Archive for June, 2012

ASA Applauds Senate Passage of 2012 Farm Bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded Senate passage of its 2012 Farm Bill. “ASA is extremely pleased with the Senate’s legislation, which would establish an effective risk management program for soybean producers that complements crop insurance, consolidate conservation programs, and have agriculture do its fair share to help address our nation’s fiscal situation by … Read More »

ASA Joins Fellow Ag Groups to Urge Practical Biotech Policy in FY2013 Appropriations Bill

In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined eight other major agricultural associations in expressing support for a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill that would give growers assurance that biotech crops that have already been … Read More »

ASA Defends Checkoff, Voices Strong Opposition to DeMint Amendment

In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined agricultural stakeholder groups from all corners of the industry in expressing its firm opposition to an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that would make federal research, promotion and marketing programs—also called … Read More »

Russian Trade Bill Means Big Opportunities for Soybean Farmers

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes the introduction today of a Senate bill that would graduate Russia from the Jackson-Vanik Amendment to the Trade Act of 1974, and authorize President Barack Obama to establish permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with the world’s sixth largest economy. ASA urges the immediate passage of the bipartisan bill introduced … Read More »

Study Highlights Disparities Among Crops in Potential Target Price-Based Risk Management Program

New analysis out this week from the University of Illinois suggests that a target price-based risk management program that could accompany the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill may offer a far more favorable safety net for some crops than for others, a prospect that worries the American Soybean Association (ASA). Gary … Read More »

ASA Supports Creation of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Ag Affairs at USDA

In a letter this week to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined groups from multiple agricultural sectors in encouraging the inclusion of a provision in the Chairman’s Mark of the upcoming farm bill that would establish an Under Secretary for Trade and … Read More »

ASA Urges Strong Support of USDA’s Export Programs

In a letter sent this week to the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined farm groups in urging strong support for maintaining funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s export programs, including the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up and approved … Read More »

On-the-Farm Conservation Stories Wanted

Tell Your Story When You Enter the Conservation Legacy Awards U.S. soybean farmers are invited to tell the story of conservation on their farms by entering the 2012-2013 Conservation Legacy Awards. Winning entries will help tell the story to the public about how soybean farmers are committed to protecting the soil, water and air through … Read More »

ASA Calls on Lucas, Peterson to Include FFAR in House Farm Bill

In a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined counterparts from across the agriculture industry in urging the House Agriculture Committee to include a provision establishing a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in its version of the … Read More »

Applicants Sought for ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, are seeking applicants for the 2013 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer-leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry. 2013 marks the 29th year of the program. “The Young … Read More »