The Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) has deep roots in Indiana's agribusiness community. ACI brings together two longstanding agribusiness associations: the Indiana Grain and Feed Association (formed in 1902) and the Indiana Plant Food and Agricultural Chemicals Association (formed in 1966). ACI has approximately 450 member companies spanning the Midwestern grain, feed, fertilizer and ag chemical industries.
The association provides valuable benefits to its members. ACI advocates on behalf of its members in the Indiana Legislature and before key regulatory agencies. The association convenes its members at a variety of events across the year, affording members the time to network and learn from one another. ACI also provides targeted education and training to members through its annual conference and trade show and specialized seminars.
However, ACI, along with other member-based organizations in agriculture, faces significant challenges today. Industry consolidation affects membership retention and recruitment. An uncertain legislative and regulatory environment creates business challenges for member companies. And the speed at which technology, policy and market changes occur in agriculture makes it difficult for members to stay abreast of these developing issues and trends.
In July 2010, ACI's board of directors selected the team of Ice Miller and KWK Management Group to provide leadership and on-going management of the organization during this dynamic period for agriculture. To ensure ACI's future success and growth, Ice Miller is guiding the organization's strategic planning, membership outreach efforts, collaboration with industry partners, as well as all legislative and regulatory monitoring.
Through January 2017, Ice Miller's director of agribusiness strategies served as president of ACI and provided strategic direction for the organization's key initiatives and represents ACI at state, regional and national industry gatherings.
Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group closely monitors and informs members on key state and federal issues, and represents ACI before the Indiana General Assembly and other key regulatory agencies. Federal policy issues can greatly impact ACI members. Thus, Ice Miller coordinates efforts with ACI's national affiliates, including CropLife America, The Fertilizer Institute, American Seed Trade Association, Ag Retailers Association, National Grain and Feed Association, and American Feed Industry Association, to provide support on important industry issues.