Grower News: Update on Federal Legislation

BY David Schiff | April 25, 2016 - 

Here’s an update on federal legislation for fiscal year 2017 from the American Soybean Association (ASA).

The House Appropriations Committee approved a nearly $150 billion dollar agricultural appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. The bill funds research and rural development programs the ASA feels are important to soy growers.

The bill includes:

  • Funds to promote better understanding of biotech sciences among consumers
  • Prohibiting use of funds to implement the controversial Clean Water Rule
  • Record levels of funding for waterway infrastructure

ASA is concerned by a number of cuts to conservation programs, such as the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The ASA also noted some opposition to an allocation for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Again, you can read their press release in its entirety here.

Our point in noting these issues is simply to help busy growers such as you to stay abreast of the topics that affect soy growers.

Should you wish to discuss your thoughts about this bill, or any other matter, with your federal representatives, we found this site we thought you might find useful. It provides contact information for our senators and representatives in the U.S. Senate and Congress. There are many other sites to find this information as well.

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