Other Key Issues

RFS Volumes Again Fail to Capture Biodiesel’s Potential

The American Soybean Association (ASA) calls the final biodiesel and advanced biofuels volumes released today by the Environmental Protection Agency another example of a missed opportunity to capture the full potential and value of biodiesel. In the rule, EPA calls for biomass-based diesel volumes within the Renewable Fuel Standard of 2.1 billion gallons for 2019, … Read More »

A Thanksgiving Message from ASA President Ron Moore

Dear Soy Family, Thanksgiving is time for reflection and gratitude. This year I’m especially grateful for your tireless work on behalf of the agriculture industry and soy growers across the country. Agriculture matters; in fact a recent study commissioned by industry groups found that one-fifth of the U.S. economy and a quarter of American jobs … Read More »

ASA Talks Soy Policy at NAFB

Last week ASA President Ron Moore and Vice President John Heisdorffer attended the annual NAFB show in Kansas City, Mo. where they disscussed key policy issues for soy growers, including trade, taxes, the upcoming farm bill and more. Photo Caption: ASA VP John Heisdorffer speaks to Ken Rahjes of AgView at NAFB 2017.

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 »

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 »

Soy Growers Respond to FDA Action on Heart Health Claim

The American Soybean Association (ASA) issued a statement Monday in response to indications from the Food and Drug Administration that the agency will revoke the unqualified health claim regarding soy protein and coronary heart disease (CHD). ASA President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore reiterated the ability of soy protein to contribute to heart health: “In … Read More »

WISHH Cultivates Trade & Development through USDA Cochran Fellowships for School Nutrition

With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), ASA’s WISHH provided nutrition and school meals training in Washington, D.C. and Delaware for eight representatives of governments or non-governmental organizations based in Nicaragua and Panama. FAS requested that WISHH conduct the training through the Cochran Fellowship Program that strengthens trade linkages while … Read More »

Important Budget Process Unfolding in Congress Over Next Two Weeks

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are preparing for floor consideration of their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year 2018.  While typically partisan and symbolic exercises, the FY2018 budget process includes reconciliation provisions that Republican leaders hope to use to pave the way for enactment of comprehensive tax reform. The reconciliation process would enable … Read More »

Republicans Unveil Tax Framework Document

Republican leaders unveiled a framework document that represents advancements and agreements they have reached on some of the broad tax issues this week.  The document states that the Administration and Republican Leaders are developing a unified framework with the goal of achieving fiscally-responsible tax reform that is “built for growth, supports middle-class families, defends workers, … Read More »

Defense Logistics Agency Update on Soy Products in Military Dining Instillations

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has learned of an undated notice from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) that poses a grave threat to the use of nutritious soy products in military dining installations. The notice will become effective on Sept. 30, 2017,and would cause enormous and immediate disruption to the soyfoods market. The DLA guidance … Read More »