Archive for August, 2013

ASA, WISHH, USDA Participate in OCGAA Oilseed Conference

ASA/ WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey addressed more than 100 attendees at the Oil Crop Growers Association of Afghanistan (OCGAA) Oilseed Conference this month.  The meeting was designed to build awareness and membership in a trade association that includes soybean and other oilseed businesses.  Government and industry leaders presented a wide array of information about … Read More »

ASA Appoints 16 Growers from 11 States to Lead WISHH

ASA President Danny Murphy has confirmed the elections of 16 soybean growers from 11 states to ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Committee for 2013-14. Keith Roberts of Ohio and Jack Trumbo of Kentucky are the newest additions to the WISHH farmer leadership team. WISHH Committee Members reelected David Iverson of South … Read More »

ASA President Talks with Ag Media at Farm Progress Show

ASA President Danny Murphy visited with members of the agriculture media this week at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. Murphy answered all the media’s questions on ASA’s priorities for a long-term farm bill, defense of the Renewable Fuel Standard, soybean exports’ important place in the U.S. economy, and his recent outreach mission to … Read More »

Hitting the Right Notes for Leadership: Soybean Leadership College Announces 2014 Speakers

Nashville, the Country Music Capitol of the World, will make music to your ears this January. The Grand Ole Opry? No! It’s the 2014 ASA Soybean Leadership College. The 14th Annual Soybean Leadership College will hit all the right notes for leadership on January 13, 14and 15 at Nashville’s Hutton Hotel. The set list at … Read More »

Apply Today for the 2014 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program!

ASA and DuPont Pioneer are seeking applicants for the 2014 Young Leader Program. Interested applicants should apply online at The 2014 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders training program will kick off with a session Nov. 19-22, 2013 at Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. Young Leaders will continue their training in San Antonio, Texas, February … Read More »

Climate Change Getting Attention in Washington

The USDA’s Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) has, in keeping with its requirements under the 2008 Farm Bill, prepared a report containing methods for quantifying entity-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from the agriculture and forestry sectors. A notice in this week’s Federal Register seeks public comment on the report, which was prepared by … Read More »

ASA, Ag Groups Press USDA, USTR for Farm- and Food-Friendly TPP

ASA joined more than 30 other farm and food organizations this week in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman outlining the agriculture and food industry’s Statement of Core Principles for a Successful TPP Agreement, which are “are aimed at ensuring that the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations fulfill the … Read More »

ASA Working to Keep GLI Process on Track

Together with other value chain organizations, ASA is working to ensure that the upcoming meeting of the Global Low Level Presence Initiative (GLI) builds on progress achieved last year in the effort to establish international standards for the adventitious presence of biotech events in commodity shipments. The GLI will hold its next meeting in Durban, South … Read More »

Corn Study Shows Larger Impact to Farmers of Mississippi River Closure

A recent study funded by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board , Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa, Indiana and Missouri corn check-off programs illustrates that, due to the drought-induced low water levels on the Mississippi River in 2012 and early into 2013, farmers experienced on average $0.45 lower cash corn prices. The purpose of the study, … Read More »

ASA Joins Trade Benefits America Coalition

As part of a larger push for legislation that would grant Trade Promotion Authority to the White House, ASA joined business and trade groups from a wide range of industries as pare of the Trade Benefits America Coalition. The Trade Benefits America Coalition includes a wide range of associations and companies that are dedicated to … Read More »