Archive for January, 2014

NBB Awards Iowa Soybean Association CEO Highest Biodiesel Honor

During the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo this week in San Diego, individuals who have made significant impacts on the biodiesel industry were honored with the 2014 “Eye on Biodiesel” award. Included in the list of honorees was Kirk Leeds, chief executive officer of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). “The biodiesel industry would not be … Read More »

Biodiesel Conference Focuses Strong Message on RFS

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) held its annual conference this week in San Diego, Calif. As always, the soybean industry has a large presence at the conference. ASA Board Member and representative to the NBB, Mike Cunningham of Illinois, ASA Washington staff and many other soybean farmers and state soybean association staff are participating in … Read More »

Big Wins on Waterways Funding, Ag Research, Other Soybean Farmer Priorities in Appropriations Bill

ASA welcomed action by the House this week to advance the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The bill, which the Senate expects to vote on tomorrow, combines all 12 appropriations bills for various spending categories—including Agriculture, Energy & Water, and other areas that impact soybean farmers—into one measure, and allocates funding for programs within each. Several … Read More »

ASA Attends Soy Leadership Forum in Jacksonville, Fla.

ASA staff and grower leaders attended the Soy Leadership Forum in Jacksonville, Fla. for a day and a half of leadership development training designed for state and national staff leadership. ASA CEO Steve Censky and Executive Director Bill Schuermann joined ASA President Ray Gaesser, First Vice-President Wade Cowan and Treasurer Richard Wilkins attended the sessions … Read More »

WISHH Welcomes Mitzi Tipsword, Project Director Afghanistan

Mitzi Tipsword recently joined the American Soybean Association (ASA) as the Project Director for WISHH. She will be responsible for the planning and administration of activities and projects in Afghanistan under the USDA funded Soybeans in the Agricultural Rehabilitation of Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI).  Mitzi previously worked in international project management for ASA International Marketing and … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Participates in Exhibition in Pakistan

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program recently participated at the three-day Kisan Mela Conference and Exhibition in Lahore, Pakistan as part of the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project. More than 3,000 people visited the ASA/WISHH booth where they learned about the value of soy-based feed in aquaculture.  More than … Read More »

The World Soy Foundation Posed the Challenge…and What an Answer we Received!

Back in early December, the World Soy Foundation’s (WSF) Acre Challenge Campaign received a boost during the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) meetings in St. Louis, as well as a generous donation from the John Deere Foundation—pushing the total for the new fiscal year over $13,000. We are very excited to report, however, that the response … Read More »

ASA Vice President Bob Worth Shaves for Soy

ASA Vice President Bob Worth recently shaved his head as part of a fundraiser for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA).  Through a progressive auction to shave his head, Worth raised more than $4,500 for MSGA legislative activities. Each contribution of $500 or more earned the bidder a swipe at Worth’s hair. This was part … Read More »

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

Forget the Golden Globes or the Oscars—if you really want to be at the hottest party this February, then register now for the ASA Soy Social and Auction. The Soy Social and Auction is Thursday, Feb. 27 at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Register online by Feb. 20 and you will be entered into … Read More »

Celebrating Soybean Success at Commodity Classic ASA Awards Banquet

ASA members from across the country will meet up during the 2014 Commodity Classic for the annual American Soybean Association Awards Banquet to celebrate the year’s top achievers and influencers who have worked to benefit the United States soybean industry throughout the year. Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Novozymes BioAg Inc. and the United Soybean Board/Soy … Read More »