Entries by david

Update: Senate and House Pass Farm Bill

June 29, 2018 UPDATE ON THE 2018 FARM BILL Today, the U.S. Senate approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on a vote of 86-11, with the few nay votes coming from Republican senators. Congress has adjourned for the July 4th recess but expect the bill to move to a conference committee shortly after […]

$50 Billion Tariff Against China to Take Effect

President Trump has set the the course for a $50 billion tariff against China to take effect. According to a recent release from the American Soybean Association (ASA), the move will lead to “more uncertainty and a potentially devastating drop in Chinese imports of U.S. soybeans and soy products.” According to an article on NPR, […]

State’s First Soybean Crushing Facility Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2018   CONTACTS: Kathy Schlieve, City of Waupun 920-324-7912 or Kathy@cityofwaupun.org   Robert Karls, WI Soybean Marketing Board 608-334-2500 or karls@wisoybean.org   SITE FOR WISCONSIN’S FIRST SOYBEAN CRUSHING FACILITY IDENTIFIED Waupun-based facility would open in 2020 and provide 39 full-time jobs Waupun, Wis.– The City of Waupun and the Wisconsin […]

Legislative Updates 05.18.18

UPDATE: May, 18, 2018 The U.S. House of Representatives today failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill). ASA President and Iowa soybean grower John Heisdorffer said the following: The Farm Bill matters…U.S. soybean growers and everyone involved in agriculture depend on this vital piece of legislation. This bill […]

Apply Now for the ‘Ag Voices of the Future’ Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for the Valent and ASA ‘Ag Voices of the Future’ program. If you’re chosen, all your travel, lodging and meal expenses will be covered by the program sponsors.  According to the ASA press release, the class is for “young people interested in improving their understanding of major […]

ASA Talking Tariffs on Capitol Hill

The American Soybean Association (ASA), which you automatically belong to when you join the Wisconsin Soybean Association, recently brought a coalition of farmers from across the country to talk with legislators about the potential impact of tariffs on U.S. soybeans. Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer, president of the ASA, issued this statement which we repeat in […]

Straight Talk about Tariffs

  With the news of tariffs and the possibility of a trade war with China, Badgerbean reached out to get an expert view from Brenda Boetel, UW – River Falls Professor and Department Chair of Agricultural Economics. Tariffs are concerning for agriculture in general, according to Boetel. They can cause both short and long term […]

Chairman’s Mark a Welcome Sign for Farm Bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA), which members of the Wisconsin Soybean Association belong to as part of your membership privileges, hailed the award of the ‘Chairman’s mark’ of the farm bill by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conway of Texas. (A Chairman’s mark is a proposal put forward by the Chairman in committee consideration at the […]

Crop Insurance, Tariffs Worry WI Soy Farmers

04.04.18 Update. Today China proposed a 25% tariff on 106 products, including soybeans. The Chinese tariffs are not immediate but will be phased in as U.S. tariffs come on line. This suggests the possibility of continuing negotiations between China and the United States. ——————— In several recent news releases (see here and here), the American […]

Ryan Nell Experiments With Very Early Planting

Nell of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin recently planted 4.5 acres of soybeans on a field that was corn silage last fall, then drilled cereal rye in early October and strip tilled a week later. On March 23, Nell planted 2.4 maturity beans at 2 to 2.5 inches in perfect conditions and a soil temperature of 51 […]