The American Soybean Association is celebrating its “First Soy Century” as it recognizes its 100th anniversary throughout 2020. 

The roots of ASA were formed during the first Corn Belt Soybean Field Day in Camden, Indiana, in September 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 year. 

In the century since those beginnings, ASA has continually focused on sustaining and improving the prospects and opportunities for profitability for U.S. soybean farmers. 

ASA plans a robust year of activities to celebrate the association’s centennial including, high profile activities at Commodity Classic, and a policy event in July at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. 

ASA will also host a forward-looking symposium entitled “The Next Soy Century” to be held on the campus of Purdue University in August. Learn more at