ASA Action Partnership (ASAAP)

The ASA Action Partnership (ASAAP) is now entering its third successful year. ASA, state affiliates, state and national soybean checkoff organizations and industry are strategic partners in pursuing and protecting the interest of U.S. soybean grower’s ability to farm profitably. We realize that significant opportunities exist as well as increasing challenges and issues for all stakeholders along the value chain. Not only are they increasing across many areas, they are becoming more complex. And in many cases there exists well-funded opposition to support their agenda on these issues that impact the role of modern production agriculture and the freedom to operate for our soybean growers.

In 2011, ASA reshaped the former Agri Business Council to form ASAAP. ASAAP was developed to create a new level of communication and commitment between stakeholders for building a stronger soybean industry. Our objective is to redefine the connection between ASA and its industry partnership to secure the future of the U.S. soybean industry.

ASAAP is a collaborative effort of all agriculture industry sectors that have a stake in the growth of the soybean industry. This includes state and national checkoff organizations, soybean processors and exporters, technology providers, seed companies, crop protection companies, ag equipment and transportation companies.

ASAAP’s role is to:

  • Identify and address the challenges and issues facing our industry
  • Develop an action strategy and allocate necessary resources to achieve the strategic objectives and goals

As a member of the ASAAP, your organization will have up to two individuals to participate in all meetings. The Partnership includes the ASA Executive Committee and other ASAAP member organization leaders. ASAAP will conduct two meetings, one of the meetings is an annual meeting/retreat for strategic visioning and planning for next program year and another semi-annual meeting for plan review and progress.

State QSSB Members

  • Illinois Soybean Board
  • Indiana Soybean Alliance
  • Iowa Soybean Association
  • Kansas Soybean Commission
  • Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board
  • Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee
  • Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
  • New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association
  • North Carolina Soybean Producers Association
  • North Dakota Soybean Council
  • Ohio Soybean Council
  • South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
  • Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board
  • Texas Soybean Board
  • Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board

Corporate and National Organization Members

  • ADM
  • AGCO Corporation
  • BASF
  • Bayer CropScience
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • FMC
  • Monsanto
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Syngenta
  • United Soybean Board

July 31-Aug. 2, 2013

Tentative Agenda:

Wednesday - July 31, 2013
2–5 p.m. Deep Dive into China. A panel of industry, economists and futurists looking at where China is heading and the impact it will have on all of our respective organizations and the ag industry. A mega trends and macro-economic perspective about current economic status, outlook, will it keep growing, what could go wrong, what indicators to look at when assessing the health of their economy, and cultural shifts and factors.
6–9 p.m. Cooks of Crocus Hill. Ever want to become a gourmet chef? We will break into teams and attend a cooking school where we will learn the fine art of food preparation and wine tasting and prepare our own group dinner for the evening. We know you’re the master of your own BBQ grill, but how about the soufflé pan?
Thursday - Aug. 1, 2013
8–11 a.m. Future of the Soy Industry: A facilitated discussion and visioning session to “Building a Road To The Future. Managing pro-actively for our industry. How can we: make a difference, help each other, be pro-active rather than re-active…”
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch with Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture (invited) to speak on water quality issues that Minnesota agriculture deals with.
1:30–3:30 p.m. Conclusion of visioning session plus issue updates on sustainability pledge/protocol and market reaction, biotech labeling, farm bill, biodiesel/RFS, food aid overhaul and other items.
4 p.m.– Break, then reception and dinner at the Lakeside Patio overlooking Lake McKnight
Friday - Aug. 2, 2013
Group breakfast and then depart.

Details about the conference center in Chaska, Minn. can be found at www.oakridgeminneapolis.com.