Archive for February, 2019

ASA Supports Infrastructure Investment at Waterways Council Meeting, Hill Visits

ASA participated in the Waterways Council Inc.(WCI) board meeting, policy seminar, and Hill visits this week, in support of increasing investment in inland waterways and accelerating completion of projects vital to the transportation of soybeans and our global competitiveness. ASA CEO Ryan Findlay and Washington Representative Tom Hance heard USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue deliver the … Read More »

Soy Growers Planning to Apply Dicamba Must Go Through Training

A mandatory training is required for growers using dicamba or auxin-type products in their fields. Growers must participate in training before applying the following products in 2019. In November 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made enhancements to Monsanto’s* XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology, BASF’s Engenia® and DuPont’s FeXapan™ product label. One update for these … Read More »

Biotech Working Group Discusses the Future of Regulation & Market Acceptance Challenges

ASA’s Biotech Working Group recently met in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues impacting the biotech industry and farming. The Biotech Working Group includes representatives from industry biotech trait providers, along with farmer-leaders and staff from ASA, USB and USSEC. The meeting began with a panel of speakers from USDA, FDA and EPA, providing their perspectives … Read More »

Soy Growers Push for Biodiesel Tax Credit in D.C.

ASA Directors serving on the Biodiesel & Infrastructure Advocacy Team participated in more than 30 meetings with targeted congressional offices this week to push for a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Several of the directors also participated in meetings with key Administration officials on the importance of maintaining anti-dumping and counter-vailing duties on … Read More »

U.S. Soy Sets Export Record in Market Year

Farmer investments in international markets produced strong results in the 2017-18 marketing year, despite trade dynamics developing as the export period closed. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. soybean farmers exported a record-breaking 2.6 billion bushels of U.S. soy and soy products, valued at more than $28 billion last market year. The U.S. also … Read More »

ASA and Other Farm Groups Oppose Cuts in Crop Insurance in FY-2020

ASA joined other farm organizations in opposing any reduction in funding for federal crop insurance in the FY-2020 budget. The initiative included two letters, one to the leadership of the Congressional Budget Committees, the second to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  Similar letters, organized by the crop insurance industry, have been sent in past years to … Read More »

WISHH Sponsors African Poultry Industry Leaders for Production Training

ASA/WISHH is hosting a team of six poultry industry leaders from Africa this week at the University of Georgia’s 2019 International Poultry Short Course. Through funding provided by USDA Foreign Market Development (FMD), ASA/WISHH was able to sponsor three participants from Ghana and three from Nigeria to participate in the four-day training, where they will … Read More »

WISHH Leaders Witness Soy Demand Building in Cambodia & Myanmar

ASA/WISHH’s delegation of U.S. soybean growers recently headed to Cambodia and Myanmar, where they saw first-hand WISHH’s initiatives to build demand for U.S. soy through aquaculture feed, as well as human food. The group participated in the launch of WISHH’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) – Cambodia project. … Read More »

Commodity Classic Announces Renewing of AEM Partnership

The National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers announce that AEM will continue their participation in Commodity Classic, now as a partner and member of the event’s new management committee. This farmer-driven partnership will provide a strong basis for further growth while providing new, innovative ideas for Commodity … Read More »

With 90-Day Negotiation Period Waning, Soybean Growers Want Resolution

Talks are good, purchases are good, but lifting the tariff that China imposed last July on soybean imports from the United States is the only way for U.S. soybean farmers to regain commercial access to the significant Chinese market. “It is heartening that the Administration is keeping soybeans in the conversation during the ongoing 90-day … Read More »