ASA Submits Commments on Step 2 of WOTUS Repeal

On Tuesday, November 28th, American Soybean Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on step two of the proposal to repeal and replace the 2015 era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The Agency requested input from stakeholders in preparation for developing a new rule and definition of “Waters of the U.S.” The … Read More »

ASA Welcomes President Trump’s Infrastructure Commitment

American Soybean Association (ASA) Governing Committee member Bret Davis, of Ohio, and Directors Kendell Culp, of Indiana, and Gerry Hayden, of Kentucky, were among a number of soybean farmers and industry stakeholders that joined President Donald Trump in Cincinnati yesterday to highlight the economic importance of the inland waterways system and the need to invest in … Read More »

Push Continues for Increased Annual Funding for Waterways Programs

The American Soybean Association (ASA) was among 22 agricultural groups that signed letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging increased funding in Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations for programs supporting inland waterways, ports and harbors. Funding for these programs administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and delivered through the annual Energy & Water … Read More »

USDA Sponsored Report Examines Impacts of Potential Lock and Dam Closures

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report on the economic impact of the hypothetical closure of locks on the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois River. The report titled, Economic Impacts Analysis of Inland Waterways Disruptions on the Transport of Corn and Soybeans, was commissioned by USDA and conducted by the University … Read More »

House Passage of WRDA Reauthorization Bill

By a vote of 399-25, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a two year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill, supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA). The bill authorizes waterways infrastructure programs and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), which allow soybean farmers to transport their crop and remain competitive in … Read More »

Shippers Urging Action to Avoid Disruptions from Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy

The American Soybean Assocation (ASA) and several ag organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker urging engagement with the South Korean government to bring a swift resolution to the Hanjin Shipping Company bankruptcy situation this week. The letter expresses concern and anxiety among shippers, as to when Hanjin ships will … Read More »

Final Venue Set for WOTUS Challenges

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied states’ latest bid to have their challenges to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule heard by district courts, where they think they’d find more receptive audiences, according to reports in Politico. This means that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, will hear the … Read More »

West Coast Longshore Union Agrees to Early Contract Renegotiations

Delegates of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) working at West Coast ports voted last week to enter into discussions with representatives of the Pacific Maritime Administration (PMA) regarding a contract extension. The American Soybean Association was one of 128 organizations that signed a letter to the ILWU and PMA urging them to begin … Read More »

Soy Growers Urge Early Negotiations on Next West Coast Port Labor Contract

The American Soybean Association (ASA) was one of 128 organizations that signed a letter to the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), urging them to begin early negotiations on a new labor contract in hopes of avoiding trade disruptions that occurred during previous negotiations. The timing of the letter … Read More »

Committee Passes 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Reauthorization Bill

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee recently marked-up their 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill and it is now ready to go to the floor of the House and the Senate. One unexpected provision included in the bill that is of interest to the American Soybean Association (ASA), is language to move the … Read More »