Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

May 22, 2017

TFI Comments on Proposed Delay of RMP Effective Date
Source:  The Fertilizer Institute
Please find  here TFI comments filed on May 18, 2017 with EPA supporting the agency's proposed extension to the effective date for the Risk Management Plan (RMP) program rule finalized by the agency in January 2017.  If finalized, the new effective date would be in February 2019.  This extension, should it become final, will give the agency time to initiate a new administrative process to solicit comments on modifications to the new rule. 
CFATS Update:  Enhanced Tiering Methodology, Security Summit
Source:  The Fertilizer Institute
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts on enhanced risk-tiering for chemical facilities are ongoing and DHS continues to offer resources to impacted facilities to better understand the potential impact.  Click  HERE to review the May, 2017, CFATS Quarterly newsletter. This recent issue provides a good update of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) enhanced risk-tiering methodology. Additional information on DHS's methodology can be found  HERE.
In April 2017, DHS began issuing tiering determination letters to facilities that were assessed using the enhanced methodology. DHS has sent over 10,000 letters to facilities that have submitted new Top-Screens. Letters will continue to be issued as facilities submit Top-Screens to the Department.  To discuss tiering trends and to respond to questions from facilities, DHS hosted two public webinars. DHS is considering making a recording of from these webinars available. In the meantime, the presentation used by DHS for the webinars can be found  HERE.
The Indiana Agribusiness Foundation is very proud to offer again this year three (3) 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. 

While many high school seniors are in their final push of high school, the deadline for submitting your ACI scholarship application is fast approaching.  ACI is very proud of the students we have been able to support through our scholarship program; and more importantly we are excited about the relationships that have been formed between our recipients and the ACI membership.  

Download the ACI  Scholarship form  HEREEncourage your children and the students of your co-workers to apply today!  Application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2017.   If you have questions, feel free to contact us at (317) 454-8055. 
Sign Up for NGFA Convey17
The  National Grain & Feed Association  and  Grain Journal  Magazine invite all facility managers and key employees in the grain handling, processing, milling, and feed industries to a day and a half conference  July 24-26 at the Westin Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO .   A new presidential administration almost certainly will mean a new direction for OSHA. Regulations could be undone. Strategies for worker safety could shift 180 degrees. How soon will changes arrive? Which objectives will take priority? Who will next be chosen to lead OSHA?  This keynote address, given by the Department of Labor's Office of the Assistant Secretary for OSHA will provide an overview of the potential changes and the potential impact on the grain handling industry.  To read more click  HERE .
2017 4R Summit
To learn more about the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program and hear how stakeholders across the country are implementing the 4R principles, sign up for the 4R Summit, June 12-13, 2017 in Minneapolis.  To read more click HERE.
Weekly Washington Report - 5-22-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Perdue Makes Debut Appearance at House Ag Hearing, Talks Reorganization, Rural, Trade Issues
  • NAFTA Game Begins as Trump Sends Congress Formal Notice of Intent to Renegotiate
  • Trump Infrastructure Investment Plan Tilts Toward Public-Private Investment
  • Don't Cut Income Support, Crop Insurance, Says Conaway, while Trade Promo Targeted for Big Hike
  • EPA Notes
    • Stabenow Not Happy with Science Review Board Firings
    • Agency Gets Over 57,000 Comments on Reducing EPA Rules
    • EPA Sets Up WOTUS Website
    • EPA Wants Comments on Pyrethroids
    • Foreign Supplier FSMA Compliance Date May 30


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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