Archive for July, 2017

Share Your Conservation Story and You Could Be a Winner

Share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation, and you could be the next winner of a Conservation Legacy Award. This awards program showcases farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy … Read More »

ASA Submits Comments on Neonicotinoids

The American Soybean Associated (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week on their registration reviews of neonicotinoid (neonics) risk assessments. ASA emphasized the importance of neonics as an effective pesticide used by producers to attach below-ground pests like the seedcorn maggot or above-ground pests like the soybean aphid or the bean … Read More »

ASA, Ag Groups Meet with Secretary Mnuchin to Discuss Tax Reform

This week American Soybean Association (ASA) Washington staff attended and participated in a meeting of agricultural groups at the White House with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss tax reform. The meeting was one of a series of sessions the White House is conducting with various industry sectors as they develop their policies and strategies … Read More »

Comment Period Open for RFS Volume Obligations

The public comment period on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2018-19 is officially open with comments due by Aug. 31, 2017.  The EPA proposal, required by statute, sets forth the proposed volume requirements for the overall RFS, including the Advanced Biofuels portion, for 2018 as well … Read More »

White House Announces Infrastructure Council

The Trump Administration announced the establishment of a new Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure earlier this month. The Council will “study the scope and effectiveness of, and make findings and recommendations to the President regarding, Federal Government funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors, including surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water … Read More »

ASA Supports CFTC Nominees

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of ag stakeholders sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee, supporting two bipartisan nominees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Senate Ag Committee held their nomination hearing on July 27, 2017. Dawn DeBerry Stump has been nominated as a Republican commissioner; Rostin (Russ) Behnam … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Supports Growth of Aquaculture Feed Industry in Pakistan

The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (ASA/WISHH) is implementing “FEEDing Pakistan,” a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded aquaculture project in Pakistan. Since the start of the project in 2011, ASA/WISHH has worked with the aquaculture industry on the development of soy-based feeds. At the start of the project there … Read More »

ASA’s Scott Testifies on Farm Bill Risk Management Programs

Soybean farmer Kevin Scott testified on the importance of risk management programs within the nation’s farm legislation at a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee this morning in Washington. Scott, who serves on the Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and as an at-large ASA Governing Committee member, detailed for the Committee … Read More »

ASA Supports McKinney, Clovis Nominations at USDA

The American Soybean Association (ASA), which represents growers of the nation’s largest agricultural export, expressed its support today for Ted McKinney to fill the newly established Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs post at USDA, and Sam Clovis as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. “The U.S. exports well over half of … Read More »

USTR Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

This week the Administration released the negotiating objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The objectives are comprehensive and cover most sectors and subjects that have been a part of previous trade agreements. The first goal listed under Trade in Goods is to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA countries. This could … Read More »