Classic Comments From ASA VP

Chuck Zimmerman

Smooth Sailing at Commodity Classic in Tampa, FL sounds really good right now. I spoke with American Soybean Association VP, Bob Worth, about the upcoming annual event. He farms in Minnesota and was in between a rain storm and a blizzard so I know he’s looking forward to heading south at the beginning of March. Bob says we’re going to …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, Soybean

Soybean Growers Appeal to Congress

Cindy Zimmerman

Soybean farmers are in Washington D.C. this week for a little lame duck. In addition to uniting with other agriculture groups urging Congress to fix the “death tax,” American Soybean Association (ASA) farmer-leaders are participating in a biodiesel fly-in to discuss renewing the biodiesel tax incentive that expired at the end of last year. Participating from ASA are grower-leaders Joe …

ASA, Biodiesel, Soybean

American Soybean Association Update

Chuck Zimmerman

Commodity group leaders always make time to visit with the media at Farm Progress Show. One of them I spoke with yesterday was Rob Joslin, President, American Soybean Association. Rob is a soybean grower from Ohio. In the photo he’s on the left and speaking with Stu Ellis. I asked him about the issues that ASA is working on and …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Farm Progress Show, Soybean

Taking the SOY Challenge

Cindy Zimmerman

Each year, soybean growers around the country take the American Soybean Association (ASA) and BASF up on their challenge to reduce weed competition, increase plant health and protect yields – but only three are chosen. We already met first place winners David and Sue Roehm in an earlier post. Today we meet Dave and Mary Jonas of Pinnconning, Michigan, one …

ASA, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic

ASA Vice President Works for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

His wife calls him a “PMG” – Professional Meeting Goer – because Alan Kemper has been serving on the boards of state and national agricultural organizations for over two decades now. As First Vice President for the American Soybean Association, Alan will soon be the first person to have served as president for both ASA and the National Corn Growers …

ASA, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic

ASA Celebrates 90th Anniversary by Highlighting Soybean Successes

Joanna Schroeder

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and has a lot to celebrate. Last year, the organization received more than $12.8 million in export funding from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service for the promotion of U.S. soybeans and soybean products. ASA President Rob Joslin noted in the organization’s press conference during Commodity Classic that this …

ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, Soybean

ASA Scholarship Award Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Ben Bellar, a high school senior from Howard, Kansas, was named the 2010-2011 ASA Scholarship recipient during the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. An active member of the ASA and FFA, Bellar has been raising soybeans since he was a child and plans to study agriculture technology management at Kansas State University next year. He is pictured here at …

ASA, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic

Biodiesel Tax Credit Needed Now

Chuck Zimmerman

In the general session at Commodity Classic we heard from the President of the American Soybean Association, Rob Joslin. Rob was interviewed by session moderator Mark Mayfield. Rob says one of his goals has been to visit as many of the ASA state affiliates as he can and he’s over half way there. He thinks it’s important to know what …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, Soybean

BASF Recognizes SOY Challenge Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

Since Sue takes care of the bookkeeping on the Roehm farm and she admits to being a little skeptical when they entered the challenge because of the additional upfront cost involved. “With the chemicals, that’s a very big portion of our budget for farming,” Sue said. One of those additional costs was for Headline, which increases plant health. “And by …

ASA, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Video

Social Media For Soybean Growers

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the friendly faces you’ll meet when you check in to the media room at Commodity Classic is Cassandra Schlef, Communications Coordinator for ASA. She helps with press releases, their weekly Leader Letter and website updates that include Twitter and Facebook. Cassandra says the media room this year has been expanded to include more work tables and internet access …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic