NAFTA Progress Promising for U.S. Soy, Livestock Exports

NAFTA Progress Promising for U.S. Soy, Livestock Exports Mexico talks swing in a positive direction, bringing trade agreement closer to reality, boding well for future agreements to expand soy and livestock markets Washington, D.C. August 27, 2018. Renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, is looking more promising after President Trump announced … Read More »

Soybean Farmers Return to DC to Drive Home Their Message: We Need Long-Term Solutions to the Trade War

Returning to Washington just weeks after their July Board of Directors meeting, grower leaders from the American Soybean Association (ASA) met again with officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Members of Congress to consider options for offsetting the long-term damage from China’s retaliatory tariff on American soybeans. John Heisdorffer, a soy grower … Read More »

July President’s Message

I’ve noticed a lot of different messages in the news this month about what soybean growers think of the Section 301 tariffs, and how these tariffs and the trade war with China may affect farmers and all of agriculture across the country. ASA continues to urge the Administration to find non-tariff solutions to ongoing trade … Read More »

American Soybean Association Joins Farmers for Free Trade

This week, the American Soybean Association (ASA), the voice for more than 30 soybean-producing states and 300,000 soybean farmers across America, announced that it will be joining Farmers for Free Trade. Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan campaign co-chaired by former Senators Max Baucus and Richard Lugar that is amplifying the voices of American … Read More »

Soy Growers: Aid Appreciated as First Step Towards Larger Trade Strategy

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would roll out a relief plan this fall for farmers hit hard by trade tariffs imposed in recent months. What’s the plan? The plan outlined by the Administration includes three components: Direct payments to farmers to mitigate lower prices resulting from retaliatory … Read More »

Soy Growers in the News Talk Trade, Tariffs

Soy leaders across the country were once again featured in numerous local and national news stories this week, discussing the need for free trade and open markets. Here’s a look at ASA leaders in the news discussing how tariffs impact soy growers and urging long-term solutions: ASA President John Heisdorffer, Iowa ‘Trade, Not Aid’: U.S. Farmers … Read More »

Soy Growers Thank President Trump for Highlighting Soybeans in Talks with EU

The American Soybean Association (ASA) thanked President Donald Trump for highlighting U.S. soybeans in his talks with European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker this week. Focusing on the opportunities for increased trade with European partners, Iowa soybean farmer and ASA President John Heisdorffer issued the following statement: “ASA thanks President Trump for this effort to increase … Read More »

President Announces Short-Term Plan to Help Farmers, ASA Hopeful It’s Step One in Long-Term Tariff Solution

The Administration announced on Tuesday that the Department of Agriculture would be rolling out a relief plan this fall for farmers hit hard by trade tariffs imposed in recent months. Since discussion of a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs between the U.S. and China became serious in late May, U.S. soy prices have dropped more than … Read More »

Tariffs Take Center Stage During Soy Grower Hill Visits

Soy growers from across the country headed to Capitol Hill this week to meet with members of Congress and discuss issues impacting the soybean industry. Priority issues for American Soybean Association (ASA) board members included the farm bill, biodiesel and, most critical the week after U.S. beans were hit by China with a 25 percent … Read More »

Soy Growers Disappointed in Additional Tariffs, Continue to Seek Export Stability with Largest Customer

The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week expressed extreme disappointment in USTR’s announcement that an additional $200 billion in tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods. The new list of goods will be subject to a 10 percent tariff. This action worsens the trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which have already initiated plans … Read More »