Archive for January, 2014

Soybean Growers Urge EPA to Maintain Biodiesel’s Progress in Renewable Fuel Standard

ST. LOUIS (January 28, 2014) – American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ray Gaesser, a farmer from Corning, Iowa, urged Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today to amend EPA’s proposed 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for biomass-based diesel that, if left unchanged, would significantly damage the nation’s growing biodiesel industry and … Read More »

Soybean Farmers Support Farm Bill Conference Report, Urge House and Senate to Vote “Yes”

The farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulated conferees from the House and Senate as the final version of the much-anticipated farm bill was filed with the House clerk tonight and awaits action on the floor as soon as Wednesday. ASA supports the bill, which provides for multiple soybean farmer priorities, most notably a … Read More »

WISHH Executive Director Meets with USDA and USAID Officials in Ghana

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Executive Director Jim Hershey was in Ghana this week meeting with USDA and USAID officials to discuss pending activities and proposals. Thanks to funding from USDA’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP), WISHH is managing a poultry industry evaluation and aquaculture management training.  Ghana imports … Read More »

ASA Chairman encourages farmer support of the World Soy Foundation through Acre Challenge

Now in his 40th crop year at his farm in Canton, Mississippi, ASA Chairman Danny Murphy first began farming with his father in 1974. His brother, Tommy, joined soon after. For much of the time, cotton was their main crop, but today it’s soybeans and corn.  Murphy joined the ASA Board in 2005 and served … Read More »

The World Soy Foundation Attends ASA’s Soybean Leadership College

Last week, Communications Coordinator Ashley Wightman from the World Soy Foundation had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tenn. as a representative at the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Soybean Leadership College. The conference headlined many excellent speakers covering a variety of agricultural communication techniques with a mix of agricultural comedy. Fun was had by all, … Read More »

Use cover crops? Yes or no, we want to know about it

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is collaborating with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program to learn more about the use of cover crops as a conservation tool on U.S. farms. If you currently use cover crops, this is your chance to report what works and what … Read More »

ASA joins Agriculture Industry in Joint Letter to Senate Finance on Tax Reform

ASA recently joined several other agricultural organizations in a letter to the State Finance Committee with suggestions regarding tax reform. Addressed to Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, the letter commends the State Finance Committee for thoughtfully tackling tax reform, and states that it is not the group’s intent to represent a comprehensive … Read More »

ASA Signs Joint Letter Urging Swift Confirmation of Vetter As Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Joining several other food and agricultural associations, ASA signed a letter to all members of the Senate Finance Committee in support of Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Darci Vetter’s nomination to become Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. According to the letter, “The position of Chief … Read More »

Farmers, Industry Gather with Federal Partners at Biotech Working Group Meeting in D.C.

Despite single-digit temperatures and myriad travel delays, the members of ASA’s Biotech Working Group met this week in Washington to discuss the current regulatory landscape for biotechnology in the U.S. ASA’s farmer-leaders joined their counterparts from the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), as well as representatives from industry technology … Read More »

Only a Few Days Left to Submit Your Comments and #RefuelTheRFS Today!

Only a few days remain to visit ASA’s online portal and submit your comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the importance of maintaining a progressive increase in the biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2014 and 2015. Late last year, EPA released a proposal that would set the RFS’ … Read More »