Biotechnology

ASA Joins Effort to Ensure Appropriations Bills Don’t Undermine BE Disclosure Law

Late last week, American Soybean Association (ASA) joined others in the ag value chain on a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership on a provision impacting the disclosure of bioengineered (BE) food. The House and Senate are conferencing their respective versions of the appropriations bill and the letter aims to ensure that the … Read More »

Biotech Working Group Talks Trade, Market Acceptance Challenges

The American Soybean Association (ASA) Biotech Working Group met in Boston earlier this week 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, the United Soybean Board (USB) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). The meeting began … Read More »

Soybean Growers Request Accurate Bioengineered Food Labeling

Supporting transparency and urging USDA to follow the statute while finalizing the rule, American Soybean Association (ASA) on July 3 filed comments with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) regarding its proposed rule to implement the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS). The letter accompanying the comments noted, “As farmers, we understand … Read More »

ASA Welcomes USDA Announcement on Plant Breeding Innovations

The American Soybean Association (ASA) registered strong support of a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it has no plans to regulate plants that could be developed through traditional breeding techniques, including genome editing. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa, issued the following statement on Tuesday: “ASA commends … Read More »

Soybean Producers Respond to Withdrawal of Biotech Rule

In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s withdrawal of its proposed rule to overhaul federal regulation on biotechnology and plant breeding innovations like gene editing, American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore issued the following statement: “USDA’s withdrawal of the proposed rule is both a positive and a negative for soybean … Read More »

USDA Announces Withdrawal Of Biotech Regulation Proposal

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it is withdrawing the proposed Part 34o rule, which would have updated how the Agency regulates biotechnology. In their press release, they stated they will “re-engage with stakeholders to determine the most effective, science-based approach for … Read More »

Syngenta Obtains Non-Exclusive License for CRISPR-Cas9 Genome-Editing

Syngenta announced that they now have received a non-exclusive license from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing in agriculture. This tool, expected to be used in soy and other crops, allows targeted and precise changes to improve crop varieties, including through plant breeding innovations which is an evolution of traditional breeding … Read More »

ASA Commends EPA Dicamba Ruling, Continues Search for Answers on Dicamba Damage

WASHINGTON (October 13, 2017)—Following today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency naming certain new formulations of dicamba herbicide products as restricted-use, ASA President and Roseville, Illinois farmer Ron Moore applauded EPA and urged the industry to continue to search for answers: “Farmers look to new innovations like dicamba-tolerant soybeans to help grow healthy, affordable food while … Read More »

Biotech Working Group Meets in Minnesota

The American Soybean Association (ASA) Biotech Working Group met earlier this month in the Minneapolis area to discuss the most pressing issues facing biotechnology and how these challenges impact farming and the soybean industry. Immediately following the meeting, Syngenta representatives hosted the group for dinner and a tour of the Syngenta Seedcare Institute the next … Read More »

ECJ Ruling on Member State GMO Bans a Victory over the Precautionary Principle

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news yesterday that the European Court of Justice ruled EU member state governments cannot ban cultivation of genetically engineered crops in the absence of scientific evidence of risk to human health. ASA President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill., issued the following statement on the ruling: “From … Read More »