ASA Celebrates 'First Soy Century' in 2020
USAgNet - 01/23/2020
What began on an Indiana soybean farm 100 years ago developed into an organization that quickly grew to be the leading advocate for soybean farmers and foster the building of the U.S. soybean industry-- the American Soybean Association. ASA is
celebrating its "First Soy Century" as it recognizes its 100th anniversary throughout 2020.
The roots of ASA were formed when brothers Taylor, Noah and Finis Fouts hosted the first Corn Belt Soybean Field Day at their Soyland Farms operation in Camden, Indiana on Sept. 3, 1920.
The event drew nearly 1,000 farmers from six states, who were interested in discovering more about this emerging new commodity called soybeans.
The National Soybean Growers' Association--later renamed the American Soybean Association--was formed that very day.
Taylor Fouts was elected as the first president of the association.
In the century since those humble beginnings on an Indiana soybean farm, ASA has continually been on the leading edge--focused on sustaining and improving the prospects and opportunities for profitability for U.S. soybean farmers.