American Soybean Association (ASA) farmer-leaders reviewed some of the key accomplishments from a year that saw ASA serve soybean farmers by protecting and increasing the market value and opportunities for U.S. soybeans.
“ASA members play an effective role in domestic and international policy development,” said ASA President Steve Wellman. “Working with our state affiliates and industry partners, ASA advanced soybean farmer interests in numerous areas in 2011.”
The essential elements of ASA’s 2012 Farm Bill proposal that would help farmers manage risk were included in the Farm Bill developed by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees in 2011. ASA successfully pressed for passage of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that represent nearly $3 billion in additional agricultural exports. ASA also worked to maintain access for U.S. soybean exports to the European Union (EU) by addressing the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. ASA worked to protect the GPS signals and equipment important to farmers by urging additional testing of the interference caused by a proposed nationwide broadband network.
“ASA had a highly successful year in 2011 for our members and soybean farmers, and 2012 promises to be a year full of challenges,” added Wellman. “ASA will continue its close involvement in the development of the new Farm Bill; defend biodiesel’s renewable fuel standard and work to extend the biodiesel tax incentive; fight regulatory overreach; and increase market access for U.S. soybeans.”