Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

March 20, 2017

Indiana Grain Indemnity Corporation Board Meets

The Indiana Grain Indemnity Corporation Board met on Thursday, March 16.  Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency staff and a representative from the Attorney General's office gave an update on the Cline Grain Bankruptcy proceeding.  The IGIC board voted to authorize the Attorney General's office and any other necessary legal counsel to represent IGIC in any bankruptcy proceedings to protect and/or reclaim Cline grain assets. 

ACI thanks members, Mike Silver and Ron Reichhart, for their service on the IGIC board.
Update from the 
Indiana General Assembly
Last week's legislative calm evaporated quickly and the pace picked up substantially. Early education, road funding and the biennial state budget were in the spotlight this week.  The pressure is on as we are down to the final two weeks of committee hearings before the committee report deadline of April 3. As a reminder, Second and Third Reading deadlines are April 5 and 6 respectively, and Sine Die adjournment is scheduled for Friday, April 21.
House Bill 1237 regarding grain buyers and warehouse licensing is scheduled to be heard before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday, March 20, at 10:00 a.m. ACI lobbyist, Mark Shublak, has been in constant contact with legislators and relevant stakeholders to produce a favorable amendment for ACI members. Please click HERE to see the current draft of the proposed amendment.
On Friday, March 17, the ACI Governmental Affairs Committee undertook extensive review and discussion of the latest working draft of House Bill 1237. Generally speaking, the committee felt that the current working draft should become an amendment to the bill that would substantially address all of agribusinesses' concerns with the introduced legislation.  Please contact Mark Shublak at (317)-236-5981; if you have any questions or concerns regarding the amendment's language.
Click HERE for a full report on ACI policy updates.  To review all bills ACI is tracking, click HERE.
Indiana Eases Transportation Restrictions to aid Wildfire Efforts in Western States
Gov. Holcomb directed the state to ease regulations for oversize loads of hay transported by truck, so Hoosiers can respond to the need to animal feed in states devastated by wildfires. Generally, oversize permits are required for any load wider than 8 feet, 6 inches. 

Permits for wide loads of hay traveling from or through Indiana through April 8, 2017, will: 
  • Be issued free of charge;
  • Be issued to vehicles and loads up to 12 feet in width (vehicle length, height, and gross vehicle weight must all be within legal limits); and
  • Allow continuous travel seven days per week
These continuous travel oversize permits will only be issued to those hauling hay in direct response to disaster relief efforts. Drivers must abide by all other oversize permit regulations including using oversize load signs and flagging, using clearance lights instead of flags at the edges of loads while traveling at night, and obeying travel restrictions due to hazardous weather conditions and/or visibility less than 500 feet.  The Indiana Department of Revenue, Motor Carrier Services Division will assist those seeking a continuous travel oversize permit for loads of hay. Contact James Vest, 317-615-7247 or Stephanie Bailey, 317-615-7256 during the hours of 8am - 4:30pm EDT, Monday through Friday to request a permit. Haulers should be ready to provide the route they plan to travel so it can be reviewed for road restrictions and closures.
I-69 Section 6 Draft Environmental Document Published for 
Public Comment
The final leg of Interstate 69 from Evansville to Indianapolis is one step closer to reality with the release of its Tier 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The Draft EIS recommends a preferred route and footprint for the 26 miles of new and upgraded highway, including the location and types of 10 exits, 16 overpasses or underpasses and new local access roads. The draft document estimates the maximum potential impact that I-69 Section 6 construction could have on homes, businesses and natural resources, and identifies mitigation measures.  The complete Draft EIS, more than 1,500 pages, is available for public review online at The public may submit written comments on the document and its recommendations through May 8 via the comment form at or by mail to the I-69 Section 6 project office, 7847 Waverly Road, Martinsville, IN 46151.  Click here for more information.   Mid America CropLife Association Updates DOT Hazmat Training Videos
The Mid America CropLife Association recently updated its DOT Hazmat Training Videos.  To view the videos (for free) please go to the MACA website and scroll down to DOT HAZMAT Training Videos. You will need to click on the member access - the user name is maca and the password is crop. 
Weekly Washington Report - 3-20-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Trump "America First" Budget Blueprint Whacks USDA Spending 21%; "DOA" on Hill
  • Perdue Gets March 23 Confirmation Hearing
  • Trump Nominates Dr. Scott Gottlieb to Head FDA
  • Giancarlo Trump's Pick to Head CFTCIt's all about trade 
  • Groups Talk Trade with NEC
  • Lighthizer Breezes through Confirmation Hearing
  • NAFTA Talks Could Begin in June: Mexican Official
  • U.S. Attends TPP Meeting in Chile
  • U.S. Dairy in Mexico Talking Trade
  • Bill would Put USDA, HHS on Foreign Investment Review Panel
  • House Ag Panel Looks at Farm Bill Ag Research Title; Dairy, Livestock Get Hearings Next Week
  • Glyphosate Not Carcinogen: EU Chemical Agency
  • Long-time House Ag Committee Chair Kika de la Garza Dies
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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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