Archive for April, 2017

Soy Growers, Ag Groups Urge Senate to Expedite Lighthizer Confirmation

Soy growers, along with 137 food and agriculture trade associations and companies working collectively through the diverse and broad-based U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, this week urged the U.S. Senate to expeditiously vote to confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The groups took the action following a 26-0 vote on April … Read More »

ASA and Soy Aquaculture Alliance Visit Congress

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) recently met with Congressional staffers, along with a surprise visit from Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), to share the importance of the U.S. aquaculture industry and the need for it to grow. SAA was represented by Vice Chairman and Kentucky farmer George Martin. The team … Read More »

WISHH Recognizes Soyfoods Month by Sharing Expert’s Knowledge on Role of Soy in Nutrition for Developing Countries

The American Soybean Associaton’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) recognized April as Soyfoods Month by electronically sharing an expert’s insights into the importance of soy in nutrition for developing countries. Representatives of international food companies, development organizations and government agencies received WISHH’s message featuring a guest column by Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Ph.D., professor … Read More »

ASA Welcomes President Trump’s Decision to Focus on NAFTA Modernization

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed an announcement from President Donald Trump late Wednesday that the United States would remain a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The announcement came following reports that the White House was readying an executive order to withdraw from the agreement, prompting significant concern and swift action … Read More »

ASA Applauds Introduction of Biodiesel Tax Credit Reform, Extension Act

The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports the work of Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Cantwell (D-Wash.) and the other 14 senators who today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the biodiesel tax credit to a domestic production credit and extend the new policy for three years. “This bill allows producers the security they need to grow their … Read More »

Soybean Growers Strongly Discourage NAFTA Withdrawal Order

Following reports Wednesday that an executive order is being prepared that would withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), ASA President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill., warned in a statement that such a move could have disastrous consequences for the nation’s leading agricultural export in light of … Read More »

Soy Growers Look to White House Task Force to Lead on Key Issues

ASA welcomed today’s establishment by the White House of a task force to address the challenges facing America’s farmers. According to an executive order issued by the White House, the task force, to be led by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, will identify policy areas where executive branch agencies can take action to improve economic development, … Read More »

Soy Growers Welcome Perdue to USDA

ASA on Tuesday congratulated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Trump Administration by the U.S. Senate. ASA President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore said, “The USDA plays the most crucial of government functions for farmers across the country, and we are … Read More »

First Steps Taken on Biodiesel Trade Case

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) held a staff conference last week in Washington, D.C. as part of its preliminary determination phase in response to the petition filed by the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition.  As part of the staff conference, petitioners and opponents presented testimony and answered questions from the ITC staff regarding … Read More »

FDA Extends Comment Periods on Gene Editing Proposals

After requests from the American Soybean Association (ASA) and others in the agriculture industry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to extend comment periods for two proposed regulations: Draft revised GFI #187: Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals, FDA-2008-D-0394 Request for Comments: Genome Editing in New Plant Varieties Used For Foods, FDA-2016-N-4389 … Read More »