Archive for February, 2013

Secretary Vilsack to Deliver Keynote Address at Commodity Classic

For the fourth straight year, farmers and other attendees to Commodity Classic will have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event’s General Session on … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Ships 25 MT of Soybean Meal to Pakistan

ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program shipped 25 metric tons of U.S. hi-pro soybean meal to Pakistan this month. The soybean meal will be utilized in the production of floating fish feed by Pakistani company Oryza Organics. WISHH is partnering with Oryza Organics as part of the three-year FEEDing Pakistan program funded by … Read More »

Want to Know What’s Available at the ASA Soy Social and Auction?

Going to Classic next week? If you are attending the ASA Soy Social and Auction, here is a sneak peak at some of the items that you can bid on: 100 Hours Usage of Gleaner S77 Combine with DynaFlex Draper Head Combine in style and be the envy of your neighbors with this AGCO Gleaner … Read More »

ASA Expresses Strong Opposition to Administration’s Plan to Restructure Food Aid

The American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed its strong opposition today to a plan it understands will be proposed as part of the White House’s 2014 budget that would restructure the nation’s foreign aid programs by eliminating the Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs and replace them with a much smaller cash account managed … Read More »

Plan Your Commodity Classic Experience

Map out your schedule the 18th Annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show, happening next week in Kissimmee, Fla. When you pick up your registration packet next week, included will be a program booklet with a folded insert that lists the events and education schedule at a glance with locations. But why wait? This information … Read More »

Murphy Details ASA’s Work in Each of USB’s Four Strategy Areas

During this week’s meeting of the United Soybean Board’s Board of Directors in New Orleans, ASA President Danny Murphy spoke to members of the board, detailing progress made by ASA within each of the four strategic objective areas outlined in USB’s new operational structure: meal, oil, freedom to operate and customer focus. The transcript of the speech … Read More »

Wall Street Journal Notes Potential Implications of Bowman v. Monsanto

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the lawsuit against Monsanto brought by Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman in Washington this week, The Wall Street Journal released an editorial detailing the importance of protecting the intellectual property rights of innovators not only in the agriculture industry, but in other industries as well. Seeds of Innovation Wall Street Journal Editorial … Read More »

ASA Joins Fellow Farm Groups in Opposing Lopsided Farm Program Cuts

In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined 11 other national farm groups in opposing disproportionate cuts to farm programs as part of the recently-introduced American Family Economic Protection Act advanced by Senate Democrats to avert cuts under the sequestration set to take effect March … Read More »

ASA Chairman Makes Keynote Speech at World Soybean Research Conference

ASA Chairman Steve Wellman presented an overview of soybeans in the U.S. at the World Soybean Research Conference in Durban, South Africa on Feb. 19. More than 500 participants from around the globe have gathered for the ninth quadrennial conference. University of Illinois’ National Soybean Research Laboratory Assistant Director Bridget Owen put together two days … Read More »

Former Sen. Dorgan Touts Biodiesel Success at NBB Annual Meeting

Members of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) met in Last Vegas last week for the NBB Annual Conference, which focused on future industry growth and issues surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard. In addition to a keynote address from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, currently Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Strategic … Read More »