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

Top Researchers Share Insights on Food Security

Jamie Johansen

Two World Food Prize winners shared their insights and experiences during a general session at the 131st American Seed Trade Association’s Annual Convention. Each shared what the seed trade industry can do to help feed the growing global population while sitting on a panel and taking questions from attendees. Professor Emeritus of Food Science at Purdue University, Dr. Phillip Nelson, …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Food, seed

ASTA Gets Green Flag at Indy

Cindy Zimmerman

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) chairman Craig Newman of AgReliant Genetics is pleased with the turnout and the mood of at the 131st ASTA annual convention this week in his home town of Indianapolis. “First time it’s ever been in Indianapolis and this is kind of the crossroads of America, plus it’s the crossroads of American Seed Trade Association because …

ASTA, Audio, seed

Seed Treatment Stewardship Promoted at Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

We first heard about “The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship” last year at Commodity Classic. The second phase roll out of the guide – produced by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) in collaboration with organizations like the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association and American Farm Bureau – began this year and we heard more about it from …

ASTA, Audio, Commodity Classic, seed, sustainability

Hick Chick Chat with BASF Seed Enhancements

Leah Guffey

In order to help growers maximize yield potential and get the most out of every acre, BASF offers its complete portfolio of Advanced Seed Enhancements including inoculents, colorants, and biological and chemical seed treatments The BASF Advanced Seed Enhancements portfolio is the result of extensive research in the laboratory and field. At the recent ASTA CSS 2013 in Chicago, BASF …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, Hick Chick Chat

CropLife Foundation Seed Treatment Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Croplife Foundation has released a new report on “The Role of Seed Treatment in Modern U.S. Crop Production” which contains extensive information on the benefits of seed treatment for growers, consumers and the environment. Among the findings of the report: Seed treatments offer effective control against early-season pests and diseases, and reduce the need for additional rescue treatments or replanting. …

ASTA, seed

Cover Crop Seed Growth

Cindy Zimmerman

With cover crops becoming increasingly important for farmers to provide nutrients and protect against erosion, different varieties are being developed to address specific needs. At the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS & Seed Expo in Chicago last week, Risa DeMasi with Grassland Oregon, who is second vice chairman of ASTA, enlightened attendees about what they are doing to develop …

ASTA, Audio, Conservation, farm land, Nutrient Management

BASF on Cutting Edge of Seed Enhancement

Jamie Johansen

The just released CropLife Foundation report shows just how important seed treatment is becoming for agricultural production and today at the ASTA CSS 2013 and Seed Expo we heard how BASF Crop Protection has moved to the forefront of seed enhancement to help farmers get the most out of every acre. “Seed enhancement is one of the fastest growing segments …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, seed