Soybean producers gathered in Austin, Texas, last week to review and revise the policy direction of the American Soybean Association (ASA). Soybean producers from production areas across the United States participated in this annual process that guides the ASA as it pursues future initiatives to improve U.S. soybean farmer profitability. The voting delegates session was held in conjunction with the tenth annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.
"The delegates called for policies that will enhance demand for U.S. soybeans and soy products both domestically and internationally," says ASA President Neal Bredehoeft, a soybean producer from Alma, Mo. "Delegates voted in opposition to any effort to reopen the 2002 Farm Bill. Delegates also expressed support for trade agreements that expand market access for U.S. soy and livestock products, and expressed concern about the spread of avian flu."
Other significant additions and modifications covered issues involving crop insurance and a comprehensive monitoring system for Asian soybean rust, a permanent extension of the biodiesel tax incentive, and new language on ASA policies on biotech-enhanced crops.
For an overview of policies adopted, click HERE.