Archive for July, 2013

GMO Answers: The Beginning of a New Dialogue about How Our Food is Grown

It’s no secret: the biotechnology industry hasn’t done the best job communicating about GMOs. That’s about to change with GMO Answers, a new joint initiative by the agricultural and biotechnology companies that create genetically modified seeds. On July 29, the industry launched, a new resource committed to transparency about the use of GMOs in … Read More »

Corn, Soy, Canola Growers Stand Firm on Title 1 Programs Prior to Farm Bill Conference

In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees today, the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the U.S. Canola Association (USCA) made it clear that their position in favor of more market-oriented farm policies would not change as both chambers prepare their respective bills for a potential … Read More »

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on RFS

The Energy & Power Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing this week on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Panelists included representatives from the petroleum, biofuels, livestock, automotive and restaurant industries, among others. Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board testified on behalf of the biodiesel industry. An initial hearing … Read More »

ASA Joins Rural Broadband Working Group Meeting

An informal coalition of groups studying rural broadband issues met again today, with ASA staff participating. The meeting, hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, focused on strategies for meeting the future needs of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications from key stakeholders. Staff from AT&T participated as well, following other meetings where representatives of telecommunications trade associations … Read More »

World Soy Foundation Nourishes 13,895 People with 1,266 Bags of Soybeans

The World Soy Foundation (WSF) recently received an exciting update from the field that emphasizes how the power of soy is helping children. WSF provided 1,266 bags of soybeans to Food for the Poor and partners in Guatemala where the soybeans nourished 13,895 people, including kids like Hector and his classmates. Hector lives in a … Read More »

Soybean Advocates and Influencers Meet in Indianapolis

Some of ASA’s top advocates gathered in Indianapolis this week to discuss innovative ways to increase member engagement and strengthen ASA’s grassroots advocacy efforts. The ASA Advocate and Influencer Conference provided training to ASA’s top recruiters and state association staff in engaging and motivating members. The program featured the following sessions: Association Innovation Think Tank … Read More »

ASA Comments on 2,4-D, Dicamba EIS

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments this week in response to the May announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that the agency would prepare additional Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for soybeans and corn resistant to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and soybeans and cotton resistant to dicamba. … Read More »

ASA Opposes Hawaiian County-Level Ordinance Restricting Biotechnology

In comments submitted today to the County Council of Kauai County in Hawaii, ASA urged the rejection of a proposed county ordinance that would, among other things, place a ban on the use and production of products derived from biotechnology, as well as ban the open air testing of pesticides and place stringent restrictions on … Read More »

Senate Confirms New EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

In a 59-40 vote this afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, ending the longest confirmation process for an administrator in the agency’s history. During her April confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, McCarthy committed to building a better relationship … Read More »

Members of 2013 ASA/DuPont Young Leaders Meet in DC

Select members of the 2013 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders met last week in Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Del. to learn more about the process of developing legislation, increase awareness of how issues are identified and prioritized and gain a better understanding of DuPont. Christopher Worsham (Fla./Ga.), Lynn Rohrscheib and Doug Kirk (Ill.), Howard … Read More »