Regulatory

Monarch Support Coming to ASA’s Social Pages in September

While trade issues remain top priority for the soy industry, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is taking a moment this fall to illuminate the importance of monarch habitat in its overall conservation efforts, which include soil and water quality, and pollinator preservation. Starting September 5 and running through October 5, ASA’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Farm Bill Support for Pollinators

The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently joined a letter urging conferees to support pollinator-specific provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. In the letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership, the ag groups urge Farm Bill conferees to include the “Pollinator Protection” section of the Senate-passed bill in the final legislation. The section supports coordinated … Read More »

ASA Meets With Defense Logistics Agency about Soy Ingredients

The American Soybean Association (ASA) staff met this week with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support staff to discuss the health benefits of soy and ways to improve communication. The goals for the meeting were the prompt reexamination of DLA’s previously announced ingredient restrictions and the facilitation of future communications … Read More »

Soy Growers Request Meeting with DLA Regarding Soy Ingredients

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is requesting a meeting with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in response to their request for information about soy ingredients they intend to prohibit. Read the letter here. Why? In August, food companies received a surprise notice from DLA that a number of ingredients must be removed from military dining, … Read More »

ASA Welcomes USDA Announcement on Plant Breeding Innovations

The American Soybean Association (ASA) registered strong support of a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it has no plans to regulate plants that could be developed through traditional breeding techniques, including genome editing. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa, issued the following statement on Tuesday: “ASA commends … Read More »

ASA Submits Comments to the EPA on Neonics

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the registration reviews of certain neonicotinoids last week. Specifically, the comments discussed the use and benefits of imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam for soybean growers. The comments discussed the important role of neonics as part of integrated pest management (IPM) programs and … Read More »

ASA Submits Comments to EPA on Glyphosate

American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of glyphosate, an herbicide widely used by U.S. soybean producers and with a history of safe use for more than 40 years. The comments emphasized the importance of biotechnology and … Read More »

ASA Urges FDA to Reconsider Soy Protein Health Claim

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week, underscoring soy protein’s contribution to heart health and asking the agency to withdraw its proposed rule. The FDA recently proposed revoking the unqualified health claim regarding soy protein and coronary heart disease (CHD) and changing it to a … Read More »

Soy Growers Planning to Apply Dicamba Must Go Through Training

A mandatory training is now required for growers using dicamba or auxin-type products in their fields. Growers must participate in training before applying the following products in 2018: XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology (Monsanto) FeXapan® herbicide plus VaporGrip® Technology (DuPont) Engenia® Herbicide (BASF) “Tools like dicamba-tolerant soybeans and new formulations of dicamba ensure that farmers … Read More »

Soy Growers Support Removing Duplicative Regulatory Requirements In House Farm Bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined a large group agriculture organizations and other stakeholders last week in asking the House Committee on Agriculture to include language from H.R.953, the Regulatory Burdens Act, in the anticipated 2018 Farm Bill. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman Gibbs (R-OH) and passed by the House with wide support May … Read More »