Archive for April, 2012

ASA Welcomes Labor Decision to Withdraw Proposed Child Labor Rules

In response to significant feedback from the agriculture industry, the U.S. Department of Labor announced late Thursday that it would withdraw its proposed rule that would have tightened restrictions on children under the age of 16 working on farms. The American Soybean Association (ASA) repeatedly voiced its opposition to the proposed regulations, and ASA First … Read More »

ASA Commends Senate Ag Committee on Completing Farm Bill Mark-Up

By a vote of 12-4, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, referring the legislation to the full Senate. The American Soybean Association (ASA) voiced its support for the bill late last week, and ASA President Steve Wellman, a farmer from Syracuse, Neb., had this to … Read More »

ASA Supports Senate Ag Farm Bill Chair’s and Ranking Member’s Mark, Urges Timely Committee Action

In response to the mark of the 2012 Farm Bill released Friday by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the American Soybean Association (ASA) voices its overall support of the draft language, and calls on the Committee to approve the mark quickly in the interest of passing … Read More »

ASA Applauds Senate Ag Committee on Farm Bill Draft, Looks Forward to Mark-Up

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes Friday’s introduction of the draft of the 2012 Farm Bill by leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee. ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb., praised the commitment of the Committee to passing a Farm Bill this year, a key priority for the soybean industry: “ASA applauds … Read More »

Farm Groups Weigh In on Commodity and Risk Management Programs as Senate Ag Begins Farm Bill Mark-Up

In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) this morning, a group of eight prominent agricultural associations voiced its support for the Senate’s approach to the 2012 Farm Bill, and raised several issues related to commodity and risk management programs. Co-signed by the American Farm Bureau … Read More »

ASA Unveils Comprehensive Production, Use and Export Data in 2012 Soy Stats®

The U.S. soybean industry planted crops on 75 million acres in 2011, producing nearly 3.1 billion bushels and totaling $35.7 billion in value according to the latest issue of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Soy Stats®, released last week. The annual publication, now in its 19th year, is a comprehensive resource for statistical information about … Read More »

Casper Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on Importance of Asia-Pacific Region to U.S. Soybean Industry

Paul Casper, a soybean farmer from Lake Preston, S.D., and president of the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA), went before the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness Wednesday to highlight the importance of a strong and expanding relationship with trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region, and advocate for the aggressive … Read More »

STC’s Steenhoek Testifies on Waterways Infrastructure & Importance to Soybean Industry

As part of a hearing examining the reliability of America’s aging waterways infrastructure and how it impacts economic competitiveness, Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), testified on Capitol Hill this morning before the House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment. Representing the STC, which comprises eleven state soybean boards, … Read More »

ASA Joins Ag Community in Urging Estate Tax Action Before End of Year

The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined counterparts from the commodity, dairy, livestock and specialty crop industries in urging the House and Senate to enact legislation before the end of the year to provide permanent and meaningful estate tax relief. ASA supports permanently keeping the current exemption at $5 million per person and retaining the top … Read More »

Implementation of Free Trade Agreement with Colombia Draws Praise from ASA

The American Soybean Association (ASA) cheers the upcoming implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, which will take effect May 15. ASA congratulates President Barack Obama, President Juan Manuel Santos, and the governments of the U.S. and Colombia for working collaboratively to complete the review of the agreement, which will provide a boost for U.S. … Read More »