Archive for June, 2015

Tell Us Your Conservation Story and You Could Be a Winner

Are you using a reduced tillage practice on your farm such as conservation tillage, strip-till or no-till? Do you grow cover crops? Have you taken steps to reduce soil loss or improve water quality? These are just a few conservation practices used on some farms today that help to produce sustainable U.S. soybeans. If you … Read More »

President Obama Signs Trade Promotion Authority into Law

Trade promotion authority (TPA) will soon help create and strengthen international trade agreements, opening valuable markets and providing an advantage for U.S. farmers. President Barack Obama signed TPA into law on Monday, June 29, 2015. Soybeans represent the nation’s most important agricultural export and international trade plays a crucial role in the industry, as well … Read More »

ASA Member Answers Questions on Modern Ag in Live Q&A

One of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) goals is to expand our reach and engage with consumers and audiences we may not usually interact with—which is why on this week one ASA member ventured somewhere we haven’t been before. ASA’s Jenny Rohrich participated in a live Q&A online through Reddit, answering a wide variety of … Read More »

Farm Energy Programs Slashed by House Ag Subcommittee

The agriculture subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee recently released their draft spending bill for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes cuts to some Farm Bill Energy Title programs. The draft bill does not call for reductions in mandatory spending for the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels or the Biobased Market Program – which were the … Read More »

EPA Climate Change Report Highlights Impact on Agriculture

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new report on climate change this week that predicts significant impacts to agriculture stemming from more frequent droughts and flooding, unless there is global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report titled, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action” predicts that without a concerted … Read More »

Senators Question EPA’s Commitment to Biofuels

The Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management conducted a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes last week. Janet McCabe, the EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation was the sole witness at the hearing.  Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joni Ernst … Read More »

Senate Bill to Improve U.S. Port Operations Gets Hearing

A Senate hearing is being held on June 25 for a  bill introduced to address the disruption experienced earlier this year at the West Coast ports due to a labor dispute and negotiations on a new contract between the union and the Pacific Maritime Administration. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee scheduled a hearing … Read More »

Senate Passes Bill to Reform Rail Oversight Board

The U.S. Senate late last week approved S. 808, a bill to reauthorize and reform the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which oversees the railroad industry. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and strongly supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA), would expand the STB and give it new authority to initiate and investigate … Read More »

Highway Bill: House Talks Long Term Funding, Senate Releases Draft

The House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing to discuss various options for funding a new long-term surface transportation bill last week.  Among the options discussed at the hearing, were an increase in the federal gas tax and using money derived from revisions to tax policy such as repatriation of corporate income earned overseas. … Read More »

Soy Transportation Coalition to House: Investment in Infrastructure Vital to Ag

In testimony before a House subcommittee this week, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) Mike Steenhoek emphasized the greater importance of transportation to farmers as agriculture has evolved. Steenhoek, testifying before the House Transportation & Infrastructure subcommittee, cited the need to invest in transportation infrastructure in a consistent and reliable manner, support for … Read More »