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Senate Passes Appropriations Bill Funding Waterways Infrastructure

The U.S. Senate this week passed its version of the FY19 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which includes funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers waterways programs. The Energy & Water Appropriations bill was part of a package of appropriations bills that passed by a vote of 86 to 5.  The Senate bill provides for full … Read More »

House Passes Water Resources Development Act

Late Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill by a vote of 408-2. WRDA provides for improvements to the nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration and other water resources infrastructure, which allow soybean farmers to transport their crop and remain competitive in … Read More »

Senate Committee Approves Record Infrastructure Funding

Both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee marked up and passed their 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bills this week–with the Senate committee sending its $43.77 billion bill, including the largest ever funding level for Corps of Engineers, to the full chamber by a 30-1 vote. Both the … Read More »

House Committee Approves Increased Funding for Waterways

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed the fiscal year 2019 Energy & Water Appropriations bill with significant increases for waterways infrastructure. The Energy & Water Appropriations bill provides annual funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the Inland Waterways programs that are priorities for the American Soybean Association (ASA). The House committee approved … Read More »

Soy Growers Applaud Precision Ag Connectivity Act

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded the Commerce Committee for moving forward the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018. ASA President and Iowa soybean grower John Heisdorffer issued the following statement: “ASA welcomes the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 and thanks Sens. Wicker and Klobuchar and Representatives Lotta and Loebsack for introducing legislation … Read More »

USDA Developing Procedures for Rural Broadband Pilot

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to establish requirements and procedures to roll out the $600 million rural broadband program approved by Congress in the omnibus spending bill. The pilot loan and grant program adds funding to existing USDA broadband programs. As agriculture continues trending into a technology-driven sector increasingly dependent on access … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Representatives to Sign Onto Waterways Infrastructure Funding Letter

Upgrading inland waterways infrastructure is a top priority for soybean farmers, and this week the American Soybean Association (ASA) urged growers to ask their representatives to sign onto the Dear Colleague letter circulating the U.S. House of Representatives. The letter urged support of dedicating a portion of federal revenues generated from hydropower sales to the … Read More »

Soy Growers Discuss Trade, RFS and More on Capitol Hill

Farmer leaders on the board of the American Soybean Association (ASA) met in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss issues impacting the soybean industry and meet with members of Congress to advocate on the priority issues on behalf of more than 300,000 U. S. soybean farmers. Priority issues included trade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), … Read More »

Soy Grower Priorities in the President’s Infrastructure Initiative

President Donald Trump released a statement of principles regarding his infrastructure initiative this week. While aspects of the plan have been discussed over the past year with stakeholders, including the American Soybean Association (ASA), the blueprint released this week is the first official information issued by the White House. As expected the Administration principles call … Read More »