Archive for March, 2006

ASA Urges China to Accept Greater Access for Agricultural Imports

Market represents 35-40% of potential growth in farm trade under Doha negotiations American Soybean Association (ASA) Vice President Gary Joachim stressed the importance of opening the China market to further agricultural imports in the current Doha round of World Trade Organization (WTO) trade negotiations. Joachim testified during a Senate Finance Committee hearing today on U.S. … Read More »

ASA’s Capitol Hill Luncheon Features Wide-Array of Nutritious Soyfoods

Members of Congress and their staffs today got a taste of why soyfoods are playing an increasing role in healthy diets at the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) fourth annual Congressional Soyfoods Lunch on Capitol Hill. Guests sampled a range of palate-pleasing soyfoods and beverages that highlighted the versatility of these nutrient-dense, protein-rich foods. “The Congressional … Read More »

ASA Commends USDA for Initial Soybean Rust Assessment

Soybean Farmers Praise Senator Harkin for Requesting GAO Report The American Soybean Association (ASA) today expressed cautious optimism about U.S. preparedness for defense against Asian Soybean Rust (ASR) as outlined in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Overall, the GAO report … Read More »

ASA Leaders Take Soybean Grower Concerns to Capitol Hill Today

Farm Program Cuts, Biodiesel and Soybean Research Among Top Issues American Soybean Association (ASA) leaders are taking soybean grower concerns to Congressional offices today in Washington, D.C. Priority issues for soybean growers include proposed five percent cuts to farm programs, research programs for soybean rust and aquaculture as well as an extension to the biodiesel … Read More »

ASA and NBB Applaud Legislation to Extend Biodiesel Tax Incentive

Senators Grassley and Baucus introduce bill to offer tax incentive through 2010 The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and American Soybean Association (ASA) praised today Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Max Baucus (D-MT) for introducing legislation to extend the biodiesel tax incentive. The Grassley/Baucus bill, S. 2401, extends popular alternative energy … Read More »

ASA Praises USDA Decision to Appoint Yost to Head Foreign Ag Service

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to appoint Michael W. Yost as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). A soybean grower from Murdock, Minnesota, Yost served as ASA President in 1998-99 and then ASA Chairman in 1999-2000. “ASA commends USDA’s choice of putting Mike Yost at the … Read More »

ASA Voting Delegates Set Policy Direction for 2006-2007

Soybean producers gathered in Anaheim, Calif., last week to review and revise the policy direction of the American Soybean Association (ASA). Soybean producers from 133 production areas across the United States participated in this annual process that guides the ASA as it pursues future initiatives to improve U.S. soybean farmer profitability. The voting delegates session … Read More »

ASA Leaders Meet with Secretary Johanns on Soy Initiatives

Farmer-leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA) met this morning with Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to discuss World Trade Organization (WTO) priorities, Conservation Reserve and Commodity Program policies in the 2007 Farm Bill, modernization of locks and dams, and European Union (EU) traceability and labeling regulations. Secretary Johanns is in Anaheim to speak at the … Read More »