Alabama Soybean & Corn Association

 

Alabama Soybean and Corn Association
2019 Resolutions

Bio-Fuels

 

We believe bio fuels are the fuels of the future, and we encourage local, state and federal legislation to support tax incentives and credits for its use. We strongly urge all fleets, both public and private to use bio fuels. We further encourage all farmers to use and promote these fuels.

 

We support Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) that reflect the expanding renewable fuels industry for bio diesel and ethanol.

 

We support high octane “fuels of tomorrow” that recognize the role of corn based ethanol in obtaining octane levels and reducing emissions.

 

Trade

 

We support free and fair trade, both imports and exports. Prices should be determined by free market forces. We strongly oppose government intervention in the market except in the case of declared national emergency or declaration of war.

We support domestic and international market development programs conducted by state check-off boards, The American Soybean Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, the United States Soybean Export Council, the United States Grains Council and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health.

 

We support increased funding for MAP and FMD programs.

 

Conservation & Policy

 

We support policies that encourage a strong and vibrant domestic livestock industry. We support the U. S. Farm and Ranch Alliance to inform and educate the public about the importance of agriculture.

 

We recommend and encourage all farmers to practice the appropriate safety measures in the use of and container disposal of crop protection products. We support educating the public on the importance of crop protection and bio-tech products in producing a safe and abundant food supply for an ever expanding world population.

 

We oppose any attempt by EPA to regulate crop protection products as a non-point source of pollution. We oppose any attempt to impose “Cap and Trade” or any other onerous regulations on farmers and landowners.

 

We oppose removal of the word, navigable from The Clean Water Act.

 

We urge all farmers to implement sound conservation practices to maintain and improve soil and water quality.

 

We support a strong “Right to Farm Law”.

 

We support suspending the International Indirect Land Use Change penalties on corn ethanol and soy diesel until a scientifically based, transparent, reliable and verifiable metric is created to determine the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of all fuels in the U. S. marketplace.

 

We thank the congress and administration for passing a bipartition farm bill in a timely manner.  We encourage the USDA to work quickly to implement the bill following the intent of congress.
 
Support an amendment to the Endangered Species Act to streamline the interagency consultation process for pesticide registrations under FIFRA and the ESA.

 

Responsibility for an isolation barrier should remain with a producer of the specialty commodity rather than being placed upon conventional crops surrounding the specialty producer.

 

Research and Education
   
We support continued funding of Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service and we urge ACES to continue research and educational programs designed to assist and promote commercial agriculture.

 

Mycotoxin

 

We support the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence.

We support the implementation of a nation-wide one test result strategy for aflatoxin to determine marketability and crop insurance reimbursement.

Support the use of “clay binders” and other technologies, if created, for mycotoxin suppression in feed in all states.

 

Crop Insurance

 

We support crop insurance products and programs that are fair and equitable to all producers, taking into account regional and cropping differences.

Collaboration

 

 

The Alabama Soybean and Corn Association will continue to work with all state and national farm organizations for the benefit of agricultural producers. We will collaborate closely with ASA, NCGA, ALFA and USB.

 

Recognizing the importance of a unified voice to the profitably of agricultural producers, we urge all corn and soybean farmers to become active members of the Alabama Soybean and Corn Association.

 

We support the National Bio-diesel Board.  

     

 

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