Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
May 4, 2018
From the Desk of the President
Spring finally arrived!  Seeing equipment in the fields brings a smile to my face.   While we know that many of you are consumed with fieldwork and getting a healthy crop in the ground, your ACI team wants to highlight a few items for you.
  • Online membership renewal is here!  We are so excited to launch the members only tab of the ACI website.  Please take a few minutes to complete the membership renewal form. 
  • June Regional Meetings.  Please see the events page for information about our regional meetings. We have a full agenda planned including an ag economic outlook, transportation and infrastructure updates and talent recruitment and retention panels with local thought leaders.  Online registration will be available soon. 
I look forward to seeing you soon!

Indiana Special Session 
Scheduled for May 14
On May 14, the Indiana General Assembly will re-convene for a special session called by Governor Holcomb. The legislature will address five bills: HB 1230 (school safety measures), HB 1315 (school corporation financial management), HB 1316 (tax matters) and HB 1242 (tax matters) and HB 1457 (technical corrections).  The tax bills - which legislative leaders call "critical" - are largely meant to conform with federal tax code changes. 
Legislative leadership's aim is to complete the special session work in one day. As such, there will be no public testimony or amendments considered on the five bills.  However, numerous legislative rules must be suspended to approve legislation in a single day and that will require a two-thirds vote of lawmakers in each chamber.    
There will be a special meeting of the legislative council May 7 to lay out procedures for the special session and discuss the bills content. The legislative council consists of both parties' leadership teams in both chambers.   Click here to see all materials for the special session. 
Joint Ag Law Program - 
Your Feedback Requested
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, in cooperation with Purdue University, is launching a program in agriculture law in 2019.  A steering committee is tasked with ensuring that the program meets the needs of the agricultural law market and appeals to a wide student base. Members will also have input on the curriculum of the program, experiential and capstone learning opportunities and overall promotion of the program.  As such, they are requesting your feedback.  Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey:

U.S. Farm Bill Draft Recognizes Biostimulants, Sets the Stage for Regulatory Framework
The development of clear regulatory standards and labeling requirements for biostimulants in the U.S. took an important step forward this month with the introduction of the U.S. House of Representatives draft 2018 Farm Bill.

For the first time, the draft Farm Bill includes a definition of plant biostimulants. The inclusion sets the stage for the USDA to establish a formal regulatory framework to ensure the appropriate process for review, approval and uniform national labeling of agricultural biostimulants products.

Access to the Most Up-to-Date Resource for Noxious Weed Seed Listings
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service recently updated the list of state noxious-weed seed requirements recognized in the administration of the Federal Seed Act. The list shows the common names appearing in State seed laws, noting any changes. The list can be accessed here.
Safe & Sound Online Training Management Tool 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 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.

Early registration ends May 9. For details and to reserve your spot, click here.
Register Today for ELS!
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. The Executive Leadership Task Force is excited to bring forth an agenda that will dissect industry trends and spur creativity. 

Day one will focus on innovation and market disruption across the food industry, and day two will look at how to prepare for and address these game changers in your business. 

Register online for ELS by Aug. 31 to receive the early-bird rate of $1,399 for members and $499 for guests or spouses.
FDA Posts Webinar on Guidance on Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls
On March 6, the Food and Drug Administration held a webinar on the draft guidance document addressing Subpart C of the Food Safety Modernization Act "Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals." A recording of that webinar is now available.
Planting the Seed 2018: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in the Agriculture and Food Industries
Barnes & Thornburg is hosting Planting the Seed 2018: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in the Agriculture and Food Industries on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  

Attendees will hear perspectives on new developments in the agriculture and food industries from leaders of international companies, incubators and universities. Also featured on the agenda are panels addressing recent litigation trends; state and federal agriculture policy; and the transformation of the food industry.

For complete details and to register, click here.
Argentina Makes Largest U.S. Soybean Purchase in 20 Years
Argentina, the third largest soy-producing country in the world, has made its largest U.S. soy purchase in two decades, as drought forces the hand of the country's processors to turn to imports to meet demand.

Some of Washington's Political Battles Put Exports, Workers in Play for Agriculture
The war of words between the U.S. and other countries is beginning to take its toll on the nation's grower community. As reported a few weeks back, many attendees at the  2018 Commodity Classic were wearing "Growers for NAFTA" buttons, actively calling out to the President Donald Trump Administration to not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Then, approximately one month later,  Washington announced it was planning to strike back at "unfair" Chinese trade practices by imposing new tariffs on some goods from that country. China, naturally, promised to "fight back," and targeted many agricultural imports from the U.S.

The Stakes Keep Rising in the U.S.-China Trade Dispute
Trade relations between the U.S. and China remain tense and continue to escalate. Chinese buyers have not agreed to any new purchases of U.S. soybeans for the past two weeks; meanwhile, cargoes of 3 million tons of U.S. soybeans worth $1.3 billion for which deals have already been set, have not left U.S. ports.

Registration Open for 2018 ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course
The next ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course will be offered June 19-22, 2018, in Owensboro, Ky. Registration is now open, and seats are limited to 24 for the four-day course offered by ResponsibleAg, an industry initiative launched in 2014 to help retail facilities comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules for safe handling and storage of fertilizer and agrichemical products. The course provides graduates with a thorough understanding of the assessment and auditing process as it relates to the areas found at retail facilities including dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, seed treater, shop, office and grounds.

The comprehensive 'hands-on' course is held at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture, a former agrichemical facility retrofitted specifically for training purposes. After completing the course, attendees may apply with ResponsibleAg to become a credentialed auditor.

For complete details and to register, click here.
Registration Open for Purdue Strategic Decision Making Seminar
Strategic Decision Making is a three-day seminar hosted by the Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business that gives you the knowledge and tools needed to make strategic choices. You will learn how to clarify the specific decision you need to make, list the alternatives and manage any risk involved. Mastering this process and using these tools significantly increases your odds of success.

For complete details and to register, click here.
ACI Scholarship Applications Available Now!
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.
Weekly Washington Report - 5-4-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Congress on Recess, Returns Next Week
  • Conaway Shoots for May 14 for House Farm Bill Action, Moves to Block Poison Pill Amendments
  • McConnell Wants Final Senate Farm Bill Talks "Before the Summer is Out"
  • Trade Update
    • May is World Trade Month
    • Trump Extends Tariff Deadline 30 Days
    • Light at the end of the NAFTA 2.0 Tunnel?
    • High Level Talks over U.S.-China Tariff Threats Continue
  • One More, and Likely the Last, White House Biofuels Meeting Next Week 
  • Grassley Seeks Changes to EPA's Small Refinery Waiver Authority
  • CFTC Releases "Reg Reform 2.0" Agenda
  • USDA Finally Publishes GM Food Labeling Proposed Rule
  • FDA Approves Indiana Facility to Grow GM Atlantic Salmon, but Alaska Senator Blocks Sales for Now
  • Texas Leads States in Suing to End DACA
  • Sam Clovis Heads Back to Iowa
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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