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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 »

ASAAP Meeting Focuses on Regulations and Sustainability

Members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Action Partnership (ASAAP) met in Essex, Vt. to discuss issues, regulations and policy affecting the soybean industry. In addition to ASA policy updates and an industry forum, panels focused on agriculture sustainability, GMO labeling and the initial debate in Vermont, and tax reform and its affects on agriculture. … Read More »

Soy Growers Talk Farm Bill, Crop Insurance and More with U.S. Ag Secretary Perdue

Soy growers had the opportunity to discuss important issues with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue this week. Both past and present American Soybean Association (ASA) members met with Perdue during his five state “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, which included stops in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. During his first … Read More »

Senator to Introduce Bill Increasing Funds for Farmer Loan Programs

Sen. John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, is planning to re-introduce a bill to increase maximum loan amounts to grant farmers the flexibility they need to operate in times of low commodity prices. The Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act would increase the maximum loan amount that an individual farmer, producer or … Read More »

ASA, Ag Groups Meet with Secretary Mnuchin to Discuss Tax Reform

This week American Soybean Association (ASA) Washington staff attended and participated in a meeting of agricultural groups at the White House with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss tax reform. The meeting was one of a series of sessions the White House is conducting with various industry sectors as they develop their policies and strategies … Read More »

ASA Supports CFTC Nominees

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of ag stakeholders sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee, supporting two bipartisan nominees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Senate Ag Committee held their nomination hearing on July 27, 2017. Dawn DeBerry Stump has been nominated as a Republican commissioner; Rostin (Russ) Behnam … Read More »

ASA Directors, Staff Gather in Washington for July Board Meeting and Issues Forum

In Washington this week, the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) board of directors and other leaders in the soybean industry met for its annual July meeting and Issues Forum, discussing issues including trade, infrastructure, tax reform and other issues of importance to the industry, including the upcoming farm bill negotiations. During the Issues Forum on Tuesday afternoon, attendees … Read More »