Weekly News

Plan Your Commodity Classic Experience

Map out your schedule the 18th Annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show, happening next week in Kissimmee, Fla. When you pick up your registration packet next week, included will be a program booklet with a folded insert that lists the events and education schedule at a glance with locations. But why wait? This information … Read More »

Murphy Details ASA’s Work in Each of USB’s Four Strategy Areas

During this week’s meeting of the United Soybean Board’s Board of Directors in New Orleans, ASA President Danny Murphy spoke to members of the board, detailing progress made by ASA within each of the four strategic objective areas outlined in USB’s new operational structure: meal, oil, freedom to operate and customer focus. The transcript of the speech … Read More »

Wall Street Journal Notes Potential Implications of Bowman v. Monsanto

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the lawsuit against Monsanto brought by Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman in Washington this week, The Wall Street Journal released an editorial detailing the importance of protecting the intellectual property rights of innovators not only in the agriculture industry, but in other industries as well. Seeds of Innovation Wall Street Journal Editorial … Read More »

ASA Chairman Makes Keynote Speech at World Soybean Research Conference

ASA Chairman Steve Wellman presented an overview of soybeans in the U.S. at the World Soybean Research Conference in Durban, South Africa on Feb. 19. More than 500 participants from around the globe have gathered for the ninth quadrennial conference. University of Illinois’ National Soybean Research Laboratory Assistant Director Bridget Owen put together two days … Read More »

Former Sen. Dorgan Touts Biodiesel Success at NBB Annual Meeting

Members of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) met in Last Vegas last week for the NBB Annual Conference, which focused on future industry growth and issues surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard. In addition to a keynote address from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, currently Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Strategic … Read More »

Commodity Classic Launches Mobile App

Today, Commodity Classic launched its mobile application, allowing attendees to access information, receive messages and engage in social media from their smart phones and tablets. The Commodity Classic convention and trade show mobile applications gives show-goers the ability to make their own schedules, take notes on activities, lookup session and event times, navigate with maps … Read More »

Waterways Issues and Interests Shaping Up in Congress

The past week saw some noteworthy activity on the waterways infrastructure front. In addition to President Barack Obama’s mention of the need to invest in port infrastructure, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held their first hearing of the year and reiterated that waterways and the Water Resources Development Act would be their first priority … Read More »

ASA All-Stars Recruiter Tournament Moves to the Next Round

Who needs to wait for March Madness to have a top-seed upset? The first round of the ASA All-Stars Recruiter Tournament has just completed and one upset has already taken place in the Level 1 State bracket – Jim Kukowski (Minn.), the inaugural ASA All-Star Recruiter in 2012, was upset by Kenneth Boswell (Neb.). Kenneth and … Read More »

Join ASA’s Quarterly Recruiting Challenges for Members, State Associations

A new quarterly recruiting challenge for all ASA members and state associations is giving the chance to win prizes like an Amazon Kindle Fire, iPad Mini or Sony Flip video camera. Eligibility: Any member who recruits or renews 10 members during a quarter will be entered in a drawing to win the quarterly prize. For … Read More »

There’s Still Time to Register for the ASA Soy Social and Auction

There’s still time to register for this year’s ASA Soy Social and Auction, taking place on Feb. 28 during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. It’s sure to be “A Grand Slam” of a time, with many activities and high-dollar items sure to please everyone. Items offered this year include: 100 hours usage of Gleaner S77 … Read More »