Archive for September, 2016

House Passage of WRDA Reauthorization Bill

By a vote of 399-25, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a two year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill, supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA). The bill authorizes waterways infrastructure programs and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), which allow soybean farmers to transport their crop and remain competitive in … Read More »

ASA Continues Leading Effort to Maintain Rural-Urban Connection in Farm Bill

As part of its role leading a coalition of farm and anti-hunger groups, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Feeding America convened a meeting Wednesday in Washington to share ideas and ways to foster closer relationships between farmers and consumers headed into the next farm bill. The meeting was the latest step in an effort … Read More »

Bayer Will Not Challenge EPA on Belt Pesticide

Earlier this week, Bayer announced its decision to drop a Federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the cancellationof its pesticide product, flubendiamide. Flubendiamide is commercially known as Belt, and is an effective and safe insecticide used by many soybean growers across the south to battle harmful pests, such as corn earworm and … Read More »

Soy Growers Encourage Expansion of Rural Broadband

The Agricultural Broadband Coalition (ABC), this week urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make rural broadband expansion a priority. ABC brings together farm groups, like the American Soybean Association (ASA), and other ag stakeholders. In a letter to the FCC, the group underscored how expanded coverage would “address important economic, educational, healthcare and other societal … Read More »

Senate Ratifies Plant Genetics Treaty

The Senate passed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on Wednesday evening. The American Soybean Association (ASA) supported passage and ratification of the Treaty. In February, ASA President Richard Wilkins wrote to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) to express support, noting … Read More »

Syngenta Opens New North America Seedcare Institute in Stanton, Minn.

Information provided by Syngenta Syngenta unveiled its new Seedcare Institute in Stanton, Minn., during a grand opening celebration last week. American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman and Brownfield, Texas farmer Wade Cowan, joined more than 150 industry leaders, government officials, Syngenta customers and employees to tour the 38,000-square-foot, free-standing facility on Syngenta’s Stanton campus. “This seed care … Read More »

U.S. Soy Industry Celebrates 60th Anniversary in Japan

Information courtesy of USDA  The American Soybean Association (ASA) opened its first overseas representative office in Tokyo in 1956. Since then, the U.S. soybean industry has worked in partnership with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to create market opportunities for U.S. soybeans and soybean products in Japan. On Sept. 12, 2016, the U.S. Soybean Export … Read More »

ASA Presents ‘Live from Harvest with Dennis Bogaards’ on Periscope Next Week

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is teaming up with farmer Dennis Bogaards next week for a live view of harvest from his Pella, Iowa farm. Periscope is a mobile app that allows you to live video chat and answer questions with people around the world. Dennis goes live from soybean harvest at Bogaards Farm, Inc. … Read More »

WISHH Hosts USDA-Funded Team Studying School Nutrition Programs in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cochran Fellowship Program, under the Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), provided a grant to the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/ WISHH)program, to organize a week long training and networking program for people working on school nutrition programs in Nicaragua and South … Read More »

House and Senate Co-Sponsors Needed on Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

The American Soybean Association (ASA) continues efforts to get Congress to take up a tax extenders package that includes extension and restructuring of the biodiesel tax credit before it expires at the end of 2016. This week, ASA joined with a diverse group of over 50 organizations and industries in a letter to Congress, urging action … Read More »