Archive for July, 2015

House, Senate Settle on Short Term Transportation Bill

Congress settled on a short-term bill this week that keeps transportation authority funded through Oct. 29—setting the stage for negotiations over a long-term extension this fall. According to Politico, the House will vote on the three-month extension Wednesday before heading off to recess a day early and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the upper … Read More »

Soy Grower Talks Sustainability at Milan Expo

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) participated in a sustainability event held at the Milan EXPO USA Pavilion in Italy on July 3. The USA Pavilion showcases American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet and spotlights American leadership on issues such as food security and policy, technology, nutrition and health and culinary culture. During the … Read More »

Senate Ag Committee to Move on CFTC, Child Nutrition Reauthorizations

With the House leaving for its five-week August recess this week and the Senate following next week, attention is turning to the long list of legislative business Congress must address following Labor Day. News reports this week indicate that the Senate Agriculture Committee will address two issues of interest to the American Soybean Association (ASA): … Read More »

ASA Discusses Policy Issues at Ag Media Summit

American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan, Brownfield, Texas and staff attended the 17th annual 2015 Ag Media Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. this week, discussing policy issues impacting the nation’s soybean farmers with reporters and industry partners. Topics for discussion included the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and biodiesel’s call for finalizing stronger standards for 2016 … Read More »

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Visit Hill, Participate in Legislative Forum

Select members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leader Class of 2015 participated in a third phase of training in Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Del. earlier this month. Brennan and Serena Gilkison (KY); Aaron Yaggie (MN); LaVell and Andrew Winsor (KS); Nicole and Brad Kremer (WI); Kyle Bridgeforth (AL) and Christopher Naylor (NC) … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Concludes Nutrition, Aquaculture Project in Liberia

World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Director, Africa Erica Morrow traveled to Liberia this week to help wrap up a five- year Multi-Year Aid Project (MYAP) in Liberia as a sub-contractor to Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI). The project was funded by the United States Agency of International Development’s (USAID) Food for Peace office. WISHH’s … Read More »

ASA Commends EPA for Progress on Biodiesel, Calls for Larger Volumes in 2016, 2017

The American Soybean Association (ASA) urges the Environmental Protection Agency to fully recognize and capitalize on the potential for biodiesel in the nation’s renewable energy discussion, while at the same time recognizing the agency’s improvement in its approach to biomass-based diesel fuels in its proposed final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard. In comments submitted … Read More »

Senate Finance Committee Passes 2-Year Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit, Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation

The Senate Finance Committee held a mark-up earlier this week of a bill to extend certain expired tax provisions, commonly referred to as “tax extenders.” The tax extenders package, which comprises 52 tax provisions and carries a total cost of $95 billion, includes several items strongly supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA), including two year … Read More »

Submit Comments on EPA’s Proposed RFS Rule with Just a Click!

All this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) encourages members and stakeholders to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Proposed Rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Background information on the RFS proposed rule is below, and members can submit comments directly to EPA by entering their name and address into the Soy Action Center here. Background … Read More »

Senate Demonstrates Support for Biodiesel

A letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for stronger biodiesel volumes in the final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed by 36 U.S. Senators. The bipartisan group of Senators representing 24 states across the country sends a strong signal to the Obama administration as it takes comments on the pending RFS Proposed Rule. … Read More »