Archive for May, 2016

Soy Growers Welcome MOU with Cuban Agribusiness Group

With a signing ceremony Thursday, the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) and Cuba’s Grupo Empresarial Agricola (GEA) formalized an agreement between the two nation’s farm and food industries to re-establish the Cuban marketplace for U.S. food and agricultural products. As part of the agreement, both USACC and GEA will meet regularly to ensure that … Read More »

ASA Participates in Trans-Pacific Partnership Ag Week in D.C.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other farm groups led briefings in both the House and Senate to educate agriculture and trade staffers on the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during Agriculture TPP Week in Washington D.C. With the release of the International Trade Commission report last week, the agriculture community was able to tout … Read More »

ASA Hosts Trade Roundtable with USDA Deputy Under Secretary

The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week hosted a roundtable to discuss the future of U.S. agriculture trade. Jonathan Cordone, deputy under secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS), led the discussion on international trade initiatives and priorities of the current administration and how the agricultural sector will … Read More »

Urge Your Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Biodiesel Tax Credit

(Updated on 6.2.16) Soy growers are encouraged to contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 5240, the Biodiesel Tax Credit. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the updated legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to extend the biodiesel tax credit for three … Read More »

ASA Continues Work on County Yields, Payments Discrepancy

The following is an update on ASA’s work on the ARC-County Option yield discrepancy issue from ASA Washington Office Director John Gordley. As you know, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has been working with National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and other commodity organizations to … Read More »

Soybean Leaders Remember Friend, Advocate Rob Joslin

The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week remembers our friend, former ASA president and spirited soybean advocate—Rob Joslin, who passed away on May 25 at age 63. Rob was a lifelong farmer in Shelby County, Ohio, with his wife Ellen. He began farming fulltime after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1975. Rob had … Read More »

Food Scientist Visits Myanmar to Talk Soy Drinks

Dr. Zach Liu, a food scientist with the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D., spent a week in Myanmar (sometimes called Burma) meeting with food manufacturers and the trade industry to discuss using soy in beverages. Liu met with the two companies that received soybean variety samples, provided by four Red River Valley exporters, … Read More »

ASA Featured in USTR’s New Online TPP Tool

This week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) launched an interactive section of the USTR’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) website that showcases endorsements of the TPP from various sectors of the U.S. economy. Included in that section is the endorsement of the TPP from the American Soybean Association (ASA). ASA strongly supports the TPP, … Read More »

Citing ITC Report, ASA Calls on Congress to Get to Work on TPP

Pointing to a report issued Wednesday from the International Trade Commission showing the American agriculture industry as among the largest beneficiaries from a potential Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the American Soybean Association (ASA) renewed its call for Congress to work toward passage of the 12-nation trade pact. According to the report, by 2032 exports to … Read More »

ASA Continues Work with Roberts and Stabenow to Reach GMO Labeling Compromise

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is working to support development of a GMO labeling compromise between Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow. ASA CEO Steve Censky was in Washington last week to meet with the chiefs of staff for both, and the two offices are making progress toward a solution that … Read More »