Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

June 5, 2017

Take Action on the 
Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
Source:  The Fertilizer Institute
TFI needs your help! We're asking you to write your senator asking him or her to support S.951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation would ensure a transparent, accountable, and common sense regulatory process that would yield more effective regulatory outcomes for American businesses.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed the bill on May 17, moving it to the full Senate for a future vote.  For more information, click HERE.
INDOT Begins Process for Interstate Tolling Studies
HEA 1002, signed by Gov. Holcomb on April 27, 2017, requires INDOT to perform feasibility studies and seek a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) wavier to toll interstate highways.  As such,  INDOT recently posted a Request for Information (RFI) for Interstate Tolling and NEPA Studies.  This information will assist  INDOT with planning an expeditious and effective tolling program deployment approach that can be expanded in a consistent manner. INDOT plans to advertise an RFP to select several consultant teams to prepare environmental studies and other project development documentation for each of the following interstate corridors:

1. I-65 from I-90 to I-465
2. I-65 from I-465 to the Ohio River
3. I-70 from the Illinois State line to I-465
4. I-70 from I-465 to the Ohio State line
5. I-65 and I-70 within I-465
6. I-94 from the Illinois State line to the Michigan State line.

INDOT anticipates pursuing a broad interstate bridge tolling program under 23 U.S.C. 129.
Indiana Pesticide Review Board 
Meeting Update
Mark Shublak represented ACI at the 150th meeting of the Pesticide Review Board. The meeting convened with a presentation of a resolution by Governor Eric Holcomb that named June 1, 2017 as Indiana State Pesticide Review Day.

The Board reviewed cases involving civil penalties and accepted the findings. An update on the status of the rulemaking for all pesticides containing Dicamba with an active ingredient over 6.5%. The Pesticide Review Board has been studying and having public discussions about Dicamba since 2011. Read the full report from the meeting and next steps in the full policy report HERE.
NGFA Supports Effort to Update Truck Weight Limits
Source:  National Grain and Feed Association
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) recently joined in signing a letter to Congress (Click HERE) supporting a pilot program designed to obtain information on the safety and environmental benefits of increasing the maximum commercial truck weight on interstate highways.  In the letter, s ent to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, more than 80 transportation stakeholders noted that it's been 35 years since the government last updated the gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit of 80,000 pounds for federal interstate highways. Meanwhile, all 50 states have passed exceptions allowing trucks greater than this weight limit to operate on local roads. Indiana passed an exception for up to 97,000 for the agriculture industry with a permit. 
ACI Member Spotlight
ACI IPFAC Chair, Michelle Vigna hosts ACI President Amy Cornell at the Windfall bean processing facility.

AFIA Seeks a 
Director of Communications
The Director of Communications is responsible for AFIA and IFEEDER's media relations efforts with both ag and non-ag media as well as drafting and editing the association's and foundation's strategic, media, and member communications.  For more information, click HERE.
Indiana Corn and Soy Seeks 
Senior Director of 
Marketing & Communications
This person is responsible for assisting with the planning and implementation of the marketing, communications, media relations, and policy programs for the organizations.  For more information, click HERE.
Weekly Washington Report - 6-5-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Trump May Reverse Obama Policy on U.S.-Cuba Relations; Author Pushes Cuba Export Finance Bill
  • U.S. to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord
  • NAFTA Reasurrances Keep Coming; No Deadline for Completion
  • Montana Summit Draws DC Ag Leaders
  • California WOTUS Case Heats Up; Rescission Actions Continue
  • Trump Plan on River Tolls Draws Opposition
  • STB Reform Bill Reintroduced
  • Maryland Joins California in Banning "Routine" Antibiotic Use on Farms
  • CFTC Market Risk Advisory Committee to Meet June 20
Golf ball in grass.
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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