Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

February 6, 2017

Indiana General Assembly - 
Take Action Now!
There was no movement on the grain indemnity and grain buyer warehouse bills last week, but much dialogue occurred between ACI lobbyists and key legislators in the House and Senate.  On Tuesday, ACI lobbyist Mark Shublak and ACI member Ron Reichart met with legislators and other interest groups to discuss amendments to House Bill 1237.  As has been reported earlier, ACI favors House Bill 1237 and opposes the current language in Senate Bill 476.  The language of both bills can be found here: HB 1237 & SB 476.  Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees will convene this week to take action on the bills.  Read the full policy report, tips for calling your legislator and more about legislation we are tracking HERE
Please contact your state senator now and ask them to vote "NO" on SB 476. You can find your legislator HERE or call (800) 382-9467.
Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
During his announcement, the President noted that millions of voters said that the Supreme Court nomination was the single most important issue to them.  The nomination was widely praised by the Republican party.   Judge Gorsuch was born and raised in Colorado. He attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School. After graduating with honors, he received his doctorate from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. Judge Gorsuch clerked for Judge David Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit and both Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Following a successful career in private practice, Judge Gorsuch joined the Department of Justice as the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. In 2006, President George W. Bush nominated him for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he was confirmed by voice vote without objection. He has served with distinction, earning a reputation as a brilliant jurist with an outstanding intellect and a clear, incisive writing style, and he is universally respected for his integrity and fairness to all parties.  Click HERE for a statement from the White House.
INDOT Welcomes Engagement from Stakeholders
INDOT has a renewed focus on engaging stakeholders in the earliest states of project selection, development and delivery.  Each quarter a Stakeholder Engagement Group (SEG) meets to discuss strategies on focusing on improving outreach, involvement and participation.  Mark your calendars for the upcoming district meetings.  You can learn about upcoming projects and key INDOT programs.  This is an excellent opportunity to speak with agency team members representing a number of INDOT programs.    
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, Indiana from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Vincennes Sub District Office, 3650 South U.S. 41, Vincennes, Indiana from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Crawfordsville District meeting to be held at Crawfordsville Public Library, 205 South Washington, Crawfordsville, Indiana from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - LaPorte District Office, 315 East Boyd Boulevard, LaPorte, Indiana from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (local time)
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Fort Wayne Sub District Office, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Greenfield District meeting to be held at INDOT Traffic Management Center, 8620 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  (local time)
Visit INDOT's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program web page by clicking HERE.
Fact or Fiction:  
Nitrogen Outlook for 2017
The global supply of nitrogen significantly increased within the last few years.  Click HERE to separate fact from fiction about the global nitrogen market and the regional dynamics at play in North America.
3D Word Lost and Found on white background
After our closing luncheon on Friday, we noted that two coats were remaining on the coat rack . . . A Jos. A Bank men's charcoal black dress coat (Size 44L) with black earmuffs and plastic bags in one pocket  and a black Syngenta North Face jacket (Size M/M) .  Please contact Jayne at (317) 454-8055 if either of these is yours.   The dress coat actually needs to be exchanged for one mistakenly taken - it belongs to our speaker, Rajan Gajaria from Dow AgroSciences.
Weekly Washington Report - 2-6-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Perdue Confirmation Looks to be Slam Dunk
  • White House Issues New Executive Order on Regulations
  • Trump Nominees and the Rocky Road to Confirmation
  • Ag Endorsements of Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice Emerge
  • Trump wants to Speed Up Talks; Hill, Industry Attention Turning to NAFTA Rewrite
  • Tax Reform Rhetoric Heats Up, Hatch Says Senate has Tax Plan
  • Clovis Named "Senior White House Advisor" at USDA
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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(317) 989-8142 (Jayne)

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 The Agribusiness Council of Indiana supports members with legislative representation, industry insight and regulatory guidance.