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ASA Comments on Defense Department Proposal to Prohibit Soy

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments last week to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in response to their request for information about ingredients they intend to prohibit. In August, food companies received a surprise notice from DLA that a number of ingredients must be removed from military dining, including Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Isolated … Read More »

ASA: Proposed Steel Tariffs Raise Potential for Retaliation Against U.S. Soybeans

Following reports last week from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the department will recommend tariffs on imported steel and aluminum as a result of its ongoing investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, soybean farmers have voiced their concern about the potential for retaliation against U.S. soybean imports by the Chinese. … Read More »

Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was passed by Congress late last week. This paves the way for a fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill to be completed in March, addresses the approaching debt ceiling, provides disaster assistance, including for agriculture, and extends the biodiesel tax credit retroactively for 2017. Provisions of the agreement that … Read More »

Texas Soybean Association Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Texas Soybean Association on its historic 50th Anniversary! Through strong national leaders, including recent ASA president, Wade Cowan, the Texas Soybean Association has helped lead the industry through times of great change. Texas leaders continue to shape public policy, open new markets, increase the economic strength of the industry and protect the … Read More »

Soy Growers Oppose Unprecedented Cut to Crop Insurance, Farm Programs in White House Budget

The American Soybean Association (ASA) today voiced opposition to proposed cuts included in President Donald Trump’s FY2019 budget, including reductions in the federal crop insurance program through a cap on adjusted gross income (AGI) and a reduction in premium subsidy, and elimination of the Foreign Market Development program and Market Access Program. ASA President John … Read More »

Comments on Soy Benefits in Military Meals Due Next Week

Soy stakeholders are encouraged to provide nutritional information and feedback on soy’s functional importance in a wide range of food products through next week. Comments on the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Request for Information (RFI) are due Wednesday, Feb. 14. The DLA released a notice in August 2017, banning soy protein ingredients used in meat … Read More »

Senate Commerce Holds Aquaculture Hearing

A Senate hearing this week explored the future possibilities of domestic aquaculture. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on Jan.30, 2018, titled Growing the Future: Opportunities to Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture. One of the four witnesses was Mark Luecke from Prairie AquaTech in South Dakota. Prairie AquaTech is a … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Ag Secretary to Support School Feeding Program, Food for Peace in Budget

Soy growers are asking U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to support U.S. programs that help feed children and modernize agriculture practices in developing countries. The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined several other organizations in a letter to the secretary this week, urging the importance of the McGovern Dole International Food for Education … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Congress to Pass Tax Extenders

Soy growers are urging Congress to pass a seamless multi-year extension of the “tax extenders” as soon as possible. The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined a range of several business, transportation, energy and ag stakeholders in a letter this week to both House and Senate leaders, stating the extension of these tax provisions is vital … Read More »

Senate Hearing to Explore Opportunities to Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture

Next week, a Senate hearing will explore future possibilities of domestic aquaculture. Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene the hearing titled, “Growing the Future: Opportunities to Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture,” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Witnesses: Dr. Kelly Lucas, director of the Marine Aquaculture … Read More »