAg

Jackson Umbarger

Roy Umbarger & Sons

 Michelle Vigna


 Phill Zimmerman


Dr. Joe Anderson


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