Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
May 18, 2018
Indiana Special Session 
Indiana Lawmakers gathered in Indianapolis on Monday for a brief one-day special session to deal with five bills that Governor Holcomb and the Republican controlled General Assembly deemed emergencies.
For a complete wrap-up on these bills and other issues,   click here.
ACI Urges House to Do No Harm to Crop Insurance in 2018 Farm Bill 
ACI, along with dozens of other agriculture and agribusiness groups, signed onto a letter urging members of the House of Representatives to do no harm to crop insurance as they consider the 2018 farm bill.
To read the letter,  click here.
Farm Bill Vote Expected Today
House lawmakers are expected to gather on Capitol Hill on Friday to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill, which, if passed, will help set agricultural policy for the next five years.

Signs of Fertilizer Recovery in 2018
For the past several years, the fortunes for the fertilizer category among the nation's top ag retailers has been on a decided downward path. From its high-water mark of $15 billion in 2013, the category has steadily dropped back in sales volume since.

Vigilance in Soil Testing and Scouting
Crop advisors are constantly looking for ways to improve soil testing and scouting strategies.  CropLife® magazine looked into a sampling of the latest technologies that suppliers and users are recommending to help.

Register Now for the ASTA Policy & Leadership Development Conference
ASTA's premier policy event brings together all sectors of the seed industry for a powerful advocacy and educational experience in the Nation's Capital. Join hundreds of seed industry representatives for a fully-guided Storm the Hill opportunity to meet with lawmakers in Washington D.C. to represent the most pressing seed policy concerns of the day.

For complete details and to register, click here.
Cover Crop Acres Grow in Indiana
When it comes to planting cover crops, Indiana leads the nation in the implantation of this conservation practice.

ACI Scholarship Applications 
Deadline May 31!
For several years, the Indiana Agribusiness Foundation has provided scholarships to both high school graduates and current college students who are pursuing a future in the Agricultural Industry. Through the Foundation, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) encourages young people to continue their education and eventual participation in agriculture.
Three scholarships are being offered by the association - the  T. Jeffrey Boese Memorial Scholarship, Larry Foster Scholarship and the John Anglin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  For more information visit our website or download the application HERE.
NGFA Ag Transportation Summit: 
But First, Transportation
Hosted by  NGFA and the  Soy Transportation Coalition and supported by the  U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service, the  Ag Transportation Summit unites leaders from agricultural producer organizations, agribusinesses and government to focus on the importance of inland waterway, rail, truck and vessel transportation to the competitiveness and profitability of U.S. agriculture.   The 2018 Summit will focus on  "Connecting Growing Supply with Growing Demand"  and feature panels highlighting port and rail issues, speakers from USDA and Surface Transportation Board (STB), and several "Innovation Sessions" focusing on new and emerging technologies. After the Summit concludes, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, in cooperation with Washington State University (WSU), Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (TAMAE), will host an  "Agricultural Transportation Infrastructure Workshop"  on the afternoon of July 26.  For more information and to register, click here .
ARA Retailer of the Year: 
Be Recognized As The Best in Ag Retail
Apply now for the 2018 Ag Retailer of the Year Award, which honors retailers who consistently exceed customer expectations and serve as a positive example of sustainable and innovative business practices.

For more information or to apply, click here.
Registration Opens for 
AFIA PCQI Course this July
Register now to secure your spot in the only Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training the American Feed Industry Association will offer this year! From July 24-26, AFIA will host a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food training in Nashville, Tenn.  
The Food Safety Modernization Act requires one or more PCQIs in each facility to develop and apply an animal food safety plan. Developed by FSPCA, the 20-hour course provides the "standardized curriculum," which is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as adequate for PCQI training.  

For complete information and to register, click here.
Weekly Washington Report - 5-18-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • House Farm Bill Near Finish Line, but Conservatives Threaten Block if No Immigration Vote
  • Senate to Unveil Its Farm Bill, Markup Schedule Next Week
  • NAFTA 2.0 Misses U.S. Action Deadline; Talks Continue
  • China, U.S. Continue Brinksmanship on Tariff, Trade Talks
  • USDA-FDA, EPA Spending Bills Approved by House Committee; WOTUS Repeal Included
  • EPA Notes
    • WOTUS Repeal/Rewrite on Track for End of 2018 Pruitt Tells Appropriators
    • Pruitt Tasked with White House RFS/RIN "Compromise" Memo
    • Grassley Threatens to Call for Pruitt's Resignation over Waivers
    • 2019-2020 RFS Sent to OMB for Review
  • USDA Chief of Staff Heidi Green Heading Home to Georgia; White House Loses Ray Starling to Perdue
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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