Archive for May, 2015

ASA Responds to EPA’s Proposed RFS Volume Requirements for Biodiesel

The Environmental Protection Agency released today its Proposed Rule to establish the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. EPA proposes setting the biomass-based diesel volumes at the following levels: 2014 – 1.63 billion gallons of Biomass-based Diesel, 2.68 billion gallons of … Read More »

Soy Growers Relieved By New West Coast Ports Labor Contract

A new five-year agreement authorized on May 22 will help get port traffic moving again at a normal rate. The members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82 percent in favor of ratifying the agreement reached earlier this year with the Pacific Maritime Administration (PMA) after a lengthy and disruptive negotiation. The … Read More »

Reminder: 3 Months Until Drawing for ASA Recruiter Reward Trip to Biltmore Estate

Your engagement in recruiting American Soybean Association (ASA) members could bring you to a whole new state of mind – a trip to the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. You and guest could be among the group of ASA recruiters who will spend an exciting, fun-filled, four-days/three-nights at the Biltmore Estate, expenses paid. Explore … Read More »

Soy Growers Will Review Clean Water Rule, Renew Call for Opportunity to Comment

The American Soybean Association will take the coming days to review the revised Clean Water Rule, formerly known as Waters of the United States, issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency, and comment after ASA leaders digest the proposals contained in the rule. In making the announcement, ASA President and Texas farmer Wade Cowan reiterated … Read More »

Following Senate Success, ASA Calls on House to Take Up and Pass TPA

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2015) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) called on the House of Representatives today to take up and pass legislation to empower the Obama Administration to negotiate international trade agreements. The call follows the Senate’s passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which extends Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to … Read More »

Soy Growers, Bayer CropScience Discuss Ongoing Research, Education on Pollinator Health

    American Soybean Association (ASA) farmer-leaders and staff had the chance to visit Bayer CropScience’s Bee Care Center in North Carolina Wednesday to discuss ongoing research and education surrounding pollinators and their health concerns, along with the White House’s new pollinator health strategy.  

ASA Meets with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Discuss Restoring Monarch Butterfly Population

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and a broad group of agricultural stakeholders met last week with Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to discuss efforts to restore monarch butterfly populations. FWS was petitioned by The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Xerces Society and monarch scientist Lincoln Brower … Read More »

Emails Needed to House Offices on TPA AND COOL Bills Next Week

It is anticipated that upon its return from the Memorial Day Recess next week, the House will take up two pieces of legislation important to soybean farmers. One would extend Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for negotiating new trade agreements, and one would repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COO) requirements for imported beef, pork and … Read More »

ASA Vocal in Washington This Week on TPA

Earlier this week, the Senate passed a motion to move forward with debate on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which would grant President Barack Obama trade promotion authority (TPA). The vote followed two events in Washington where American Soybean Association (ASA) First Vice President Richard Wilkins spoke on the importance of TPA. … Read More »

ASA Discusses Grain Standards Act with Senate, House Ag Staff

As the Senate Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry prepared to mark-up reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA) on May 21, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other farm organizations met with staff for both the Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture, regarding possible amendments to their respective versions of the legislation. … Read More »