Archive for February, 2012

ASA Cheers Upcoming Implementation of Korea Free Trade Agreement

The American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulates President Barack Obama and the administration for completing its review of the free trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea, which will take effect on March 15. On that date, nearly two-thirds of U.S. agricultural exports to Korea will become duty-free, including U.S. soybeans for crushing and U.S. … Read More »

ASA Touts Biodiesel, Biobased Successes in Comments to Senate Agriculture Committee

In comments submitted Wednesday, the American Soybean Association (ASA) pointed to the record-setting production of biodiesel from American soy, as well as the success of biobased products before a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the energy component of the upcoming Farm Bill. The hearing, “Energy & Economic Growth for Rural America,” is the first of … Read More »

ASA Welcomes FCC Block of LightSquared Proposed Network

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Tuesday its decision to block the planned development of a nationwide wireless network by communications company LightSquared over concerns that it cannot be fixed to coexist with global positioning systems (GPS). The American Soybean Association (ASA) has been at the forefront of the discussion of this planned network’s significant … Read More »

ASA Statement on President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2013

President Barack Obama unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2013 yesterday; a proposal that includes a $32 billion reduction in agricultural spending. American Soybean Association (ASA) President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb., issues the following statement on the president’s proposal: “The president’s proposed agriculture budget reduces the deficit by $32 billion over … Read More »

Commodity Classic Shatters Attendance Records

Countdown to Classic – 17 days until Commodity Classic With more than two weeks before the 2012 Commodity Classic kicks off in Nashville, Tenn., the show has broken all registration records. Last year, total attendance set a record of 4,826 show participants. This year, registrations for the 17th annual event have already surpassed the 5,000 … Read More »

ASA Points to Biotech Labeling, Renewable Energy Directive in Comments on EU Free Trade Agreement

As United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk moves to consider ways to improve the nation’s trade relationship with the European Union (EU) as part of the recently-formed U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth, the American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted formal comments reminding the ambassador that the EU’s heavy-handed policies on biotech soybeans, … Read More »

APHIS Discussion of Streamlined Approvals Highlights Meeting of Biotech Working Group

Members of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Biotech Working Group met in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss, among other items, a new effort on the part of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to streamline the approval process of new biotech traits. Michael Gregoire, deputy administrator for APHIS’ Biotechnology Regulatory Services … Read More »

ASA Cheers Department of Labor Decision to Re-Write Controversial Child Labor Regulations

In response to a Wednesday’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that it will re-examine draft rules that relate to youth working on farms, American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman releases the following statement in support of the move: “The American Soybean Association is pleased that the Department of Labor has agreed to re-write … Read More »

ASA Points to Multiple Positives in Proposed Reauthorization of Highway Bill

As the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee moves to mark up the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 7) released by Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) this week, American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman underscored multiple high points within the bill’s initial language: “ASA applauds Chairman Mica’s proposal, which included multiple soybean farmer … Read More »