American Soybean Association.

For the past 95 years, the American Soybean Association has met the demands of a growing world. The American soybean farmer has a tremendous opportunity to answer the call of agricultural needs throughout the world and ASA is the collective voice of 21,000 U.S. soybean producers. A primary focus of the American Soybean Association is policy development and implementation. Policy development starts with the farmer/members and culminates at an annual meeting of voting delegates. ASA is tasked with accomplishing the policy goals established by the farmers/members/delegates. ASA does this by testifying before Congress, lobbying Congress and the Administration, contacting members, and meeting with the media. This legislative process cannot happen without member input and support.

Company details

12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100 , St. Louis , Missouri 63141-5009 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Agriculture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1920
Employees:
11-100

For the past 90 years, the American Soybean Association has met the demands of a growing world. The American soybean farmer has a tremendous opportunity to answer the call of agricultural needs throughout the world and ASA is the collective voice of 21,000 U.S. soybean producers.

A primary focus of the American Soybean Association is policy development and implementation. Policy development starts with the farmer/members and culminates at an annual meeting of voting delegates.

ASA is tasked with accomplishing the policy goals established by the farmers/members/delegates. ASA does this by testifying before Congress, lobbying Congress and the Administration, contacting members, and meeting with the media. This legislative process cannot happen without member input and support. 

American Soybean Association

Vision, Mission and Values
As Adopted by the Board of Directors on December 9, 2015.

ASA Mission
To advocate for U.S. soy farmers on policy and trade. 

ASA Vision
To be a nimble, responsive, and highly effective agriculture policy organization.

ASA Values
The ASA volunteer leadership and professional staff are guided by these principles in carrying out their governing and management duties on behalf of members:

  • Collaboration: Communication and collaboration with the entire soy family
  • Integrity: Professional, ethical and honest
  • Member Driven: Policy development by grassroots members
  • Openness: Inclusive and respectful of many views, with open dialogue
  • Service: Developing leaders and advocating policies for the future
  • Stewardship: Stewards of environmentally and economically sustainable agriculture

American Soybean Association
Founded 1920 - Organized 1925 - Incorporated February 28, 1946

Soybean farmers and extension workers founded the American Soybean Association in an effort to promote the crop and increase profit opportunities. After more than 90 years, the organization continues these important efforts.

Early soybeans presented farmers with production and marketing challenges. Gold, green, black, brown and mottled seeds grew on plants ranging from ground hugging vines to leggy stalks. Plants were difficult to harvest and pods shattered easily.

The small, uncertain supply made many processors unwilling to crush the beans. Feed manufacturers and customers were leery of using the soybean meal and cake in animal rations.
Through the American Soybean Association (ASA), early soybean farmers agreed that processors would underwrite the production of 50,000 acres at a guaranteed minimum price. With processors guaranteed a supply and farmers assured of a market, production increased.