Mar 14, 2018
This week soy growers are on Capitol Hill talking with their lawmakers and advocating for policy issues that affect soy growers across the country.
The major issues they're talking about? Trade, RFS, the farm bill and infrastructure.
Trade is vital for soybean growers, and ASA supports negotiations that would produce a modernized NAFTA 2.0, and trade policies that would expand markets and increase export opportunities.
On the biodiesel front, ASA board members will be voicing strong opposition to a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), an action that would significantly undermine the integrity of the RFS, reduce biodiesel demand and violate President Trump’s promise to protect the RFS.
Additionally, board members will be voicing strong support for passing the 2018 Farm Bill on time to provide stability and certainty at a time of low crop prices and low farm income.
Finally, infrastructure remains a top concern for ASA, and board members continue to support funding of $8.8 billion over 10 years to complete upgrades to lock and dams on the Inland Waterways system that have been authorized by Congress.
It’s a great time for soy growers to be in DC and engaging lawmakers. Soybean growers need more trade opportunities, and dependable infrastructure to move beans. They need programs that create soybean and soybean oil demand, and a Farm Bill that gives growers the security and certainty to keep farming as they always have.
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Clockwise: Minnesota Soybean Growers Association with Senator Tina Smith (courtesy of MSGA), North Dakota Directors and North Dakota Soybean Grower Association Director before a meeting with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (courtesy of NDSGA), Ohio Soybean Association growers and members outside the Capitol after a day of meetings (courtesy of OSA).
Clockwise: North Dakota Soybean Growers Association meets with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (courtesy of NDSGA), Illinois Soybean Association meets with Senator Tammy Duckworth's staff (courtesy of Illinois Soybean Association), Indiana Soybean Alliance members meet with Representative Luke Messer (courtesy of Indiana Soybean Alliance)
Clockwise: Kentucky Soybean Association board members and grower leaders meet with Senator Rand Paul, Representative Brett Guthrie and Senator Mitch McConnell (courtesy of KSA)