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Delaney moves to American Soybean Association

The American Soybean Association has hired Patrick Delaney, a communications officer for the United Fresh Produce Association, as its new communications director. Read More...

Reaction mixed to crop insurance premium news

Is someone besides the Risk Management Agency and its administrator, Bill Murphy, responsible for the announcement Monday that RMA will update its methodology to set crop insurance premiums, leading to lower premiums for many corn and soybean producers in the 2012 crop year? Read More...

RMA reducing corn, soybean crop insurance rates

In a move that could affect the 2012 farm bill debate and presidential election as well as save farmers and the government money, the Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency announced today that it will update the methodology to set crop insurance premiums, leading to lower insurance premium rates for many corn and soybean producers in the 2012 crop year. Read More...

Battle continues over farm bill safety net

The battle over the next farm bill continued today, with the American Soybean Association, the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union sending Congressional agriculture leaders a letter formally stating their support for a “revenue-based risk management program” to replace parts of the existing farm safety net. Read More...

Major farm groups offer differing farm bill proposals

Three major farm groups — the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives — today released their farm bill proposals. Read More...

Polymer exec backs bio-based products at hearing

Bio-based products are competitive with petroleum-based products at current petroleum price levels, a key polymer executive told the Senate Agriculture Committee today. Read More...

Soybean association hosts free trade diplomats

The American Soybean Association held a reception Wednesday evening to promote congressional approval of the pending free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and Korea. Read More...

Canal expansion raises port concerns with soybean group

The pending expansion of the Panama Canal is raising questions of whether U.S. ports can handle the larger ships that will start using the canal in 2014, the United Soybean Board said in a news release Monday as a soy group signed a memorandum of understanding with the Panama Canal Authority. Read More...