Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
May 25, 2018
ACI Is Coming To A Region Near You!
We heard you!   You don't always want to drive to Indy to see the ACI team.   So we are coming to you!

Be watching your email for an invitation to the ACI regional meeting nearest you. At each regional meeting, you will have the opportunity to interact with thought leaders to discuss the ag economic outlook, transportation and infrastructure issues, and workforce readiness, retention, and recruitment.  Click here for location, date, and time information. Each session is tailored to your region of the state. You won't want to miss this interactive discussion regarding planned INDOT projects, effective engagement with INDOT district offices, and resources needed for rural bridges.   

Keynote speakers include:
  • June 11 Wabash: Steve Smith, Red Gold
  • June 13 Scottsburg: Major General (Ret.) Martin Umbarger
  • June 14 Delphi: Dr. Waltz, OISC -Sponsored by Crop Fertility Specialists
  • June 28 Vincennes: Don Villwock -Sponsored by Land O' Lakes
After the keynote speaker, you will have the opportunity to discuss workforce issues. We've all seen the Help Wanted signs.  Tackling the labor shortage is a challenge that will require broad partnerships and creative thinking.  A panel of local innovators will share with you how higher education, economic development and business leaders all play a role in the solution.

As always, we look forward to talking with you and working together as the Proactive Voice of Indiana Agribusiness!

There is no charge for this meeting and lunch will be provided.  If you have questions regarding these events, please contact Jayne McElwain at
Emerging Professionals Visit Jeffersonville
by Matthew Fulton, CF Industries
The Emerging Professionals Leadership Program Class of 2018 had the opportunity to tour Consolidated Grain Barge's grain facility in Jeffersonville, IN on May 11th. Chuck Long and Chris Allen (EPLP Grads) provided our group with a very informative session and site tour. It was amazing to hear how many millions of bushels of grain are processed at the facility in any given year. We had the opportunity to see firsthand the truck loading/unloading process as well as barge unloading. Mitch Whelan was our CGB tour guide on a tugboat tour along the Ohio River. Product movement along the river system plays an intricate role in the day to day operations of many members of the Emerging Professionals program. The Ports of Indiana provide a gateway for different products to move inland as well as south to the Gulf. Port Director Jeffrey Miles outlined how imp ortant the water system is to both truck and rail logistics.  It was an incredible experience and we look forward to our next session in July at Beck's.

Tell your Senators to Support Reforms to the Conservation Reserve Program
The NGFA believes the CRP should be targeted at the most environmentally sensitive portions of farms, and avoid enrollment of whole farms or large tracts of productive farmland. The CRP's blunt, 30-year-old general sign-up process enrolls whole farms while also  eliminating opportunity for beginning farmers and harming agricultural communities that depend on farming. Currently, almost ΒΌ of the 24 million acres in CRP is on what is considered "prime" farmland. The NGFA also notes that many of rural America's local economies are driven by agricultural production. Enrolling whole farms in CRP detracts from the economic viability of those local economies.

Trump Says Ethanol Exports Could Count Toward U.S. Biofuels Quotas
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is considering allowing exported ethanol to count toward the volumes mandated under the nation's biofuels law, a move that would cut the refiners' regulatory costs while propping up demand for corn.

Scalise Announces Plan for Immigration, Farm Bill Votes Third Week of June
The farm bill, which  failed on the House floor last Friday, will get a second vote June 22 after a vote on a conservative immigration bill earlier that week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Monday.

WRDA bill updates from 
The Fertilizer Institute
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved its 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) on May 22. In similar fashion, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its WRDA bill today, May 23. Both bills authorize seven Chief's Reports and 10 studies.  
The House bill directs the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to evaluate the current organizational structure of the Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works. The question being considered is whether Civil Works should be removed from the Department of Defense and housed on its own, or more likely under Department of Transportation, or elsewhere. The House bill would also move the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) off-budget to allow for full-use of HMTF funds to be used solely for harbor maintenance purposes.    
The full House bill is expected to consider its WRDA bill first week of June. The Senate has not yet scheduled floor time for its WRDA bill.
ACI Scholarship Applications 
Deadline Extended to June 15!
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.
Register to attend the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit 
June 11-12 in Des Moines
The annual 4R Summit, sponsored by The Fertilizer Institute, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on June 11-12 to share effective nutrient stewardship tenets and practices. Attendees will hear from speakers about advances and tools for in-field implementation of the 4R principles, linkages between 4R and on-farm conservation, agribusiness involvement, government- and non-governmental organization-supported initiatives, and details on projects funded through the 4R Research Fund. The agenda will feature concurrent breakout sessions, offering participants a choice of speakers and topics.

For complete details and to register, 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 - 5-25-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Congress Out for Memorial Day Next; Senate May Scrap All, Part of August Recess
  • House Farm Bill Goes for Round Two June 22; Senate Eying June 6 for Markup
  • House Leaders Negotiating Immigration Floor Votes with Freedom Caucus, Fate of Farm Bill in Play
  • Administration Says It's Moving to Simplify H-2A Visas for Ag, "Incentivize" E-Verify Use
  • Trump Signs Dodd-Frank Regulatory Roll-back Bill; Rural Banks Seen Benefiting
  • House WRDA on Floor After Recess
  • China Trade Tensions Reemerge
  • NAFTA 2.0 Talks Continue as Trump Changes Tone
  • Quest for an RFS/RIN Solution Marred by Leaked EPA RFS Intent
  • Senate Bill Would Exempt Livestock Haulers on HOS, Eases ELD Compliance
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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