EU Plan Would Allow Countries to Ban Biotech

Cindy Zimmerman

A new proposal by the European Commission which would allow member countries to ban the import of food and feed containing biotech ingredients, causing a concern for U.S. agricultural interests. “We are very disappointed by today’s announcement of a regulatory proposal that appears hard to reconcile with the EU’s international obligations,” said United States Trade Representative Michael Froman. “Moreover, dividing …

ASA, biotechnology, trade

Corn and Soybean Groups Support Non-GMO Label

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn and soybean grower organizations applauded the introduction Wednesday of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, legislation that would create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms. “Farmers and consumers agree on the need for clear, consistent labeling. Labels should be science-based and uniform in all 50 states,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip …

ASA, biotechnology, Corn, Government, NCGA, Soybeans

House GMO Labeling Bill Re-Introduced

Cindy Zimmerman

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House Wednesday by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) with bi-partisan co-sponsorship. The bill would provide for uniform federal food labeling standards and includes a new provision to allow those who wish to label their products as GMO-free to do so by through an accredited …

AFBF, ARA, ASA, biotechnology, Government

ASA Awards at #Classic15

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Soybean Association (ASA) presented several awards during the annual banquet at Commodity Classic last week. Steve Berger from Wellman, Iowa received the 2015 National Conservation Legacy Award, designed Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by BASF Crop Protection, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest magazine and the United Soybean Board/Checkoff. ASA presented Dr. Jim Specht, emeritus professor of …

ASA, Commodity Classic, Conservation, Soybeans

New Cert in Sustainability for Certified Crop Advisers

Joanna Schroeder

There is a new certification focused on sustainable agricultural practices developed by the United Soybean Board (USB), American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA). The certification will ensure best management practices are used by the industry. “The majority of U.S. soybean farmers are using sustainable practices, but we want to continue to improve our operations,” …

Agribusiness, ASA, environment, Farm Management, Soybeans, USB

Soybean Growers Ask EU to Approve Biotech Traits

John Davis

Soybean growers in the U.S. are calling on the European Union to approve 13 new biotechnology products for importation. This news release from the American Soybean Association (ASA) says the group, along with other U.S. farm organizations, sent a letter to European Health & Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, urging the EU to approve the products, including soybeans, corn, canola …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASA, biotechnology, Exports, Government, International, Soybeans

Soybean Growers Announce Conservation Legacy Awards

John Davis

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has announced the regional winners of its 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards. This news release says Steve Berger, Wellman, Iowa (Midwest Region); Mike Starkey, Brownsburg, Indiana (Northeast Region); and Jimmy Thomas, Timberlake, North Carolina (South Region), are the regional winners and will be recognized at the ASA Awards Banquet, Feb. 27, 2015, at Commodity Classic in …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASA, Soybeans

EPA’s Neonicotinoid Findings Disputed

John Davis

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is disputing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) findings critical on the efficacy of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean operations. ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan said “…soybean producers use neonicotinoid seed treatments where they are needed and effective, and don’t use them where not.” Cowan pointed to recent research from Mississippi showing …

Ag Group, ASA, environment, Soybeans

Future for Soybean Production

Cindy Zimmerman

During the recent Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum in Germany, soybean producers talked about the challenges ahead for farmers. American Soybean Association president Ray Gaesser talked about sustainability, weed resistance and cover crops. “We as farmers really need to be proactive and make sure to protect the technologies we have, because not having those weed management technologies is …

ASA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Cover Crops, Soybeans, sustainability, Weed control

Soybean Groups Hold Biotech Roundtable

Cindy Zimmerman

The American and Illinois Soybean Associations teamed up last week to gather more than 100 farmers, researchers, leaders of agricultural organizations and federal officials for a discussion on the worldwide benefits of agricultural biotechnology. “It is critical that agriculture let policymakers and regulators in Washington know how much farmers need biotechnology to sustainably produce food for the world’s population. Scientists …

Ag Group, ASA, biotechnology, Soybeans