ASA Signs Letters in Support of USDA Ag Research Funding

The American Soybean Association (ASA) signed onto letters in support of funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at $525 million for FY 2019 to strengthen rural economies, public health and U.S. national security. The letters, signed by 50 organizations, were submitted to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of … Read More »

Agriculture Advocacy Organizations, Commodity Groups and Science Institutions Call for Doubling of USDA Research Budget

Washington, DC (October 20, 2017)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) research, education, and extension budget should be doubled to $6 billion during the five-year life of the 2018 Farm Bill, according to a broad coalition of 63 organizations, including the American Soybean Association. The coalition submitted its request today in a letter to House and … Read More »

UPDATE: Defense Logistics Agency Rescinds Notice on Soy Products in Military Dining Instillations

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has rescinded its earlier notice that would have required food manufacturers to disclose prohibited ingredients by Sept. 30, so that those products could be removed from meals served in dining facilities or onboard a ship. Included on the list of prohibited ingredients was Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Isolated Soybean Protein … Read More »

New Project to Increase Soybean Yields by Harnessing Photosynthesis

Information provided by FFAR. A new project aims to more efficiently turn the sun’s energy into food and sustainably increase worldwide food productivity. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, is contributing $15 million to a five-year, $45-million research project at … Read More »

Research Interests Work Toward Common Position for Farm Bill

Agricultural research stakeholders met in a session convened by the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) to refine proposals for the Research Title of the farm bill. The American Soybean Association (ASA) is a founding member of SoAR. The broad group of stakeholders included representatives from production agriculture, as well many science societies, universities and nutrition … Read More »

Case Studies Show Big Economic Benefits of Soil Health Practices

Information provided by the National Association of Conservation Districts. Soil health practices such as cover crops and no-till can result in an economic return of over $100 per acre, according to a set of case studies jointly released by the National Association of Conservation Districts and Datu Research, LLC. The American Soybean Association (ASA) provided … 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 »

Wellman Calls on Congress to Address Ag Research in Farm Bill

In testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee today, former American Soybean Association President and Nebraska farmer Steve Wellman called on Congress to renew American leadership in agricultural science, including full funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the flagship competitive grants program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wellman, who testified on behalf … 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 »

Honey Bee Health Coalition Members Issue Farm Bill Principle

Honey Bee Health Coalition members brought their vision for collaboration and cross pollination to Capitol Hill this week in a letter to policymakers working on the next Farm Bill. Two dozen members of the Coalition wrote to policymakers on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry … Read More »