Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

June 19, 2017

Hoosier Native to Lead USDA Rural Development Agencies
Source:  USDA
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett, Chief Counsel to the Majority on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, to lead the Rural Development agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Hazlett, whose title will be Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, will oversee the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business Service, and the Rural Housing Service within USDA and report directly to the secretary.   An Indiana native, Hazlett has worked on agriculture and rural issues for over fifteen years. 
Retailer of the Year Applications
Now Open!
The 2017 Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year award, presented by Monsanto and   AgPro Magazine , recognizes the best in ag retail annually. "Retailer of the Year" is a symbol of quality and an emblem of prestige.  If you know someone who is an  innovative, tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, community-minded ag retailer with outstanding employees and solid track-record, applications are now available.     Apply now!
ACI Offers Job Posting Opportunities for Members

Opportunity Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

  • DSM to cover the NE corner of Indiana for the DEKALB/Asgrow brand
    District Sales Manager position works closely with sales management and retail partners to achieve business goals and long-term growth within your district.
    If you or someone you know is interested, please visit the Monsanto website HERE (Enter Job Number:  01j0s, and search) to review the job description and submit an application.
If you would like to post job openings with your organization, send the request to
Weekly Washington Report - 6-19-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Tyson Lobbyist in Serious Condition After DC Shooting, Conaway OK
  • Trump Moves to Roll Back Some Obama U.S.-Cuba Normalization, Targets Castro Government 
  • China Beef Deal Finalized, Milk Sales About to Begin
  • Hazlett Named Perdue's New Special Assistant for Rural Development; Controversy Follows
  • Trump to Nominate Stump to CFTC: Reports
  • E15 Bill Senate Hearing Not as Smooth as Backers Hoped
  • House Ag Sets June 24 Farm Bill Listening Session in Florida
  • EPA Notes
    • Two-year Delay on Methane Recapture Proposed 
    • Pruitt Assures Lawmakers Defunding Watershed Program Won't Kill Clean-up
    • Risk Management Plan Compliance Pushed to 2019
    • Overtime Rule Rolled Down by DOL
    •  Justice OK's Dow, DuPont Merger
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Stay tuned for more upcoming details on this year's event - including opportunities for sponsorship!  Dust off those clubs and mark your calendars.  You won't want to miss it!
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

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