Archive for May, 2004

ASA Applauds Signing of the Central American Free Trade Agreement

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded the signing of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. If the United States Senate approves the final agreement, CAFTA will improve and enhance trade opportunities between the United States and the Central American countries of Costa Rica, the … Read More »

ASA to Inform Growers Through Series of Soybean Rust Education Meetings

The American Soybean Association (ASA), a membership-driven policy organization representing 25,000 members, is presenting a series of seven one-day Soybean Rust Education meetings around the country that will help farmers in the United States be better informed about soybean rust and better prepared to deal with its eventual spread to the U.S. Without early detection … Read More »

ASA Applauds Senate Introduction of Lock Construction Legislation

Legislation to build new 1,200-foot locks and improve the environment for the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB) was introduced yesterday, Thursday, May 20. Upgrading locks and dams is a top policy priority for the 25,000 members of the American Soybean Association because 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports are shipped down the Mississippi River to … Read More »

ASA Gets Soymilk Initiative Included in Senate Bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA) watched Wednesday as the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. Among other things, the measure includes new provisions allowing schools to be reimbursed for offering soymilk to students. It was passed by unanimous voice vote. “The provisions pertaining to soymilk require children … Read More »

ASA Outlines Essential Strategies for Expanding U.S. Soy Exports

Representing the 25,000 producer-members of the American Soybean Association (ASA), Board member and past-President Bart Ruth, a soybean and corn farmer from Rising City, Neb., testified on the status of agricultural trade negotiations before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. World demand for soy-related exports, particularly high protein soybean meal and livestock products, … Read More »

ASA Joins Shrimp Task Force to Safeguard U.S. Soy Exports

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is formally joining the Shrimp Task Force, an alliance of industries opposed to placing higher duties on imported shrimp. Approximately 90 percent of total U.S. shrimp consumption today must be served by imports. The majority of shrimp producing countries purchase large quantities of U.S. soybeans and soybean meal to feed … Read More »

Senate Passes Jobs Bill Including Biodiesel Tax Provisions

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’s passage of a bill that includes a tax incentive designed to encourage consumers to use biodiesel. Last night, the Senate passed S. 1637, repealing the Foreign Sales Corporation/Extraterritorial Income (FSC/ETI) … Read More »

ASA Commends Continued Congressional Support for Biodiesel

As the American Soybean Association (ASA) continues its push for passage of a biodiesel tax incentive in Washington, D.C., the 25,000 soybean producer members of ASA are pleased that Congressional leaders continued to express support for renewable fuels today in a hearing by the U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, Agriculture and Technology. … Read More »