Archive for August, 2016

Myanmar Team Gets Firsthand Look at Soybean Production in North Dakota

The North Dakota Soybean Council hosted representatives from the Myanmar Edible Oil Dealer’s Association as part of their U.S. visit this week.  The team heard presentations on soybean production in North Dakota and how almost all soybeans exported from the state are bound for Asia. The team also visited the Colfax Farmer’s Elevator, where they … Read More »

ASAAP Meeting Focuses on Pollinators and Agricultural Economics

Members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Action Partnership (ASAAP) met in Jackson Hole, Wyo. this week for discussion focused on preserving and protecting the interests of the soybean industry. In addition to sessions on global and agricultural economics, the meeting featured discussion on pollinator habit, led by farmer leaders Wayne Fredericks, of Iowa, and … Read More »

Soybean Growers from 11 States to Lead ASA’s WISHH Program in 2016-17

American Soybean Association (ASA) President Richard Wilkins confirmed 15 soybean growers from 11 states to serve as ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program committee in 2016-17. Officers are: Chairman Daryl Cates (IL), Vice Chair Levi Huffman (IN); Treasurer Stan Born (IL); and Secretary E.L. Reed (MO). New WISHH Committee members include: … Read More »

Applications are Now Being Accepted for Awards Recognizing Conservation Achievements

Share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation, and you could be honored with a Conservation Legacy Award. This awards program showcases farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. Entries … Read More »

ASA Meets with Trump, Clinton Campaigns

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and representatives from 10 other national agricultural organizations met Monday with officials of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in Washington. ASA and the same groups met with the Hillary Clinton campaign in Brooklyn in June. The purpose of both meetings was to establish a dialogue between the campaign, the individual … Read More »

Obama Puts Congress on Notice: TPP is Coming

Late last week, the White House put Congress on notice that it will soon send lawmakers a bill to implement President Barack Obama’s landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement – a move intended to infuse new energy into efforts to ratify the flat-lining trade pact. The move establishes a 30-day minimum before the administration can present … Read More »

Final Venue Set for WOTUS Challenges

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied states’ latest bid to have their challenges to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule heard by district courts, where they think they’d find more receptive audiences, according to reports in Politico. This means that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, will hear the … Read More »

Soy Growers Testify on Rail Shipper Issues

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a field hearing on rail shipper issues in Sioux Falls, S.D. that focused on implementation of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) reform and reauthorization bill. Testifying at the hearing were the STB Board Members, representatives of the Fertilizer Institute and the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and representatives … Read More »

West Coast Longshore Union Agrees to Early Contract Renegotiations

Delegates of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) working at West Coast ports voted last week to enter into discussions with representatives of the Pacific Maritime Administration (PMA) regarding a contract extension. The American Soybean Association was one of 128 organizations that signed a letter to the ILWU and PMA urging them to begin … Read More »

ASA Seeks Candidates for Soy Scholarship in Fall

This fall, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is looking for high school seniors interested in pursuing agriculture in college. ASA is offering a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university during the 2017-18 academic year. The … Read More »