Archive for June, 2013

ASA President Murphy Calls for Forward Progress Following Farm Bill Defeat

In a letter to ASA members Wednesday, President Danny Murphy reminded soybean growers that there is still a great deal of policy work to be done, despite the House of Representatives’ rejection of the 2013 Farm Bill last week. “[I]t’s time to chart our path forward. As farmers, we know our tractors don’t grind to … Read More »

ASA Details House Farm Bill Vote, Looks Ahead to Next Steps

Following the defeat of the 2013 Farm Bill in the House last week, ASA released a comprehensive breakdown of the forces behind the bill’s difficulties in the chamber, including divisions within and between Republicans and Democrats over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and crop insurance. “Finding a majority of House Members to vote for … Read More »

ASA Responds to Questionable Science in Biotech Pig Feed Study

In a June 22 letter to the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ASA President Danny Murphy responded to a recently released study claiming a link between feed made from biotech soybean meal and stomach inflammation in hogs. The validity of the study’s claims and its methodology have since been questioned widely, as has the … Read More »

President’s Climate Strategy Includes Some Ag-Related Initiatives

In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama laid out plans that the Administration will pursue through existing authorities to reduce emissions and address climate change. The existing Clean Air Act is considered by many to be an ill fit for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and actions the administration may take to limit … Read More »

Five Weeks Left to Apply for Conservation Legacy Award

Tell the story of conservation practices on your farm and you could be one of the next regional Conservation Legacy winners. Presented by ASA, the Conservation Legacy Awards Program recognizes U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices while farming profitably. Winners from three regions (Midwest, Northeast and South) receive an … Read More »

WISHH, Illinois Farmer-Leaders Meet with Food Industry Leaders in Central America

Several Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSB) that fund ASA’s WISHH program sent grower leaders on a one-week mission to Guatemala and Nicaragua this week. WISHH Committee Vice Chair Andy Welden (Mich. QSSB and ASA Board member) and Committee members from Iowa Dean Coleman and Randy Van Kooten. The delegation joined WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey … Read More »

WISHH Sponsors African Trade Team Training at DuPont/Solae

On June 24, three individuals from Uganda attended a capabilities training on ways to utilize soy in meat products at DuPont/Solae. The Ugandan contingent traveled to Solae with Marcus Hamilton, Meat Applications Technical Consultant for ASA’s WISHH program; Erica Morrow, WISHH Program Manager-Africa; and Josh Neiderman, WISHH Project Officer-Africa. Colleen Trater, Solae Applications Platform Lead, … Read More »

WISHH Works with McLane Global on U.S. Launch of Soy Protein Snacks Made with CHS Soy Flour

McLane Global, a global food trading company, is working with ASA’s WISHH program in preparation for McLane Global’s fall 2013 U.S. launch of tasty and crunchy soy protein snacks made with CHS Soy Flour. WISHH and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) have assisted Imperial Foods in Cameroon, Africa to use … Read More »

Growers Encouraged to Keep Treated Seed out of Commodity Shipments

ASA is reminding growers to take special care to prevent treated seeds from entering the supply of U.S. grains and oilseeds. Treated seeds in commodity shipments are a multi-commodity problem that warrants the attention of the entire supply chain. Maintaining the stellar U.S. reputation for appropriately managing all pesticides is one key element of providing … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Sponsors Attendees to Learn About Soy

ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Global Based Initiative and Market Access Program, brought four participants from South Africa, Uganda and Kenya to Utah this week to receive training at Utah State University. The course, titled “Applications of Soy Proteins in Structuring Technologies, … Read More »