Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

July 24, 2017

2017 ACI Golf Outing
Weather Looks Great!
Weather Forecast for Wednesday, July 26th - Party Cloudy, mid 80's and perfect for a round of golf!  The 2017 ACI Annual Golf Outing is this Wednesday 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? Join the following ACI members
  • ABIS/JH Ward
  • Beck's Hybrids
  • Belstra Milling
  • Bose Public Affairs
  • Cargill
  • CIE
  • Consolidated
     Grain & Barge
  • Gavilon Grain
  • Growmark
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • Kova Fertilizer
  • Lafayette Terminal
  • MacAllister Machinery
  • Matthews Feed & Grain
  • Monsanto
  • Potash Corporation
  • ResponsibleAg
  • The Andersons

For more information, click  HERE and register TODAY!

Golf ball in grass.
ACI Board Members Visit DC
Last week, five ACI Board Members attended the 2017 State Agribusiness Association Summer Legislative Fly-In co-hosted by The Fertilizer Institute along with the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Seed Trade Association, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and CropLife America. Seven state associations (Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., Neb., and Va.) attended bringing in more than 30 people and participating in more than 60 meetings with congressional offices.  Members were briefed on policy issues and heard updates on 4R initiatives, industry economic impact, and the Congressional Fertilizer Caucus.  Additionally, James Glueck, staff director at the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry spoke to the group.
The trip included productive conversations with the Indiana Delegation about issues related to trade, regulatory and environmental issues and polices among others.  Our members met with both Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young along with Congressmen Banks, Hollingsworth, Messer and Rokita and Congresswomen Brooks and Walorski.  The group met with National Grain and Feed Association President Randy Gordon and Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy. Each ACI Board member commented that it was an incredible opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with those directly involved in legislation important to our members. Special thanks to Lesa Dietrick, Ice Miller, for coordinating these Hill visits.

Brad McCord, Phill Zimmerman, Lesa Dietrick, Mike Hucker,  Amy Cornell, Dave Reichhart and George Greenwood visit with IN Rep Todd Hollingsworth
Perdue Applauds Selection of 
ISDA Director Ted McKinney to 
Source:  USDA Press Release 0071.17
(Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump's declaration of intent to nominate Ted McKinney for Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Dr. Sam Clovis for Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statements:
Regarding Ted McKinney:
"For our new under secretary position emphasizing international trade, I have always said that I want someone who wakes up every morning asking how we can sell more American agricultural products in foreign markets. Ted McKinney is that person. His longstanding background in agriculture, economic development, and global issues will make him an unapologetic advocate for U.S. products in the world marketplace."

Regarding Dr. Sam Clovis:
"Dr. Clovis was one of the first people through the door at USDA in January and has become a trusted advisor and steady hand as we continue to work for the people of agriculture. He looks at every problem with a critical eye, relying on sound science and data, and will be the facilitator and integrator we need. Dr. Clovis has served this nation proudly since he was a very young man, and I am happy he is continuing to serve."
ACI Government Affairs Survey
The ACI Government Affairs Committee is seeking input from members about their policy engagement and more.  Please click HERE  to take a short survey which will help the committee develop communications, programming and more. 
For more policy news, click HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter.  Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
ACI Education Committee:
Opportunities for You!
  • INTL FC STONE Offers Grain Merchandiser Risk Academy in Chicago August 1-3.  Click HERE for more info.
  • Ag Retailer Roundtable Event 
    August 7th in Scottsburg 
    Open to All Ag Retailers.  Click HERE
     for more info.
Weekly Washington Report
(by Steve Kopperud)
Due to the Mr. Kopperud's traveling schedule, the weekly Washington Report is unavailable.  An update will be in the 7/31 issue of ENews.
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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The Agribusiness Council of Indiana will be the premier advocate serving members' business interests.
Our Mission: 
 The Agribusiness Council of Indiana supports members with legislative representation, industry insight and regulatory guidance.