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Source: Agribusiness Council of Indiana news release

The Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) is hosting its annual conference on January 26-27, 2017 at the Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. Newly inaugurated Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will give the closing keynote on Thursday, January 26th. This will be the Governor's first address focused on agriculture and agribusiness themes since his recent inauguration.

"Governor Holcomb well understands that agribusiness is a vital industry for our state's economy and its workforce," said Beth Bechdol, ACI President. "He is leading Indiana into its third Century and knows that agriculture will have a critical role in ensuring an innovative and successful future for our state."

This year's ACI conference theme is "Educate. Advocate. Lead." and the program agenda features a notable line-up of industry experts and thought-leaders.

"We are certainly in a time today when many of our most important issues are undeniably gamechanging," said Sal Sama, Business Manager of Winfield Solutions and ACI Board Chairman.

"This year's conference will explore several of these, including the economic outlook ahead for our industry, the recent elections and coming political "shake-ups", regulatory overreach, social media and consumers, the competition for talent, and industry consolidation."

The conference's opening day will also feature:
Dr. Jason Henderson, Associate Dean, Purdue University College of Agriculture
Chuck Conner, President/CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Jay Vroom, President/CEO of CropLife America
Ted McKinney, Director of the IN State Department of Agriculture
Leah Beyer, Global Digital Communications Director for Elanco

Speakers on the second day of the conference include:
Chris Jahn, President, The Fertilizer Institute
Bill Qualls, Executive Director, ResponsibleAg
Dr. Bob Waltz, Indiana State Chemist
Dianne Milazzo, Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Surveillance and Compliance, US

FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine
Matt Kapszukiewicz, Market HR Leader, PwC
Allan Gray, Director, Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business
Harold Cooper, CEO and General Manager, Premier Companies
Rajan Gajaria, VP of North and Latin America, Dow AgroSciences
Vern Hawkins, President, Syngenta Crop Protection

A full agenda for the conference and registration details can be found at

Additional questions about the event can also be transmitted to Jayne McElwain, ACI's Association Manager ( or 317-989-8142).

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