Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

February 27, 2017

Update from the 
Indiana General Assembly
The Indiana legislative session moved through committee reports and Second Reading deadlines this week. The House will consider bills on the Third Reading Monday and the Senate will conclude their chamber action on Tuesday.  HB 1001, the State Biennial Budget, continues to be the most prominent piece of legislation this year in the General Assembly.  It was called on Second Reading last Thursday. Multiple amendments were proposed; only two were adopted.  The budget bill will be eligible for Third Reading on Monday.
House Bill 1237, the Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing bill sponsored by Rep. Don Lehe, saw its Third Reading this week, where it passed by a vote 97-0. It has been referred to the Senate for further review, and its sponsor will be Senator Jean Leising.  The Emerging Professionals Class was able to watch the vote in the House Gallery during their first session last Tuesday!  Highlights from the bill and a list of more bills ACI is tracking can be found HERE
To review all bills ACI is tracking, click HERE.
IOSHA Interpretation for 
Fire Retardant Clothing
The Indiana Occupation Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) cited an ACI member on the grounds that employees - not involved in hot work - should use fire-retardant clothing while operating in a grain handling facility.  To continue reading click HERE.
Class B CDL Offers More Flexibility
Under the new Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) policy, agricultural retailers and producers will receive greater flexibility with their commercial driver's license. This new policy took effect on February, 1 2017.
Under this new policy, operators apply for a license that is tailored to fit their seasonal needs. Holders of the license can select one or two seasonal periods in which they can operate their equipment. The credential fee will be $35.  To continue reading click HERE
Economists Predict Downward Trend in Farm Income Will Continue in 2017
At the 93 rd Annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., farm economists gave a gloomy prediction of the farm economy for the year ahead.  That said, many economist also say comparisons to the farm crisis of the 1980s is premature.  Click HERE to continue reading.
ACI President to Speak at 
Agribusiness Outlook
On March 7, professionals from Wells Fargo, Crowe Horwath, Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group, along with industry veterans, will share the projected top issues of the year, why they are likely to be prominent, and the potential impact on businesses and the overall economy at the 2017 Outlook for the Food and Agribusiness Industries.   Amy will serve on a panel discussing the recent and upcoming changes in food safety. 
Weekly Washington Report - 2-27-17
(by Steve Kopperud)

Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:

  • No Date Set for Perdue Confirmation Hearing; FDA Nominations Unknown
  • Pruitt Confirmed to Head EPA Despite Major Opposition; Tells Employees 'Regulators mean certainty'
  • Confirmations Include OMB's Mulvaney; Rulemaking Machine Restarted
  • Congressional Regulatory Rollback in High Gear
  • RFS Revamp in Bullseye for Bipartisan House Group, Pruitt Told "Hands Off" on RFS
  • Farm Bill Action Kicks into Gear on both Sides of Hill
  • Trump Releases Immigration Enforcement "Guidance;" New Travel Ban Expected Next Week
  • House Ag Clears Two Pesticide Bills
  • How's That NAFTA "Renegotiation" Going?
  • Branstad Says Ag Trade Priority in China Talks
  • CFTC Grants Six-Month Transition on Collateral Requirements
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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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