ASA Washington representative Hanna Abou-El-Seoud provides an overview of emerging issues related to maximum residue limits in the EU.ASA’s Biotech Working Group (BWG) met in Louisville, Kentucky last week to discuss a wide range of issues impacting the biotech and farming industries.Participants heard an overview of a USDA-APHIS proposed rule to update biotech regulations from American Seed Trade Association (ASTA); discussed emerging issues in the EU surrounding maximum residue limits; and heard reports from the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and United Soybean Board (USB).A report from USSEC provided information on international market development efforts for U.S. soy and an update on biotech approval systems in soy importing countries. The United Soybean Board gave an update on several soybean checkoff-funded programs, including efforts to improve the compositional quality and nutrient density of U.S. soybeans.BWG provides the forum where overarching biotechnology issues like educational needs and market access barriers, are discussed and addressed by technology providers and U.S. soybean growers. The group includes representatives from industry biotech trait providers, along with farmer-leaders and staff from ASA, USB and USSEC.The Biotech Working Group will gather again for a meeting next winter. For more information on the group, click here.