Archive for April, 2016

WISHH Makes Strides with Ghana Poultry, Feed Project Development

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) headed to Accra, Ghana this week to discuss the ASA/WISHH AMPLIFIES Ghana and ACDI/VOCA Ghana Poultry Projects. The two projects are U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded Food for Progress initiatives with an aim to develop the Ghanaian poultry and feed sectors. WISHH … Read More »

ASA Kudos: Bob Worth

Kudos to Bob Worth, Lake Benton, Minn., who was recently offered a contract for another year of doing what he loves—talking about agriculture on the radio. Bob started his segment For What It’s Worth on Minnesota’s KLOH last year and has used the platform to discuss a range of issues important to soybean growers, including … Read More »

Senate Committee Releases Draft WRDA Bill

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee this week released a draft two-year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill, scheduled for mark-up on April 28.  Following an overdue comprehensive act in 2014, Congress is attempting to return to the regular order of reauthorizing the WRDA every two years. The 2016 WRDA released by … Read More »

Senators to Froman: Push EU on Ag Barriers in T-TIP

A bipartisan group of senators last week urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to ensure the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) included a strong framework for agriculture, including resolution on both tariff and non-tariff barriers. The U.S. market share is increasingly deteriorating due to tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in the EU—one of … Read More »

Finding Our Way to the Next Farm Bill

By John Gordley, Director of ASA’s Washington Office As Congress begins to consider writing a new farm bill in 2018, it’s time to review how the Agricultural Act of 2014 (AA-2014) is performing, what problems have arisen, and how these concerns might be addressed before and during the upcoming debate.  It’s also time to consider … Read More »

Study Finds Weather, Habitat Threats Impact Monarch Butterfly Population

Cornell University released a study this month that found a lack of nectar sources, habitat loss and weather are impacting the dwindling Monarch butterfly population. According to the Cornell Chronicle, researchers found problems in the butterflies’ migration from the U.S. and southern Canada to Mexico in the fall, rather than with lack of milkweed—the only … Read More »

Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics Winners Announced

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) are proud to name Xiaocheng Li, Huaiyang Zhong, and Associate Professors David Lobell and Stefano Ermon, a team from Stanford University, as the winners of the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The team was awarded a $5,000 prize for … Read More »

ASA Comments on APHIS Proposed Revisions to Biotech Regulations

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments this week regarding the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) proposed revisions to biotech crop regulations. In February, APHIS announced its intent to conduct a programmatic economic impact study as part of a comprehensive study of its Part 340 regulations of biotech crops. ASA commended APHIS for … Read More »

House Appropriators Approve Agriculture, Energy Spending Bills

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2017 Agriculture and Energy and Water spending bills earlier this week, funding agricultural research and rural development programs important to soy growers. The $147.7 billion agriculture appropriations bill includes $3 million allocated to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote … Read More »

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans Still Pending in EU

Monsanto and many of its licensees are commercializing Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ (RR2X) soybeans this spring, and farmers may have ordered or taken delivery of RR2X seed. RR2X soybeans are new biotech soybeans that are tolerant to both dicamba and glyphosate herbicides. While RR2X soybeans have been approved for import into China and other major U.S. … Read More »