The Right Formula: Trade + International Development

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

Pursuing Priorities

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

Rebuilding Rural America

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

The Trade Lineup

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

Beltway Wrap Up

The past two weeks have been anything but uneventful for agriculture in Washington, D.C.  Below is a wrap up of major happenings, and what they mean for soy growers across the country. Secretary Perdue The agriculture community hailed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s confirmation as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by the … Continue reading Beltway Wrap Up

Voting Delegates Session Wrap Up

Voting delegates representing ASA’s 26 state and national affiliates ended another successful Commodity Classic by debating and voting on soy priorities for the upcoming year. Top priorities include progressive policies for a strong farm safety net, increased funding for agricultural export programs, ambitious global trade negotiations, an aggressive support for biodiesel policies, and robust funding … Continue reading Voting Delegates Session Wrap Up

Cuba: An Untapped Opportunity for U.S. Soy

Trade is the lifeblood of the American soybean industry, and as we move into 2017, Cuba is an exciting, untapped opportunity. While the major foreign markets for U.S. soy—China, Mexico, Japan, Germany—remain unchanged, Cuba, with its close proximity to major U.S. ports, importation of more than 80 percent of its food and emerging economic potential, … Continue reading Cuba: An Untapped Opportunity for U.S. Soy

ASA Looks Forward to 2017

The American Soybean Association will pursue an aggressive legislative and regulatory policy agenda in 2017. Legislative efforts will focus on expected congressional action on the 2018 Farm Bill, tax reform, and transportation infrastructure, while regulatory work will focus on rolling back Obama-era regulations on water quality, improving the regulatory approval timeline in the U.S. and … Continue reading ASA Looks Forward to 2017