Archive for July, 2018

ASA Attends Grand Opening of Valent BioSciences new Biorational Research Center

American Soybean Association (ASA) industry partner Valent BioSciences celebrated the grand opening of its new global research facility this week at Innovation Park in Libertyville, Illinois. ASA staff members Bill Schuermann and Michelle Hummel participated in the event celebrating the opening of the Biorational Research Center, along with more than 250 guests representing Valent’s strategic … Read More »

Soy Growers: Aid Appreciated as First Step Towards Larger Trade Strategy

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would roll out a relief plan this fall for farmers hit hard by trade tariffs imposed in recent months. What’s the plan? The plan outlined by the Administration includes three components: Direct payments to farmers to mitigate lower prices resulting from retaliatory … Read More »

Soybean Industry Plays Leading Role in Ag Transportation Summit

The soybean family had a large and leading presence at this week’s Agricultural Transportation Summit, which provided a deep dive into issues covering all modes of transportation, including inland waterways, ports, rail and trucking. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was the keynote speaker and stressed the vital role that transportation plays in the competitiveness … Read More »

Soy Growers in the News Talk Trade, Tariffs

Soy leaders across the country were once again featured in numerous local and national news stories this week, discussing the need for free trade and open markets. Here’s a look at ASA leaders in the news discussing how tariffs impact soy growers and urging long-term solutions: ASA President John Heisdorffer, Iowa ‘Trade, Not Aid’: U.S. Farmers … Read More »

Soy Growers Thank President Trump for Highlighting Soybeans in Talks with EU

The American Soybean Association (ASA) thanked President Donald Trump for highlighting U.S. soybeans in his talks with European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker this week. Focusing on the opportunities for increased trade with European partners, Iowa soybean farmer and ASA President John Heisdorffer issued the following statement: “ASA thanks President Trump for this effort to increase … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Connects Trade & Development with USDA Cochran Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) led a training this week on school meals and nutrition for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cochran Fellows, who are in the country to learn and strengthen their trade relationships with the United States. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) contracted with WISHH … Read More »

President Announces Short-Term Plan to Help Farmers, ASA Hopeful It’s Step One in Long-Term Tariff Solution

The Administration announced on Tuesday that the Department of Agriculture would be rolling out a relief plan this fall for farmers hit hard by trade tariffs imposed in recent months. Since discussion of a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs between the U.S. and China became serious in late May, U.S. soy prices have dropped more than … Read More »

Catch ASA and Kubota if You Can at Farm Progress 2018!

Each year the American Soybean Association (ASA) looks forward to attending the Farm Progress show to connect with growers around the country, as well as media and broadcasters. This year, ASA President John Heisdorffer and Vice President Davie Stephens will be available to talk trade and tariffs, farm bill, biodiesel and other policy issues facing soybean … Read More »

ASA Leaders Share Policy Updates and Discuss the Future of U.S. Soy at USB Meeting

American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer and ASA CEO Ryan Findlay provided remarks at the United Soybean Board (USB) meeting this week in Omaha, Neb. Heisdorffer gave a presentation to the full board and Findlay participated in a panel discussion with USB Chief Executive Officer Polly Ruhland and U.S. Soybean Export Council … Read More »

Young Leaders Participate in Hill Visits, Soy Issues Forum

Ten members of the 2018 Young Leader Class, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, participated in the third phase of training in Washington, D.C. last week. The training included participation in the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors Meeting and Soybean Issues Forum, as well Hill visits with their state delegations. Young … Read More »