Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
April 9, 2018
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White House Says Tariffs In Negotiating Phase
Source: Agri-Pulse- Friday, April 6, 2018
The White House is trying to calm farmers' jittery nerves about President Trump's escalating trade dispute with China. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley emphasized to reporters yesterday that the proposed tariffs "aren't in play yet" and that the U.S. and China are still in a "negotiating phase."  "These are proposals, nothing has been enacted," he said. Yesterday evening, Trump raised the stakes in the dispute by announcing that he is considering imposing an additional $100 billion in tariffs on China in addition to the $50 billion already planned. "Rather than remedy its misconduct, China has chosen to harm our farmers and manufacturers," Trump said, referring to the Chinese threat to retaliate against U.S. soybeans and other exports. 
Trump also said he was authorizing Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue "to implement a plan to protect our farmers and agricultural interests." Perdue has already said he is looking at options for compensation but hasn't disclosed what those might be. Separately, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNBC yesterday that Perdue had "given very, very strong support" to Trump's trade strategy. Navarro said Perdue is working with the president "to make sure that we have the backs of farmers."
Indiana Soybean Farmers Wary of Potential U.S. Trade War with China: 'We're in a Vulnerable Time'
President Donald Trump last month announced he would impose tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum. China quickly retaliated, announcing it would target more than 100 American products, including pork, stainless steel pipe and aluminum scrap. A couple of days later, China added another 100-some products, including soybeans, beef and cars. Trump fired back with another round of tariffs late Thursday.

Read the full article from the Chicago Tribune here.
NGFA Partners with OSHA to Launch 'Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Awareness Week'
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are launching a major safety outreach effort, the "Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Awareness Week" from April 9-13, to help raise awareness about grain bin engulfment hazards, provide education and training, and convey safety best practices.   The week kicked off with a press conference this morning and continues with a webinar tomorrow.   To find out more about engulfment prevention and this week's events, click here .
NGFA and Grain Journal to 
Host Convey '18
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and  Grain Journal Magazine once again are teaming up for a summer conference. CONVEY '18 will be held July 25-26 at the Hilton Omaha hotel in Omaha, NE. The conference will focus on operations compliance , and quality  issues facing the grain and feed industry.   CONVEY '18 will include an informative general session, an afternoon of educational breakout tracks focusing on safety and grain quality/operations, and an interactive workshop walking attendees through best practices during OSHA inspections. CONVEY '18 will also include a 50-exhibitor trade show and several networking meals/receptions.  For more information and to register, click here .
U.S. Soybean Acreage to Exceed Corn Acreage for the First Time
For the first time soybeans acres will exceed corn acres to become the most-planted crop in the U.S. USDA said the crop will reach a record 89.5 million acres in its most recent report-other experts say they can see it reaching up to 92 million acres.

Omnibus Bill Contained 
Several Ag Provisions
Source: Indiana Farm Bureau
On Friday, March 23, President Trump signed an omnibus spending bill that included many provisions important to agriculture. Below is a summary on some of the provisions that impact farmers:  
  • Emissions Reporting: Livestock producers have been made permanently exempt from the emissions reporting requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA). The provision, incorporated from the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, was authored by Sen. Deb Fischer (R - Neb.) and co-authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly (D - Ind.).
  • Electronic Logging Devices: The ELD exemption for livestock haulers was extended to Sept. 30, 2018. Between now and Sept. 30, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is tasked with educating livestock haulers on the devices and working on solutions to the current hours-of-service rules, which do not work for those transporting livestock across the country.
  • Section 199A: This provision is a fix to the language in the tax reform bill that passed in December 2017. It puts the tax treatment of cooperatives and private companies back on a level playing field. It also restores the pass-through deduction from co-ops to their members, similar to what existed in the previous Section 199.
  • Broadband Internet: A provision was included for a USDA rural broadband grant program. It allocated $600 million toward efforts to expand broadband access to areas that are unserved.
  • Labeling: A provision instructing the FDA to enforce the labeling standards on imitation dairy products and to address milk-labeling standards.
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.
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.
ELD Enforcement Underway
Source: Agriculture Retailers Association
The U.S. Department of Transportation began enforcement of the Electronic Logging Device mandate April 1. Despite efforts by the Agricultural Retailers Association, the soft enforcement period has ended and retailers must now be following the ELD mandate. Some exemptions have been made for retailers operating under the Hours of Service agricultural exemption's "planting and harvesting season" as designated by the state and within a 150 air-mile-radius from where the farm supplies originated, where they were picked up or when operating under other ELD exemptions.

