Archive for July, 2016

Growers Attend Ag PhD Field Day to Promote Commodity Classic

Association staff and leaders are in Baltic, S.D. this week to promote Commodity Classic at Ag PhD Field Day, the largest private farm field day in North America. Last year the field day hosted more than 9,000 farmers from 38 states and eight foreign countries. Abby Podkul, Commodity Classic events director, along with Ed Erickson, … Read More »

Iowa Farmer to Speak at Monarch Butterfly Conference

American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Wayne Fredericks, Osage, Iowa, will participate on a grower panel during the Monarch Collaborative Conference in St. Louis this August. The conference discussion will cover promoting the role of agriculture in monarch conservation in the monarch corridor; understanding how the monarch population and habitat targets of individual states connect with … Read More »

ASA Meets with Ag Reporters, Students at Ag Media Summit

The American Soybean Association (ASA) participated as an exhibitor at the Ag Media Summit, hosted in St. Louis, Mo. this week. For two days, ASA staff, along with ASA Vice President Ron Moore, met with ag reporters, university students and industry leaders from across the country. Follow ASA on Twitter (@ASA_Soybeans) and Instagram (@americansoybeanassociation) for … Read More »

ASA Attends Risk Management Agency’s ‘State of Crop Insurance’ Roundtable

Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Brandon Willis hosted a discussion about current crop insurance issues with the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other farm and lending groups last week. Soybeans remain the second-ranked insured commodity, with 2015 liability of $24.3 billion. Corn is ranked first with almost $40 billion of total liability; wheat is a … Read More »

USDA Begins Second Year of National Project to Quantify Effects of Agricultural Conservation

Information provided by a USDA news release.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers now through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land. The results … Read More »

Update on ARC-CO Yield Issue

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has worked with several other farm organizations to address discrepancies in county yields and payments under ARC-CO. These differences came to light last October, when payments were made for 2014 crops, the first year under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (AA-14), also known as the farm bill. The number of affected crops … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Hosts Central American Participants at Food Expo

American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program (ASA/WISHH) sponsored the attendance of two participants from Guatemala at select courses during the 2016 Annual Meeting and Food Expo of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in July. The attendees represented Alimentos, one of the largest food processing companies in Central America, which … Read More »

Soy Growers Welcome European Approval of New Biotech Traits

American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Greenwood, Del., soybean farmer Richard Wilkins welcomed news this morning out of Brussels that the European Union has approved three outstanding biotech soybean traits for import and processing. The approved traits include the Xtend dicamba-tolerant soybean and Vistive Gold high oleic soybean products from Monsanto, and the Balance GT … Read More »

Republicans Finalize Platform on Agriculture, Energy and Environment

It’s political party convention time and that means each party will be releasing its party platform. The GOP released its platform on Monday evening, and below is a quick review on some of the themes struck in the Agriculture, Energy, and Environment section. The American Soybean Association (ASA) will do a similar review when the Democrats release … Read More »

ASA Continues to Press EU on Approval of Xtend Soybeans and Dicamba Use

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has continued to pressure the European Commission to provide final approval of Xtend soybeans that have been awaiting final authorization from the Commission since January.  ASA also met separately with Monsanto and companies like Pioneer, that have in-licensed the trait , to discuss each company’s planning to keep Xtend soybeans … Read More »