Archive for September, 2013

ASA, WISHH Host Meeting with Kansas State University and USDA/FAS

The American Soybean Association’s WISHH program hosted an integrated planning meeting in St. Louis last week with a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and representatives from Kansas State University (KSU) with regard to ASA/WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan project funded by USDA.  ASA/WISHH and KSU are partners on the project which extends through September … Read More »

WISHH and USSEC Launch Feed and Poultry Study in West Africa

Jim Hershey, Executive Director of ASA’s WISHH Program and Dana Johnson, Senior Strategy and Program Advisor, USSEC, were in Ghana this week for preliminary discussions with stakeholders in the Ghanaian feed and poultry industry. WISHH/ASA has obtained funding from USDA’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP) to analyze challenges and opportunities in the development of the feed … Read More »

Redeem Your Recruiter Points by December 31

Attention ASA recruiters! You’ve worked hard this year and ASA wants to make sure you have every opportunity to cash in on your success. ASA reminds you to redeem your Recruiter Rewards Points earned in fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013) for recruiting new ASA and state affiliate members. Your points … Read More »

Department of Transportation Begins Work on Truck Size and Weight Study

As reported by the Coalition for Transportation Productivity this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Truck Size and Weight Study is well underway. DOT is expected to release the first results of its “desk scan” of existing truck size and weight research in the coming days with preliminary technical results from the study scheduled to … Read More »

America’s Heartland Returns for Ninth Season

America’s Heartland, a public television series celebrating American agriculture kicked off its ninth season this month, with 22 episodes focusing on agriculture-related topics designed to address consumers’ questions and concerns about food safety, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Other themed episodes will celebrate a particular crop, commodity, or farm animal. ASA is a proud promotional … Read More »

NBB Calls on Members to Speak Up for RFS

In a letter to members this week, National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe called on NBB members to stand up in defense of the Renewable Fuels Standard in response to calls by petroleum groups for its repeal. “The oil industry is pulling out all the stops to get the RFS repealed. While we do not … Read More »

EPA’s Final Rule on Heating Oil Promising for Biodiesel

As reported by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) earlier this week, the EPA has issued a final rule that expands the definition of heating oil under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and confirming that biodiesel can be used for heating oil under the RFS to generate renewable identification numbers, or RINs. The rule also clarifies … Read More »

EPA, Courts Announce Decisions on Water Policy

Two events in recent days may impact farmers as state and federal governments attempt to improve water quality. In the first, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule last week aimed at clarifying federal regulatory jurisdiction over isolated streams, wetlands and other water resources and withdrew a proposed guidance on the issue. The guidance … Read More »

Farm, Trade and Transport Groups Press House Ways and Means on Inland Waterways User Fee Increase

In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee leadership Tuesday, ASA joined with dozens of trade, farm and transportation groups in urging an increase in the user fee that barge and towing companies pay into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. The fee is currently set at 20 cents per gallon of fuel used while … Read More »

ASA’s Murphy Meets with Secretary Vilsack, Administrator McCarthy on Biotech, Regulation

ASA President Danny Murphy and ASA Washington Representative John Gordley met on Capitol Hill Monday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, as well as with several other farm organizations to discuss agriculture and environmental issues, the status of the domestic biotech approvals landscape, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and other issues. During … Read More »