Weekly News

Webinar on Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation Available on SoyGrowers.com

If you missed the webinar on Monday, you can still check it out on the ASA website! The free webinar, titled Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation, was led by Joe Luck, Ph.D., at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and may be viewed here. Data collection, analysis and benchmarking are essential to achieving and sustaining … Read More »

USDA’s Largest Annual Meeting Features ASA/WISHH’s Results in Emerging Markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) selected the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) to speak about emerging markets for U.S. feed and meat at its annual Ag Outlook Forum that focused on the “Roots of Prosperity” theme. The 94th annual Ag Outlook organizers requested ASA/WISHH Regional Director-Africa Josh … Read More »

ASA Comments on Defense Department Proposal to Prohibit Soy

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments last week to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in response to their request for information about ingredients they intend to prohibit. In August, food companies received a surprise notice from DLA that a number of ingredients must be removed from military dining, including Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Isolated … Read More »

Success in Antidumping Case for Biodiesel

Information provided by NBB This week the Commerce Department issued a final decision on the question of whether or not Argentina and Indonesia unfairly dump biodiesel imports into the United States. The Commerce Department agreed with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition, affirming the agency’s earlier preliminary determination. The decision finalizes that earlier … Read More »

Register Onsite for Commodity Classic

Online pre-registration is now closed for Commodity Classic, but attendees can still register onsite starting on Monday in Anaheim. The 2018 Commodity Classic is at the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule includes a robust line-up of educational sessions on a wide range of current and relevant topics and issues. Commodity Classic also boasts a huge trade show, … Read More »

Commodity Classic Partners with Feeding America for Second Year

For the second year, Commodity Classic has selected Feeding America as its charity partner, providing farmers with an opportunity to help “Set the Table” for a hunger-free America.  Commodity Classic, the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees as well as agricultural advocates across … Read More »

ASA: Proposed Steel Tariffs Raise Potential for Retaliation Against U.S. Soybeans

Following reports last week from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the department will recommend tariffs on imported steel and aluminum as a result of its ongoing investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, soybean farmers have voiced their concern about the potential for retaliation against U.S. soybean imports by the Chinese. … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Grows Demand for Soy-Based Poultry Feed in Ghana

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded, American Soybean Association (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH)-implemented AMPLIFIES Ghana project is improving Ghana’s poultry feed production capacity and increasing efficiency in poultry value chains. AMPLIFIES highlights the significant nexus between trade and development programs. Increased appetite for chicken in Ghana is driving industry innovation, … Read More »

Soy Growers Welcome Administration’s Second Look at TPP

The Asia-Pacific Market Working Group of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and members of Congress welcoming President Donald Trump’s consideration of rejoining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade is comprised of over 100 organizations representing … Read More »

Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was passed by Congress late last week. This paves the way for a fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill to be completed in March, addresses the approaching debt ceiling, provides disaster assistance, including for agriculture, and extends the biodiesel tax credit retroactively for 2017. Provisions of the agreement that … Read More »