Archive for February, 2004

ASA Calls Outcome of Biosafety Protocol a Needless Burden on Commodity Exports, Potentially Disastrous for Science-based Food Safety

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is extremely disappointed at the outcome of the BioSafety Protocol (BSP) meetings held this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where negotiators representing nearly 90 countries agreed to stringent rules governing future trade in agricultural products derived from crops enhanced through biotechnology. The rules create onerous record keeping and reporting requirements … Read More »

ASA Welcomes APHIS Scientific Review of Risks of Soybean Rust, But Key Knowledge Gaps Remain

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes a scientific review published February 23 by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The document titled, “Status of Scientific Evidence on Risks Associated with the Introduction into the Continental United States of Phakopsora pachyrhizi With Imported Soybean Grain, Seed and Meal,” … Read More »

Statement by the American Soybean Association

BACKGROUND: The following information is provided in response to a report published February 23 by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, titled “Gone to Seed,” claims to examine “a new phenomenon” regarding the purity of seedstock for commodity crops. The study found, “that the seeds of traditional varieties bought from the same retailers … Read More »

ASA Welcomes Final Safety Certification of Roundup Ready Event in China

The 25,000 producer-members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) today welcomed the announcement that the government of the People’s Republic of China has issued a final safety certificate for the importation of soybeans and soybean products derived from biotech-enhanced Roundup Ready® Soybean seedstock. This action is based on two years of field and food safety … Read More »

NBB and ASA Praise Senate for Approval of Transportation Bill that Includes Biodiesel Tax Incentive

Move provides another window of opportunity for passage of landmark incentive The American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) applauded the Senate for overwhelmingly passing a transportation bill that contains an important biodiesel tax incentive. The Senate voted 76-21 on Thursday, February 12, to approve a new six-year highway spending bill that … Read More »

ASA Says Soybean Rust Risk Assessment Must Be Completed Before Soybean Imports Considered

To protect the United States from the accidental introduction of Asian soybean rust disease, the 25,000 members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) are saying that the soybean rust risk assessment currently being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) should be completed before any potential … Read More »

ASA Announces 2004 Conservation Legacy Awards Regional Winners

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the four regional winners for the 2004 Conservation Legacy Awards Program: Western Region – Philip & Dwight Lohrenz, Burrton, Kansas; Northeastern Region – David & Stanley Hula, Charles City, Virginia; Midwestern Region – Mark Jackson, Rose Hill, Iowa; and Southern Region – Darryl Corriher, China Grove, … Read More »