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

NCGA Trade School Highlights Importance of Policy

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association hosted Trade School in Washington D.C. last week.  More than 50 farmers, ranchers and ag professionals took the opportunity to learn more about trade issues and rally support for TPP. “Trade policy has a significant impact on me as a farmer. The success of my business and the livelihood of my community depend on expanding …

Ag Group, Government, NCGA, trade

US Equipment Exports Continue to Decline

Lizzy Schultz

Exports of U.S.-made agricultural equipment for first quarter 2016 are down 8 percent overall compared to first quarter 2015, with a total of $1.7 billion shipped to global markets. Europe and Central America each recorded double-digit gains, and the other world regions saw double-digit declines, led by Africa and South America, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which …

AEM, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Equipment, Exports, International, Machinery, trade

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

Study Shows Corn Exports Add $74.7 Billion to Economy

Kelly Marshall

In 2014 the export sale of corn and corn products in the U.S. generated $74.7 billion.  The total rises to $82 billion when expanded to include all feed grain products, says a new report by Informa Economics. Overall, corn exports increased the U.S. GDP by $29.8 billion, compared to what would have occurred without these exports.  Full-time jobs related directly …

Ag Group, Corn, Exports, Grain, trade

Ag Groups Urge Congress to Back TPP

Kelly Marshall

More than 200 farm and food groups have come together to send a bipartisan letter to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan; Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi; Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell; and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The letter encourages Congress to finish the work of approving TPP in 2016. “If faithfully implemented, TPP will …

Ag Group, Government, International, trade

SoyGrowers Focus on GMO Labeling in Washington

Kelly Marshall

This week the American Soybean Association (ASA) and its Board of Directors will hold their  annual meeting in Washington D.C.  This year’s meeting coincides with the introduction of Senate bill S.2609, the national standard for labeling of bioengineered food set forth by the Agriculture Committee Chairman, Senator Pat Roberts.  The organization will be focusing much of its efforts on this measure, …

Ag Group, ASA, GMO, Government, Labeling, trade

John Deere Urges Congress To Ratify TPP

Taylor Truckey

This week, John Deere urged Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the trade agreement signed by 12 countries today is a much-needed step to boost the global economy. “A robust U.S. trade agenda expands jobs and opportunities for American workers, farmers and businesses,” said Samuel R. Allen, Deere & Company chairman and chief executive officer. “This benefits our …

John Deere, Policy, trade

Biotech Included in TPP

Cindy Zimmerman

The newly concluded Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) includes language related to biotechnology in agricultural products for the first time ever. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack calls the biotech inclusion “historic” and says it discusses “acknowledgement by member countries that they’ll use science-based determinations relative to biotechnology and to promote greater transparency in the regulatory presence.” During a press conference about the …

Audio, International, trade, USDA

Nebraska Governor Talks Biotech in Europe

Cindy Zimmerman

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is on an agricultural trade mission trip to the European Union with stops in Italy, Belgium, and Denmark. The trade mission, being coordinated jointly by the Nebraska Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development, includes a number of representatives from the state’s agriculture industry. One of the delegation’s first stops was at Expo Milano where they visited …

Audio, biotechnology, GMO, Government, trade