Soy trade is vital to rural America’s economy, and developing countries who depend on soy offer long-term market opportunities, which is why ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health is working to not only promote trade but also rural development in countries like Pakistan, Ghana, El Salvador and Guatemala. As these counties receive development opportunities and … Continue reading The Right Formula: Trade + International Development
This week soybean grower and ASA Board member Kevin Scott testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the importance of risk management programs within the nation's farm legislation. During the hearing Scott detailed the ways that programs withing the commodities and crop insurance titles of the farm bill work together and may be improved moving … Continue reading Quoted on the Hill
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts the Census of Agriculture once every five years, and the information gleaned from the census guides agribusinesses, policy makes, researchers, local government and many other organizations on the creation and funding of ag programs and services. This year, NASS is unveiling a new online questionnaire that will make … Continue reading Ag Census: Your Voice. Your Future. Your Opportunity.
Next week ASA’s board of directors will be in Washington DC to continue pursuing soybean’s aggressive policy agenda with the administration and 115th Congress. Chief on the agenda during hill visits is trade expansion, the upcoming farm bill, tax reform, biodiesel demand, regulations and infrastructure. TRADE: Enhance U.S. trade relations with other countries, including NAFTA … Continue reading Pursuing Priorities
Rural infrastructure is vital to American agriculture and as roads, highways, bridges, railways, locks and dams, and water systems continuously deteriorate, American agriculture suffers economically at home and becomes less competitive on a global scale. Despite the importance of rural infrastructure, past infrastructure initiatives have focused on urban and suburban areas while not adequately addressing … Continue reading Rebuilding Rural America
Ten years ago the U.S. Senate approved a week each June to be National Pollinator Week. This year, the USDA and US. Department of the Interior have named June 19-25 as National Pollinator Week, and people from all around the world are taking to social media to bring attention to the importance of pollinators and … Continue reading The Buzz on Pollinator Week
Trade is the lifeblood of the American soybean industry and ASA is encouraged by recent well-qualified appointments to high-level trade-related positions and the impacts these officials can have on future trade decisions. The lineup: USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue— Former Georgia Governor Perdue was confirmed as Secretary of the USDA on April 25. ASA recently applauded … Continue reading The Trade Lineup
Today is World Environment Day, a day designated by the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action in protecting the environment. For growers, that’s just another day on the farm. A farmer’s goal is simple: grow healthy, affordable food and fuel while leaving the land better than they found it. To do this, many … Continue reading World Environment Day
The President has unveiled his FY18 budget, A New Foundation for American Greatness, proposing $3.6 trillion in cuts over ten years, including $228 billion in reductions to farm bill programs, which come in addition to the 21 percent cut advanced in President Trump’s “skinny budget” released in March. The budget cuts breakdown: Cuts to the … Continue reading What’s in the Budget?
As planting season is underway across the countryside, it’s especially important to take care to keep treated seeds from entering the supply of U.S. grains and oilseeds. These treated seeds in commodity shipments are a multi-commodity problem which can jeopardize U.S. markets, both foreign and domestic. When treated seeds find their way into bins that … Continue reading Safe Use of Treated Seeds is a Must