Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
June 1, 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
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.
ACI Annual Golf Outing Moved to August 1
Due to a scheduling conflict, the ACI Golf Outing has been moved to August 1. The event will take place at The Trophy Club in Lebanon, Indiana, one of the most highly rated courses in Indiana. Registration includes greens fees, a golf cart, lunch and beverages and driving range time.
Registration is now open and sponsorships are available. Please fill out this form and return to ACI to reserve your spot in the outing.
Purdue Extension Offers 
Mental Health First Aid
Purdue Extension is pleased to deliver Mental Health First Aid to any adult who is interested and wants to learn skills to assist those who may be in need.  

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Why is Mental Health First Aid Needed?
We recognize the agriculture industry can be very stressful with possible on-the-farm injuries, large loans for land and equipment, along with volatile pricing. These circumstances lead to high rates of stress and leave individuals looking for ways to cope, which puts a strain on their mental health and overall well-being, as well as that of their families. Identifying individuals at-risk and connecting them to healthy, safe options for support or treatment is necessary while avoiding detrimental choices, such as substance abuse or suicide.

*Nearly 75% of farmers and farmworkers say they have been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

*Individuals in the farming, fishing and forestry occupational group are statistically more likely to commit suicide than any other.


How Can I Help My Community?
If you are interested in learning more about the Mental Health First Aid course or how to schedule/host a course for employees or as a community event, please contact:  

Stephanie Woodcox;  Purdue Extension- Health & Wellness Specialist  **In your email communication please use the following as your subject: Scheduling a MHFA Course**
Mexico Retaliates Against U.S. Tariffs, Aims at Trump Country
Mexico hit back fast on U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum on Thursday, targeting products from congressional districts that President Donald Trump's Republican party is fighting to retain in November elections.
U.S. 2018 Ag Exports Expected to 
Drop 6%, USDA Report Says
U.S. agricultural trade for fiscal year 2018, is expected to drop $500 million from the USDA's November forecast and $1.0 billion below last year.   In its Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report Thursday, USDA pegged demand for ag products such as oilseeds and product exports to decline 6%.
Severe Weather Tips for Farmers
Steve Cain, the Purdue Extension disaster communication specialist, shared several tips for individuals to remember during storm season, especially if they find themselves out working in a field when dangerous weather moves in.
NGFA Unveils New Grain Bin Entry Safety Video
In the NGFA's latest training video, join Manager of Education, Training and Regulatory Affairs Jim Seibert to brush up on the basic safety precautions and equipment needed to enter a grain bin. This short video breaks down each step of the process to ensure managers and employees don't miss a step and stay safe every day. Engulfment is one of the leading types of fatalities inside a grain bin; however, there are numerous industry and Occupational Safety and Health Administration resources available to assist in preventing future incidents.
Weekly Washington Report - 6-1-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Roberts Shoots for June 6 for Farm Bill Committee Action; Failed House Bill Still in Flux
  • Trump Reverses Rhetoric on China Tariffs; 'Confuses, Confounds' Ag Traders
  • Fears Mexico, Canada, EU Steel Tariffs Put NAFTA 2.0 at Risk
  • Biofuels Groups Sue EPA to Halt RFS Waivers
  • EPA Sued by Three States over Pesticide Worker Protection Delays
  • Senate Readies for Immigration as House Works Toward June Floor Deadline
  • Bayer-Monsanto Deal Gets DOJ Green Light After $9-Billion in Divestitures
  • Government Climate Change Spending Increasing
  • HSUS Charity Status Downgraded to "D" by Third Group
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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