Archive for February, 2010

ASA Shares Farmers’ Concerns with EPA Administrator and USDA Secretary

Farmer leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the National Sorghum Producers (NSP), USA Rice Federation, and National Cotton Council met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack at EPA’s headquarters in … Read More »

ASA Endorses Peterson Legislation to Expand Ag Exports to Cuba

The American Soybean Association (ASA) expresses appreciation to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) who introduced legislation yesterday to expand U.S. agriculture exports to Cuba. ASA has been a supporter of eliminating the Cuban sanctions. In 2008, there were more than $134 million worth of soy products exported to Cuba. If current policies that … Read More »

The American Soybean Association (ASA) expresses appreciation to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) who introduced legislation yesterday to expand U.S. agriculture exports to Cuba. ASA has been a supporter of eliminating the Cuban sanctions. In 2008, there were more than $134 million worth of soy products exported to Cuba. If current policies that require third country banks, cash advance payments and limits on travel were lifted, these exports would be expected to increase. “ASA opposes restrictions on exports of U.S. agricultural commodities for national security or foreign policy reasons that are not supported by all other major world producers and exporters,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “ASA favors a normal trading relationship with Cuba including direct banking and elimination of the cash in advance rule. ASA also supports the country’s eligibility for the Foreign Market Development and Market Access Programs.” H.R.4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, would eliminate both the need to go through banks in other countries to conduct agricultural trades and the accompanying fees those banks charge. The bill would also require agricultural exports to Cuba to meet the same payment requirements as exports to other countries, which means payment would be required when the title of the shipment changes hands, not in advance. Finally, the bill would allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba, reducing the bureaucratic red tape currently required for individuals to travel to Cuba to facilitate new agriculture sales. “Agricultural producers in the United States are well positioned to benefit from additional trade in Cuba,” Joslin said. “U.S. suppliers can reach the three major Cuban ports in a matter of one day or less, compared to 25 days from Brazil.”

The American Soybean Association (ASA) expresses appreciation to the United Soybean Board (USB) directors who voted to retain the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) as USB’s prime contractor for International Marketing. The vote took place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at USB’s Board Meeting in Birmingham, Ala. “The American Soybean Association fully supports the U.S. Soybean … Read More »

ASA Calls for Senate to Put Biodiesel Jobs Back in Jobs Bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling for the Senate to reinsert a retroactive extension of the biodiesel tax incentive in the first Jobs Bill it passes to save the jobs of 23,000 people working in the biodiesel industry. The biodiesel tax incentive had been included in a version of the Senate Jobs Bill unveiled … Read More »

ASA Applauds EPA RFS2 Final Rule Favorable to Biodiesel

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauds release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Final Rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS2) that provides a positive outcome for biodiesel and soy biodiesel. ASA has worked hard to educate EPA and policymakers to correct flaws in the original RFS2 Proposed Rule issued in 2009. Achieving … Read More »

ASA Opposes Proposed Cuts in Farm Programs, Crop Insurance, Export Promotion

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today expressed disappointment in the Obama Administration’s proposals to cut funding for key farm programs, federal crop insurance, and the Market Access Program (MAP). “ASA opposed similar proposals by the Administration last year that would have reopened the 2008 Farm Bill and undercut long-term economic decisions by soybean producers,” said … Read More »

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