Archive for June, 2014

ASA Joins the PrecisionAg Institute

The use of precision agriculture tools and methods continues to play a growing role in the sustainability and productivity of U.S. farm operations.  Recognizing this fact, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joins the PrecisionAg Institute, an organization focused on advancing precision agriculture technology and its efficiency, stewardship and profitability for farmers. ASA represents the first … Read More »

Planning for Succession is Too Hard! (Unless you know the 5 keys to planning success)

Succession is the watershed issue in agriculture today. For farmers and agribusiness owners, succession planning is top-of-mind. The USDA reminds us that, “70 percent of farmland will change hands in the next 20 years.” If a farm family has not adequately planned for succession, the farm is likely to: Go out of business Be absorbed … Read More »

Supreme Court Issues Ruling on EPA Climate Authority

This week, the Supreme Court issued a decision that imposes some limits on EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The 5-4 ruling allows the agency to continue regulating emissions from industries that already face restrictions on other pollutants, but ruled that it exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act to require permits for … Read More »

Surface Transportation Board Issues New Order to BNSF & CP Railways

The Surface Transportation Board (STB), the federal entity with regulatory oversight over the rail industry, issued a new directive this week requiring BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to provide detailed reports on their plans to eliminate backlogs of grain shipments, and to submit weekly reports until the problem is resolved. Previously, the STB required … Read More »

Senate Finance Committee Working on Highway Bill Funding

The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, June 26 to mark-up Chairman Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) draft measure to fund the Highway Trust Fund. The Chairman’s proposal provides $9 billion in revenue needed to fill in the Highway Trust Fund shortfall for the rest of the year, through an assortment of tweaks to … Read More »

Amendment to Boost Waterways Funding Could Be Offered at Mark-Up

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) has indicated his intention to offer an amendment, during the Finance Committee’s Thursday mark-up of the highway trust fund proposals, to increase the barge fuel fee that funds the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). The amendment would add the .09 cent increase in the towboat diesel user fee that was recommended … Read More »

Cargill CEO Calls for Adaptation to Climate Change

Greg Page, the Chairman and CEO of Cargill, this week joined former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer in releasing a report called “Risky Business” that warns of the potential harm of climate change to the U.S. economy. The report, which echoed findings … Read More »

ASA Promotes U.S. Soy at Oilseed Market and Trade Forum in China

Earlier in June, ASA presented the positives of U.S. soy at the Grain and Oilseed Market and Trade Forum in China. ASA Board Member Alan Kemper, of Lafayette, Ind., spoke in Beijing and visited the  Haunshan Group Company, in YanTai China, where they produce feed for 210,000 hogs a year.  Kemper said after a 30-year … Read More »

Apply Now for a Conservation Legacy Award

Tell the story of how conservation is a part of your farm operation and you could be one of the next regional winners of a Conservation Legacy Award. The awards recognize U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices while farming profitably. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Visits North Dakota and the Twin Cities

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program Executive Director Jim Hershey was in Fargo this week to meet with the North Dakota Soybean Council’s Marketing Committee.  North Dakota has supported the ASA/WISHH program from its inception in 2001. Hershey reported on the success of ASA/WISHH efforts to export U.S. … Read More »