Archive for June, 2018

June President’s Message

Hello Soy Family, As I write this I’m sitting in an airport in Brazil, headed home after a trip with USSEC to the International Oilseed Producers Dialogue. It has been an eye-opening trip to see firsthand Brazil’s soybean fields and meet with local growers. It is clear from this trip that Brazil could find ways … Read More »

Senate Passes its Version of Farm Bill before July 4 Recess

On Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on a vote of 86-11, with the few dissenting votes coming from Republicans. The American Soybean Association (ASA) commends the Senate’s ongoing bipartisan work, which maintains much of the 2014 farm bill structure including protecting crop insurance and commodity programs, and … Read More »

ISSUE UPDATE: Senate Farm Bill

The Senate resumed consideration of the farm bill on Thursday. There are no scheduled votes at this time. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., are trying to work out differences on remaining amendments, including the proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to prohibit trade promotion program funding of … Read More »

Senate Passes Appropriations Bill Funding Waterways Infrastructure

The U.S. Senate this week passed its version of the FY19 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which includes funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers waterways programs. The Energy & Water Appropriations bill was part of a package of appropriations bills that passed by a vote of 86 to 5.  The Senate bill provides for full … Read More »

2017 Seafood Imports Set New Record

The U.S. is looking to domestic aquaculture to help cut the nation’s trade deficit, as the country imported more seafood in 2017 than any previous year, according to the Associated Press. Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world, and most of this growth is offshore and overseas. Seafood imports are … Read More »

Minnesota Grower Attends European Feed Meeting, Tours

American Soybean Association (ASA) Treasurer Bill Gordon, a grower from Minnesota, headed to the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) meeting last week. While in Spain and France, Gordon toured feed mill facilities and discussed feed security, protein security and animal welfare. “Europe is an important market for US soybeans with room to grow and showcase … Read More »

Commodity Classic Releases 2019 Schedule

Commodity Classic has released its tentative schedule for the 2019 show slated for Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla.  Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused educational and agricultural experience. The 2019 schedule includes extended trade show hours, allowing attendees to spend even more time with the wide array of exhibitors … Read More »

ACTION ALERT: #FacesofTariffs Social Push July 3

With the approaching July 6 deadline for U.S. trade tariffs on Chinese goods to take effect—and China’s pledge it will quickly impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods including soybeans –the American Soybean Association (ASA) is asking for help putting a face on the problems these tariffs could cause our industry. Join ASA for a social … Read More »

EPA Increases Proposed RFS Volumes

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased with the proposed biodiesel and advanced biofuels volumes released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which opens the door for the growth of future biodiesel volumes. In the rule, EPA calls for biomass-based diesel (BBD) volumes within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) of for 2.43 billion gallons … Read More »

American Soybean Association Applauds House Passage of Farm Bill

After weeks of negotiations hinging not just on differences over nutrition support programs, but also on immigration policy, the House of Representatives passed its version of a new farm bill on a 213-211 vote. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 would replace the current Agricultural Act of 2014 when it expires at the end … Read More »