Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
April 2, 2018
On April 15th, we are launching a new tab contained in the ACI website that will allow you to renew your membership online, update your contact and company information, and access online member-only benefits. You will also notice upcoming website upgrades and upcoming events.  
So why should you value your ACI membership?  
ADVOCACY:  ACI is your agribusiness advocate, representing your interests and providing a strong voice at the Statehouse.
COMMUNITY: ACI provides you the opportunity to make important connections and build relationships within the agribusiness community by meeting potential customers, future employees, elected officials and industry leaders.
INFORMATION:  ACI keeps you informed of the latest industry trends and news, legislative issues, money-saving opportunities and other issues impacting your agribusiness.
EDUCATION: ACI offers educational programs and professional development training tailored to fit your unique industry.
HISTORY:  ACI has evolved over the last several decades through a combination of mergers to better represent agriculture into the future.  ACI has members based in every county of our state, employing Hoosiers throughout rural Indiana and creating a significant economic impact.  
PURPOSE:  It is the primary goal and vision of our Board of Directors and leadership to be THE "Proactive Voice of Indiana Agribusiness"!
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ACI Grain & Feed Committee 
Needs You!
ACI Grain and Feed Committee Chair George Greenwood is looking for motivated volunteers to participate in the Grain & Feed committee for the 2018 year. The recent events around Federal Tax law and 199A bring to light the need for active committee involvement and participation to ensure that industry voices are heard and that the Association can truly represent it's members on important and timely issues such as this. Those interested in serving can reach out to George at or calling 317-313-8660.
IGBWLA Seeks New Director
Incumbent serves as Director for the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency (IGBWLA) and is responsible for the management of the office and all activities of the IGBWLA. The Director will cooperate and coordinate activities through the Office of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and will work jointly with members of the grain industry in the State of Indiana. The Director reports directly to the Deputy Director of Agriculture. Incumbent is an employee of the Indiana Department of Agriculture and works out of the Indianapolis office; although travel in state will be required to conduct audits.  For job description/requirements, click HERE.

If you are interested in the position, contact Melissa Rekeweg by Friday,   March 23.
IASWCD Seeks Executive Director
The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) and as such shall be in charge of the day-to-day operations and organization, supervision of the office operations and staff of the association. In that capacity, the executive director will develop and maintain a strong working relationship with Indiana's 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).
For the complete job description and application instructions, click here.
More than $160 Million Going to Rural Communities for Infrastructure Improvements
The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that $161.2 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 66 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects. Combined with local funds, approximately $212 million is being invested in infrastructure in communities receiving funds.
Donnelly: Senate Farm Bill Being Done in "Completely Bipartisan Way"
Source: Hoosier Ag Today
As Hoosier Ag Today reported Wednesday, Kansas Republican and Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts said he believes a Farm Bill could reach the Senate floor by the end of April. Indiana Senator, and member of the Senate Ag Committee, Democrat Joe Donnelly believes that timeline is not unreasonable.
"I would agree with Senator Roberts; he's a good friend of mine. I have traveled around the state from one corner to the other holding farm bill listening sessions. As I told our Hoosier farmers, 'you are writing this bill.' They have been incredibly helpful to me in providing information. As a result, I think that the Farm Bill is on schedule. We are looking at continuing to move it along." Donnelly says everything has been done in a "completely bipartisan way"; something that can't be said for the House. Continue reading in this weeks policy update.
KORUS Agreement a Relief to Agriculture
Source: Hoosier Ag Today
Agriculture was 'left out' of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement renegotiation effort, a relief to the sector. For many in agriculture, there was more to lose than gain in the renegotiation effort. The U.S. is the largest supplier of beef to Korea and the second largest pork supplier. Data from the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows red meat exports to Korea set a record last year of $1.7 billion, up 19 percent from the prior year and up 69 percent from 2012. Read the full story in this week's ACI Policy Newsletter HERE.
Monsanto Enters into $100M Tech Collaboration with Pairwise Plants
CRISPR is in the news again, with California-based agtech startup Pairwise Plants securing a total of $125 million, including a $100 million technology collaboration with Monsanto accessing and developing Pairwise IP in row crop applications. The two companies will work together on gene-editing corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and canola crops.
Tight Grain Margins Lead 
ADM to Restructure
Ongoing tight margins in the grain sector have led Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to restructure its business into four new units.  Being seen as a way to remain competitive, and as a better reflection of the company's operations, a way to provide greater value to the customer, and a way to increase efficiency, ADM has announced its four business segments to be: Carbohydrate Solutions, Nutrition, Oilseeds, and Origination.
Registration Open for AFIA's Executive Leadership Summit
The American Feed Industry Association's Executive Leadership Summit  will be held Oct. 18-20 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year's ELS will focus on engaging disruptive trends impacting your customers.  AFIA hosts ELS to help executive leaders in the animal food industry refine their leadership skills and learn from others so that together, the industry can continue to thrive.
For details and registration information, click here.
Agbiosciences Start-up Showcase - 
A FoundryX Event Presented by AgriNovus Indiana
FoundryX and AgriNovus Indiana are teaming up again for an Agbiosciences Start-up showcase. Hear firsthand from the entrepreneurs behind several innovative agbioscience start-ups about their technology, products, and services. Mayor Scott Fadness of Fishers and Purdue University Chief Entrepreneurial Officer Dan Hasler will share their views on Indiana's formidable food and ag innovation landscape.
For more information, click here.
Weekly Washington Report - 4-2-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • House Ag Partisan Stalemate Continues Making Extension of 2014 Farm Bill More Likely
  • Possible China Tariffs has Ag, Ethanol, Soybean Producers Nervous; U.S. Takes Hit at WTO
  • U.S. Inks Preliminary Deal with South Korea on Revamped Trade Pact; Trump Threatens "Hold"
  • USTR Hosts Ag Groups to Talk NAFTA; Lighthizer "Optimistic" U.S. will Get Agreement
  • "Reform" Options on RFS/RIN Ready for the White House
  • Enviro Groups Sue to Force EPA to Continue with Power Plant Rules
  • CFTC Not Happy with FY2018 Appropriation
  • USDA Says 'No' to Regulating Gene-Edited Plants
  • 2018 Soybean, Corn Acreage Dropping Marginally: USDA 
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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The Agribusiness Council of Indiana will be the premier advocate serving members' business interests.
Our Mission: 
 The Agribusiness Council of Indiana supports members with legislative representation, industry insight and regulatory guidance.

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