Archive for November, 2015

RFS Final Rule Provides Stability and Modest Growth for Biodiesel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final Rule setting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 on Monday. The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates EPA, the U.S Department of Agriculture(USDA) and the Obama Administration for their contributions to this Final Rule … Read More »

A Thanksgiving Message from ASA President Wade Cowan

Dear Friends, I wanted to wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and your families and thank you for the honor of serving soybean farmers as ASA’s president this year. From the beginning of my term, my goal was to come together this year to unify and move agriculture forward. As I sit back and consider … Read More »

Co-Sponsors Needed for Rep. Young’s Bill to Defend Crop Insurance

House and Senate leaders passed a budget bill two weeks ago containing more than $3 billion in cuts to the crop insurance program over 10 years. Following that cut, House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership struck a gentlemen’s agreement with Congressional leadership to restore the money from those cuts in the omnibus spending bill. As … Read More »

ASA Welcomes White House, FDA GMO Labeling Developments and Calls on Senate to Move Legislation Forward

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes guidance issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that establishes guidelines for the uniform, voluntary labeling for non-GMO foods. Establishing a uniform standard for voluntary labeling has been a key part of ASA’s push to reduce consumer confusion about which foods do and do not contain … Read More »

ASA Urges U.S. to Keep Up Pressure on China Biotech Approvals

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and the U. S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) members sent a letter this week to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary Penny Pritzker and Ambassador Michael Froman urging them to continue pushing for timely, science based biotechnology approvals in China. With the upcoming U.S.-China Joint Commission … Read More »

Soy Leaders Join Biodiesel Industry for Meetings in Washington, D.C., Underscore Importance of Tax Credit

Representatives of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and numerous state soybean associations participated in the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) membership meeting in Washington, D.C. this week. At the meeting, elections were held for the NBB Governing Board with four returning board members and four new members elected.  Soybean farmers Ed Hegland (MN) and Robert Stobaugh … Read More »

Highway Bill Conference Committee Underway

House and Senate conferees have begun meeting to work out differences between the two versions of the Surface Transportation reauthorization bill (Highway Bill) passed by the respective chambers.  The conferees hope to reach agreement and conclude their work by the end of November, so that the final conference report can be passed by the House … Read More »

Kansas Soy Grower Discusses Precision Ag with Sen. Roberts

American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Bob Henry, Robinson, Kan. attended a roundtable discussion about precision agriculture and big data last week near Salina, hosted by Sen. Pat Roberts. The purpose of the roundtable was for the senator to hear input from farmers, service providers and machinery companies on how to best manage the data that’s generated today. “He … Read More »

Growers Partner with NRCS to Help to Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitats

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with farmers to help rebuild Monarch butterfly habitats, specifically targeting conservation efforts at migration routes. Monarch populations have declined about 90 percent in the past two decades, with the World Wildlife Fund’s 2013 report from Mexico showing that the number of … Read More »

ASA Kudos this Week…

Kudos go to Denise Cannatella, Melville, La., who appeared this month on This Week in Louisiana Agriculture, a show helping bridge the gap between local famers and consumers. Denise is the Louisiana Farm Bureau Leadership Committee (LFBLC) chair and recently her group traveled to northeast Louisiana to visit the world’s only sweet potato processing facility … Read More »