Archive for September, 2017

ASA Submits Comments on Proposed WOTUS Repeal

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposal to repeal the 2015 era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule this week. The proposed withdrawal would temporarily reinstate the pre-2015 rule while the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) work to develop a new rule to replace … Read More »

EPA Solicits Comments on Potential Cuts to Biodiesel RFS Volumes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) requesting comment and information on the potential reduction in proposed volumes of Advanced Biofuels, including specifically reducing Biomass-based Diesel for the 2018-19 rulemaking, as well as retroactively for the Biomass-based diesel volumes already established by rulemaking for 2018. BACKGROUND: EPA has proposed to … Read More »

ASA Submits Statement for Senate Ag Energy Title Hearing

The American Soybean Association submitted a statement to the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Thursday, urging the development of a 2018 Farm Bill that includes an Energy Title and mandatory funding for priority programs. There are several energy title programs important to soybean producers, including the Biobased Market Program, the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program and … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Congress to Support Global Crop Diversity Trust

Soy growers are urging Congress to extend the authorization for the Global Crop Diversity Trust in the upcoming Farm Bill. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag and trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, along with House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and … Read More »

Republicans Unveil Tax Framework Document

Republican leaders unveiled a framework document that represents advancements and agreements they have reached on some of the broad tax issues this week.  The document states that the Administration and Republican Leaders are developing a unified framework with the goal of achieving fiscally-responsible tax reform that is “built for growth, supports middle-class families, defends workers, … Read More »

ASA Steps up Urgency in Search for Answers on Dicamba Damage

As nationwide reports of dicamba-related damage to soybeans and other crops continue to climb, American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore reiterated the association’s commitment to find a solution to the issue: “This issue isn’t going away—in fact, it’s only getting worse. There are now a reported 2,242 complaints affecting 3.1 million … Read More »

UPDATE: Defense Logistics Agency Rescinds Notice on Soy Products in Military Dining Instillations

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has rescinded its earlier notice that would have required food manufacturers to disclose prohibited ingredients by Sept. 30, so that those products could be removed from meals served in dining facilities or onboard a ship. Included on the list of prohibited ingredients was Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Isolated Soybean Protein … Read More »

Censky Testifies at Senate Ag Confirmation Hearing

American Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington Tuesday as part of the confirmation process for his nomination to serve as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Nominated by President Donald Trump, Censky fielded questions from the committee on his priorities if confirmed, and the … Read More »

Biotech Working Group Meets in Minnesota

The American Soybean Association (ASA) Biotech Working Group met earlier this month in the Minneapolis area to discuss the most pressing issues facing biotechnology and how these challenges impact farming and the soybean industry. Immediately following the meeting, Syngenta representatives hosted the group for dinner and a tour of the Syngenta Seedcare Institute the next … Read More »

New Project to Increase Soybean Yields by Harnessing Photosynthesis

Information provided by FFAR. A new project aims to more efficiently turn the sun’s energy into food and sustainably increase worldwide food productivity. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, is contributing $15 million to a five-year, $45-million research project at … Read More »