Leader Letter

ASA/WISHH Attends Fourth Annual U.S. – Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference

Last week ASA/WISHH Division Director for Asia Alan F. Poock was invited to attend the fourth annual U.S. – Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference in New York City.  Agricultural is an important sector in Pakistan’s economy, comprising of 28 percent of Pakistan’s GDP and employing 45 percent of the country’s labor force. Unsurprisingly, it was one … Read More »

Wharton Joins ASA as State Policy Coordinator and Communications Manager

Jessica Wharton has joined ASA as State Policy Coordinator and Communications Manager, based in ASA’s Washington, D.C., office. Wharton comes to ASA from the American Farm Bureau Federation where she helped coordinate policy communications and media relations. Wharton is from Akron, Ohio, and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Palm Beach Atlantic University. … Read More »

Calling all Rural Entrepreneurs!

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in business development and agribusiness. These entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 of startup funds. The Farm Bureau Entrepreneur … Read More »

Apply Now for the 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

ASA and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program. The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program. Phase I of the training takes place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2016. The program continues Feb. 28 – March … Read More »

New Film Looks at American Aquaculture

A new film funded by the Soy Aquaculture Alliance and the United Soybean Board examines the question of why Americans aren’t growing our own fish. The Working Waterfront, a new film from Living Ocean Productions, aims to educate consumers on the current status of aquaculture. The Working Waterfront looks at four established farms raising catfish … Read More »

ASA and Fellow Farm Groups Ask U.S. to Push Europe on TTIP Negotiations

In a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week, ASA and fellow farm groups pushed to ensure that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) effectively addresses all forms of barriers U.S. food and agricultural products face in exporting to the European Union (EU). ASA and other groups … Read More »

Urge Your Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Biodiesel Tax Credit

Soy growers are encouraged to contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 5240, the Biodiesel Tax Credit. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the updated legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to extend the biodiesel tax credit for three years (2017-19) and restructure … Read More »

Coalition Underscores Urgent Need For GMO Labeling Compromise This Week

Pamela Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, released a statement this week calling on Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow to quickly find compromise on a path forward for potential GMO labeling legislation prior … Read More »

ASA Calls on EPA to Improve RFS Proposed Rule

ASA today called on the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the proposed volumes for biomass-based diesel to 2.5 billion gallons for 2018 in the Proposed Rule for Renewable Fuel Standard at an EPA national public hearing. Former ASA chairman and Iowa soybean farmer Ray Gaesser said, “We think EPA should enthusiastically support more aggressive, but … Read More »

ASA Intensifies Push for Immediate Approval of Soy Traits in Europe

ASA ramped up its call for approval of three outstanding soybean traits by the European Union this week, saying that the tools are a critical part of the industry’s ongoing quest to meet sustainability and consumer demand goals, and that continued delays pose serious issues both for farmers and industry. In a letter to European Commissioner … Read More »