Archive for September, 2015

U.S., China Set Meeting to Discuss Transparency, Biotech Approvals

In conjunction with President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington D.C this week, the U.S. and Chinese governments are holding a Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue (SAID) meeting on Thursday. The SAID meeting will hopefully set the stage for discussions regarding increased transparency and timeliness of Chinese biotech trait approvals. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other … Read More »

Soy Growers Host Farm Visit, Port Tour for Chinese Officials

  With President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington, D.C. this week, soy growers were on hand to welcome other Chinese officials to the United States with two events. On Tuesday, American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan joined U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), United Soybean Board (USB), and U.S. Grains Council leaders to host Chinese … Read More »

USTR Releases Detailed Summary of TPP Objectives

Information provided by USTR. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) this week released a detailed summary of the most recent U.S. negotiating objectives on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The report, coupled with a recent update on progress made in negotiations at a July ministerial meeting in Hawaii, are part of continued Administration efforts to … Read More »

ASA President to Testify on International Food Aid, Food Security at House Ag Hearing

The House Agriculture Committee is holding a hearing next week to discuss issues regarding international food assurance and food security and the role of U.S. farmers. This hearing, scheduled for Sept. 30 at 10 a.m., will be an opportunity for the American Soybean Association (ASA) to discuss its support of in-kind U.S. commodities in the … Read More »

CFTC’s Ag Advisory Committee Talks Future Commission Merchants, Select Ag Markets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held a meeting of the Agricultural Advisory Committee this week, chaired by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad. Topics on the agenda included trends in the Futures Commission Merchants (FCM) industry, position limits and select ag markets. Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo raised concerns that the consolidating FCM industry is moving away from … Read More »

Grower Meetings Help Members Engage in Policy Discussions

The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates the generous support provided by FMC, over the past two years, to help several state associations hold successful meetings to engage members in discussions on key policy and industry issues. The meetings also provide an opportunity to help non-members become more aware of the association’s work and recruit new … Read More »

ASA Kudos this Week…

Kudos go to Hunter Grills, Newbern, Tenn., who was instrumental in bringing a farm safety message to the radio station in his county. Hunter’s Young Farmers and Ranchers group wanted to do something in their community to promote agriculture and safety for local farmers during harvest. “We felt this was a good way to reach … Read More »

Nigerian Officials Tour Missouri Farm and Observe Harvest, Storage Techniques

  The American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) last week welcomed a delegation of Nigerian government officials involved in food and feed safety and policy development, in cooperation with the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded Farm to Fork Initiative. Members of the group … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Hosts Soy Cooking Seminar in Honduras

This month, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (ASA/WISHH) hosted a seminar in Honduras focused on improving the school lunch program with soy-enhanced meals. The seminar, “Soy Applications in the Preparation of Food for School Feeding Programs”, included lectures about the benefits and uses of soy protein products by … Read More »

American Soybean Association Seeks Candidates for SOY Scholarship

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is looking to present a scholarship award to a high school senior interested in pursuing agriculture in college. The Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college … Read More »