Archive for April, 2015

Committee to Hold Hearing on Biotech Labeling Legislation in May

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) held a meeting this week where he outlined a timetable for his committee to consider the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The legislation, introduced earlier this year by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), would provide a uniform, science-based approach to national food labeling. … Read More »

UAS Help Soy Growers Manage Crops

The American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed support for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as a tool for farmers and ranchers to help manage their crops and livestock in a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation last week. In the letter, ASA and other agricultural stakeholders said the industry would benefit greatly with … Read More »

Soy Producers Around the Globe Discuss Biotech, More in China

The International Soy Grower Alliance (ISGA) held its second mission to China last week, where discussion focused on delays in biotechnology trait approvals, among other soy issues. The ISGA is comprised of growers and industry representatives from countries that supply more than 90 percent of the world’s soybean production. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Paraguay, Uruguay and the … Read More »

ASA Urges Action on Unfair Charges at West Coast Ports

The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week urged the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to take further action to address unfair and unreasonable detention and demurrage fees being charged to carriers. ASA and 93 other trade associations signed onto a letter to the FMC Chairman, pointing out the penalties are being imposed even when factors beyond … Read More »

Soy Growers Support Honey Bee Colony Health Research, Funding

The American Soybean Association (ASA) showed support for increased attention to honey bee research activities in a letter to Congress last week. ASA and more than 40 other agricultural groups in the letter commended President Barack Obama’s FY 2016 budget, which includes an increase to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) research budget for … Read More »

House Increases Corps Funding With Record Use of Inland Waterways Trust Fund

Information provided by Waterways Council Inc. news release. Leadership and bi-partisanship were alive and well in the House Appropriations Committee as the “Big 4,” led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) worked … Read More »

WISHH Discusses Promotion of U.S. Soy in Senegal and Burkina Faso

The American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) met with local program partners in Senegal and Burkina Faso this week to discuss promotion and awareness of U.S. soy products. Africa Regional Director Josh Neiderman met with Guindo & Co., implementer of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) … Read More »

ASA Pushes for National Labeling Standard

The American Soybean Association (ASA) stressed support of a consistent, science based national food labeling act in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. In the letter, ASA and more than 370 organizations supported the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) that … Read More »

17 Trait Approvals Cap Wild Week for Biotech in Brussels

After expressing severe frustration with the European Commission’s proposal to allow EU member states to opt out of the import of food and feed containing biotechnology traits earlier in the week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news out of Brussels today that the EU has approved 17 biotechnology traits for import. The traits, which … Read More »

ASA Looks Ahead as TPA Bill Emerges from House, Senate Committees

Following the passage of a bill by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee that would grant trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on both chambers to pass the bill and give the administration what it needs to forge ahead with key trade … Read More »