Budget & Appropriations

House Committee Approves Increased Funding for Waterways

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed the fiscal year 2019 Energy & Water Appropriations bill with significant increases for waterways infrastructure. The Energy & Water Appropriations bill provides annual funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the Inland Waterways programs that are priorities for the American Soybean Association (ASA). The House committee approved … Read More »

House Begins Work on FY 2018 Appropriations Bills

The House Appropriations Committee has advanced the fiscal year 2019 Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Appropriations bill. The House Agriculture Appropriations bill provides discretionary funding of $23.27 billion, a $14 million increase from fiscal year 2018. The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that the House bill included full funding for working lands conservation programs, the … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge House to Include Funds for Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Soy growers joined several ag organizations this week in a push for funding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). What? The Administration’s full budget requests $281.5 million for the CFTC to be included in the FY19 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The American Soybean Association (ASA) signed onto a letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural … 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 »

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 »