Ag Secretary Kicks Off ASTA Annual Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stressed the importance of the seed industry to American agriculture and the nation as a whole during an address kicking off the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting on Thursday in Washington DC. “Clearly the seed industry has been responsible for an extraordinary increase in productivity in American agriculture,” said Vilsack. “But more than that, …

ASTA, Audio, seed, USDA

ASTA Annual Meeting in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

The 132nd annual meeting of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is being held this week in Washington DC where members of the industry will be talking with lawmakers about issues important to them. ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says it is a chance for them to raise awareness about the seed industry with elected officials. “We will be …

ASTA, Audio, seed

ASTA Plays Part in Pollinator Plan

Cindy Zimmerman

This week, the Task Force released its strategy, under the joint leadership of EPA and USDA and agriculture industry reaction to the plan has been very positive overall. Andy LaVigne with the American Seed Trade Association says the industry had a seat at the table in developing the strategy. “We were part of the original program pulled together at the …

ASTA, Audio, Bees, pollinators

Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference Set for January

John Davis

The American Seed Trade Association is getting ready for its 54th Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. Event officials say this is ASTA’s fastest growing event, offering unrivaled networking and educational opportunities for the global vegetable and flower seed industry. Don’t miss the General Session January 26 focusing on Breeding for the Consumer. Popular presenter David Clark, Professor at the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASTA, seed

BASF Compostable Polymers on Display at CSS

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF has a biodegradable solution for plastics with ecovio® and ecoflex® technology. Ruth Watts, product marketing manager for BASF’s Biopolymers Group in North America, was at last week’s ASTA CSS & Seed Expo demonstrating the use of this type of packaging for agricultural applications. “This (ecovio) is new technology by BASF,” Watts explained, adding that ecoflex was the very first …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, bioproducts

First the Seed Foundation Update

Cindy Zimmerman

First the Seed Foundation (FTSF) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2008 by the American Seed Trade Association with a focus on attracting bright young minds to the industry. “The seed industry is an exciting, dynamic, high tech industry,” said Foundation chairman Bud Hughes of Verdant Partners during an update at CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week. “We want …

ASTA, Education, seed

Bayer CropScience Soybean Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Grower needs drive the Bayer CropScience soybean business according to Diego Angelo, director of US soybean operations, who was at last week’s CSS 2014 and Seed Expo to provide an update. “Innovation is in our blood and it’s driven by our passion to help growers be productive and profitable long term,” says Angelo. Right now what growers need most to …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, seed, Soybeans

Comments Needed on EPA Neonic Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers and other stakeholders have only a few days left to comment on the EPA report about the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” which finds little or no overall benefits. The comment period concludes on December 22. Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer CropScience Bee Care Program manager, says the EPA document came out of the presidential memorandum this …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Pesticides, pollinators

Bayer CropScience Commitment to Innovation

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer CropScience hosted a press conference at last week’s ASTA CSS & Seed Expo to highlight the company’s commitment to innovation. David Hollinrake, vice president of Agricultural Commercial Operations Marketing, says that they are investing more than $1 billion annually in research and development. “We’re looking across disease control, crop efficiency, trying to help crops thrive in less than great …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience