Archive for May, 2013

ASA’s Wilkins Testifies Before USTR Staff on Soy Aspects of European Trade Agreement

Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del., and Executive Committee member of the American Soybean Association (ASA), testified today before the Trade Policy Staff Committee of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on agricultural and soybean-specific aspects of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Sends Baking Consultant to Guatemala

This month ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program sent Sergio Serna Saldivar to Guatemala to give technical assistance to bakers in Guatemala City. Serna held a seminar and one-day practical baking course for 25 participants. The seminar, entitled “Use of Soybean Products in Bakery Goods”, was held at INTECAP (Instituto Técnico de Capacitación y Productividad … Read More »

Set up Your ASA Member Web Account for More Convenient Access

If you haven’t already set up your ASA member web account, you are encouraged to take a few minutes now and do so. With soon-to-come changes to the ASA website, an online ASA account will be necessary to access some member services and benefits from the web. Implementation of the new ASA web portal also allows … Read More »

Maximize Your Profits – Register for Soybean Marketing and Production College

The weather may be creating havoc for your growing season, but don’t let it affect you registering for the ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College, July 29-31, in St. Paul, Minn. The ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College will help you “Maximize Your On-Farm Profits” through expert analysis and information about today’s precision management techniques, the … Read More »

Immigration Reform with Farm Provisions Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) on May 21 by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 5. The member organizations of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) issued a statement welcoming the measure and calling on the … Read More »

ASA Leaders Talk Policy During Busy Week with Farm Broadcasters

In a busy week that saw a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Bowman v. Monsanto, the announcement of additional studies on biotech crop varieties from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the markups of farm bills in the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, ASA President Danny Murphy and Executive Committee member Richard Wilkins joined members … Read More »

ASA Releases Positions on Amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill

The Senate wrapped up the first portion of its debate on amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill today. Senators filed more than 200 amendments to alter certain aspects of the legislation before it comes to a final vote. There are some of these amendments that soybean farmers support and some that they oppose. ASA compiled … Read More »

Call Senators in Support of Amendment Affirming Market-Oriented Farm Policy

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of Senators advanced Amendment 1119, a Sense of the Senate Resolution supporting market-oriented farm policy and opposing any program with high fixed target prices and/or planting requirements, or requiring farmers to choose between programs that cover different risks. These provisions are pillars of the Price Loss Coverage program included in … Read More »

SARAI 2013 Soybean Planting Preparations are Underway in Afghanistan

Preparations for the 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded SARAI (Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative) soybean planting season have begun. Shelter for Life (SFL) has been working on multiple components to ensure planting can start the first part of June once the wheat harvest is completed. Soybeans are a new crop in Afghanistan … Read More »

Calling for Leadership At Its Best Program Participants!

The ASA/Syngenta Leadership At Its Best program is designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level. Leadership At Its Best is a two-part training program that begins in Minneapolis, Aug. 5-9. The … Read More »