Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

July 10, 2017

2017 ACI Golf Outing
Register TODAY!
Now that the fireworks are over, it's time to dust off those golf clubs!  The 2017 ACI Annual Golf Outing is Wednesday, July 26th at The Trophy Club in Lebanon.  What a great way to spend the day with fellow ACI members, meet our 2017 Emerging Professionals or introduce prospective members to the opportunities available through our organization!   Each year our members enjoy a fun day of competition at the beautiful links course north of Indianapolis. 

Looking for a great way to show your support of ACI?  Why not register as a sponsor? For more information, click   HERE . This event is always a sell-out so don't delay - register  TODAY !
Golf ball in grass.
ISDA Rolls Out Strategic Plan
On June 26th, the Indiana Agriculture Strategic Plan was launched at the Ritz Charles in Indianapolis.  The Vision Statement unveiled is Indiana Agriculture:  Enriching lives through innovation, education and collaboration.  The strategic plan includes seven priorities:
  • Economic & Community Development
  • Natural Resources Stewardship & Environment
  • Education & Career Development
  • Public Relations & Outreach
  • Leadership Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Food & Agricultural Innovation

ACI was well-represented at the event with Amy Cornell serving on the discussion panel for Natural Resources and Mike Hucker, ACI Treasurer/Board Member, part of the Infrastructure panel.  Several ACI members were also in attendance.  If you are interested in reading more about the Strategic Plan, click HERE.

Harold Cooper, Scott Sharp, Amy Cornell, Mike Hucker, Marv Ulmet and Ed Ebert
ACI Policy Committee Meets
The ACI Public Policy Committee met on June 29 to update the policy agenda for 2018. In addition, the committee recommended to the board a number of policies documenting its current course of conduct which will be considered at the July board meeting. The committee spent additional time on upcoming rulemaking for dicamba as a RSP and invasive seeds in advance of a rulemaking at the Office of State Chemist later this summer. We urge members to emphasize responsible application of dicamba according to the label.

Increase in Gasoline License Tax, Special Fuel License Tax, and Motor Carrier Surcharge Tax  2017 requires the Indiana Department of Revenue to publish the new rates effective July 1, 2017, for the gasoline license tax (IC 6-6-1.1-201), special fuel license tax (IC 6-6-2.5-28), and motor carrier surcharge tax (IC 6-6-4.1-4.5) on the department's Internet website no later than June 1, 2017. For the period July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, the following rates shall be in effect:
  • Gasoline license tax: $0.28/gallon
  • Special fuel license tax: $0.26/special fuel gallon
  • Motor carrier surcharge tax: $0.21/surcharge gallon
Click HERE to read more about the rates for gasoline license tax, special fuel license tax and motor carrier surcharge tax.
ACI Policy Newsletter
There are a number of stories regarding the grain indemnity fund collections (which ceased July 1), OSHA recordkeeping rule delay, WOTUS and safety tips. 

Read the full ACI Policy Newsletter HERE. Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
INTL FC STONE Offers Grain Merchandiser Risk Academy in Chicago August 1-3
As global grain markets grow more volatile and complex, so too grow the challenges facing grain and feed merchandisers and originators. For those new to this role, either recent graduates or those transitioning into a merchandising role, it can be confusing without a proper introduction to the world of price risk management. ACI member,  INTL FCStone Financial Inc., FCM Division has developed a three-day "pure education" program to give grain merchandisers who are new to the trading role a solid merchandising foundation.   For more information and registration specifics, click HERE.
As appreciation to ACI members, you will receive a $100 discount toward the registration fee (Discount Code: ASSOC).  What a great opportunity to support a fellow ACI member AND  save you a considerable amount of resources (time and money) to educate new employees about price risk management.
Ag Retailer Roundtable Event
August 7th in Scottsburg
Open to All Ag Retailers
Farmers go to Ag Retailers first when they need advice, recommendations and resources.  We also know when it comes to nutrient management and soil health, there is a lot to know.  The Washington County SWCD, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Indiana Farm Bureau, and many other partners want agriculture retailers to be equipped with the industry's latest news, technology and tools to help farmers determine the practices that are most appropriate to achieve reductions in nutrient loss, improve nutrient management and soil health and, ultimately, Indiana's water quality.  

All Agriculture Retailers are invited to the first roundtable which will be held on August 7 at Mid-America Science Park (812 S. Lake Road, Scottsburg, IN 47170) with registration from 8:30-9:00AM and the program running from 9:00-noon. For more information, click  HERE.
Weekly Washington Report - 7-6-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Corn Acres Down 3%, Wheat Down 9%, Soybean Planting Up 7% to Record 90 Million Acres
  • EPA Proposes RFS for Ethanol at Top of Range, Advanced Biofuels Static 
  • USDA Targeted for More State Drought Aid
  • Federal Dollars for Farm Bill Shrinking 
  • Trump Signs Agro-Terrorism Bill 
  • Cargo Preference Opponents Win in Food Aid Spat with President
  • Arkansas Moves Emergency Dicamba Ban Forward
  • Bayer Ask EU for Formal Approval of Monsanto Deal
  • Hatch Shuts Up PETA without Saying a Word
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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