Animal Agriculture

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ASA Positions

  • ASA will defend and promote current agricultural and livestock production practices.
  • ASA supports the continuation and expansion of the livestock industry in the U.S. for greater use of U.S. soybean products. ASA will work with these industries to improve the public image on the importance of these foods in a balanced diet.
  • ASA stands firmly beside its colleagues in the livestock industry in the effort to open foreign markets to U.S. livestock products.
  • ASA supports providing greater flexibility for livestock farmers affected by drought and facing the need for additional feed sources.

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Animal agriculture is the soybean industry’s largest customer, and over 90% of U.S. soybeans produced are used as a high-quality protein source for animal feed. Domestic livestock consumed 28 million metric tons of soybean meal in 2010, using nearly 80% of all the soybean meal processed in this country.

We realize that the drought of 2012 took a particularly hard toll on livestock producers, and led many groups to call for a separate disaster bill to compensate these farmers and ranchers. The disaster assistance provisions in the 2013 Farm Bill will provide our colleagues in the livestock industry, who depend on soybeans as a steady source of protein-rich feed, with the disaster assistance they need.

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