Archive for February, 2018

ASA Welcomes Northey’s Senate Confirmation

The American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulates Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey following his confirmation by the Senate earlier today as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Northey now awaits the formal swearing-in process. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa, issued the organization’s congratulations via statement … Read More »

ASA Looks Forward to Working with New Dow DuPont Spinoff Corteva Agriscience

Dow and DuPont announced this morning that the agriculture division of the company will become Corteva Agriscience once it is spun-off in the summer of 2019. According to a news release from the company, Corteva is derived from a combination of words meaning “heart” and “nature” and brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and … Read More »

Webinar on Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation Available on

If you missed the webinar on Monday, you can still check it out on the ASA website! The free webinar, titled Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation, was led by Joe Luck, Ph.D., at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and may be viewed here. Data collection, analysis and benchmarking are essential to achieving and sustaining … Read More »

USDA’s Largest Annual Meeting Features ASA/WISHH’s Results in Emerging Markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) selected the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) to speak about emerging markets for U.S. feed and meat at its annual Ag Outlook Forum that focused on the “Roots of Prosperity” theme. The 94th annual Ag Outlook organizers requested ASA/WISHH Regional Director-Africa Josh … Read More »

ASA Comments on Defense Department Proposal to Prohibit Soy

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments last week to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in response to their request for information about ingredients they intend to prohibit. In August, food companies received a surprise notice from DLA that a number of ingredients must be removed from military dining, including Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Isolated … Read More »

Success in Antidumping Case for Biodiesel

Information provided by NBB This week the Commerce Department issued a final decision on the question of whether or not Argentina and Indonesia unfairly dump biodiesel imports into the United States. The Commerce Department agreed with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition, affirming the agency’s earlier preliminary determination. The decision finalizes that earlier … Read More »

Register Onsite for Commodity Classic

Online pre-registration is now closed for Commodity Classic, but attendees can still register onsite starting on Monday in Anaheim. The 2018 Commodity Classic is at the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule includes a robust line-up of educational sessions on a wide range of current and relevant topics and issues. Commodity Classic also boasts a huge trade show, … Read More »

Commodity Classic Partners with Feeding America for Second Year

For the second year, Commodity Classic has selected Feeding America as its charity partner, providing farmers with an opportunity to help “Set the Table” for a hunger-free America.  Commodity Classic, the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees as well as agricultural advocates across … Read More »

ASA: Proposed Steel Tariffs Raise Potential for Retaliation Against U.S. Soybeans

Following reports last week from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the department will recommend tariffs on imported steel and aluminum as a result of its ongoing investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, soybean farmers have voiced their concern about the potential for retaliation against U.S. soybean imports by the Chinese. … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Grows Demand for Soy-Based Poultry Feed in Ghana

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded, American Soybean Association (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH)-implemented AMPLIFIES Ghana project is improving Ghana’s poultry feed production capacity and increasing efficiency in poultry value chains. AMPLIFIES highlights the significant nexus between trade and development programs. Increased appetite for chicken in Ghana is driving industry innovation, … Read More »