Archive for August, 1999

States Launch Effort To Support ASA’s $1 Billion Purchase & Donation Program

A group of 12 north central state soybean affiliates of the American Soybean Association (ASA) have launched a major effort to encourage Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman to approve ASA’s request for a $1 billion concessional sales and donation program to utilize surplus U.S. soybeans. State associations in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, N. Dakota, … Read More »

ASA Welcomes USDA Decision to Buy 20,000 Gallons of Biodiesel

Unprecedented Purchase Sets Challenge for All Government Agencies The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased with Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman’s announcement yesterday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase an unprecedented level of 20,000 gallons of biodiesel this year. ASA Chairman Mike Yost, a soybean producer from Murdock, Minn., participated in the ceremony … Read More »

New Legislation to Allow Biodiesel Use in Clean Air Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds new pro-biodiesel legislation introduced by Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Karen McCarthy (D-MO) during the final hours before the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on August 6. Shimkus and McCarthy introduced H.R. 2788 to allow biodiesel to compete for funds in the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program. … Read More »

ASA Endorses Senate Approval of Farm Aid Package

Calls on House to Ratify Disaster Relief The American Soybean Association (ASA) has endorsed the $7.4 billion farm assistance package approved by the Senate on August 4 and is urging Members of the House of Representatives to ratify disaster relief for 1999 crops. ASA considers the Senate package an important step toward supporting soybean producer … Read More »

ASA Applauds Tax-Cut Package With Multiple Farmer-Friendly Provisions

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded Members of the Senate and House conference committee, which approved a tax-cut package on August 3 that includes ASA-supported provisions to assist farmers. ASA is urging Congress to resolve differences over a tax-cut plan that includes the pro-agriculture provisions before adjourning this fall. “Soybean growers have long promoted … Read More »