Weekly News

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 »

Applications are Now Being Accepted for the Valent and ASA Ag Voices of the Future Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for the Ag Voices of the Future program, sponsored by Valent USA. This program is for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy. The Ag Voices of … Read More »

Soy Growers in D.C. to Talk Tariffs, Importance of Trade with China

American Soybean Association (ASA) farmer leaders from across the country took to Capitol Hill today to talk with lawmakers about the potential impact of Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans. ASA President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer issued the following statement: “China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports, and more than 30 percent of … Read More »

House to Trump: China Retaliation Hurts Farmers

U.S. representatives of districts with a heavy agriculture community are encouraging the Trump Administration to address China’s trade practices in a manner that avoids retaliation that harms farmers. Click here to read the letter. ASA is asking soy growers to take action on Wednesday, April 25 by contacting both their state governor and congressional representatives to talk … Read More »

Soy Growers Ask President Trump to Support Renewable Fuel Standard

The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the National Renderers Association on a letter last week, urging President Donald Trump to keep his promises to support and protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Reports indicate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted exemptions from RFS volume obligations to several refineries … Read More »

WISHH Builds U.S. Soy Demand in West Africa

The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) recently met stakeholders and partners working to build demand for U.S. soybean products in Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. In Dakar, Senegal WISHH Regional Director for Africa Josh Neiderman met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) personnel to discuss … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Congress to Rethink Tariffs

Soy growers again expressed grave concern over the Trump Administration’s use of tariffs to address China’s unfair trade practices. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and several other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to the House Ways & Means Committee, urging Congress to develop a strategic plan to address problems with China and ensure U.S. … Read More »

ASA Welcomes Introduction of Chairman’s Mark

The American Soybean Association (ASA) responded this afternoon to the introduction of the chairman’s mark of the farm bill from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas. ASA President John Heisdorffer issued the following statement: “We commend Chairman Conaway for moving the farm bill process forward with the introduction of the chairman’s mark today. … Read More »

5 Things to Know: Farm Bill

Updated at 2:15 p.m. on April 12, 2018.  The House released its farm bill today, with House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway taking questions from the media this afternoon. Read ASA’s response here. The House Agriculture Committee is expected to mark up the farm bill next week. House Agriculture Committee Democrats oppose SNAP provisions in the GOP … 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 »