Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

June 26, 2017

IGIC Cease Collection
Source: Indiana State Department of Agriculture
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is projected to cease collecting for Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund on June 30, 20167.  As of May 31, there was $35 million in the fund. The Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund exists to provide protection against catastrophic financial losses for Hoosier grain farmers in the event of the failure of a state-licensed grain buyer or warehouse.  Created by the Indiana General Assembly in 1995, the fund is essentially a producer-funded insurance pool.  The fund has been used 12 times since its inception.  Nearly $9 million of farmer reimbursements have been distributed to farmers over that time.
Read more about the fund HERE.
Chairman Giancarlo Confirmed 
by Senate
Source: National Grain and Feed Association
On Thursday, Chairman Giancarlo spoke in front of the Senate Agriculture Committee about his plans to streamline existing rules and request for additional funding separate of the White House budget.  The plans were met with positive feedback from Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, MI.
Rail Rate Disputes with Carriers
Source: National Grain and Feed Association
The federal Surface Transportation Board has yet to act on the recommendations from the NGFA concerning the development of a new, streamlined, less burdensome, and cost-effective methodology to provide ag shippers with a way to challenge unreasonable rail rates. NGFA suggests its Rail Mediation Service, which is available to NGFA member-company and rail carriers. It is a method that allows the parties to directly engage with one another to try and reach an agreeable solution.
There are two broad categories of disputes: allegation of unreasonable discrimination by a rail carrier as to rates charged; and allegation of switching rates, rules, or practices of carriers unreasonable bar access of rail shipper or receiver to markets.
Read more about the services and processes HERE.
Agribusiness Urge the USDA to Drop Proposed Biotech Regulatory Changes
Source: National Grain and Feed Association
NGFA, Corn Refiners Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, North American Export Grain Association, and North American Millers' Association urge the USDA to withdraw the proposed changes to Part 340 rule, which include the elimination of the notification process for certain genetically engineered organisms.  The agribusinesses say that there has not been adequate consultation in important U.S. export markets nor in trade relationships concerning agricultural commodities and processed products. Access the statement HERE.
These agribusinesses also submitted a joint statement to the FDA regarding comments on the use of genome-editing techniques to produce new plant varieties for human and/or animal consumption. Plant-breeding techniques would be invaluable to the FDA as well as to the U.S. as a whole, but the FDA must be vigilant to add in a notification requirement so the knowledge does not spill over into competitor countries.
Trump Nominates Doud as USTR's Chief Agriculture Negotiator
Source: National Grain and Feed Association
On June 16, President Trump nominated Greg Doud, current president of Commodity Markets Council, as chief agriculture negotiator for the Office of U.S. Trade Representative. Raised on a farm, Doud has served on the staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee for various senators. He also spent eight years as the chief economist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and worked for U.S. Wheat Associates.
Read more Doud HERE.
Looking for Anhydrous Ammonia Information - Mark Your Calendars!

ACI member, Koch Fertilizer, will be hosting three open house events July 11-13 in Crawfordsville, Walton and Huntington, Indiana.  If you are looking for an opportunity to learn more about ammonia handling, emergency response procedures and tour a MC332 Ammonia/LPG Training Trailer, this may be just the event for you.  For more information, click below for each location.

ACI Offers Job Posting Opportunities for Members

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  • 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 - 6-26-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Trump, Perdue take Rural Development Show to Iowa, Talks Successes, Immigration
  • Ryan Sets Sights on Tax Reform; Promises 2017 Final Action
  • Perdue Names More Key Staff
  • House Agriculture Talks University Research Challenges
  • CFTC Gets Commission Nominees, Giancarlo Gets Confirmation Hearing, Bowen Announces Departure
  • Doud Nominated to USTR Top Ag Post
  • Perdue Hosts Canadian, Mexican Ag Ministers in Georgia
  • NAFTA Sparring Continues; Lighthizer Offers Hopes for Talks
  • Kind Wants Lighthizer, Perdue in Wisconsin to Talk Dairy
  • Ag Groups Unhappy with Trump Move on Cuba
  • July Set for U.S. to Begin Talks with UK on Post-Brexit Bilateral Trade Deal 
  • U.S. Pushing China to Approve Six More Biotech Crops
  • U.S. Cuts of All Fresh Beef Imports from Brazil on Safety Concerns
  • EPA, BLM Signal Possible Massive Job Cuts
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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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