Archive for November, 2017

National Biodiesel Board Holds Membership Meeting in DC

This week the National Biodiesel Board held its membership meeting in Washington, DC that was attended by numerous soybean grower leaders, state soybean association staff and ASA representatives. The focus of the meeting was on the push to get the biodiesel tax credit reinstated and on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements that were … Read More »

DuPont Young Leaders Begin Training

The 34th class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders began their training at DuPont Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa this week. The class includes representatives from 19 soybean state affiliates and the Grain Farmers of Ontario. ASA President, Ron Moore (IL) and Vice President, John Heisdorffer (IA) provided an ASA overview and participated … Read More »

USSEC and ASA/WISHH at Cooperator and USDA meetings in Baltimore, MD

Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, Jim Hershey, Executive Director of ASA’s WISHH program and staff from their respective organizations attended the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council’s Fall Conference earlier this month. This meeting convenes commodity groups (known as “cooperators”) and USDA FAS personnel to discuss exports and trade. Among the many … Read More »

Honey Bee Health Coalition: Supporting Honey Bees and Soybean Producers

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has developed a series of best management practices for soybean growers in an effort to continue supporting collaborative solutions to help achieve a healthy population of honey bees in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems. This important initiative is aimed at helping soybean producers — whose crops cover nearly … Read More »

ASA Submits Commments on Step 2 of WOTUS Repeal

On Tuesday, November 28th, American Soybean Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on step two of the proposal to repeal and replace the 2015 era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The Agency requested input from stakeholders in preparation for developing a new rule and definition of “Waters of the U.S.” The … Read More »

RFS Volumes Again Fail to Capture Biodiesel’s Potential

The American Soybean Association (ASA) calls the final biodiesel and advanced biofuels volumes released today by the Environmental Protection Agency another example of a missed opportunity to capture the full potential and value of biodiesel. In the rule, EPA calls for biomass-based diesel volumes within the Renewable Fuel Standard of 2.1 billion gallons for 2019, … Read More »

A Thanksgiving Message from ASA President Ron Moore

Dear Soy Family, Thanksgiving is time for reflection and gratitude. This year I’m especially grateful for your tireless work on behalf of the agriculture industry and soy growers across the country. Agriculture matters; in fact a recent study commissioned by industry groups found that one-fifth of the U.S. economy and a quarter of American jobs … Read More »

U.S. Soy in Central American Government Social Programs

Last week ASA/WISHH Deputy Director, Liz Hare, met with representatives of the Ministry of Education in El Salvador to discuss increased inclusion of U.S. soy in their school meals program. A representative from Alimentos, S.A. in Guatemala joined the meeting. Alimentos produces textured soy protein (TSP) made with U.S. soy flour in their plant in … Read More »

Bills to Eliminate Harvest Price Coverage Introduced in House, Senate

Companion bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate that would change revenue insurance policies offered under the Federal crop insurance program, stripping the premium subsidy for the harvest price coverage portion of the policy. S. 2096, the “Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act” was introduced by Senators Flake (R-AZ) and Shaheen (D-NH). In … Read More »

Issue Update: Biodiesel Tax Credit, RFS and Trade Case

As the Senate Finance Committee moves forward with the mark-up of comprehensive tax reform, the Republican sponsor and champions of the biodiesel tax credit, including Senators Grassley, Roberts and Thune have indicated that there is not a path for successful inclusion of the biodiesel tax credit in the tax reform package at this time. Senate Finance … Read More »

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