Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
March 5, 2018
2018 ACI Emerging Professionals Visit Indiana Statehouse for 1st Session
The 2018 ACI EPLP class began their year-long program with a full day at the Indiana Statehouse last Tuesday.  They were fortunate to hear from Lt Gov Suzanne Crouch, State Senator Jean Leising, State Representative Don Lehe and Bruce Kettler, ISDA's new Director.  Josh Trenary, Indiana Pork and Katrina Hall of Indiana Farm Bureau challenged the group to be advocates for agriculture.  After a tour of the statehouse, they enjoyed some networking time.  The next session is scheduled for a trip to Jeffersonville to visit Consolidated Grain and Barge on May 10 and 11th.  For a pictorial of this year's class, click  HERE.
News from the Statehouse
There are less than 2 weeks left in this year's legislative session, and the General Assembly is beginning conference committee action next week. There are no more committee hearings for this session!  The last day for amending House bills in the Senate and for a Senate bill to pass the House is today; the Senate will have its last day for House bill passage on Tuesday.   Indiana has a new state insect - the Say's firefly - and the Sunday alcohol sales bill was passed and signed by the Governor last week. Bills regarding CBD oil sales, autonomous vehicles, the opioid epidemic, and education initiatives are still on the table, and there is much more debate to be had before March 14. 

You can find your bill tracking report here and the actual language of the bill  here. A more in depth policy report regarding state and federal news can be found by clicking HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter which includes more details and recent developments on bills ACI is tracking.

Please contact Mark Shublak or Lesa Dietrick if you have any questions.
Tell your lawmakers to fix Section 199A
Source: National Grain & Feed Association
Click below to send a pre-drafted email asking your lawmaker to take immediate action to ensure that the grain marketplace isn't further harmed. Take action.
Senate Confirms Northey By Voice Vote After Long Hold
Source: Politico - 2/27/18
The Senate today confirmed Bill Northey by voice vote to serve as USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, according to the Senate Press Gallery webpage, ending a confirmation battle after a drawn-out dispute involving the Renewable Fuel Standard. Northey, the Iowa agriculture secretary, will lead the farm production and conservation mission area, a newly formed section under Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's reorganization plan.
Sen. Ted Cruz had placed a hold on Northey's nomination in October in an effort to force corn-belt senators and the White House to make changes to the RFS. Cruz and a handful of fellow senators blame the rule for hurting jobs in the refinery sector because of costs of compliance. A meeting on the RFS was scheduled to take place at the White House late this morning. The White House first announced President Donald Trump's intention to nominate Northey on Sept. 1 of last year.
Doud Approved by Senate for Chief Ag Negotiator Role
Source: Hoosier Ag Today
Gregg Doud has been approved by the U.S. Senate to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said via his Twitter account, "Great news that Gregg Doud has been confirmed by the Senate to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the @USTradeRep office. Farmers, ranchers, foresters & producers need strong representation at the negotiating table and he understands what trade means to ag." Doud most recently served as president of the Commodity Markets Council since 2013.
Weekly Washington Report - 3-5-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • How Many White House Meetings Does It Take to Resolve the RFS/RIN Issue?
  • Northey Quickly Confirmed as USDA Undersecretary as Cruz Gets His White House Meeting 
  • Talks on 199A Amendment Continue; House Tax Chair Brady says It's Coming
  • Farm Bill Evolving on Track; House Ag Panel Says "No More Spending Cuts" 
  • New Tax Law to See 'Technical Corrections' Bill, Opens Door for Tax Extenders Ride-Along
  • NAFTA 2.0 Talks Resume, Progress Noted; Impact of Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Unknown
  • Animal Drug User Fee Bill Clears Senate Committee; House Panel to Consider in Mid-March
  • WOTUS Stay Lifted by Federal Court
  • Monsanto, Ag Groups Prevail in California Prop 65 Glyphosate Action
  • USDA, HHS Announce New Approach to Dietary Guideline Development
ACI Board of Directors
ACI Chair
Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist
Vice Chair
Drew Garretson
Winfield United

ACI Secretary
Marv Ulmet
Bane-Welker Equipment
ACI Treasurer
 Jim Engelberth
Dow AgroSciences

Justin Daugherty

Ben Green
Purple Ribbon Seeds

George Greenwood
ADM Grain 

Jason Helms
AgReliant Genetics

John Larimer
Lords Seed
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

Brad McCord
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

 ACI   Ex-Officio
Dave Reichhart
ISTA Ex-Officio
Rodney Busick

Alan Galbreth

Dr. Jayson Lusk
Dept of Ag Economics

Don Robison

Dr. Ron Turco
Dept of Agronomy

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