Weekly News

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 »

Midterm Results Support Renewed Effort to Finish 2018 Farm Bill

While the results of the Congressional mid-term elections on Tuesday had been widely expected, they should accelerate efforts by Agriculture Committee leaders to finish the 2018 Farm Bill before the 115th Congress adjourns in December. In the Senate, the net addition of two or possibly three Republican seats will not affect the need for a … Read More »

El Salvador Evaluates New U.S. Soy Recipes for School Meals

WISHH’s work in Central America and U.S.-based trainings have prompted El Salvador’s Ministry of Education and a non-governmental organization to evaluate three new recipes made with U.S. soy and corn for the country’s school meal program that feeds 1.2 million children. A long-time WISHH supply chain partner company based in Guatemala, the Alimentos, S.A. company, … Read More »

Midterms Over, Soy Looks to Future with Hopes of New Farm Bill

The polls are closed, the votes are in. No matter the final tally of D’s or R’s, the soybean industry is eager to work with the new Congress in January and, meantime, see the 115th Congress conclude with a successful swan song, one note of which it hopes is a new farm bill. Agriculture has … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Conducts Soy Food Activities in Sri Lanka

ASA/WISHH conducted several activities in Sri Lanka in late October to encourage the use of soy proteins in human food products. The activities, funded by USDA’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP), are helping U.S. companies increase their exports to the growing Sri Lankan market. The highlight of the month’s activities was the Human Food Conference, where … Read More »

Petition Claims Biofuels are Driving Land Conversion in the U.S., Requests EPA Impose Documentation Requirements

Several environmental activist organizations filed a petition with the EPA calling for the agency to impose requirements tracking the origination of all biofuels feedstocks to ensure they are not derived from land cultivated after the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was expanded in 2007. The RFS law requires all eligible biofuel feedstock to come from land … Read More »

Congrats #Beans4Monarchs Winners!

Three randomly-selected participants who shared their unique monarch/ monarch habitat pics on Facebook and Twitter have been selected from among almost 100 photo and video entries. Congratulations to our winners: Ryan Heineger, Iowa Sherri Melton, Michigan Laura Vecchio, Nebraska The contest generated almost 150-thousand social media impressions and brought in participants from top soybean-producing states … Read More »

Commodity Classic Announces Main Stage Line-Up for 2019

Some of the nation’s leading agriculture experts and well-known personalities will be featured on the Main Stage during the 2019 Commodity Classic held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. Once again, Commodity Classic and Successful Farming® are partnering to bring event attendees a dynamic list of educational and entertaining Main Stage … Read More »

Farm Bill Update

ASA has consistently called for a new five-year farm bill to provide certainty and long-term stability in farm support programs during this ongoing period of low crop prices and farm incomes – circumstances exacerbated by China’s retaliatory tariff on U.S. soybeans during the current trade war with China. With volatile conditions surrounding U.S. trade relationships … Read More »

U.S. Philippines Possible Free Trade Agreement

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Philippine counterpart announced this week that the two countries agreed to improve agricultural trade by working towards reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers. This is a possible first step in moving towards a free trade agreement with the Philippines, which ASA has on its short list of desired trading … Read More »