ASA Top Legislative and Regulatory Priorities (March 2014)

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Risk Management and Farm Policy

  • Work with USDA to ensure timely implementation and producer sign-up under the Agricultural Act of 2014.   

Federal Budget and Appropriations

  • Protect funding for export market development programs (FMD and MAP), food aid, agricultural research, crop insurance, and conservation on working lands.


  • Achieve a 2014 RFS Final Rule with a biodiesel requirement of at least 1.7 billion gallons.
  • Extend the biodiesel tax incentive.

Trade Expansion

  • Achieve new market access for soy and meat in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
  • Eliminate barriers to U.S. soy and meat exports in the US-EU TTIP negotiations.
  • Challenge trade restrictions to U.S. soy resulting from the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.
  • Pass Trade Promotion Authority to allow the United States to conclude new trade agreements.
  • Improve the timeliness and predictability of regulatory approvals for new biotech traits by China, the EU, and other major markets, and pursue a harmonized global low-level presence policy.

Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Support enactment of WRDA with provisions to expand funding for dredging, port maintenance, and waterways infrastructure, including locks and dams.
  • Support enactment of a highway reauthorization bill that includes continuation of the hours of service exemption for agriculture and increases weight limits for six-axle trucks.

Biotechnology and Environment

  • Accelerate USDA and EPA approvals for biotech traits and associated pesticide labels.
  • Modify FDA’s proposal to withdraw GRAS status for partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  • Oppose EPA actions to supersede state authority in the Chesapeake Bay and other watersheds.
  • Eliminate duplicative pesticide permitting requirements.
  • Support raising the exemption level for new oil spill containment rules to 10,000 gallons and provide greater responsibility for farmers to self-certify compliance.
  • Closely monitor EPA and state actions on water quality issues.
  • Support Federal legislation to establish voluntary labeling standards for the presence or absence of GMOs in food products that prevent a patchwork of state labeling laws.

Aquaculture and Sustainability

  • Support regulatory initiatives for a U.S.-based aquaculture industry.
  • Meet U.S. and global demand for sustainable soy through the U.S. soy industry’s Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol, which enhances the competitiveness and sustainability of U.S. soybean producers.