Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

May 8, 2017

From the President's Desk
As I close in on my first 100 days as ACI President, I wanted to update you on a few ACI initiatives.  This is such an exciting time for our organization! 
During the summer months we will embark upon a new strategic planning process.  It's hard to accomplish anything without a plan.  The strategic plan will set the 3-5 year vision of our organization to help focus energy, resources, and finances.  In advance of the formal strategic planning process, I am trying to visit as many ACI member companies as possible.  I want to hear from you!  What is working?  What business challenges are keeping you up at night?  What are things that ACI does well?  How can we improve?  Why are you a member?  You get the idea.  To schedule a visit please contact me at
Nutrient management is another important topic that we will tackle in 2017.  In March, the ACI board voted to move forward with a voluntary 4R certification program for ag retailers.  A dedicated committee of ACI board members will be working with ACI staff and partner organizations to design the program.  Many thanks to Jennifer Long, Marv Ulmet, Brad McCord, Scott Sharp, and Rod Miller for stepping up!  ACI will also be participating in the St. Mary's Watershed Project.  Look for more information soon regarding conservation demonstrations, field days and tours!
Help Yourself.  Volunteer.
Much of the organizational work of ACI is done through our committee structure.   We have big plans for 2017 and we need you!  
  • The Education Committee defines ACI's role in education and training and looks for opportunities to partner with other organizations for training opportunities. 
  • The Events Committee plans the annual conference and expo, golf outing and other networking events.
  • The Membership Engagement committee develops ways to improve communication with members and recruits prospective members for ACI. 
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees please contact  Jayne McElwain or  Amy Cornell.
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!  Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2017.   If you have questions, feel free to contact us at (317) 454-8055. 
Indiana Crop Report
Before the rains halted fieldwork farmers made significant profess with corn and soybean plantings.  Spring plantings for both corn and soybeans are ahead of schedule, despite the rains.  To read more click  HERE.
Weekly Washington Report - 5-8-17
(by Steve Kopperud)

Click HERE to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:

  • First Perdue Policy Speech Long on Reassurances, Biofuels, Trade
  • Perdue Working with White House on USDA Subcabinet; Northey Frontrunner for Deputy Slot
  • Lighthizer, Gottlieb Senate Votes Set for this Week
  • Michigan Hearing Continues Senate Moves to Craft 2018 Farm Bill
  • Dairy Weighs In
  • Animal Ag, Vets Want Disease Prevention, Response Program in Farm Bill
  • Portman, Heitkamp Introduce Regulatory Reform Act
  • Feinstein, Leahy Introduce Worker Protection Plan
  • EPA Notes
    • WOTUS Rescission Order Heads to OMB
    • E15 Waiver Supported by Pruitt
    • Pruitt to Recuse Himself from WOTUS, State Lawsuits
    • Environmentalists Sue EPA over Water Pollution Rules
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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Our Vision:  
The Agribusiness Council of Indiana will be the premier advocate serving members' business interests.
Our Mission: 
 The Agribusiness Council of Indiana supports members with legislative representation, industry insight and regulatory guidance.