Archive for September, 2014

USDA Releases Details of ARC and PLC Programs

As reported in by POLITICO this afternoon, USDA has unveiled details of two key crop subsidies created in the 2014 farm bill — the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. “These new programs help ensure that risk can be effectively managed so that families don’t lose farms that have been passed … Read More »

ASA Remarks on Dicamba Regulation, Comment Period Extended through Oct. 10

This week, ASA encourages soy growers to take a minute and submit comments on USDA-APHIS’s petition for deregulation of Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton varieties. Comments on the petition have been extended and are due by midnight on Friday, Oct. 10. ASA’s official comments can be found here. ASA’s stance on Monsanto’s petition includes the following … Read More »

ASA Urges USACE to Implement WRRDA

During a webinar on Wednesday with the U.­­­S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), ASA submitted comments regarding implementation of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA).  ASA President Ray Gaesser and staff from Iowa and Illinois soybean associations represented soy growers during the discussion. ASA emphasized that soybean producers depend on the waterways, especially … Read More »

ASA Joins Solutions from the Land’s New North American Climate Smart Agriculture Initiative

ASA joined a number of agriculture groups at this week’s UN Climate Summit, signing on to play a leadership role in a new, three-year North American initiative that will give farmers the opportunity to work with industry, academic, government and NGO partners to develop needed improvements to production resiliency and mitigate the risks of changing … Read More »

President Obama Comments on Agriculture Commitments at UN Climate Summit

President Barack Obama spoke on taking the lead to combat climate change with commitments to agricultural issues at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday. “For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week — terrorism, instability, inequality, disease — there’s one issue that will define the contours of … Read More »

ASA Begins Biweekly Policy Conference Calls

ASA will launch a series of conference calls every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. ET starting next week, to keep states updated on key issues facing the industry in Washington. The calls will be brief (30 minutes) and designed to cover more detailed information on one or two specific issues per call, rather than a … Read More »

New Tools Help Clarify Conservation Compliance

New materials are available to help crop insurance participants clarify conservation compliance requirements.  The Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) developed the materials, which can be found here. A new Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Webinar Q&As can be found on the right side … Read More »

America’s Heartland Features Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm

The latest installment of America’s Heartland features Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm, once a favorite stop for some of Hollywood’s most well-known actors, and today an Ohio State Park with a working farm that grows soybeans and welcomes visitors who want to learn about agriculture. Bromfield was an author who studied agriculture and was an early … Read More »

Give Your Family the Gift of Peace of Mind

Fall is here and there is a cool nip in the air. Harvest is underway and probably the last thing on your mind is preparing for your future or thinking about your family farm’s legacy. But as the holiday season gets closer, the best gift you can actually give your family is the gift of … Read More »

The World Soy Foundation’s The Youth We Feed Can Lead Project Releases Student-Led Videos

Remember way back in spring when we introduced our newest project called “The Youth We Feed Can Lead,” taking place at Proximos Pasos School in Guatemala? If you don’t, be sure to check out this VIDEO to learn more about it. The project was designed to empower youth to become agents of change in their … Read More »