Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

May 1, 2017

Indiana General Assembly
2017 Legislative Wrap Up
We hope you saw the session wrap-up developed by your ACI Policy Team last week.  However, if you missed the news alert about sine die and ACI legislative priorities and accomplishments, click HERE to read the full report.

Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1002, the state's transportation funding plan, and House Enrolled Act 1001, the biennial budget, last week.  Click HERE  to read more and see photos from the bill signing.

For additional policy news, click HERE.
Turco to Lead 
Purdue Agronomy Department
Dr. Ron Turco, Professor in Purdue's Department of Agronomy, will become the new Head of the Department of Agronomy on July 1.  He succeeds Joe Anderson, who is returning to his faculty role after serving as department head since 2010. Ron received bachelor's degrees in soil science and in bacteriology from the University of Idaho and his PhD in soil microbiology from Washington State University. He joined the Purdue Department of Agronomy as an Assistant Professor in 1985, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990, and to Professor in 1994.  While at Purdue, Ron has served in a number of roles, including Founding Director of the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute, Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center, Director of the Purdue Water Community, and Assistant Dean for Agricultural and Environmental Research. He won our College's Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award for excellence across the Land-Grant missions of learning, discovery and engagement in 2013.   Ron will serve as an Ex Officio member of the ACI board.
Asmark Launching Training for Beginning Applicators
The Asmark Institute and AGCO Corporation have a new course designed for beginning applicators with 0-5 years experience.  On June 12, there will be an open house with a strolling reception and a short formal program to launch the new training center.  The first course will start the next morning, Tuesday June 13 and run through Friday the 16th. 
The first class will be a trial-run for qualified participants that can help evaluate the offering and provide feedback.  It's a test for instructors and Asmark to make sure everything is in place and also an opportunity to gather valuable feedback from participants that will help shape the final offering.  The first class will not be posted online as it is intended to be filled in a structured order representing a cross-section of the industry.  Asmark is looking for a mix of retailers, small and large, coops, independents and nationals plus some representation from our collaborative partners and affiliates, insurance and crop protection companies, regulatory agencies and others with a keen interest in seeing this become successful. 
If you are interested in attending the first course, then please send your name and contact information directly to Allen, and he will register you for the course.  A confirmation packet will be sent for each registered participant.  Classes are limited to 21 participants so don't delay in reserving your seat!
Weekly Washington Report - 5-1-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Perdue Confirmed - Finally; Hits the Ground Running 
  • Trump Talks Tough on NAFTA, Relents After Major Ag, Business Push Back 
  • Trump Releases Tax Reform Outline Long on Headlines, Short on Detail 
  • No Government Shut-down likely as One-Week CR Readied before FY2018 Omnibus Gets Vote 
  • Acosta Confirmed as Labor Secretary, Gottlieb, Lighthizer Nominations Advance, Subcabinet Needed 
  • WOTUS Hearing Adds Fuel to Recision Fire 
  • Biofuels Challenges EPA RFS Mandate, Waiver Authority in Federal Court 
  • Grassley, Cantwell want to Shift Tax Credit Benefit to Biodiesel Makers
  • U.S. May Remain in Paris Climate Accord, but only with Changes: Perry
  • USDA to Study On-Farm, Feedlot Antimicrobial Use 
ACI Board of Directors
Dave Reichhart
Michelle Vigna
ACI Treasurer
 Mike Hucker
CGB Enterprises

Past Chair
Sal Sama
Winfield Solutions
IGFA Past Chair
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

Max Deatsman
Deatsman Grain

George Greenwood
ADM Grain  

Mike Hucker
CGB Enterprises

  Ed Korniak
Iroquois Bio-Energy
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

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

Brad Sommer
  Justin Daugherty
Drew Garretson
Winfield/Land O'Lake

Jennifer Long
Dow AgroSciences

Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist

  Scott Sharp
Premier Ag
Marv Ulmet
Groundwork BioAg

Jackson Umbarger
Roy Umbarger & Son s

  Phill Zimmerman

Dr. Joe Anderson
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