Weekly News

U.S. Soy in Central American Government Social Programs

Last week ASA/WISHH Deputy Director, Liz Hare, met with representatives of the Ministry of Education in El Salvador to discuss increased inclusion of U.S. soy in their school meals program. A representative from Alimentos, S.A. in Guatemala joined the meeting. Alimentos produces textured soy protein (TSP) made with U.S. soy flour in their plant in … Read More »

Bills to Eliminate Harvest Price Coverage Introduced in House, Senate

Companion bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate that would change revenue insurance policies offered under the Federal crop insurance program, stripping the premium subsidy for the harvest price coverage portion of the policy. S. 2096, the “Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act” was introduced by Senators Flake (R-AZ) and Shaheen (D-NH). In … Read More »

Issue Update: Biodiesel Tax Credit, RFS and Trade Case

As the Senate Finance Committee moves forward with the mark-up of comprehensive tax reform, the Republican sponsor and champions of the biodiesel tax credit, including Senators Grassley, Roberts and Thune have indicated that there is not a path for successful inclusion of the biodiesel tax credit in the tax reform package at this time. Senate Finance … Read More »

ASA/WISHH in Cambodia for Trade Servicing Activities

ASA/WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey and Asia Division Director Alan F. Poock are currently in Cambodia for trade servicing activities and to start the EMP funded animal feed activities. Poock and Hershey met with Mr. Chea Rady of Medivet, who was a trade team member that visited Iowa and the Global Trade Exchange in August.  … Read More »

ISSUE UPDATE: House Tax Reform Proposal

Last week, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released his tax reform proposal that will be the basis for the committee mark-up to begin as early as next week.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposes to lower individual and corporate tax rates and streamline the tax code. Below is a summary … Read More »

USDA Announces Withdrawal Of Biotech Regulation Proposal

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it is withdrawing the proposed Part 34o rule, which would have updated how the Agency regulates biotechnology. In their press release, they stated they will “re-engage with stakeholders to determine the most effective, science-based approach for … Read More »

House Ways & Means Chairman Unveiling Tax Reform Proposal

Today, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is releasing his tax reform proposal that will be the basis for the committee mark-up to begin as early as next week.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will propose to lower individual and corporate tax rates, streamline the tax code, and eliminate existing incentives … Read More »

Syngenta Obtains Non-Exclusive License for CRISPR-Cas9 Genome-Editing

Syngenta announced that they now have received a non-exclusive license from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing in agriculture. This tool, expected to be used in soy and other crops, allows targeted and precise changes to improve crop varieties, including through plant breeding innovations which is an evolution of traditional breeding … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Featured in Washington Newsletter

Story Partners public relations firm featured ASA’s WISHH in its Washington DC 100 newsletter for October, which focused on global food security issues. The WDC100 readership is 11,000. Additionally, media covered the newsletter with the message from WISHH Program Committee Member Kurt Maurath who also serves as the Kansas Soybean Commission Chairman. Maurath shared how … Read More »

Iowa Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, The Soyfoods Council and WISHH at the World Food Prize

The ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program joined the Iowa Soybean Board, Soyfoods Council  and USB as sponsors of the Symposium Soy Luncheon, a key event in the week’s activities. On Thursday, October 19, USB Chairman John Motter and ISA President Bill Shipley took time from their busy harvest schedule to … Read More »