ASA leaders met with USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and FAS officials on the status of the WISHH SARAI project in Afghanistan and the pending submission of a WISHH proposal for a poultry feeding project in Ghana. ASA President Wade Cowan and Chairman Ray Gaesser, accompanied by CEO Steve Censky and ASA Washington staff, briefed Deputy Secretary Harden on the success of the SARAI project, which will end its four-year effort to expand soybean production and usage in Afghanistan at the end of the year. ASA leaders emphasized the key role WISHH plays in demonstrating U.S. grower support for international agriculture development in poor countries through USDA’s Food for Progress program. In the FAS meeting, ASA was joined by WISHH program coordinator Shannon Ward to discuss the specific accomplishments of the SARAI project and plans for the Ghana proposal. The deadline for submission of proposals for new Food for Progress projects in in mid-January, and awards are expected in the spring.