ASTA Commends New Seed Standard

Kelly Marshall

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) passed a final International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for seed last week. This is a long awaited decision, says the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), one that has become necessary as import requirements for seed have become more restrictive and less science based. “The seed industry is truly global,” said ASTA President & …

Ag Group, ASTA, seed, trade

ASTA Offers Stewardship Steps for Treated Seed

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association(ASTA) is reminding farmers to follow five basic steps to practice good stewardship of treated seed. Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices. Eliminate Flowering Weeds: Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting. Minimize Dust: Use advanced seed flow lubricants that …

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Seed Industry Takes Capitol Hill

Kelly Marshall

Members of the American Seed Trade Association are coming together to tell the story of the seed industry to members of Congress. Participants hope to highlight the 2017 ASTA priorities, including the need for a strong trade agenda, funding for key research and science programs through the USDA, the need to review the Food Safety Modernization Act, and policies that align with …

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ASTA Announces Educational Website

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has announced a new, educational website, The organization hopes to provide answers to consumer questions like: What is plant breeding innovation? What do plant breeders do? And what could the latest breeding techniques like gene editing mean for the future of agriculture and our society? The new site offers informational videos, blog posts, …

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Build a Better Tomato at ASTA Veggie & Flower

Kelly Marshall

There’s a chemistry to the flavor of food, says horticultural science professor Harry Klee, but most growers simply aren’t set up for the intense process of studying and improving the tomatoes they grow. That’s why Klee’s team at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been researching the chemicals that contribute to tomato flavor. “Most everyone …

ASTA, Audio, Vegetables

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival to Feature Seeds

Cindy Zimmerman

The 24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will feature a special place of honor this year for that which makes it all possible – the seed! During the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 56th Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference this week at Disney’s Epcot Center, festival coordinator Eric Darden announced that they will feature an ASTA garden at this …

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USDA Proposed Plant Breeding Rule Welcomed

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has been actively engaged with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in developing a rule regarding plant breeding innovation. The rule-making notice was officially released yesterday, and ASTA, along with other organizations like the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), are pleased with the recognition of plant breeder’s history of safety and quality. “The farm and food value …

ASTA, Gene Editing, NCGA

Moving Forward with #ASTACSS Panel

Kelly Marshall

In this week’s mini series we’re bringing you the “Glancing Back and Moving Forward in a Rapidly Changing Industry” session from ASTA CSS, featuring Sonny Beck, founder of Beck’s Hybrids, Paul Schickler of DuPont Pioneer, and Jon Leafstedt from Kincannon and Reed.  Today’s segment features the Q&A from the event, covering tough topics like talent strategy, keeping a vision for …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio

Talent in the Workplace from #ASTACSS

Kelly Marshall

Kincannon & Reed is an executive search firm specializing in finding employees for the food and agriculture industry, making Managing Partner Jon Leafstedt a great choice for the ASTA CSS “Glancing Back and Moving Forward in a Rapidly Changing Industry” panel. If you missed the first two posts in this mini series, make sure and listen to Sonny Beck, Beck’s …

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Ninety Years of DuPont Pioneer at #ASTACSS

Kelly Marshall

Part two of the “Glancing Back and Moving Forward in a Rapidly Changing Industry” session from ASTA CSS brings us to Paul Schickler, President of DuPont Pioneer, but if you missed yesterday’s post with Sonny Beck, make sure and check that out too! DuPont Pioneer has a strong 90 year history, says Schickler, and that’s due in large part to …

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