Regulatory

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 »

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 »