Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

August 16, 2013

With premiere issue of American Soybean, ASA puts farming face on key policy issues

ST. LOUIS – This week, the more than 22,000 farmer members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) will receive their premiere issues of American Soybean , a new quarterly magazine from ASA designed to explore the on-farm impacts of the policy, production and marketing issues that affect producer profitablility.

The first edition of the magazine will focus on the hot-button issue of sustainability, and the cover story will explore how three geographically-diverse farmers keep their farms sustainable for future generations.

The issue also features details about the soy industry’s Sustainability Assurance Protocol; a profile of the Hagenbuchs, a fourth-generation Illinois farm family; an update on the benefits of soy-based biodiesel in the nation’s ongoing energy discussion; a look at how various industry corporate partners are helping soybean farmers be both sustainable and profitable; and a guest editorial from farmer and philanthropist Howard Buffett challenging farmers to use the tools at their disposal to create a “brown revolution.”

“As farmers, we have so much to gain by looking beyond our fenceposts and examining how our counterparts in other regions tackle our shared challenges as well as those challenges unique to their areas. This is very much the case with sustainability, an important and timely topic with likely as many definitions as there are farmers to define it,” said ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss. “American Soybean will help our farmer members from across the country learn from one another and see how the industry as a whole can move forward in addressing the challenges we face.”

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