Archive for December, 2013

New Chairs and Appointees to ASA Committees Unveiled

ASA President Ray Gaesser has named the chairs and appointees for the association’s various committees and working groups. New First Vice President Wade Cowan of Brownfield, Texas, will chair the Public Affairs Committee. Vice Presidents Bob Worth of Lake Benton, Minn., and Bob Henry of Robinson, Kan., will remain as chairs of the Membership and … Read More »

ASA’s Hoyer Takes Part in U.S. Soy Outlook Conference in Asia

New ASA Vice President Kevin Hoyer of Wisconsin traveled to Asia earlier this month for the U.S. Soy Outlook Conference, held in Taiwan, Shanghai and Tokyo. The purpose of the conference was to give an overview of the 2013 soybean crop with quality assessments, along with a forecast of the 2014 intentions, and it gave … Read More »

ASA Active in the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance Meetings in D.C.

Former ASA President Steve Wellman of Syracuse, Neb., ASA Treasurer Richard Wilkins of Greenwood, Del. and ASA staff took part in a meeting of the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance and follow-up meetings with USDA last week in Washington to discuss ways to improve the timeliness of deregulation decisions both domestically and internationally. The USBCA meeting … Read More »

FAS Authorizes Unexpended Funds from 2013 for 2014 Activities

In a letter to cooperators last Thursday, USDA-FAS Administrator Phil Karsting informed ASA that previously-allocated, unexpended funds from previous years may be used, subject to USDA approval, for the 2014 program year. As Karsting pointed out in the letter, the move is only a temporary remedy and does not provide new FY2014 funding. “Such funding … Read More »

Reports Indicate Farm Bill Finally Heading Toward Completion

As reported by ASA CEO Steve Censky in an email update last week, the four Ag Committee principals involved in the farm bill conference (House Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson and Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Thad Cochran) were able to reach agreement on a draft framework for Title 1 … Read More »

WISHH Welcomes Ashley Wightman as Communications Coordinator

Ashley Wightman joined the American Soybean Association in December 2013 to serve as the Communications Coordinator for WISHH and the World Soy Foundation. Originally from Michigan, Ashley received her BS from Grand Valley State University and spent time in the marketing and development field. In 2012, she relocated to St. Louis to serve through AmeriCorps … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Staff Meet in Washington, DC for Afghanistan Project Planning Meeting

This week ASA/WISHH staff met in Washington, DC for a Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI) planning meeting. The team covered a wide range of topics including reviewing 2013 results, the 2014 soybean production plan, budgeting, and implementation plans. The team met with USDA/FAS’s Food Assistance Division personnel. SARAI is a USDA Food … Read More »

WISHH Technical Consultant Travels to Malawi and Burkina FASO

During the month of December 2013, the American Soybean Association’s WISHH program baking technical consultant Clyde Stauffer traveled to Malawi and Burkina Faso to provide technical assistance to the local baking industry. Dr. Stauffer introduced the potential for both defatted soy flour (DSF) and lecithinated soy flour (LecSF) during his first ever visit to Malawi. … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Brings Central American Food Processors to Extrusion Course at KSU

This week, with funding from USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP), the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program (ASA/WISHH) brought six representatives from commercial food processing companies in Guatemala and El Salvador to an extrusion short course at Kansas State University (KSU). The course was tailored to the needs of the … Read More »

Farmer Leader Feature: Roy Bardole of Iowa

Roy Bardole, current member and past chair of the World Soy Foundation Board, has been a proud supporter of the foundation since its beginning, as well as innovative leader in the industry. As a fifth generation farmer from Rippey, Iowa, he believes he’s not just growing soybeans and corn. Instead, he’s growing the food and … Read More »