Farm Bill

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 »

Soy Growers Urge Farm Bill Support for Pollinators

The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently joined a letter urging conferees to support pollinator-specific provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. In the letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership, the ag groups urge Farm Bill conferees to include the “Pollinator Protection” section of the Senate-passed bill in the final legislation. The section supports coordinated … Read More »

Senate Names Farm Bill Conferees

This week, the Senate voted to move the farm bill to conference and named its conferees—AKA the committee members who will negotiate the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill. Who was appointed? Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. Sen. … Read More »

House Ready to Hammer Out Farm Bill

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to move the farm bill to conference and named its conferees—AKA the committee members who will hash out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Who was appointed? House Republican Conferees House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas 2. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Pa. … Read More »

Senate Passes its Version of Farm Bill before July 4 Recess

On Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on a vote of 86-11, with the few dissenting votes coming from Republicans. The American Soybean Association (ASA) commends the Senate’s ongoing bipartisan work, which maintains much of the 2014 farm bill structure including protecting crop insurance and commodity programs, and … Read More »