Archive for August, 2014

Photos: See ASA in Action at the Farm Progress Show

ASA farmer leaders and staff attended the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa this week, where they spoke with ag media on the policy issues impacting the nation’s soybean farmers, including the potential effect of EPA’s Waters of the U.S.; the RFS and biodiesel’s continued wait for 2014 volume numbers; GMO labeling and the approvals framework for biotechnology traits … Read More »

ASA President Sits on Bayer Soybean Panel at Farm Progress Show

During the Farm Progress show this week, ASA President Ray Gaesser participated in Bayer’s soybean panel, discussing pressures soybean growers face to deliver the highest yields, threats from diseases and insects, tillage, data and the future of soybeans. The panel included Dr. Alison Robertson and Virgil Schmitt of Iowa State University with moderator Brad May … Read More »

Federal Court Declares Kauai County Ordinance Restricting Use of Pesticides, GMOs Invalid

The Kauai County Ordinance restricting the use of pesticides and GMOs has been declared invalid. Last July, ASA urged the rejection of the proposed county ordinance that would, among other things, place a ban on the use and production of products derived from biotechnology, as well as ban the open air testing of pesticides and … Read More »

ASA Partners with PrecisionAg Institute for Big Data Workshop

ASA joined with the PrecisionAg Institute earlier this week for a Big Data Workshop at Iowa State University that attracted well over 300 farmers, industry suppliers, ag retailers, government agency officials and consultants. The workshop began with opening remarks from ASA President Ray Gaesser (IA) and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.Gaesser provided an overview of … Read More »

SARAI 2014 Mechanization Efforts

To help increase crop quality and increase post-harvest yields, the Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI) project, funded by USDA and managed by the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program, is introducing two mechanized implements during the 2014 crop year. Mechanization will reduce the amount of physical … Read More »

Two Tons per Hour? The World Soy Foundation is Mobilizing a ‘Colossal Solution’

About 15 years ago, the government of Norway gave a large extruder originally manufactured by Insta-Pro to Nicaragua. A few years later, the organization responsible for running the massive piece of machinery realized they just didn’t have the capacity to manage it and it was moved by the government to sit in a warehouse near … Read More »

The World Soy Foundation’s Farmer Leader Feature: Jacob Parker

This week, we’re excited to bring you our Farmer Leader Feature from Columbia, North Carolina. As a leader in our industry and a World Soy Foundation supporter, Jacob Parker is well-deserving of this spotlight feature. In Columbia, Jacob has been farming on a Century Family Farm since 1974, in addition to his son and his … Read More »

ASA Seeks Candidates for SOY Scholarship in Fall

This fall, ASA is looking for high school seniors interested in pursuing agriculture in college. The Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university in the 2015-16 academic year. The … Read More »

Gulf Offshore Aquaculture Rule Finally Released for Comment

A long-awited notice of proposed rulemaking on the Gulf Fisheries Management Plan was published in the Federal Register on Aug. 28, 2014. The rule will set up a permitting process for offshore aquaculture operations in the Gulf of Mexico and has been widely anticipated by ASA and offshore aquaculture stakeholders. A link to the proposed … Read More »

Final RFS Rule Sent to OMB for Review, Announcement Expected in September

Late last week the EPA sent to the White House/Office of Management & Budget (OMB) the final rule establishing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels for 2014.  ASA understands from Administration sources, that it is still anticipated that final RFS will be announced in September. The industry remains hopeful that ASA, state, NBB and biodiesel group … Read More »

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