Weekly News

ASA Directors Talk U.S. Soy, Trade in China

American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Caleb Ragland participated in the 7th U.S.–China Swine Industry Symposium and met with customer company representatives during his trip to Beijing in early January. He delivered the opening remarks on behalf of the U.S. soy industry during the symposium, promoting the advantages of U.S. soybeans and addressing the current trade … Read More »

WISHH launches an RFP to Conduct a Baseline Assessment for CAST Cambodia

The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for conducting the baseline study under the Food for Progress (FFPr) 2018 Project funded by the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by the Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) project in … Read More »

RFS Waivers Questioned at Wheeler Confirmation Hearing

On Wednesday the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee held a hearing on the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler has been serving as the acting EPA Administrator since Scott Pruitt resigned. While many of the questions and most of the media reporting on the hearing … Read More »

Alabama Soybean & Corn Growers Association Celebrates 50 Years

The Alabama Soybean & Corn Growers Association celebrated their 50th anniversary during their annual meeting this week. Since its inception, the grower members of the Alabama Soybean and Corn Growers Association have served as leaders, pioneers and advocates for the soy industry. The association has made invaluable contributions to not only the soybean industry, but … Read More »

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 »

Soy Leaders Gain Knowledge to Promote Industry

Agricultural industry leaders met in St. Charles, Mo. this week, for a two-day training to effectively promote the soybean industry, communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally, while networking with growers from across the country. More than 100 participants attended this year’s conference. The 2019 program included … 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 »

Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 10

Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for the early registration discount for Commodity Classic—America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience. The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com.  A complete schedule of events … Read More »

Trade Update

Over the holiday break we saw various actionable items in the trade world, as well as a few on the horizon that ASA wants to make soybean growers aware of. The first is that on Dec. 20, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) entered into force for Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New … Read More »

Biodiesel Tax Credit Still in Limbo

Congress was working right up until Christmas on a tax package that included extension of the biodiesel credit, but as 2019 begins the biodiesel credit remains lapsed. On Dec. 20 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of tax provisions, including extension of the biodiesel tax credit, by a vote of 220-183. However, that … Read More »