Weekly News

New Young Leaders Class Kicks Off in Iowa

The 35th class of American Soybean Association Corteva Agriscience™ Young Leaders began training with a focus on communications and innovation in Johnston, Iowa this week. Young Leaders participated in DiSC and communications training, discussed CRISPR technology, consumer trends and other important soybean industry advancements. ASA President John Heisdorffer and Vice President Davie Stephens provided an … Read More »

Charlie Daniels Band to Perform at 2019 Commodity Classic

The Charlie Daniels Band will provide the Evening of Entertainment at the 2019 Commodity Classic, held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. The band will perform Saturday night to close the three-day event which attracts thousands of America’s top farmers and agricultural advocates. The Charlie Daniels Band has populated radio with … Read More »

A Thanksgiving Message from ASA President John Heisdorffer

Hello Soy Family, Thanksgiving at our house is a time for great food, reflection and, of course, gratitude. While this year has provided many challenges for soy growers and rural America, I am still grateful to farm each and every day and I’m especially grateful for the tireless work from the soy industry and farmers … Read More »

ASA Among Industry Groups Urging Congress to Extend Tax Credits

ASA signed on to a coalition letter this week urging action on expired tax credits—such as the biodiesel tax credit—during the 115th Congress’ lame duck session.  The letter urged the House and Senate to retroactively extend the expired tax provisions, or tax extenders, which have remained lapsed since the end of 2017.  Industries affected range … Read More »

ASA Supports NBB Efforts to Dissuade Review of Argentine Biodiesel Trade Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce on November 5 granted a request from the government of Argentina to initiate “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties imposed on Argentine biodiesel companies. The Department of Commerce imposed antidumping and countervailing duty orders earlier this year following investigations in which the government found that biodiesel imports from Argentina … Read More »

State Communicators Talk Policy at ASA Boot Camp in D.C.

State staff headed to D.C. this week to talk soybean policy issues, mid-term elections and collaboration. ASA hosted the first State Policy Communications Boot Camp to bring together national and state communicators to further relationships while building on policy knowledge and exploring how we as an association communicate about key policy issues like trade and … Read More »

ASA/WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan Lays Foundation for $150 Million World Bank Aquaculture Investment

WISHH’s USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project laid the foundation for a new $150 million World Bank investment in Pakistan’s aquaculture sector, which will further drive demand for soy protein in Pakistan’s growing fish feed industry. “The results achieved through ASA/WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan aquaculture project helped convince the World Bank to invest $150 million into the aquaculture … Read More »

CAST Cambodia Team Visits Tilapia Hatchery

ASA’s Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) Cambodia project, funded by the USDA’s Food for Progress Program, is undertaking some preliminary work in Cambodia.  Chief of Party Jim Hershey has been in Cambodia this month talking to stakeholders and eventual partners as this five-year project gets underway. CAST Cambodia will work with commercial freshwater … Read More »

Valent, ASA Ag Voices of the Future Students Attend the AFA Leaders Conference

Through the Valent USA sponsorship of the ASA Ag Voices of the Future program, two students from the 2018 class attended the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders Conference, Nov. 1-4, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo.  Nathalie Yoder from Altha, Fla. and Caleb Swears from Carlisle, Ark., were selected from the 10 students who participated … Read More »

Results of Mid-Term Elections

As anticipated in most pre-election polls, Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress, and Republicans added at least two seats to their narrow majority in the Senate. With several races still too close to call, while absentee ballots are counted, Democrats added a net of at least 28 House … Read More »