Soy Grower Priorities in the President’s Infrastructure Initiative

President Donald Trump released a statement of principles regarding his infrastructure initiative this week. While aspects of the plan have been discussed over the past year with stakeholders, including the American Soybean Association (ASA), the blueprint released this week is the first official information issued by the White House. As expected the Administration principles call … Read More »

Soy Transportation Coalition Releases ‘Top 10 Most Wanted List’ of Infrastructure Priorities

The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) released a list of infrastructure priorities this week, urging policy makers to include and understand the interests of rural America. “Farmers should realize that if we are unwilling to promote the transportation solutions that would benefit our industry, we should not expect others to do so,” said Gerry Hayden, a … Read More »

ASA Applauds President’s Commitment to Infrastructure Improvements

The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauded the priority placed on improving the nation’s infrastructure in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address this week. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a soybean farmer from Keota, Iowa, said that the president’s commitment to work with Congress to fashion an initiative that will generate $1.5 trillion in … 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 »

Soy Growers Hear Rail Updates, Discuss Trade and Ag Exports During BNSF Meeting

Soy growers boarded a train last week for a meeting to discuss rail transportation issues and ag exports. As members of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) Ag Rail Council, American Soybean Association (ASA) Governing Committee members Bill Gordon (MN) and Kevin Scott (SD), along with Executive Director Bill Schuermann attended the fall council meeting … Read More »

ASA Takes on Farm Progress Show 2017 with Help from

American Soybean Association (ASA) farmer leaders have been in Decatur, Ill. all this week, interacting with fellow farmers, members of Congress and administration officials, media and industry partners at the 2017 Farm Progress Show. The leadership team of President Ron Moore, Vice President John Heisdorffer and Chairman Richard Wilkins spent three days at the annual … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Surface Transportation Board to Take Action on Declining Rail Service

Soy growers and several other groups are urging the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to take action and find the causes for continually deteriorating rail service provided by the CSX Transportation Co. (CSXT). The American Soybean Association, as part of the Ag Transporation Working Group, signed a letter to STB this week, encouraging them to press … Read More »

Soy Growers to Trump: Include Rural Voices on Infrastructure Council

Soy growers showed support for the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure and urged President Donald Trump to include voices from the rural community and representatives with expertise in the area. The American Soybean Association (ASA), as part of the Rebuild Rural Coalition signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week, along with more than … Read More »

White House Announces Infrastructure Council

The Trump Administration announced the establishment of a new Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure earlier this month. The Council will “study the scope and effectiveness of, and make findings and recommendations to the President regarding, Federal Government funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors, including surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water … Read More »

House Ag Committee Examines Rural Infrastructure Needs

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on rural infrastructure earlier this week. “From broadband and transportation, to energy, water and research, public investment in infrastructure has been vital to the success and stability of our rural communities and has helped American agriculture thrive,” Chairman K. Michael Conaway said upon announcing the hearing. “As we … Read More »