Archive for January, 2017

U.S. Ag Industry Asks Trump Administration to ‘Preserve and Expand’ Upon North American Free Trade Agreement

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and a diverse group of more than 130 other agriculture organizations sent a letter to President Donald Trump earlier this week, expressing eagerness to work with the Administration on improving the North American market and U.S. economy. The letter emphasized the need to re-evaluate the North American Free Trade Agreement … Read More »

U.S. Producing Record Gallons of Biodiesel, But Imports Also Increasing

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released final 2016 biodiesel and renewable diesel numbers. The numbers show that the U.S. is producing record gallons of American made biodiesel, however foreign imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel are capturing over a third of the market, limiting the potential for additional economic benefits to U.S. producers. Highlights … Read More »

New Head of AMPLIFIES Ghana Project Begins Training in St. Louis

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) team worked with Ligaya Diaz in St. Louis this week, preparing the new chief of party for her role managing the office and Ghana program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The AMPLIFIES Ghana Food for Progress project, with a budget … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Prudence on NAFTA Renegotiation

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has communicated to the White House that the significant trade benefits U.S. farmers have achieved under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be protected as President Donald Trump moves forward with plans to renegotiate the agreement. ASA President Ron Moore, a farmer from Roseville, Ill., noted the significant … Read More »

ASA Registers Significant Concern Following Withdrawal from TPP

The nation’s soybean farmers expressed significant concern Monday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump that withdraws the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore pointed out the high stakes for soybean farmers, and urged the Trump Administration to immediately announce how it intends to engage … Read More »

Soy Growers, Industry Leaders Talk 2017 Policy Outlook at National Biodiesel Conference

Soy leaders attended the national biodiesel industry conference hosted by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week in San Diego, Calif. American Soybean Association (ASA) biodiesel representative Mike Cunningham (IL), ASA Washington staff and numerous soybean farmers and state soybean association leaders participated in the conference. A prominent theme throughout the event was the federal policy … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Continued Support of U.S.-Cuba Ag Trade

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other agriculture groups urged continued support for advancing relations between the U.S. and Cuba late last week. In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the groups state that net farm income has seen the largest three-year drop since the Great Depression, and increasing access to foreign markets, like Cuba … Read More »

WISHH Welcomes New Business Development Manager

Keenan McRoberts is the new business development manager for the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH). This innovative program devotes funds and staff resources to the expansion of markets for U.S. soy protein in human diets and animal feed in the developing world. McRoberts was raised on his family’s farm and … Read More »

EPA Finalizes Neonicotinoid Policy, Finds Most Uses ‘Do Not Pose Significant Risks’

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs finalized its “Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products,” which is aimed at protecting bees from neonicotinoid exposure. The preliminary risk assessments looked at three neonicotinoid pesticides: clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran. The EPA found that “spray applications to a few … Read More »

Annual ASA Banquet Sold Out

The American Soybean Association (ASA) Awards Banquet is officially sold out. The annual event that brings together state affiliates and ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate the successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit U.S. soybean farmers and the … Read More »