Archive for October, 2013

In Conjunction with USFRA, Acclaimed Documentarian James Moll Releases Trailer and Website for New Film Farmland

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker James Moll has unveiled an advance trailer and website for his latest film, Farmland, a feature length documentary follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, examining the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, in various regions across the US. The advance trailer and information about the film … Read More »

New Website Provides Information About Monsanto’s Original Roundup Ready Soybean Patent Expiration

The last U.S. patent covering the original Roundup Ready soybean trait expires in 2015. As U.S. farmers begin thinking about purchasing their soybean seed for 2014 planting, they have a new resource to answer their questions about the expiration of Monsanto’s original Roundup Ready soybean trait – “Even though the original Roundup Ready soybean … Read More »

ACRE CHALLENGE 2014 UNDERWAY With Matching Grant Available

The present harvest, new fiscal year and continuing need to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy mean it’s time to start a new Acre Challenge Campaign. Acre Challenge in fiscal 2013 brought the highest dollar amount ever: more than $83,000. To celebrate resetting the “rain gauge,” an anonymous donor has pledged to match, dollar … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Technical Consultant Visits Nigeria

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health’s (ASA/WISHH) meat technician travelled to Nigeria this week to provide technical assistance to DuPont (formerly Solae), Zaika Foods, and their customers. Hamilton is working with the group at Zaika Foods’ meat training facility to build internal capacity regarding the utilization of soy brines in poultry … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Hosts Kick-Off Meeting for Aquaculture Handbook in Pakistan

Earlier this month, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program sent Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons of the University of Arizona to Pakistan as part of the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project. Dr. Fitzsimmons will serve as the Lead Editor of an aquaculture handbook that ASA/WISHH will be producing as part of … Read More »

ASA Soy Social and Auction: “Join the Soybean Stampede”

The American Soybean Association 9th Annual Soy Social and Auction is approaching. Every year, with tremendous industry and state association support, the Soy Social and Auction continues to break records. ASA is asking fellow soybean producers and industry supporters to “Join the Soybean Stampede” on Thursday, Feb 27, at the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, … Read More »

ASA Offers $5,000 College Scholarship to High School Seniors

ASA is currently offering a $5,000 scholarship to one high school senior who wishes to pursue agriculture as a degree at any accredited college or university. The Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) scholarship is for the 2014-15 school year, and applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current ASA member, as well as meet … Read More »

ASA, Ag Groups Push for Changes to COOL to Prevent WTO Retaliation

In a letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leadership last week, ASA joined dozens of farm groups in urging lawmakers to address the potential for economic disruption that could result from the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling law, or COOL. The groups maintain that the WTO has already deemed the previous meat labeling … Read More »

Industry Urges Conferees to Pass a Unified Farm Bill as Soon as Possible

This week, more than 250 organizations, including ASA, sent a letter today to House and Senate agriculture committee members and leadership advocating passage of a five-year farm bill as soon as possible. The groups are urging Congress to move forward on a unified farm bill that preserves a five-year authorization for all programs, while continuing … Read More »

ASA, NBB Meet with USDA Secretary Vilsack, Deputy Secretary Harden to Protect RFS

Representatives from ASA, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and biodiesel manufacturing companies met last week with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to reiterate the impacts of not increasing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel. The groups urged USDA to continue to advocate on our behalf … Read More »