Farm Groups Praise Obama for Signing Labeling Bill

Kelly Marshall

Multiple farm organizations have released statements, thanking President Obama for signing the food labeling bill into law.  The new law was created to protect the food supply from a patch-work of state labeling laws and to offer consumers a more transparent, national system. “We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is crucial for …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASA, Government, Labeling, NCGA

Study Finds Vermont GMO Labeling Misleading

Joanna Schroeder

With July 1st come and gone the new genetically modified ingredients (GMO) labels hit the shelves in Vermont. The anticipation of the new label prompted an online survey of 1,665 online shoppers, commissioned by the American Soybean Association (ASA). The survey found that the labels are misleading to consumers. The five food labels tested were common food label statements related …

ASA, biotechnology, GMO, Labeling

ASA Wants to Hear Your Conservation Story

Joanna Schroeder

The American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to hear your story about conservation. Farmers willing to share their stories about how conservation is a part of daily farm operations have a chance to be the next winner of the Conservation Legacy Award. The program is designed to showcase farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both sustainable and profitable. …

Agribusiness, ASA, environment, Soybeans, sustainability, Video

European Commission Extends Use of Glyphosate

Kelly Marshall

The European Commission has extended authorization for glyphosate for another 18 months, an action supported by soy growers in the U.S.  However, Richard Wilkins, President of the American Soybean Association, notes that the announcement is only a temporary solution, and that American farmers are still searching for more certainty in the European marketplace. “An 18-month extension gives U.S. farmers and …

Ag Group, ASA, EU, Herbicides

Apply for the 2017 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

Lizzy Schultz

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program, which works to identify and develop grower leaders who continue to shape the future of agriculture. “The ASA DuPont Young Leader Program has had a tremendous impact on the soybean industry and many of our current grower leaders at the national and …

Ag Group, Ag Leader, ASA, Dupont Crop Protection, Education, Youth

ASA Pushing for European Approval of Soy Traits

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has been waiting for five months to hear from an Appeals Committee concerning the European Union’s approval of three soybean traits.  Now they’re ramping up their call for action with a letter to European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. Currently the three traits awaiting approval are: Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant RR2Xtend, Vistive Gold high oleic traits and Bayer CropScience’s …

Ag Group, ASA, Soybeans, trade

ASA Seeking Award Nominees

Lizzy Schultz

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is searching for several outstanding grower leaders for the 2017 ASA award and recognition program, and are seeking nominations for specific growers who go above and beyond for the soybean industry and amplify truly outstanding leadership. Three major awards and recognitions will be presented to these outstanding producers at the ASA Awards Banquet during the …

Ag Group, ASA, Award, Commodity Classic, Company Announcement, Farmers, GROWERS

Soy Growers Welcome Cuban Agribusiness Group

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) and Cuba’s Grupo Empresarial Agricola (GEA) have officially signed an agreement to re-establish the Cuban marketplace for U.S. food and agricultural products. Members of both parities will be meeting regularly to ensure a beneficial and productive relationship as the agreement moves forward.  The American Soybean Association is cheering the good news. All last week, ASA …

Ag Group, ASA, International, trade

NAS Reaffirms Safety and Benefits of GMOs

Kelly Marshall

The National Academy of Sciences has released (yet another) report reaffirming the safety and benefits of GMO crops.  Not surprisingly this report has lead to a flurry of reactions across multiple social media platforms, both positive and negative.  Agricultural groups are also responding.  From the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association to the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, …

Ag Group, ASA, GMO, NCGA, Research

ASA Requests Comments on Dicamba Label

Kelly Marshall

EPA has proposed a draft label for dicamba to be used with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (RR2X) soybeans, but it comes too late for the 2016 growing season. Current expectations are for the label to be finalized late this summer or fall.  Monsanto has plans for a strong communication system to keep growers, dealers and industry members in the loop …

Ag Group, ASA, Herbicides, Soybeans, Spraying, Weed control