Weekly News

ASA Commends EPA Dicamba Ruling, Continues Search for Answers on Dicamba Damage

WASHINGTON (October 13, 2017)—Following today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency naming certain new formulations of dicamba herbicide products as restricted-use, ASA President and Roseville, Illinois farmer Ron Moore applauded EPA and urged the industry to continue to search for answers: “Farmers look to new innovations like dicamba-tolerant soybeans to help grow healthy, affordable food while … Read More »

ASA Joins Letter Supporting Doud’s Nomination as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative

On Thursday ASA joined other agriculture organizations in a letter addressed to all members of the Senate Finance Committee to support the confirmation of Gregg Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Read the full letter here: Recommendation-Doud FINAL 1030 10 12 2017

WISHH Cultivates Trade & Development through USDA Cochran Fellowships for School Nutrition

With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), ASA’s WISHH provided nutrition and school meals training in Washington, D.C. and Delaware for eight representatives of governments or non-governmental organizations based in Nicaragua and Panama. FAS requested that WISHH conduct the training through the Cochran Fellowship Program that strengthens trade linkages while … Read More »

ASA Opens CEO Search Following Censky’s Departure

With today’s swearing-in of Steve Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, the American Soybean Association (ASA) officially opens the search for its next chief executive officer, ASA President Ron Moore said today. “ASA has been a constant voice for soybean farmers, and as we approach our centennial, we will need a steady, assertive and visionary … Read More »

EPA Action Would Break President’s Promises on Protecting the RFS

Efforts underway from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would break repeated promises by President Donald Trump to protect the RFS. As part of a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) published by the agency on Oct. 4, EPA signaled that it is contemplating reducing proposed RFS volumes, … Read More »

Important Budget Process Unfolding in Congress Over Next Two Weeks

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are preparing for floor consideration of their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year 2018.  While typically partisan and symbolic exercises, the FY2018 budget process includes reconciliation provisions that Republican leaders hope to use to pave the way for enactment of comprehensive tax reform. The reconciliation process would enable … Read More »

Strong Action Needed in Response to Potential Roll-back of Biodiesel RFS volumes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice of Data Availability (NODA) was published in the Federal Register requesting comment on potential reductions in Advanced Biofuels and Biomass-based Diesel on Wednesday, Oct. 5.  The American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on all members and supporters to ramp up our response to make sure EPA and the White … Read More »

International Exchange Program Offers 2018 Opportunities

An international exchange opportunity for young adults ages 19 and older has openings for its 2018 program. The IFYE Association of the USA, Inc., (formerly known as the International 4-H Youth Exchange), offers six- and three-month intensive cultural experiences for participants. Participants will depart in June and stay with rural host families where they will … Read More »

Senate Confirms Censky, McKinney to USDA Posts

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominations of Steve Censky as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deputy secretary, and Ted McKinney as undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised the Senate’s confirmation. “I commend the Senate for confirming these two experienced, prepared, and capable nominees, who … Read More »

Soy Growers Brief Congressional Staff on Soybeans, Sustainability

American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman and Delaware farmer Richard Wilkins traveled to Washington this week to brief congressional staff on the basics of soybean production and how sustainability factors in to the decisions that soybean farmers make at each stage in the production process. Additionally, Wilkins spoke to the essential nature of biotechnology and how … Read More »