Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

September 11, 2017

REMINDER:  Still Time to Participate in 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program Survey
ACI, The Fertilizer Institute, and The Ohio State University are conducting a survey focusing on understanding and responding to experiences members may have had with nutrient management BMPs, and the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program and communication process. You do NOT have to be certified under the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program to participate, and all perspectives are welcome!  To thank you for your participation in the survey, you will be entered in a raffle to win one of two iPads. The survey should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  

To begin the survey, click HERE.   The deadline to complete the survey is midnight tonight, September 11.   Your participation matters . Y our response will help make this project successful!
Indiana Grain Indemnity Board Meets
Mike Silver and Ron Reichart represented ACI members at the Indiana Grain Indemnity Corporation board meeting on Friday, September 8. The board voted to approve extended claims from the Cline Grain failure, as required by HEA 1237. They also received an overview of the Indiana Grain Buyer and Warehouse Licensing Agency audit process.  

ACI Supports the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
Thirteen co-signers from across the State of Indiana, including ACI sent a letter to Senator Donnelly and his staff urging his support of the S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017.  ACI believes that regulations need to be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the lowest possible burden while still implementing Congressional intent.  Click HERE to read the letter for full details.
The Indiana General Assembly's Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources Meets
This Interim Study Committee met on August 29, 2017.  Senator Sue Glick chairs the committee and Rep. Don Lehe serves as co-chair.   The notes from the committee can be found by clicking HERE.  The ACI Government Affairs team is monitoring the committee and staying engaged on the issues.  You can follow the committee on this site.
Click HERE to read about Indiana Pesticide Review Board meeting testimony on Dicamba and HERE for the full  ACI Policy newsletter.  Please contact Mark Shublak at or Lesa Dietrick at if you have any questions.

Helena Chemical Company Continental Facility Certified in 
4R Nutrient Stewardship
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that ACI member, Helena Chemical Company Continental facility has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. The voluntary program, now in its fourth year, is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off fields, which has contributed to water quality issues in Lake Erie and other waterways across Ohio.  Click HERE to review the full release. ACI is currently working diligently to form a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program in Indiana.
AFIA Offers Answers to Frequently Asked FSMA Questions
The American Feed Industry Association has been working with members regarding frequently asked questions in preparation for Federal Safety Modernization Act issues.  Click HERE for a thorough look into these important issues. To keep track of FSMA updates from the FDA, visit their website at   FSMA webpage , and sign up for email updates.
Weekly Washington Report - 9-11-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Harvey, Irma Require Disaster Decisions
  • Trump Nominates More USDA Subcabinet Candidates; Senate Confirmation Hearing Likely this Month
  • Perdue Unveils Major USDA Reorganization Plan
  • NAFTA 2.0 Round Two Yields Little News; KORUS Likely Safe - for Now
  • Trump Drops DACA Program, Gives Congress Six Months to Fix It; Goodlatte to Replace H-21 Visas
  • USDA Allows Dairy Producers to Opt Out of MPP for 2018
  • EPA Considering Dicamba Options; Monsanto Works Hard to Stop Arkansas Broad Action
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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