Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

March 13, 2017

AFIA Requests Inspection Feedback
The Food and Drug Administration started inspections regarding the current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations in 21 CFR part 507 (subparts A and B).  As of September 19, 2016, animal food firms with more than 500 employees are required to be compliant in CGMPs and to have trained their qualified individuals.  The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) requests that you fill out a survey as inspections are conducted to assist the association in learning more about these inspections - e.g., who is conducting them, on what type of facilities and what types of questions they are asking. This information will guide AFIA's educational materials and work with the agency on implementation of inspections for the other parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Fire Relief for Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association and Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association is soliciting donations for a relief fund established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA). Disastrous fires in northwest Oklahoma caused devastating losses of livestock and hay.  There is an immediate need for hay to feed the cows and calves that survived.  To contribute to the relief fund, make checks payable to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation with "fire relief" in the memo line.  Send your contributions to PO Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148.  Also, if you know of any truckers that would donate their time and rig to deliver the hay, fuel costs will try to be paid by the relief fund, please have them contact the Harper County Extension Office at 580-753-2252, Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530 or Western Equipment at 580-254-0080.  OK farmers and ranchers thank you for your consideration of their request for assistance.
Update from the 
Indiana General Assembly
Legislators returned after a short break and have finalized the assignment of bills to committees in the second house.  While some committees began hearings this week, we anticipate a very full hearing schedule over the next three weeks.  Your ACI Government Affairs Team had multiple meetings with the Senate and House Agriculture Committee Chairs, state agencies and ISDA Director Ted McKinney about various issues and bills.
Mark Shublak has been diligently meeting with work groups and officials from the Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund and Lt. Governor's Office to review and revise language concern the grain indemnity fund and agency. Chairwoman Leising of the Senate Agriculture Committee, along with Chairman Lehe of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee were both involved in the conversations. ACI expects one of the bills to move out of committee. We hope to convert both bills into a single draft that does not impose additional burdens on doing business for ACI members and to contain any retroactive coverage clauses to a limited time.

ACI has had victories regarding HB 1237 and SB 476. Language that mandated the industry to provide educational materials to grain producers has been struck from both bills. Further, language that would provide retroactive coverage has been confined, and is limited by a sunset provision.

Please follow the links for the exact language of HB 1237 and SB 476.


To review all bills ACI is tracking, click HERE.
ACI President Presents at 
Agribusiness Outlook
ACI President, Amy Cornell, served as a panelist at the 2017 Outlook for the Food and Agribusiness Industries on Tuesday, March 7 in Indianapolis.  The panel helped identify operational changes to improve good safety, examined the changing regulatory environment, and described how food safety issues impact a company's reputation.  Cornell gave a general overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act and President Trump's economic policy.  Other panelists included Eric Halvorson from Kroger, Jeremy Speckman from Wells Fargo and moderator, Gary Chapman from Bose McKinney & Evans.  This event was jointly sponsored by Wells Fargo, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Bose Public Affairs Group, and Crowe Horwath. 

Weekly Washington Report - 3-13-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Perdue Confirmation Hearing Looks Like Late March
  • Internal Industry RFS Battle Continues; Public Citizen wants Investigation of Icahn Role
  • Farm Bill Drumbeat Continues; Conaway Says Bill will be "On Time"
  • Dairy Seeks Big Changes in Farm Bill Income Support Program
  • House Passes Bipartisan Food Agroterrorism Protection Bill
  • EPA's Pruitt Takes Shots for Denying CO2 Causes Climate Change
  • WOTUS Rescission Part II - "Pause" the States' Federal Case
  • EPA Needs to Overhaul CAFO Rules:  Enviro, Consumer Groups
  • Future Trade Policy Debate ContinuesBayer, Monsanto Begin Sale of $2.5 billion in Assets
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Please be ACI's guest for a bar-b-que dinner on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Beck Agricultural Center located at 4540 US 52 West in West Lafayette.  ACI President, Amy Cornell, will update members on ACI's key priorities and programs, recognize retiring directors, and elect new board members. We will also be joined by  CJ McClanahan , a dynamic executive coach, who will share tips on unlocking the hidden motivation in your organization.

You won't want to miss this great networking opportunity for you and other ACI members.  RSVP at to reserve your place.  See you on the 30th!
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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