News Releases

ASA Appreciates USTR’s Inclusion of Ag in EU Trade Talks

As the U.S. begins prepping for trade negotiations with the European Union (EU), the Trump Administration is demanding agriculture be on the table. U.S. law requires the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to publish objectives 30 days prior to negotiations. Today, the Administration included in its negotiating objectives a set of ag-related demands, which has been … Read More »

Six Months since China’s First Retaliatory Trade Tariff Imposed on U.S. Soybeans

It has been a full six months since China retaliated against President Trump’s 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. That tariff, which took effect July 6, 2018, has rocked the foundation of a decades-old trade relationship U.S. soybean farmers built with China, the largest market for American beans. And, it has … Read More »

Soybean Farmers Thankful for Final Installment of Market Facilitation Aid

U.S. soybean farmers welcomed news from President Trump Monday confirming a second payment under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Market Facilitation Program. “Soy growers are very thankful that President Trump understands the need for this payment on the full 2018 production and that the Administration will deliver the second half of the aid … Read More »

Soybean Growers Support USDA’s Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rule

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its final rule for implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), which will inform consumers of the presence of bioengineered genetic material in their food. “Soybean farmers are pleased that USDA took the time to do this rule the right way. We believe that it allows … Read More »

Soybean Growers Encouraged by China Sales, but Need Second Aid Payment

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is encouraged by news this week that buyers in China have made purchases of U.S. soybeans. U.S. soybean sales to China were suspended earlier this year as trade relations between the countries faltered under the current tariff war. Davie Stephens, ASA President and a grower from Clinton, Ky., said, “This … 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 »

Soybean Growers Relieved to Hear Positive Trade News from G20

The American Soybean Association (ASA) was pleased to hear positive reports from the G20 Summit Saturday night that President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have potentially agreed to deescalate the current trade friction by not raising tariffs further while negotiations continue. According to a White House statement, China has also agreed to purchase more … Read More »

EPA Announces Biodiesel and Advanced Biofuels Volumes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes will be increased above previous year levels, which is good news for the soybean industry. The increase, however, is mitigated by the absence of reallocation of the significant gallons that were waived under exemptions issued previously by EPA to … 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 »

Continuing Momentum of Free Trade Agreements Welcome News for Soybean Growers

Trade negotiations are officially on the horizon with the European Union, Japan and the United Kingdom, continuing the momentum generated by a bilateral deal with South Korea (KORUS) and a renegotiated NAFTA agreement with Mexico and Canada, now the USMCA. The American Soybean Association (ASA) has consistently requested a negotiated solution to the trade war … Read More »