Archive for November, 2018

EPA Announces Biodiesel and Advanced Biofuels Volumes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes will be increased above previous year levels, which is good news for the soybean industry. The increase, however, is mitigated by the absence of reallocation of the significant gallons that were waived under exemptions issued previously by EPA to … Read More »

ASA, Biodiesel Partners Urge Trump to Ensure Rigorous Review of Argentine Biodiesel Import Duties

ASA joined the National Biodiesel Board and the National Renderers Association on a letter to President Trump to express concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. The letter urged the president to ensure that Commerce undertake a rigorous, comprehensive and transparent review … Read More »

MFP Payments on Unharvested Soybeans

ASA is aware of soybean storage issues around the country and that many growers are not harvesting their crop, leading to questions about eligibility for Market Facilitation Program payments. ASA has confirmed with FSA that MFP payments will be made on bushels that are mechanically harvested.  Crops do not need to be stored in bins … Read More »

House Chairman Releases Tax Bill with Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

This week, House Way & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), released a tax bill to provide technical corrections to certain comprehensive tax reform provisions enacted last year and to also extend several expired tax credits, including a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The proposal would keep the biodiesel credit at its current … Read More »

U.S. Soy Usage Grows in Ghana

ASA/WISHH Africa Regional Consultant Josh Neiderman traveled to Ghana to meet with stakeholders involved in market development activities in early November. Neiderman visited the supply chain partner Yedent Agro Enterprises Ltd., a recent recipient of a Quality Samples Program container of U.S. value added soybean products and buyer of U.S. whole soybeans under U.S. government … Read More »

ASA Japan Comments Submitted to USTR

ASA coordinated with USSEC submitting joint comments and objectives for a U.S. – Japan Free Trade Agreement to the USTR, highlighting reducing tariffs and increasing market access as key objectives for both in the upcoming Free Trade Agreement with Japan. Japan is the fifth-largest market for U.S. soybean exports, with shipments valued at $976 million … Read More »

Ag, Science Groups Voice Support for International Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

ASA was one of 18 national organizations representing agriculture and science communities that recently joined together in signing a statement in support of the International  Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. “We commend the governments that initiated and supported the statement in taking this positive step toward improved international coordination,” stated the groups. “This … Read More »

New Young Leaders Class Kicks Off in Iowa

The 35th class of American Soybean Association Corteva Agriscience™ Young Leaders began training with a focus on communications and innovation in Johnston, Iowa this week. Young Leaders participated in DiSC and communications training, discussed CRISPR technology, consumer trends and other important soybean industry advancements. ASA President John Heisdorffer and Vice President Davie Stephens provided an … Read More »

Commodity Classic Educational Sessions Focus on Bottom-Line Impact

As farmers look to improve their profitability in an unpredictable agricultural environment, the educational sessions at the 2019 Commodity Classic are designed to help farmers make better-informed decisions that can have a powerful impact on their bottom line. The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. Educational … Read More »

Charlie Daniels Band to Perform at 2019 Commodity Classic

The Charlie Daniels Band will provide the Evening of Entertainment at the 2019 Commodity Classic, held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. The band will perform Saturday night to close the three-day event which attracts thousands of America’s top farmers and agricultural advocates. The Charlie Daniels Band has populated radio with … Read More »