Archive for March, 2012

ASA Supports Efforts to Establish Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for their efforts to establish a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), an organization designed to encourage greater investment in research, public/private research partnerships and other ventures that foster innovation in the … Read More »

House Budget Chair Ryan Proposes 2013 Budget, ASA Reacts

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled the House Republican budget proposal for FY2013 today during a speech before the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Chairman Ryan’s proposal calls for $33.2 billion in cuts to agricultural programs, focusing primarily on direct payments and crop insurance. These cuts, Rep. Ryan proposes, would be reconciled by … Read More »

ASA’s Wellman Testifies on Soybean Farm Bill Priorities Before Senate Agriculture Committee

The importance of passing a farm bill this year, a comprehensive and revenue-based safety net, the integrity of crop insurance, and the critical need to maintain planting flexibility were the common and consistent themes Thursday as American Soybean Association (ASA) President Steve Wellman testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on commodity … Read More »

Ag Groups Say U.S. Agriculture Would be Gravely Harmed by LightSquared’s Plans

Groups urge adoption “without delay” of proposals to withdraw LightSquared conditional waiver and prohibit its planned wireless network In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) International Bureau, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other organizations representing farmers and agribusinesses in all 50 states today declared that “high-precision GPS technology is vitally important to … Read More »

ASA Applauds Stabenow Bill to Expand Biobased Market Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) commends Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for the support and leadership demonstrated by the introduction of legislation (S. 2155) that continues and builds upon the Biobased Market Program established under the 2002 Farm Bill. The bill recognizes the importance of biobased products and promotes an increase in biobased … Read More »

ASA Supports Poultry Industry as USTR Takes Action against Indian Trade Barriers

The American Soybean Association (ASA) reaffirms its longstanding support of the U.S. poultry industry after yesterday’s announcement from the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the United States will challenge India’s prohibition on imports of U.S. poultry with the initiation of dispute settlement proceedings before the World Trade Organization (WTO). ASA President Steve Wellman … Read More »

ASA Celebrates National Agriculture Day

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is proud to join its colleagues and counterparts in the agriculture industry as it celebrates National Agriculture Day on Thursday, March 8. To bring a well-deserved spotlight on America’s farmers, ASA farmers and staff will participate in Ag Day roundtables, forums and other special events in Washington, D.C., St. Louis … Read More »

2012 Commodity Classic Records Stack Up

The 2012 Commodity Classic surpassed all previous turnout records with a total of 6,014 attendees. This represents a 25 percent increase from last year’s record of 4,826 attendees. Once again, farm families represented over half of the participants, with 3,505 growers, spouses and children attending. “We broke records in every category,” said Commodity Classic Co-chair … Read More »

Farm Bill, Crop Insurance, Trade Priorities Highlight 2012-13 ASA Policy Direction

Soybean producers from all U.S. soybean growing regions gathered in Nashville last week to review and revise the policy direction of the American Soybean Association (ASA). One hundred thirty three producers from ASA’s 26 state affiliates served as Voting Delegates in this annual process that guides the ASA as it pursues future initiatives to improve … Read More »

Commodity Classic Organizations Outline 2012 Farm Bill Priorities

The following statement on the 2012 farm bill was released today by National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, a corn grower from Auburn, Ill.; National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat producer from Burley, Idaho; American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb.; and National Sorghum Producers … Read More »