Archive for November, 2013

Join the Soybean Stampede: Register Now for the ASA Soy Social and Auction

Registration is now open for the American Soybean Association’s ninth annual Soy Social and Auction. Sign up online between Nov. 26, 2013 and Feb. 20, 2014 and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $200 cash gift card. Attendees must register online to be entered in drawing. “We encourage Commodity Classic … Read More »

WISHH and USSEC attend USAEDC Annual Meeting

ASA’s WISHH program sent management staff to Baltimore this week to attend the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC). USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) personnel and U.S. commodity and food groups from around the country gathered in Baltimore for a conference and meetings. USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse addressed … Read More »

Message from Indiana Soybean Grower Scott Fritz

Dear Farmers, As your work in the fields winds down this harvest, we would like to share news of progress on the hunger front. According to the United Nations’ report released, Oct. 2, 2013, some 842 million people—roughly 1 in 8 alive today—suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-2013. The vast majority, 827 million, live in … Read More »

Attention Recruiters: Avoid the Long Lines on Black Friday, Redeem Your Recruiter Points by Dec. 31

Don’t stand out in the cold on Black Friday for that gift, go online to the Recruiter Reward Center and cash in on your hard work. You’ve worked hard this year and ASA wants to make sure you have every opportunity to cash in on your success. Recruiter Rewards Points earned in fiscal year 2013 … Read More »

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Train This Week

The 30th anniversary class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders is meeting at Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa this week. ASA President Danny Murphy, ASA First Vice President Ray Gaesser and Pioneer’s Vice President and Regional Director Steve Reno are among the speakers and leaders who have addressed the group representing 22 states and Canada. “The … Read More »

CropLife America Study Finds U.S. Agricultural Exports Threatened by EU Pesticide Regulation

CropLife America on Thursday released a new report that finds more than 40 percent of U.S. agricultural commodity exports, including soybeans, could be blocked by upcoming changes in the European Union (EU) Plant Protection Regulation. According to a news release from CropLife America, if the EU regulation is implemented as proposed, it could block more … Read More »

House-Senate Conference Holds First Meeting on Waterways Infrastructure Bill

The Conference Committee on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) kicked off this week with hopes of reaching an agreement that will be enacted by the end of the year. There are relatively minor differences between the House and Senate bills, both of which ASA supported, and were passed by the respective chambers on strong … Read More »

ASA Participates in Biodiesel Board Meeting in Washington; Cunningham Elected Treasurer

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) held its board meeting in Washington, D.C. this week. In attendance was, ASA board member Mike Cunningham (Illinois), ASA Washington representatives and many other soybean growers and state association staff. The meeting focused on the recently released RFS proposal and included remarks from Chris Grundler, the director of EPA’s Office of … Read More »

Congressional Letters Generated on RFS Proposal

ASA wishes to thank members for calls and emails to members of Congress urging them to sign onto the letters in support of a 2014 biodiesel volume of at least 1.7 billion gallons. The Senate letter was sent last week and was signed by a bipartisan group of 32 Senators. A similar letter is currently … Read More »

EPA Releases 2014 RFS Proposal

On Friday, Nov. 15 the EPA released its draft proposal for the 2014 RFS Required Volume Obligations (RVO). The rule, which establishes the amount of biofuels that obligated parties must utilize for 2014 and the amount of biomass-based diesel for 2014 and 2015, proposes a biomass-based diesel RVO of 1.28 billion gallons, less than the amount … Read More »