Archive for March, 2015

Commodity Classic 2016 Planning Begins in New Orleans

ASA Farmer-leaders and staff met in New Orleans this week for a kick-off meeting to plan the 2016 Commodity Classic. The committee toured the New Orleans Convention Center and city, evaluated the 2015 Commodity Classic survey results and brainstormed ideas for the 2016 show. ASA Director Sam Butler, New Hope, Ala., who serves as Commodity … Read More »

Agriculture Leaders Thank House Ag Committee for Engaging in Biotech Labeling Debate

Soy growers thanked the House Committee on Agriculture chairman and ranking member for their help with the ongoing biotech labeling debate and the hearing held this week. ASA signed onto a letter drafted by National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) to Chairman Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson Peterson, … Read More »

Protect the Farm Bill! Email your Senators Today!

ASA urges soy growers to call their senators this week, and urge them to vote no on farm bill budget amendments targeting crop insurance, privacy and farm program eligibility. House and the Senate are busy this week in negotiations and floor debate over budget legislation for the coming year. ASA continues to monitor the status … Read More »

House Committee Passes Estate Tax Repeal

The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation on Wednesday to repeal the estate tax. The full House is expected to vote on the bill the week of April 13. The bill passed the committee on a straight party line vote, and while it is expected to also be passed by the full House, it … Read More »

USDA Accepts Comments on Proposed Rule to Define ‘Active Engagement’ in Farming Until May 26

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule to define active engagement in farming operations for the purpose of farm program payment eligibility this week. USDA was instructed in the recently passed farm bill to define what it meant to be “actively engaged” in an agricultural operation as part of an overall effort … Read More »

ASA Past President Receives Siehl Prize for Production Agriculture

An ASA past president was recognized with a prestigious award this month for his work in production agriculture. Mike Yost, ASA president in 1998-99, is a Minnesota family farmer who received the Siehl Prize in Production Agriculture. The prize is awarded annually by the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. … Read More »

U.S. Soybean Farmers, Industry Can Partner with WSF to Reduce Malnutrition

For U.S. soybean farmers and our industry, the Acre Challenge is a unique way to give back. The the World Soy Foundation’s (WSF) Acre Challenge was started by farmers for farmers as a way growers and industry can come together to be part of the solution to hunger and malnutrition. It ensures the valuable protein … Read More »

Illinois Farmers Visit Guatemala to See ASA/WISHH Market Development

Soy growers got a chance last week to see first-hand how ASA/WISHH’s market development activities promote the usage of U.S. soy in the country and the region. Members of the Illinois Soybean Association, including participants in the Soy Ambassador Program, visited Guatemala with the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program … Read More »

Ghana Receives Soy Dairy Training

ASA/WISHH is helping bring soy dairy training to Ghana. Malnutrition Matters engineer Charles Lauzon visited Ghana to install three soy dairy systems at locations in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. Lauzon performed the initial installation of the equipment at each site, then provided detailed training to each of the recipients on system operations. Additionally, National Soybean … Read More »

WISHH Discusses Strategic Plan in Washington

ASA’s WISHH program had a productive week in Washington D.C., where they discussed current programs, present and future budgets and the new WISHH strategic plan in mid-March. The WISHH Committee, chaired by Andy Welden (MI), is made up of 14 grower leaders from QSSBs that fund WISHH and two ASA Board members. Karen Edwards of … Read More »