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 »

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 »

Soy Growers Urge Ag Secretary to Support School Feeding Program, Food for Peace in Budget

Soy growers are asking U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to support U.S. programs that help feed children and modernize agriculture practices in developing countries. The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined several other organizations in a letter to the secretary this week, urging the importance of the McGovern Dole International Food for Education … Read More »

Soy Growers Join New Initiative to Protect & Modernize NAFTA for the 21st Century

The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports the Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a new coalition of growers, producers, suppliers and consumers dedicated to preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA has greatly benefited the U.S. through strong job growth, higher wages and low consumer prices, and has particularly enabled a booming agricultural … Read More »

Early 2018 Brings Deadlines on Trade

With so much focus in recent months on the status of negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) agreement, it’s important to keep all of the other key trade developments coming in 2018 in mind as well. In the past two days, several news outlets have explained in helpful detail, the range of … Read More »

ASA Signs Letter to Outline Priorities for WTO Ministerial

This week, ASA along with other farm organizations joined a letter sent to USTR Ambassador Lighthizer outlining priorities for WTO Ministerial. The letter urged the Ambassador to defend the intersts of U.S. agriculture, particularily regarding negotiations around domestic support and public stockholding, which preserving an  effecting dispute settlement mechanism.

ASA Submits Comments on Foreign Trade Barriers

This week the American Soybean Association joined the National Oilseed Processors Association and the North American Export Grain Association in submitting comments to the Administration on foreign trade barriers. Access the full document here.

ASA Joins Letter to Secretary Ross

This week the American Soybean Association joined a letter to Secretary Ross regarding his recent obeservation that there is “not a world oversupply of agricultural products” and that harm to American food and agriculture interests from a potential NAFTA withdrawal is an “empty threat.” The letter continues saying, “We respectfully submit that notification of NAFTA withdrawal would … 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 »