Biotechnology

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 »

Soy Growers Respond to USDA’s Request for Input on Biotech Disclosure Law

The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with other members of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), submitted comments last week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to the questions that were posted online regarding the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. ASA and CFSAF will continue to engage with the administration as … Read More »

ASAAP Meeting Focuses on Regulations and Sustainability

Members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Action Partnership (ASAAP) met in Essex, Vt. to discuss issues, regulations and policy affecting the soybean industry. In addition to ASA policy updates and an industry forum, panels focused on agriculture sustainability, GMO labeling and the initial debate in Vermont, and tax reform and its affects on agriculture. … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Budget Office to Keep Biotech Disclosure Rule on Track

Soy growers are working to make sure the establishment of a national, comprehensive rule for the labeling of bioengineered food products is a still on track. The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with several other ag organizations, sent a letter this week requesting a meeting with Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget … Read More »

USDA Poses Questions to Stakeholders on Biotech Labeling Law

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) posted 30 questions on their website asking for input on a variety of issues related to the biotech labeling law, which requires disclosure of food with bioengineered ingredients. Questions cover a variety of topics, including what triggers mandatory disclosure, how to measure compliance and what the on-the-package … Read More »

ASA Provides Input to USDA, FDA on Advances in Biotechnology

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments this week to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering. ASA included in comments to USDA that biotechnology is an essential tool in farmers’ quest to produce enough food to meet … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge USTR Make Biotech a Priority in NAFTA Negotiations

The American Soybean Association (ASA), as part of the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on biotechnology in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) earlier this week. “Since the NAFTA entered into force, the global regulatory framework for biotech crops has expanded, sometimes resulting in redundant measures, … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Funding for Food Research in 2018 Budget

Soy growers are asking Congress that $425 million be included in the FY 2018 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The American Soybean Association (ASA) and several other agriculture organizations signed onto a letter this week to Chairman John Hoeven and Ranking Member Jeff Merkley of the Senate Appropriations … Read More »