Archive for May, 2017

Support Needed for Funding of the Office of Pesticide Products

The Office of Pesticide Products (OPP) is authorized in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which sets timelines for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and register pesticides, as well as collect fees from registrants for products. Before registrants are required to pay these fees, Congress is supposed to meet a minimum appropriation of $128.3 … Read More »

Honey Bee Health Coalition Members Issue Farm Bill Principle

Honey Bee Health Coalition members brought their vision for collaboration and cross pollination to Capitol Hill this week in a letter to policymakers working on the next Farm Bill. Two dozen members of the Coalition wrote to policymakers on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry … Read More »

Dhaka Seminar Highlights Importance of Bangladesh Feed Act in Aquaculture

The Bangladesh animal feed and aquaculture industries met in Dhaka on May 6 to discuss the importance of the Feed Act and make recommendations on future modifications. The conference was organized by the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) Masum Reja, with funding from the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative in Soy and Human Health (ASA/WISHH) … Read More »

WISHH Discusses Opportunities for Value Added Soy Products in Africa

The World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) recently visited Ethiopia to meet with local stakeholders and discuss future plans for U.S. soy. WISHH Regional Director Josh Neiderman met with several livestock production companies, feed millers, oil refiners and producers of foods for human consumption. Neiderman also met with Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) Counselor … Read More »

Soy Growers Oppose White House Budget

The American Soybean Association (ASA) signaled strong opposition to proposed cuts in the FY-2018 budget released by the White House this morning. “By shredding our farm safety net, slashing critical agricultural research and conservation initiatives, and hobbling our access to foreign markets, this budget is a blueprint for how to make already difficult times in … Read More »

ASA Welcomes Branstad as Incoming Ambassador to China

Following a vote by the Senate Monday to confirm former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the U.S. Ambassador to China, American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore expressed congratulations and support, citing Branstad’s extensive experience working with China and the importance of the market for U.S. soybean farmers. “We cannot understate the … Read More »

ASA and Valent Offer a New Opportunity for Young People Interested in Ag Policy

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to announce a new educational program, sponsored by Valent, the “Soy Leaders of the Future.” This program provides an exciting opportunity for students interested in improving their understanding of major agricultural policy issues, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy. The Leaders of the … Read More »

Soy Growers Back the Regulatory Accountability Act

The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined a group of agriculture organizations in sending a letter to Senators within the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in support of S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced the bill  aimed to provide regulatory relief through amending the Administrative … Read More »

Senators Stress Economic Benefits of NAFTA to New U.S. Trade Rep

U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) this week led a letter from 18 senators to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressing the positive economic impacts of NAFTA as the administration considers taking a fresh look at the trade agreement. U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Roy Blunt … Read More »

About ASA CEO Steve Censky

Stephen L. Censky is the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Chief Executive Officer. As ASA’s top executive, Censky is in charge of managing ASA’s legislative, trade policy, international market development, communications, and leadership development programs. The American Soybean Association is the national, not-for-profit trade association that represents U.S. soybean farmers on policy and trade. ASA works … Read More »