Budget & Appropriations

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 »

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 »

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 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, Fellow Farm Groups Urge Appropriators to Adequately Fund FSA Loan Programs

  In a letter this morning to leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of farm, food and rural advocacy groups led by the National Farmers Union encouraged lawmakers to adequately fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency to provide a robust risk … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Funding for Food Research in 2018 Budget

Soy growers are asking Congress that $425 million be included in the FY 2018 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The American Soybean Association (ASA) and several other agriculture organizations signed onto a letter this week to Chairman John Hoeven and Ranking Member Jeff Merkley of the Senate Appropriations … Read More »

Soy Growers Oppose White House Budget

The American Soybean Association (ASA) signaled strong opposition to proposed cuts in the FY-2018 budget released by the White House this morning. “By shredding our farm safety net, slashing critical agricultural research and conservation initiatives, and hobbling our access to foreign markets, this budget is a blueprint for how to make already difficult times in … Read More »

Congressional Budget Package Rejects Cuts Proposed for Ag Programs, Includes Funds for Consumer Biotech Education

House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on a $1 trillion appropriations bill for FY-2017 that will fund the federal government through September. The agreement rejects most of the Administration’s proposed cuts in agriculture-related programs, including elimination of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program and a sharp reduction in funding for the Food for Peace Program. The … Read More »

ASA Calls to Double Funding for Export Promotion Programs

American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Joe Steinkamp called on Congress to double funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs, testifying in a hearing today to the effectiveness and necessity of export promotion programs in expanding U.S. agriculture exports. Testifying on behalf of ASA, the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural … Read More »