ASAAP Meeting Focuses on Trade Soybean Oil

first_imgASAAP members listen to Under Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse at the annual Celebration of Ag Day Dinner.Members of the ASA Action Partnership (ASAAP) met Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to discuss pursuing and protecting the interest of U.S. soybean grower’s, with a focus on trade in Cuba and the status of soybean oil.ASAAP comprises representatives from multiple partner companies, including technology providers, equipment manufacturers and others, combined with soybean organizations at the state, regional and national levels. Through collaboration, ASAAP works to  identify challenges facing the soy industry and develop strategies to address these issues.During the meeting on Wednesday, Martha Scott Poindexter, of Bunge, USACC; Idira Groero Martinez, third secretary, and Sergio Vazquez, first secretary of the Cuban interests section, discussed opening the Cuban market and its implication on the soybean industry.The market status and trends in soybean oil was also a topic of discussion at the meeting. Members heard from Shannon Herzfeld, vice president of Archer Daniels Midland Co.; Erik Heggen, vice president North American r Refined Oils, Archer Daniels Midland Co.; and Beth Holzman, director of government relations, Archer Daniels Midland Co.ASAAP members concluded the evening by paricipatiing in the a Celebration of National Ag Day Dinner, featuring special guest speaker Under Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse.last_img read more

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Benton selection fuels anger among public

first_imgClark County Commissioners Tom Mielke, from left, David Madore and Steve Stuart To write: Board of Clark County Commissioners, Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA 98665To call: 360-397-2232Email: A form is at http://www.clark.wa.gov/bocc/emailform.asp, or you can email [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] speak during public comments: The next meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday in the sixth-floor hearing room at the Clark County Public Service Center. While commissioners meet in the evening on the first Tuesday of every month, on other Tuesdays they meet at 10 a.m. If there’s a fifth Tuesday in a month, they do not meet.Wednesday evening, Vancouver resident Elizabeth Pfenning did something she’d never done in 28 years as a registered voter.She contacted her county commissioners, writing in an email that she was “outraged” Republican commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore “would so blatantly disregard the hiring process” in naming state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, as the county’s director of environmental services.“If there is urgency to the hiring for this position, then streamline the process for one time only,” she wrote in part. “Interview candidates and let their qualifications stand for themselves. Don’t rewrite the job description to tailor it to a person who is clearly unqualified for the position as defined. That exemplifies political cronyism, and our county deserves better than that.”Pfenning, a teacher/librarian at Hearthwood Elementary School, said Thursday she sent the email after complaining about the commissioners’ decision to her 19-year-old son. Her son asked her what she was going to do, and she answered she didn’t know what she could do.last_img read more

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