Ag Alliances

ASA is a leading collaborator and partner with a number of like-minded associations, organizations and coalitions. By creating strong alliances with others, ASA can better leverage resources and have a greater impact on policy in these specific areas that has a direct impact on the profitability of soybean growers. Click on the topics below to learn more about ASA alliances with other groups.

Farm Bill

Farm Bill Now

Farm Bill Now is a coalition of agricultural groups, each with strong and varied policy priorities, yet all committed to passing a new farm bill. Organizations that support Farm Bill Now represent commodity crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, state and local governments, minor crops, energy and biobased product groups, farm cooperatives and financial groups. ASA is a founding member and one of more than 100 organizations that support Farm Bill Now.

Biotechnology

AgBiotech Planning Committee (ABPC)

The ABPC includes Washington-based representatives of trade associations and companies from all sectors of the value chain interested in agricultural biotechnology. It has been the lead advocacy coalition for biotechnology in contacts with Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other Executive Branch agencies for the past 10 years.

FactsAboutGMOs.org

FactsAboutGMOs.org allows consumers to research and verify the safety, prevalence and benefits of genetically modified food ingredients by visiting online information posted by credible and independent sources, including governmental food safety agencies, medical and health organizations, news organizations, food safety experts and non-governmental organizations.

Transportation

Soy Transportation Coalition (STC)

The STC, comprised of the United Soybean Board, state soybean boards and ASA, works on transportation issues that impact soybeans and funds studies and analysis of transportation issues. STC meets approximately three times per year. STC is trying to raise non-checkoff funds so it can engage in some advocacy activities, in coordination with ASA.

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI)

WCI is focused on waterways infrastructure (locks and dams). ASA is a paying member. Other members include the National Corn Growers Association, Cargill, Bunge, ADM, shipping companies, coal, chemical, steel, and other industries. WCI has a weekly call and provides weekly written updates. They have an annual meeting with Hill visits in Washington, D.C. in early spring and another annual conference in the fall at various locations.

Big River Coalition

This coalition is currently focused on dredging, maintenance and federal funding for those activities. It is led by Louisiana maritime and port industries and includes several agribusiness companies. Big River Coalition provides weekly updates on the status of shipping conditions on the Mississippi River, Army Corps dredge operations, draft levels, etc.

Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP)

CTP is focused on increasing truck weight limits in the next federal surface transportation bill. The coalition is led by Kraft foods and includes a large number of corporations, agriculture and forestry groups.

Ag Transportation Work Group (ATWG)

This is an informal/ad hoc group of transportation staffers from agriculture groups in Washington, DC. The National Grain and Feed Association coordinates and hosts the meetings, which are only once every few months. ASA is among the participating groups.

Biodiesel

National Biodiesel Board (NBB)

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing America’s first Advanced Biofuel. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, and technical and quality assurance programs. NBB serves as the coordinating body for research and development in the United States. ASA is represented on the NBB Board, along with state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

Aquaculture

Coalition for U.S. Seafood Production

The Coalition for U.S. Seafood Production (CUSP) is a joint effort of the aquaculture industry and related trade groups whose interests span all aspects of domestic seafood production. CUSP represents fish and feed producers, technology and feed suppliers, researchers, retailers, restaurateurs and public aquaria. The goal of CUSP is to expand the role of the domestic aquaculture industry in the larger U.S. economy.

Biobased Products

Biobased Products Coalition (BPC)

The ASA Washington Office coordinates this coalition that includes: ASA, Canola, Ohio Soybean Association, ADM, Cargill, 8 smaller biobased product companies, and occasionally the National Corn Growers Association and National Farmers Union.

Pesticides

Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC)

The PPC includes representatives from production agriculture, including specialty crops, and the pesticide companies. It is staffed by CropLife America with a farm group representative as Chair. Issues include the NPDES permit, Endangered Species Act, spray drift, etc.

Agricultural Research

National Council for Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR)

Through education and outreach efforts, National C-FAR seeks to sustain and enhance federal funding for food and agricultural research, extension and education to help bring about research outcomes that provide a range of major public benefits.

Sustainability

Sustainable Agriculture Standard Task Force (SASTF)

Comprised of Washington, D.C. representatives of farm groups and agriculture stakeholders, this coalition was formed in response to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sustainability standard process. While mainstream agriculture has since pulled out of the ANSI process en masse, the SASTF coalition remains organized and likely to mobilize in the future to support or oppose new sustainability standards.

Coalition on the European Union RED

ASA coordinates a coalition of farm organizations and industry trade associations and companies to respond to the sustainability requirements of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The coalition interfaces with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Foreign Agriculture Service/U.S. Department of Agriculture and other Executive Branch agencies in developing strategies for preventing imposition of RED requirements on U.S. agriculture.

Field to Market

Field to Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, is a diverse initiative that joins producers, agribusinesses, food companies, conservation organizations and university and agency partners seeking to create sustainable outcomes for agriculture. Field to Market is facilitated by The Keystone Center, an independent, non-profit organization specializing in collaborative decision-making processes for environment, energy, and health policy issues.

Trade

Export Credit Working Group

The Export Credit Working Group (ECWG) is an informal coalition comprised of agriculture and grain trade groups that have an interest in maintaining a well-functioning Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102). The goals of the GSM-102 program are to maximize export sales of agricultural commodities and maximize the available export guarantees under the program.

Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports

The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports advocates for maintaining vital funding of USDA’s export programs, including the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. Although ASA is not a dues paying member of the coalition, it collaborates and coordinates with the Coalition on advocacy efforts and letter-writing campaigns in support of MAP and FMD.

U.S. Business Coalition for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

ASA is a member of the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP. The coalition supports the negotiation and passage of a high-standard TPP agreement that will open markets for U.S. farmers, manufacturers and service providers and increase U.S. exports throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs

The Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs is a broad-based coalition of over 170 national and state agriculture, business and manufacturing organizations, and companies that are in danger of losing tens of thousands of American jobs as a result of Congress’s action to violate portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Alliance is a strong supporter of a cross-border trucking program and has focused its efforts in moving the U.S. government toward resolution of the long-standing dispute over cross-border trucking between Mexico and the United States.

Trade Benefits America

The Trade Benefits America Coalition includes a wide range of associations and companies that are dedicated to the pursuit of U.S. international trade agreements that benefit American businesses, farmers, workers, and consumers. The Coalition believes that passage of updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation is important to help ensure America continues to benefit from trade. The Coalition’s mission is to educate policymakers and the public on the benefits of trade and U.S. trade agreements, and educate on and advocate for updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as an important tool for pursuing pending and future negotiations to provide further opportunities for U.S. economic growth and job creation.

AgTrade

AgTrade is a standing coalition of agriculture organizations represented in Washington, D.C. that support reaching an agreement in the Doha Round of World Trade Organization (WTO) trade negotiations that substantially improves market access to foreign importing countries while also imposing disciplines on the use of trade-distorting domestic support and export subsidy practices. ASA has played an important role in efforts to ensure that major developing country importers and exporting competitors are included in the negotiations, and that disciplines include elimination of Differential Export Taxes (DETs).

Food Aid

Food Aid Coalition

The food aid coalition is an ad-hoc coalition comprised of agriculture groups and millers. It advocates in-kind food aid as the most sustainable tool in the food aid toolbox. The coalition works with members of Congress to ensure food aid is viewed as a critical element to global food security efforts.