Weekly News

Heisdorffer Assumes Presidency of ASA; Moore Moves to Chairman; Stephens Elected Vice President

John Heisdorffer of Keota, Iowa, will serve as the 2018 president of the American Soybean Association, following a vote of the ASA board this morning in St. Louis. Heisdorffer raises soybeans, corn and hogs with his wife, Deanna and son Chris. “There is a so much facing the soybean industry today, and I am very … Read More »

National Biodiesel Board Holds Membership Meeting in DC

This week the National Biodiesel Board held its membership meeting in Washington, DC that was attended by numerous soybean grower leaders, state soybean association staff and ASA representatives. The focus of the meeting was on the push to get the biodiesel tax credit reinstated and on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements that were … Read More »

DuPont Young Leaders Begin Training

The 34th class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders began their training at DuPont Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa this week. The class includes representatives from 19 soybean state affiliates and the Grain Farmers of Ontario. ASA President, Ron Moore (IL) and Vice President, John Heisdorffer (IA) provided an ASA overview and participated … Read More »

USSEC and ASA/WISHH at Cooperator and USDA meetings in Baltimore, MD

Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, Jim Hershey, Executive Director of ASA’s WISHH program and staff from their respective organizations attended the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council’s Fall Conference earlier this month. This meeting convenes commodity groups (known as “cooperators”) and USDA FAS personnel to discuss exports and trade. Among the many … Read More »

Honey Bee Health Coalition: Supporting Honey Bees and Soybean Producers

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has developed a series of best management practices for soybean growers in an effort to continue supporting collaborative solutions to help achieve a healthy population of honey bees in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems. This important initiative is aimed at helping soybean producers — whose crops cover nearly … Read More »

ASA Submits Commments on Step 2 of WOTUS Repeal

On Tuesday, November 28th, American Soybean Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on step two of the proposal to repeal and replace the 2015 era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The Agency requested input from stakeholders in preparation for developing a new rule and definition of “Waters of the U.S.” The … Read More »

U.S. Soy in Central American Government Social Programs

Last week ASA/WISHH Deputy Director, Liz Hare, met with representatives of the Ministry of Education in El Salvador to discuss increased inclusion of U.S. soy in their school meals program. A representative from Alimentos, S.A. in Guatemala joined the meeting. Alimentos produces textured soy protein (TSP) made with U.S. soy flour in their plant in … Read More »

Bills to Eliminate Harvest Price Coverage Introduced in House, Senate

Companion bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate that would change revenue insurance policies offered under the Federal crop insurance program, stripping the premium subsidy for the harvest price coverage portion of the policy. S. 2096, the “Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act” was introduced by Senators Flake (R-AZ) and Shaheen (D-NH). In … Read More »

Issue Update: Biodiesel Tax Credit, RFS and Trade Case

As the Senate Finance Committee moves forward with the mark-up of comprehensive tax reform, the Republican sponsor and champions of the biodiesel tax credit, including Senators Grassley, Roberts and Thune have indicated that there is not a path for successful inclusion of the biodiesel tax credit in the tax reform package at this time. Senate Finance … Read More »

ASA/WISHH in Cambodia for Trade Servicing Activities

ASA/WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey and Asia Division Director Alan F. Poock are currently in Cambodia for trade servicing activities and to start the EMP funded animal feed activities. Poock and Hershey met with Mr. Chea Rady of Medivet, who was a trade team member that visited Iowa and the Global Trade Exchange in August.  … Read More »