Archive for October, 2016

Senate Signatures Needed for China Biotech Letter

As China is a vital trading partner for American agriculture, and soybeans in particular, the American Soybean Association (ASA) supports biotechnology being a top priority for the United States during a series of meetings this fall with the Chinese, including the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in November. The Chairman and Ranking Member of … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Hosts Soy Nutrition Seminar in Guatemala

Last month in Guatemala, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program hosted a soy nutrition seminar in collaboration with the Vice-Ministry of Food Security and Nutrition (VISAN), part of the Ministry of Agriculture. Close to 40 participants attended the seminar, the majority of who work on food distribution programs … Read More »

State Staff Meeting Evaluation 2016

RFS Volume Standards Move to White House

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final standards for 2017 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2018 for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moved to the last review step. EPA has sent the final standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review, which includes addressing input from the USDA and DOE. … Read More »

ASA, State Staff Discuss Strengthening the Soybean Industry through Collaboration

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and state soybean association staff met in St. Louis this week for discussion on the implementation of ASA’s strategic plan, member engagement, policy issues and communications. The annual State Staff meeting kicked off with ASA CEO Steve Censky leading discussion on how ASA and state affiliates can work together to … Read More »

Soy Growers Support Tool to Streamline Precision Ag Data

Soy growers and other agriculture groups are praising AgGateway for finding an easier way for farmers using precision ag to compile and analyze data from various sources. AgGateway companies worked together to create ADAPT to solve the problem and last week, the American Soybean Association (ASA), along with other ag groups, sent a letter to … Read More »

USDA Sponsored Report Examines Impacts of Potential Lock and Dam Closures

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report on the economic impact of the hypothetical closure of locks on the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois River. The report titled, Economic Impacts Analysis of Inland Waterways Disruptions on the Transport of Corn and Soybeans, was commissioned by USDA and conducted by the University … Read More »

Transparency Evaluator Board Continues Progress

The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator (ADTE) Interim Board met recently in Washington to review the progress of the ADTE. It remains located here, with plans to build it out as a stand-alone website. The National Potato Council recently joined the board. In addition to the American Soybean Association (ASA), other farm groups represented include the … Read More »

Pakistan Evolves as a Major Market for U.S. Soy

With the continued growth of U.S. soybean exports to Pakistan, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has taken on responsibility for trade and technical serving efforts targeting oilseed crushers, feed millers and the poultry industry. U.S. soy family efforts began in the 1990s, when Pakistan used minimal levels of soybean meal in their poultry rations … Read More »

ASA, NOPA Signal Strong Push on TPP in Lame Duck

With the release of a new document on the benefits to soybean farmers, processors, and exporters from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) put Congress on notice that the groups will continue their push to approve TPP in the lame duck session following … Read More »