Agribusiness Council of Indiana 

September 25, 2017

ACI Emerging Professionals Visit DC
The ACI Emerging Professionals visited DC last week and met with a number of industry and government leaders.  They began their meetings at the U.S. Department of Agriculture with briefings from representatives from the Farm Credit Council, National Grain & Feed Association, CropLife America and The Fertilizer Institute.  Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at USDA met with the group as well.  Then they made their way to Capitol Hill where they met with Senator Todd Young's staff and toured the U.S. Capitol.  The group ended their trip with a tour of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building which is occupied by the Executive Office of the President including the Office of the Vice President.  
I really appreciated the opportunity to hear from the various speakers to help "personalize" the governance process for me.  I have certainly found myself less engaged in politics with the divisiveness I see in the media.  I feel more empowered through the visit to reach out to those that represent me in the government.  I came away with a better knowledge of the political process and a further appreciation for the work of our elected officials.  In addition, it was a terrific opportunity to get to know my EPLP colleagues and to get a glimpse of the monuments and architecture of Washington D.C.   EPLP Participant

The time we got to spend together as a group was invaluable, and I particularly enjoyed the briefings we received at USDA. Would highly recommend this trip to future classes. Thanks ACI for helping make it possible for so many of us to participate in a fun, informative, and rewarding trip! EPLP Participant
IPRB Makes Dicamba a 
Restricted Use Pesticide
The Indiana Pesticide Review Board met on August 30, 2017 and voted on a final rule to restrict use on certain pesticide products including dicamba.  The notes regarding the meeting and vote can be found HERE and the final rule document can be found HERE
ACI Board Members Testify at 
Interim Study Committee
ACI Chair Dave Reichhart, Ag Plus, and board member Brad McCord, Co-Alliance LLP, testified last Tuesday at the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.   Both Dave and Brad testified about the economic impacts CAFOs and agribusinesses have on our local communities, counties and states.  They also addressed the sustainable practices our members and farmers use today to address concerns raised by the committee and opponents of agriculture today.  This issue will continue to be a topic in the Indiana Legislature and ACI will be monitoring it throughout the next few months and into the legislative session. 
Brad McCord (CoAlliance) and ACI President Dave Reichhart (AgPlus) testify on behalf of ACI.

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.
Weekly Washington Report - 8-25-17
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Ag Committee Chairs Talk Farm Bill, Listen to Stakeholders, Await Budget Numbers
  • Censky, McKinney Enjoy Noncontroversial Senate Ag Confirmation Hearing
  • Clovis Nomination Opposed by Stabenow; Remains in Limbo
  • Florida Senators Want Fast USDA Help Post-Irma
  • AFIA Wants FDA to Reopen FSMA Animal Food Rule for "Renegotiation," More Industry Comment
  • NAFTA 2.0 Round Three Begins September 23; White House Cools Expectations
  • EPA News
    • Pruitt Explains U.S. Position on Paris Accord 
    • EPA WOTUS Deadline Slips
    • EPA will Allow Dicamba Use with New Rules
    • Pesticide User Fee Account Can Be Used to Stretch EPA Appropriation 
    • Bipartisan Senate Group Call for USTR to Push Back on Brazil Ethanol Tariff
    • Doubling MAP, FMD Goal of New Legislation
    • New Farmer-Run Pro-GMO Group Formed, Launches Public Information Campaign 
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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