Regulatory

ASA Supports Congressional Letter’s Charge to Foster Ag Innovation

WASHINGTON (October 20, 2017)— On Tuesday, October 17th, a bipartisan group of 79 Members of Congress sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging agencies responsible for regulating biotechnology to coordinate and advance policies and strategies that promote innovation in … Read More »

ASA Commends EPA Dicamba Ruling, Continues Search for Answers on Dicamba Damage

WASHINGTON (October 13, 2017)—Following today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency naming certain new formulations of dicamba herbicide products as restricted-use, ASA President and Roseville, Illinois farmer Ron Moore applauded EPA and urged the industry to continue to search for answers: “Farmers look to new innovations like dicamba-tolerant soybeans to help grow healthy, affordable food while … Read More »

ASA Submits Comments on Proposed WOTUS Repeal

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposal to repeal the 2015 era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule this week. The proposed withdrawal would temporarily reinstate the pre-2015 rule while the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) work to develop a new rule to replace … Read More »

WOTUS Withdrawal Comment Deadline Extended to Sept. 27

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced late last week an extension of the comment deadline on the Trump Administration’s formal intent to repeal the Waters of the United States rule. The new deadline is Sept. 27. The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports the administration’s steps to withdraw the rule and in June, called the … 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 »

ASA Works to Find Answers on Herbicide-Related Damage

Following reports of dicamba-related damage to soybean crops, American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore releases the following statement committing the association’s resources to the pursuit of a solution: “The issues surrounding dicamba-related damage to crops are serious ones, and as the representative organization for the nation’s soybean farmers, ASA is invested … Read More »

Laws, Regs & Other Considerations When Buying Seed

Information provided by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).  No matter what type of seed you buy, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting.  There’s a lot more to buying seed than meets the eye.  Quality seed has been bred for specific traits, such as geographic adaptation, disease or insect resistance, physical attributes, or … Read More »

ASA Submits Comments on Neonicotinoids

The American Soybean Associated (ASA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week on their registration reviews of neonicotinoid (neonics) risk assessments. ASA emphasized the importance of neonics as an effective pesticide used by producers to attach below-ground pests like the seedcorn maggot or above-ground pests like the soybean aphid or the bean … Read More »

Waters of the U.S. Withdrawal a Step Toward Regulatory Certainty for Soybean Farmers

With an announcement yesterday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it would formally repeal the Waters of the United States rule, the American Soybean Association (ASA) hailed what it called a significant step toward greater regulatory certainty for soybean farmers. ASA released the following statement from Vice President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer … Read More »

Support Needed for Funding of the Office of Pesticide Products

The Office of Pesticide Products (OPP) is authorized in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which sets timelines for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and register pesticides, as well as collect fees from registrants for products. Before registrants are required to pay these fees, Congress is supposed to meet a minimum appropriation of $128.3 … Read More »