The American Soybean Association (ASA) reaffirms its longstanding support of the U.S. poultry industry after the March 7 announcement from the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the United States will challenge India’s prohibition on imports of U.S. poultry with the initiation of dispute settlement proceedings before the World Trade Organization (WTO).
ASA President Steve Wellman offered the following statement on the USTR’s action: “ASA stands firmly beside our industry colleagues at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council, the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation as USTR seeks to open the Indian market to U.S. poultry exports. Animal agriculture is the soybean industry’s largest customer, and over 90 percent of U.S. soybeans produced are used as a high-quality protein source for animal feed. If the barriers to U.S. poultry exports to India were eliminated, those exports would top $300 million per year, meaning a dramatic increase in demand for soybean meal as poultry feed. We will continue to monitor these developments and encourage an outcome that is in the best interest of American farmers.”
ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by over 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.