Archive for October, 2017

Soy Growers Respond to FDA Action on Heart Health Claim

The American Soybean Association (ASA) issued a statement Monday in response to indications from the Food and Drug Administration that the agency will revoke the unqualified health claim regarding soy protein and coronary heart disease (CHD). ASA President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore reiterated the ability of soy protein to contribute to heart health: “In … Read More »

Iowa Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, The Soyfoods Council and WISHH at the World Food Prize

The ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program joined the Iowa Soybean Board, Soyfoods Council  and USB as sponsors of the Symposium Soy Luncheon, a key event in the week’s activities. On Thursday, October 19, USB Chairman John Motter and ISA President Bill Shipley took time from their busy harvest schedule to … Read More »

Commerce Department Imposes Preliminary Antidumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports

This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a preliminary determination on the antidumping trade case filed against biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The preliminary determination found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia are sold into the United States below fair value, and as a result preliminary duties will be imposed on imports … Read More »

ASA Submits Comments on Foreign Trade Barriers

This week the American Soybean Association joined the National Oilseed Processors Association and the North American Export Grain Association in submitting comments to the Administration on foreign trade barriers. Access the full document here.

ASA Joins Letter to Secretary Ross

This week the American Soybean Association joined a letter to Secretary Ross regarding his recent obeservation that there is “not a world oversupply of agricultural products” and that harm to American food and agriculture interests from a potential NAFTA withdrawal is an “empty threat.” The letter continues saying, “We respectfully submit that notification of NAFTA withdrawal would … Read More »

ASA Welcomes ARC-CO Improvement Act

WASHINGTON (October 25, 2017)— The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed legislation introduced this week by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), which supports and strengthens the county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) program. “ARC-CO is of great importance to soy growers, who signed up over 90 percent of soybean acres in the program,” said … Read More »

ASA State Affiliates Gather in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES (October 19, 2017)- This week ASA hosted its annual  state staff meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, with the theme of strengthening the soybean industry through collaboration. The annual meeting provides ASA Affiliates with the opportunity to come together to share important industry information and learn from each other. Meeting participants from state soybean … Read More »

Agriculture Advocacy Organizations, Commodity Groups and Science Institutions Call for Doubling of USDA Research Budget

Washington, DC (October 20, 2017)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) research, education, and extension budget should be doubled to $6 billion during the five-year life of the 2018 Farm Bill, according to a broad coalition of 63 organizations, including the American Soybean Association. The coalition submitted its request today in a letter to House and … Read More »

ASA Applauds Congressional Letters on RFS, Submits Comments to EPA

WASHINGTON (October 20, 2017) — The American Soybean Association today applauded the many Senators and House members who signed letters to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt urging more robust volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and expressing concern with the EPA Notice of Data Availability (NODA) that contemplates reductions in biodiesel and … Read More »

ASA Supports Congressional Letter’s Charge to Foster Ag Innovation

WASHINGTON (October 20, 2017)— On Tuesday, October 17th, a bipartisan group of 79 Members of Congress sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging agencies responsible for regulating biotechnology to coordinate and advance policies and strategies that promote innovation in … Read More »