Farm Bill

Trump Signed, Farm Bill Sealed and Delivered

The American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds President Trump and Members of the House and Senate for quickly finalizing the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.” ASA leaders Davie Stephens, president and Kentucky soy grower, and John Heisdorffer, chairman and grower from Iowa, were among those attending the farm bill signing ceremony Thursday afternoon at the White … Read More »

House & Senate Approve Farm Bill—and Soy Growers Approve the Quick Progress!

ASA congratulates the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and Congressional leadership on both chambers’ quick actions to approve the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” or Farm Bill.  ASA now encourages the President to act quickly, in turn. “We are so pleased that the Senate and now the House have acted so swiftly to approve this … Read More »

Soy Growers Pleased With Stability & Support New Farm Bill Will Provide

ASA today congratulated the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and Congressional leadership on release of a conference report that reflects a broad consensus of support for the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.” ASA strongly supports this legislation and urges the House and Senate to approve it this week so it can be enacted before Congress … Read More »

Farm Bill Details Begin to Surface

Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees continue to keep most provisions of the farm bill agreement-in-principle they reached last week under wraps, waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to score some last-minute changes to make sure the bill is budget-neutral. In addition, Congress and the President have agreed to fund federal agencies for … Read More »

Results of Mid-Term Elections

As anticipated in most pre-election polls, Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress, and Republicans added at least two seats to their narrow majority in the Senate. With several races still too close to call, while absentee ballots are counted, Democrats added a net of at least 28 House … Read More »

Midterm Results Support Renewed Effort to Finish 2018 Farm Bill

While the results of the Congressional mid-term elections on Tuesday had been widely expected, they should accelerate efforts by Agriculture Committee leaders to finish the 2018 Farm Bill before the 115th Congress adjourns in December. In the Senate, the net addition of two or possibly three Republican seats will not affect the need for a … Read More »

Midterms Over, Soy Looks to Future with Hopes of New Farm Bill

The polls are closed, the votes are in. No matter the final tally of D’s or R’s, the soybean industry is eager to work with the new Congress in January and, meantime, see the 115th Congress conclude with a successful swan song, one note of which it hopes is a new farm bill. Agriculture has … Read More »

November President’s Message

Dear Soy Family, I hope this letter finds you after, or as you work through, a safe and successful harvest. I know it’s easy to get caught up in the politics of farming and to focus on how the trade outlook will affect decisions for next year, but harvest season always reminds me why I … Read More »

Farm Bill Update

ASA has consistently called for a new five-year farm bill to provide certainty and long-term stability in farm support programs during this ongoing period of low crop prices and farm incomes – circumstances exacerbated by China’s retaliatory tariff on U.S. soybeans during the current trade war with China. With volatile conditions surrounding U.S. trade relationships … Read More »

Farm Bill Unlikely Before Lame Duck Session

With the end of Fiscal Year 2018 approaching this weekend, time will run out on the farm bill. Major programs, including crop insurance and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, will continue because they are permanently authorized and funded. The 2014 Act also provides funding through the marketing year for 2018 program crops, but … Read More »