American Soybean Association
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is a membership-driven, grassroots policy organization that represents U.S. soybean farmers.For more than 85 years, the American Soybean Association has met the demands of a growing world. The American soybean farmer has a tremendous opportunity to answer the call of agricultural needs throughout the world and ASA is the collective voice of 27,000 U.S. soybean producers.
A primary focus of the American Soybean Association is policy development and implementation. Policy development starts with the farmer/members and culminates at an annual meeting of voting delegates.
ASA is tasked with accomplishing the policy goals established by the farmers/members/delegates. ASA does this by testifying before Congress, lobbying Congress and the Administration, contacting members, and meeting with the media. This legislative process cannot happen without member input and assistance.
Membership is the core of the American Soybean Association (ASA), which provides domestic and international policy representation for soybean growers. Soybean farmer members provide the grassroots spirit and foundation that drives ASA’s national soybean policy accomplishments. Membership is a cooperative program between the state soybean associations and ASA.
There are 25 state associations affiliated with ASA:
Alabama Soybean & Corn Association
Arkansas Soybean Association
Georgia/Florida Soybean Association
Illinois Soybean Association
Indiana Soybean Growers Association
Iowa Soybean Association
Kansas Soybean Association
Kentucky Soybean Association
Louisiana Soybean Association Michigan Soybean Association
Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association
Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
Mississippi Soybean Association
Missouri Soybean Association
Nebraska Soybean Association
North Carolina Soybean Producers Association
North Dakota Soybean Growers Association Ohio Soybean Association
Oklahoma Soybean Association
South Carolina Corn & Soybean Association
South Dakota Soybean Association
Tennessee Soybean Association
Texas Soybean Association
Virginia Soybean Association
Wisconsin Soybean Association
In Recent News: Biodiesel Tax Incentive Extended to 2008
Congressional passage of the Energy Bill was a crucial step forward in establishing biodiesel as a long-term component of the nation’s energy supply. The legislation contained major ASA-supported provisions, including an extension of the federal excise tax credit for biodiesel and the small agri-biodiesel producer credit through 2008, provisions for alternate fuel infrastructure, and establishment of a 7.5 billion gallon Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
The tax incentive, established originally as part of the American JOBS Creation Act of 2004, would have expired at the end of 2006. Two top ASA leaders were among the invited guests that witnessed the signing of the Energy Bill by President Bush.
Thanks to the biodiesel tax incentive, biodiesel production in 2005 tripled to over 75 million gallons. This has increased demand for soybean oil and raised prices paid to farmers for their soybeans.