Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

August 28, 2017

ACI Emerging Professionals Visit 
Ports of Indiana
Last week, the 2017 class of the Emerging Professionals Leadership Program traveled to Portage for an indepth view of life on the water with transportation and logistics being the main focus.  David Holt of Conexus Indiana Logistics Council kicked off their visit with an outstanding presentation on the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing and logistics companies in the state. Ian Hirt, the Port Director, then gave an overview of the importance of water as a major mode of transportation for the US.  He took the group on a bus tour of the Ports of Indiana including an up-close-and-personal view of the unloading of thousands of tons of steel coils. ACI member CF Industries, a North American manufacturer and distributor of agricultural fertilizers based in Deerfield, Illinois explained the challenges they are faced with daily regarding logistics. Michelle Fenty, a 2016 EPLP graduate, was a part of their presentation team.  The group then traveled to another ACI member, Cargill and heard from 2015 EPLP graduate Ryan McCoy. Ryan is the plant manager of their Portage facility.  The group was then visited by Representative Edmond Soliday, House Chair of the Roads and Transportation Committee.  His insight into the many issues state government is faced with in keeping our roads functional and upgraded was enlightening.  It was certainly an informative two days!  Next stop for the group:  Washington D.C. on September 19-21!
Dave Holt, Conexus
Ian Hirt, Port Director
Michelle Fenty and Kelly Ehmcke, CF Industries
Emerging Professionals visit Burns Harbor

Indiana Agribusiness PAC Needs Your Support!
Over the past few years, the Agribusiness Council of Indiana has been successful in advocating for better policies and legislation on behalf of our members.  However, as we all know, it's getting more difficult to connect with the legislators who do not understand the needs of our agribusinesses.  Therefore, it is critical for our members to become engaged in the Indiana Agribusiness PAC so we can continue to make progress at the Statehouse on various issues.  Please learn more about our PAC and how to contribute by clicking HERE to read the letter from PAC Chair Harold Coopers, Premier Ag, and PAC Treasurer Jay Shininger, McAllister's Machinery Co.   
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. Click HERE for the current ACI policy newsletter.

Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at  if you have any questions.
4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program Survey
ACI is partnering with The Fertilizer Institute and the Ohio State University in an upcoming Nutrient Service Provider survey-based research project. The Nutrient Service Provider project is designed to understand and respond to experiences with nutrient management BMPs, and the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program and 4R communication process. All agricultural retailers and crop consultants in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are encouraged to participate . Survey participants do NOT have to be 4R certified under the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, and all perspectives are welcome!

About the Project:
In the coming weeks, you (or members) will receive an email with a survey link which you can complete at your leisure. The survey is broken into four sections that ask questions about: (1) your business' demographics, (2) BMPs and professional goals, (3) the 4R certification program, and (4) your communication networks (e.g. Who do you receive information about BMPs?).  
The survey takes between 15 to 20 minutes, and effort will be made to ensure that your responses remain confidential and will not be linked to you or your business. Participation in voluntary, and individuals who participate in the survey will be entered in a raffle among approximately 400 NSPs to win one of two iPads. The winners will be drawn and contacted in September of 2017.  
About the Researcher:
Francesca Formica, an Ohio State researcher, has partnered with Agribusiness Council of Indiana and the Fertilizer Institute to better understand the programs, practices, and communications that nutrient service providers engage in. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Formica grew up on the fringes of the agricultural community, working on her family's small farm and interning with the county soil and water conservation district in the water quality and agricultural departments.   Her goals for this project are:
  1. To understand how information is shared among nutrient service providers (NSPs) to see if there are ways to improve access to information about programs or BMPs that could strengthen nutrient service provider businesses and reduce nutrient loss on farms across the Midwest. 
  2. To record and respond to concerns or successes associated with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program to make the program more accessible for those who are interested. 
If you have any questions about this research project, please contact Francesca Formica at (717) 468-1049 or She is excited to work with you and would be happy to answer any questions you might have! If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact Ms. Sandra Meadows in the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251. 
Indiana Department of Labor Agriculture Worker 
Safety & Health Webinar
The Indiana Department of Labor works to collaborate with industry stakeholders on educating employees about work-related safety and health.  Please click here to review the webinar and presentation and use it as a resource in your workplace.
Weekly Washington Report - 8-28-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Trump Slams NAFTA After First Round; Canada, Mexico Not Surprised
  • Clovis Controversy Heats Ups, Senate Dems Tell Trump to Withdraw Nomination 
  • House Dems Call on Pruitt to Retain WOTUS Rule
  • Commerce Hits Argentina, Indonesia with Biodiesel Import Duties
  • Labor Day to Bring Improved Service: CSX
  • EPA Notes
    • EPA Pushes Back on New York Times Chlorpyrifos Story 
    • Pesticide Emergency Exemptions Investigated by EPA IG
    • Cargill Invests in Cell-based Meat Company
    • EU Opens In-depth Look at Bayer, Monsanto Deal
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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