Archive for March, 2016

ASA, NBB Discuss Biodiesel Tax Credit, RFS and Other Policy Priorities

The American Soybean Association (ASA) attended a meeting held by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss policy priorities and strategies. During the governing board meeting, items discussed included enactment of a restructured biodiesel tax credit, upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), legislative challenges … Read More »

ASA Kudos…Matt Atkinson

Kudos go to Matthew Atkinson, Columbus, Kansas, for taking time to discuss the ASA DuPont Young Leader’s program with Greg Akagi on Farm Factor. Atkinson, a recent graduate of the program, talked about how DYL allowed him to learn how to talk about and promote agriculture, meet other growers and get up to speed on … Read More »

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Explore Issues, Marketing During Training

The 32nd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, March 1 – 5, 2016 in New Orleans, La. in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. “For many years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has filled the critical role of identifying new and emerging leaders in … Read More »

Farmers Urged to Participate in CTIC, SARE and ASTA Cover Crop Survey

Information provided by a CTIC news release. A nationwide survey of farmers on cover crop use is seeking insight from growers around the country — whether or not they plant cover crops. “This survey provides us with a great perspective on why farmers do or do not plant cover crops, what they expect to gain … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Unions and Ports to Avoid Future Trade Disruptions

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and over 100 organizations representing manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter urging the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to begin early discussions on a new contract and avoid the … Read More »

ASA Urges Appropriators to Protect Crop Insurance

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of nearly 60 groups wrote to House and Senate members of the Agriculture Appropriations subcommittees last week in support of maintaining the crop insurance program during the appropriations process. “As the Appropriations Committees consider annual spending bills, we respectfully urge you to protect crop insurance and recognize … Read More »

ASA Kudos this Week…Brad Kremer

Kudos go to Brad Kremer, Pittsville, Wis., who joined ASA in Washington, D.C. for the board meeting last week and shared his experiences on Facebook. In addition to sharing a photo from his meetings with lawmakers, Brad also shared information about TPP, National Ag Day and a photo showing how modern agriculture incorporates technology into … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Hosts Aquaculture Conference, First Tilapia Cooking Competition at Women’s University in Pakistan

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program recently hosted a one-day International aquaculture conference, scientific research poster exhibition and tilapia cooking competition at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded FEEDing Pakistan project. The event, attended by 350 women, … Read More »

ASA Welcomes Announcement of Availability of Checkoff Funds for Cuban Activity

American Soybean Association (ASA) President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del., welcomed an announcement from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack that enables checkoff funds to be used for market expansion in the island nation of Cuba. ASA is in favor of lifting the embargo on Cuba, and has been supportive … Read More »

Soy Growers Oppose Targeting of SNAP in Budget Proposal

The American Soybean Association (ASA) responded to a proposal included in this week’s House Republican budget, passed by the House Budget Committee, that would cut spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by transitioning it to a block grant-based system administered at the state level. ASA opposed the proposal … Read More »