Archive for April, 2014

ASA/WISHH Co-Hosts Aquaculture Conference in Pakistan

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program co-hosted the first ever international aquaculture conference in Lahore, Pakistan this month with Kansas State University (KSU) as part of the USDA funded FEEDing Pakistan project. Twenty speakers spoke to a total of approximately 200 attendees associated with fish production in Pakistan.  … Read More »

Less Than One Week Left for the World Soy Foundation’s Soyfoods Month Campaign

It’s almost the end of April and that means in less than a week the World Soy Foundation (WSF) will  wrap up its Soyfoods Month campaign with Minnesota Soybean, but you can still help make this the biggest week yet! If you have Facebook, click the link HERE and “like” the Minnesota Facebook page—with just those … Read More »

The World Soy Foundation and NSRL Work to Complete Market Assessment in Nicaragua

The World Soy Foundation is working with the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complete a market assessment and potential business plan for extrusion equipment in Managua, Nicaragua.  The extruder, which currently sits in pieces in a warehouse, has been inspected by experts, who have determined that if … Read More »

Calling for Candidates for 2015 Leadership At Its Best program

The American Soybean Association is seeking candidates for the 2014 -15 Leadership At Its Best program, sponsored by Syngenta. The program is designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level. Leadership At … Read More »

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Hosts Census of Agriculture Data Webinar

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will publish its 2012 Census of Agriculture full report. Census of Ag partners are invited to join a live press conference of the final data release on May 2 at noon ET. Attendees will learn about the latest census data at the national, … Read More »

ASTA, ASA Meet with EPA on Seed Treatment Stewardship

ASA joined leaders from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) in a meeting with several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff to update them on ASTA’s education campaign about seed treatment stewardship. ASA has joined ASTA in promoting the campaign, which aims to raise awareness with farmers about the importance of stewardship of treated seed. The … Read More »

ASA Joins Other Agriculture Groups to Talk Transportation Issues at BNSF Ag Rail Conference

The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined representatives from other commodity associations, grain processors and shippers, fertilizer companies and other key stakeholders this week in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas for the annual BNSF Ag Products Summit, to discuss rail transportation issues and hear updates from BNSF executives. Issues discussed included overview of BNSF grain operations improvement plans … Read More »

ASA Weighs in with House Ways & Means on Tax Issues

As the House Ways and Means committee considers action on expired tax provisions this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) sent a letter urging consideration of several components that would benefit the soybean community. Issues ASA showed support for include restoration of Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation to previous levels and continuation of the … Read More »

Congress Members Urge Japan to Eliminate Tariffs in TPP Agriculture Market Access Letter

More than 60 members of the House signed a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging they advise Japan to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers for U.S. agricultural products as part of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks. In the letter, congress expressed concern that … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Executive Director Travels to Washington, D.C.

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program Executive Director Jim Hershey traveled to Washington, D.C. this week. He met with the FAS Office of Trade Promotions led by Christian Foster to discuss a Globally Based Initiative (GBI) project, US Agriculture products to Africa. The ASA/WISHH program has recently completed … Read More »