More information about the ELD mandate is available here. Earlier this year, ARA sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requesting an exemption and extension of the soft enforcement period. ARA is awaiting a response. Additional information available from FMCSA here and here.
IDEM Seeks Nominations for the 2018 - Governor's Awards for 
Environmental Excellence
Source: IDEM
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence to recognize organizations that have implemented outstanding environmental strategies into their operations and decision-making processes. The Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence are Indiana's highest environmental recognition and are open to all Indiana facilities, government agencies, individuals and other groups that implement exemplary environmental projects or initiatives with measurable results. By seeking out and utilizing innovative environmental practices, organizations and businesses around the State have reduced waste, saved money and contributed greatly to Indiana's environmental protection efforts. 
Nominations must be received by IDEM by no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018. The public is invited to submit nominations and organizations may also self-nominate. If you know of a particular project, company or organization that deserves recognition, please submit a nomination or share this information. Eligibility requirements and details about the nomination process can be found by visiting Please click here to read more in this week's policy newsletter.
Resource: Seed Labeling Article - "What's Behind the Label on 
a Bag of Seed?"
Mike Stahr, Seed Lab Manager at Iowa State University Seed Laboratory, and Pat Miller, Director of State Affairs at the American Seed Trade Association jointly authored a newsletter regarding seed labeling. Their goal was to simplify a seed label for the buyer so that they can make a more informed buying decision. You can read the full article by clicking HERE.
Agri-Business Insurance Services to Host Free Drug-Free 
Workplace Training
ABIS is hosting a Drug Free Workplace webinar intended for organizations that conduct drug free testing of their employees and are required to provide annual training for their supervisors.   For more information and to register, click here.
Safe & Sound Online Training Management Tool Now Available from Asmark Institute
The Safe & Sound Online Training Management tool is ideal for organizations seeking a comprehensive training solution. The platform incorporates advanced technologies to help you manage your employee training from start to finish, simplifying and streamlining the process. The tool includes 31 ag-specific topics and the ability to track employees' results.

For more information, click here.
Register Now for the 
2018 Feed Industry Institute
Registration is open for the American Feed Industry Association's biennial Feed Industry Institute (FII), happening June 11-14 in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference, which has been held every other year since merging with the National Feed Ingredients Association, brings together roughly 125 individuals in the industry to learn the basics of the animal food manufacturing process -- from the types of foods used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.  

FII is ideal for people who are new to the animal food industry, as it provides a good overview of animal health and nutrition. Throughout the four-day educational program, industry experts share practical information and best practices for attendees, who will leave with an understanding of how to manufacture high-quality animal food, as well as why doing so is essential for animal productivity and well-being.
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.
Weekly Washington Report - 4-9-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Trade War of Words, Threats of Tariffs between the U.S. and China Escalate, Anxiety is High
  • Perdue Says Administration will "Protect" Farmers if Tariff Tussle Turns into Trade War 
  • It's Tough to be EPA's Pruitt; Trump Says He Backs Him, but...
  • EPA Grants Andeavor Refineries RVO Waiver; Another White House Meeting Set to Talk RFS/RIN Fixes
  • Trade Notes
    • NAFTA 2.0 a Done Deal?
    • Doud Hears of Need for New Trade Deals
    • ITC Finalizes Approves Biodiesel Antidumping Duties on Argentina, Indonesia
  • USDA Opens Sign-up for New, Improved Dairy MPP
  • Judge Says Six Arkansas Farmers Can Use Dicamba
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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