Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

August 21, 2017

ACI Executive Leadership Meets with LG Crouch and ISDA Director McKinney
The Normandy Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds provided a perfect backdrop for this week's ACI leadership meeting with Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and ISDA Director Ted McKinney.  ACI Chair Dave Reichhart and executive committee members Mike Hucker, Ed Korniak and Rod Miller,  ACI President Amy Cornell and ACI Lobbyist Lesa Dietrick discussed a wide variety of topics during the meeting.  
Dave spoke about the need for realistic solutions to confined feeding operations, with Amy citing the Land Resource Council Toolkit as a very useful item to offer rural communities and businesses.  Rod discussed Dicamba's impact on crop production and urged against overregulation.  Ed moved the discussion to the need for rural broadband and better highway and road maintenance, with Dave raising concerns about current limitations on CDLs.  Mike spoke about the importance of logistics and Indiana ports to agribusinesses.  The Lt. Governor and Commissioner took notes for follow-up on key matters and offered a variety of thoughtful suggestions during the meeting, and ACI attendees were grateful to have this one-on-one time with these important ag industry leaders.

Indiana Legislative Rural Caucus Meets at Indiana State Fair
This week the Legislative Rural Caucus continued the tradition of meeting at the Indiana State Fair to listen to agriculture and rural stakeholders about a number of issues.  Amy Cornell, ACI President, and Mark Shublak, ACI Government Affairs, attended the meeting and were able to interact with other organization leaders and legislators.  Meeting topics included:  capital for rural business, rural workforce development and presentations by 4-H members, a presentation on the economic impact of animal agriculture among others.  Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at USDA, spoke to the group about the department's efforts.  Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch gave brief remarks and had agency leaders from departments she oversees give updates on a number of their initiatives.
For more on this story and policy news, click HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter.  Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.
Lt Governor Awards 
Beth Bechdol with 
2017 AgriVision Award
Former ACI President, Beth Bechdol, was recently awarded the  2017 AgriVision Award along with Dr. Jay Akridge, Interim Provost at Purdue, during the Celebration of Agriculture at the Indiana State Fair. This prestigious award is presented to Hoosier visionaries who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana agriculture. "The extraordinary vision and leadership Beth Bechdol and Jay Akridge provide to Indiana agriculture epitomizes the spirit of the AgriVision Award," Lt. Governor Crouch said. "Their passion and expertise has led to countless innovations, and they represent the very best of Indiana agriculture." Congratulations Beth from your ACI family!
Monsanto Offers College Internships
ACI member, Monsanto, is offering 2018 internships and applications are now available.  In today's competitive market, internships are crucial additions to resume building. If you know a college student currently enrolled in a full-time degree program at the Bachelors, Masters, or PhD level with an accredited College or University who might be interested, click HERE to view each of these opportunities and don't delay - openings are normally filled by November!
Nominate Your Rising Star
ACI member, Yargus Manufacturing, is sponsoring the Agricultural Retailers Association Rising Stars Class of 2017. The purpose of the program is to provide a vehicle for member organizations to reward young or emerging leaders by sponsoring their registration to the  ARA Conference and Expo . is an opportunity for you to recognize, reward and develop your organization's high achievers and future leaders. Nominations will be accepted through September 1.  
Week In Review
Kara Salazar updates IN Land Resources Council on Comprehensive Planning for Economic Development: A Guide for Local Government
Senator Joe Donnelly hosted a Farm Bill listening session at the 2017 Indiana State Fair

Weekly Washington Report - 8-21-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • NAFTA Talks Kick Off as Rhetoric Flies; U.S., Mexico Want Quick Resolution
  • Cargill CEO Says NAFTA Pull-Out Would be 'Destructive' 
  • Argentina Says "OK" to U.S. Pork Imports; South Korea Lifts Ban on U.S. Eggs, Poultry
  • Ag Pushes STB to Continue "Aggressive" CSX Service Investigation
  • EPA Extends WOTUS Comment Period
  • Court Gives EPA More Time to Comply with CAFO Order
  • U.S. Ethanol Facing Brazil Import Tariff
  • FDA "Biomass Denominator" to Track Antibiotic Sales Data; OIE Releases Report on Global Use
  • Pruitt Says Climate Change/Human Activity Report to be Reviewed for "Accuracy," Objectivity
  • Quintenz Sworn in at CFTC
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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