Timeline Stories

November 25, 2019
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman presents “Billion Dollar” export awards to the American Soybean Association and Soybean Council of America in 1966. In the photo from the left are Secretary Freeman; George Strayer, ASA executive vice president, Laurel Meade, ASA president; Glen Pogeler, Soybean Council of America president; and Ray Fiedler and A. H. Becker, Soybean Council of America.

1966 – ASA receives “Billion Dollar Export” Award

The American Soybean Association and Soybean Council of America were presented with the “Billion Dollar Export” awards by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman on October…
November 25, 2019
Pictured are the first officers of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Back row, left to right: Charles Simpson, Leslie Wright, Robert Friedericks and Bert Enestvedt. Front row, John Evans and Henry Leitschuh. (Not pictured: Parker Sanders).

1962 – Minnesota is first to organize a state soybean association

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association was founded in December 1962, making it the first state soybean association to form, and the first to apply for affiliation…
November 25, 2019
Staff of the Japanese American Soybean Institute in July 1957. Left to right: Hidekidu Sato, translator; Toshi Yonemura, interpreter and nutrition specialist; Shizuka Hayashi, managing director; Yoshiko Kojima, research and promotion specialist; and Yoko Takahashi, secretary

1956 – ASA opens its first international office in Japan

In February 1956, the first joint market development contract was signed between the American Soybean Association and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department…
November 25, 2019
ASA launches program for voluntary investment from soybean sales

1948 – ASA launches program for voluntary investment from soybean sales

Recognizing that financing ASA only through membership dues would never be adequate to support the broad scope of important activities the association needed to perform, ASA…
November 25, 2019
The cover of the first issue of ASA’s annual publication, Soybean Blue Book.

1947 – First issue of Soybean Blue Book is published.

In 1947, ASA created and published the first edition of the Soybean Blue Book, to be an annual yearbook and directory for the industry. This new…
November 25, 2019
At the top of the photo you can see the boards for crude soybean oil for New York and the Chicago Board of Trade.

1946 – New York Stock Exchange begins trading in refined soybean oil

Citing the tremendous growth in U.S. soybean production since the mid-1930s, the New York Stock Exchange announced the inauguration of trading in refined soybean oil, effective…
November 25, 2019
George Strayer, ASA executive secretary, the association’s first paid employee.

1940 – ASA hires its first paid executive

By 1940, leaders of the American Soybean Association believed it was strategically important to create a paid executive position. At ASA’s 1940 annual convention and meeting,…
October 24, 2019
Traders hard at work exchanging soybean futures contracts in a pit formerly reserved for corn.

1936 – CBOT launches a soybean futures contract

October 24, 2019
This photo shows an early soybean field. In the 10 years from 1919 to 1929, U.S. soybean production grew from 1.08 million bushels to 9.44 million bushels, soon leading to the opportunity to start exporting U.S. soybeans.

1931 – First major export of U.S. soybeans

In 1931, the first major export of U.S. soybeans took place. Approximately 2 million bushels were exported to Europe, mainly to Scandinavian countries, Belgium and the…
October 24, 2019
After the organization’s name was changed to American Soybean Association in 1925, this first logo was created.

1925 – Name changes to American Soybean Association

At the December 1925 annual meeting of the National Soybean Growers’ Association, attendees voted to change the name of the organization to American Soybean Association. A…
October 24, 2019
From the left are Soyland Farm owners Taylor, Finis, and Noah Fouts of Camden, Indiana, as they hosted the First Corn Belt Soybean Field Day on September 3, 1920.

1920 – National Soybean Growers’ Association is founded (later renamed)

The “First Corn Belt Soybean Field Day” was held on September 3, 1920 in Camden, Indiana. It was hosted at Soyland Farms, owned by brothers and…