Archive for January, 2016

ASA: More Work Still Needed on EU Biotech Approvals Timeline

The American Soybean Association (ASA) urged the European Commission today to continue its work in addressing delays in the approvals timeline for crops grown with new biotechnology traits, saying the delays create a barrier to entry into the market for American soybeans and risk the supply of high quality feed for Europe’s livestock industry. ASA … Read More »

Ag Groups Write Congress in Advance of EPA Oversight Hearing

A coalition of 38 major farm groups, including American Soybean Association (ASA), wrote to House Agriculture Committee leaders in advance of the Committee’s oversight hearing on Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policies that affect U.S. agriculture. The hearing was scheduled for January 26 but postponed due to weather; a new hearing date has not been set. … Read More »

ASA Comments on Pesticide Applicators Proposal

ASA joined the Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC) to comment on EPA’s proposed rule oncertification and training of certified applicators. The PPC coalition is made up of farm groups,  pesticide manufactures and other ag stakeholders. EPA’s stated goal is to update existing program guidelines and create a streamlined state and nationwide standard. The PPC comments set … Read More »

ASA Participates in National Biodiesel Conference

This week, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) held its annual industry conference in Tampa, Florida. Attendees included American Soybean Association (ASA) Board Members Mike Cunningham (IL) and Jerry Bambauer (OH), ASA’s Washington, D.C. staff, numerous state soybean association representatives and soybean industry partners. ASA Board Member, Cunningham serves on the NBB Governing Board and Chair … Read More »

ASA Kudos this Week…Brad Kremer

Kudos goes to Brad Kremer, Pittsville, Wis., who promoted AG Day at the Capitol by posting a picture of the program and sponsors of the event on his Facebook page. Thank you for continuing to promote and support the agricultural industry! Brad and his wife Nicole operate a family farm consisting of 1,200 acres of soybeans and … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Sends Aquaculture Consultant to Pakistan

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program recently sent Mark Newman, an aquaculture consultant, to Pakistan as part of the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project. Mr. Newman presented about the utilization of soy products in aquafeeds at a major conference in Lahore; visited five feed mills interested in, or currently producing, … Read More »

WISHH Convenes Ghana Poultry Industry Support Working Group in Atlanta

At U.S. Department Agriculture/Foreign Agriculture Service ((USDA/FAS) Ghana’s request, the American Soybean Association’s WISHH program organized a meeting among key stakeholders working  on feed and poultry industry and policy development in Ghana; the meeting took place Monday ahead of the International Production and Processing Show (IPPE) in Atlanta, GA. Participants included representatives from: USAPEEC, World … Read More »

ASA’s WISHH Conducts Trade Servicing Activities in Myanmar

Last week ASA’s WISHH Asian Division Director Alan F. Poock, travelled to Myanmar for trade servicing activities.  Joining Poock were Dr. Mian Riaz, an oilseed processing technical consultant and Matt Danuser, a North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) board member. During the trip, seminars were held with the Myanmar Edible Oil Dealer’s Association (MEODA) and Food … Read More »

Peterson Report Points to Explicit Benefits of TPP, Risks of Delay in its Approval

The American Soybean Association (ASA) released a statement in response to a report issued yesterday by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) on the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), pointing specifically to the significant benefits of the TPP for the United States and 11 other nations in the agreement. According to the report, the … Read More »

Soy Growers: Harden a Champion for Farmers

The American Soybean Association (ASA) thanked outgoing Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden today for her service to the nation’s farmers. Harden, who announced her resignation this afternoon, served as Deputy Secretary since August of 2013, before which she served as Chief of Staff to Secretary Tom Vilsack. Harden also has a special link to … Read More »