American Seed Trade Officer at NAFB

Cindy Zimmerman

The first vice chair of American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was in Kansas City last week for a meeting of the Western Seed Association immediately before the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention. “It’s the only organization that’s been meeting here longer than NAFB,” said Risa DeMasi with Grassland Oregon, who stuck around for another day to do some interviews …

ASTA, Audio, Cover Crops, NAFB, seed

Seed Trade Expo to Focus on Cutting-Edge Issues

John Davis

This year’s American Seed Trade Association’s CSS 2014 & Seed Expo has been redesigned to focus on the most relevant and cutting-edge issues facing the seed industry. Organizers are inviting potential attendees to take a look at the schedule and see the topics for the Dec. 8-12 event in Chicago, Illinois, the largest seed industry conference in the country. Keynote …

Agribusiness, ASTA, seed

Ag Groups Urge EU to Approve Biotech Events

Cindy Zimmerman

Nearly 20 agricultural organizations signed on to letters sent this week to the European Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative urging that the European Union (EU) take action in September on nine biotech events that have received positive safety reviews and are awaiting final import authorization. There are currently nine products, including four soybean products, which have already received positive …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASTA, biotechnology, Grain, NCGA, Tractor

Grassland Oregon Releases FIXatioN Balansa Clover

Cindy Zimmerman

Grassland Oregon has released a “next generation cover crop” specially designed to be winter-hardy and set up to 100 units of nitrogen per acre. Grassland Oregon co-founder Jerry Hall says they created FIXatioN to address a number of farmers’ concerns “and the result is a cover crop that outperforms all other clovers in hardiness, biomass and most importantly, nutrient fixing …

ASTA, Cover Crops, seed

ASTA Committee on Innovations and Policy

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association has had a Biotechnology Committee for two decades, but as it is now the Innovations and Policy Committee. Pictured here from the ASTA annual meeting are immediate past committee chair Keith Newhouse with Winfield Solutions and current chair Mark Krieger of Dow AgroSciences who presided at the first meeting of the committee under the new …

ASTA, Audio, biotechnology, seed

ASTA Urges Congress to Ratify Plant Treaty

Cindy Zimmerman

You may have never heard about the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture but the multi-lateral agreement is considered crucial in the fight against global hunger and poverty. “The treaty is an international regime where countries decided that we needed to do something about conserving and sustainably using plant genetic resources for food and agriculture,” said …

ASTA, Audio, Government, International, seed

Students Honored for Research at ASTA

Jamie Johansen

College students from across the country had the opportunity to enter American Seed Trade Research Foundation’s Operation Student Exchange. The winning student was announced during a Future Seed Executives 10th Anniversary Reception at ASTA’s recent annual meeting. Leah Ruff’s poster presentation and research was selected this year’s winner and she received the Roger Kruegar Scholarship. The scholarship honors the late …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, Award, Monsanto, seed

ASTA First and Second Vice Chairs

Cindy Zimmerman

The new officer slate for the American Seed Trade Association includes first vice chair Risa DeMasi of Grassland Oregon and second vice chair Mark Herrmann with Monsanto’s vegetable seed division. DeMasi has the distinction of being the first woman officer of ASTA and her company is very involved in the development of new cover crop species. With her leadership, ASTA …

ASTA, Audio, Cover Crops, seed

FuSE Celebrates 10 Years of Training Young Seed Execs

Jamie Johansen

During the 131st American Seed Trade Association’s Annual Convention in Indianapolis, IN. the Future Seed Executives (FuSE) held a joint FuSE/Management Skills committee meeting focused on the Power of Inclusive Leadership. I spoke with FuSE founder and Vice President, Business Development for Gro Alliance, Jim Schweigert, and he shared what lead him to start this group for young professionals in …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, seed