Archive for July, 2014

ASA Engages EPA in Dialogue over Waters of the U.S.

Officials from the EPA’s Office of Water and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a special question and answer session for ASA members on Wednesday to address specific concerns about the agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Led by ASA Washington representative Bev Paul, the webinar featured the Office of Water’s Senior Policy … Read More »

ASA Takes Home Award for American Soybean Magazine at Ag Media Summit

ASA leaders and staff joined media and other industry partners at the 2014 Ag Media Summit this week in Indianapolis, Ind., where they had a chance to discuss policy issues impacting the nation’s soybean farmers and received recognition for the production of American Soybean magazine. The American Agriculture Editors Association (AAEA) presents awards in communications … Read More »

ASA Endorses Letter to President Raising Concerns Over Agriculture Market Access in TPP

Members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade sent a letter to President Obama this week, stating concerns over agriculture market access in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The members specifically expressed concern with the efforts of Japan and Canada to exempt numerous tariff lines from complete elimination in the United States, according … Read More »

General Mills Announces Plans to Reduce Emissions from Agriculture

Food company General Mills announced this week that it would reduce its supply chain emissions to a target level by August 2015, and cited agriculture as the primary source of those emissions. The company said agriculture emissions “are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain. For this reason, we intend to focus … Read More »

White House Continues Focus on Climate Change

The White House continued to make the case for addressing climate change this week, with a report warning of the potential cost of inaction to the economy, and the release of climate data focusing on food security and agricultural resilience. These releases are part of the Climate Action Plan and follow-up on the Climate Data … Read More »

Coal Industry Also Experiencing Rail Issues

Several Members of Congress have contacted the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to raise concerns with the ability of some power plants in the Upper Midwest to get adequate coal supplies, in the face of  rail service disruptions that are occurring in that region. The Dairyland Power Cooperative, which provides power to residents in in Wisconsin, … Read More »

Soybean Farmer Honored by White House as ‘Champion of Change’ for Agriculture

A member of the soybean family was honored by the White House earlier this week. ASA member Quint Pottinger, owner of Affinity Farms, New Haven, Ky. was recognized as a “Champion of Change” for agriculture, a program created for the White House to feature individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to improve their communities, according … Read More »

ASA Participates in Precision Ag Conference

ASA board member Joe Steinkamp (IN) joined ASA staff members Bill Schuermann and Michelle Hummel in St. Louis this week for the InfoAg Conference.  Approximately 1,400 people attended the event and participated in more than 60 sessions on various aspects of precision agriculture and data management.  The event also provided opportunities for ASA representatives to … Read More »

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Protect Your Family’s Legacy: Register Now for ASA Succession Planning Workshops

If you didn’t make it to the Succession Planning Workshop in Sioux Falls this week, there’s no need to worry—you can still register for this important multi-generational business continuity planning session coming to a city near you. As you look to retire and pass along the farm to your kids, do you have a plan … Read More »

Register Today for the Big Data Workshop – Discount Available for ASA Members

The data that many farmers are able to collect on their operations today holds significant potential for helping them better manage their farms and increase yields, while making the most efficient use of crop inputs. However, it’s also important for farmers to know how they can protect this valuable information. To learn more about these … Read More »

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