Archive for October, 2015

Putting Panic Into Perspective: IARC Says Processed, Red Meat Linked to Cancer—What Does This Mean?

Early this week the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a report classifying processed meats like hotdogs and ham as carcinogenic to humans. The report also classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) published an article in response to the announcement, breaking down what the … Read More »

House, Senate Strike Deal to Avert $3 Billion in Crop Insurance Cuts

The House and the Senate have come to an agreement that would avoid more than $3 billion in cuts to the nation’s crop insurance program as part of the budget package. The agreement follows a tumultuous three-day fight over the bill’s inclusion of the proposal that would have accomplished the cuts by reducing the rate … Read More »

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Holds First Open Meeting, Announces Two New Programs

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) held its first open board meeting this week, chaired by former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the foundation will operate as a non-profit corporation seeking and accepting private donations in order to fund research activities that focus … Read More »

Congress Avoids Rail Disruption with PTC Extension

The House and Senate have passed H.R. 3819 to provide a three-week extension—through Nov. 20—of the Highway Trust Fund and the measure also includes a three-year extension of the Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline.  The PTC implementation deadline can also be extended an additional two years beyond 2018 if certain benchmarks are met by … Read More »

Action Needed to Win Passage of Federal Truck Weight Increase

Next week, the House will consider a full, six-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill.  While there are numerous positive aspects of the Committee passed bill, it does not address the ability for states to allow increased truck weights on federal interstates within their state for trucks with an additional sixth axle. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) has … Read More »

Mississippi Soy Grower Shares U.S. Soy, Sustainability Message at 55th European Commodities Exchange

American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Willard Jack, Belzoni, Miss., had the chance to interact with key players in the European grain and oilseeds industry earlier this month at the 55th European Commodities Exchange in Barcelona, Spain. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) had a booth at the event, which drew European importers, exporters, crushers, feed industry, milling … Read More »

Reminder: Fierce XLT Field Trial Participants Must Complete Evaluation Soon to Receive Reward

Participants in the American Soybean Association (ASA) Fierce® XLT Field Trial Program, sponsored by Valent must complete the field trial evaluation as soon as possible to receive their reward. ASA members in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio participated in the field trial this spring. To show appreciation for participation in the program, ASA and … Read More »

ASA Kudos this Week…

Kudos go to Mike Cunningham, Bismarck, Ill., who shared videos of soybean harvest on his farm this month via Twitter. You can follow Mike at @soyfarmer62 . Thanks for sharing a glimpse of life on the farm Mike!

ASA/WISHH Hosts Nutrition, Cooking Seminars in El Salvador with Women Entrepreneurs

Throughout the past few months, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) has worked together with a group of women entrepreneurs in El Salvador to educate more women on the nutritional value of soy. The seminars focused on the important nutrition soy-based foods can provide and also taught Salvadoran women … Read More »

Soybean Farmers: What Safety Net Does This Budget Strengthen? Certainly Not Crop Insurance.

In response a statement today from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on a prospective budget agreement that will potentially cut more than $3 billion from the nation’s crop insurance program, the American Soybean Association (ASA) countered that the proposed budget would weaken the farm safety net at a time when it is … Read More »