ASTA Annual Conference in Full Swing

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The American Seed Trade Assocition (ASTA)  annual conference is in full swing in Minneapolis, MN with both Cindy and Kelly on the ground to bring you all the news.  To kick off our coverage of the event Cindy spoke with President and CEO Andy LaVigne about the past year’s work and what ASTA hopes to accomplish at the conference for …

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ASA Encourages Safe Use of Seed Treatment

Kelly Marshall

It’s critical to keep treated seed from entering the supply of U.S. grains and oilseeds, reminds the American Soybean Association (ASA). Treated seeds are a problem that affects the entire supply chain, jeopardizing U.S. markets at home and abroad. Maintaining the stellar U.S. reputation for appropriately managing all pesticides is one key element of providing customer satisfaction and official acceptance …

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Taking DC Bureaucrats to the Farm

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The National Corn Growers Association recently joined with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the American Seed Trade Association to host officials from EPA and USDA for demonstrations on planting practices, seed treatments, and equipment innovations in an effort to help them understand modern farming. The event took place on the working farm of NCGA Chairman Chip Bowling in …

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ASTA Sets Sail in June

Kelly Marshall

With the theme “Voyage of Better Seed,” the 2017 American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Annual Convention June 21-24 in Minneapolis will focus on science and policy issues related to the development and free movement of quality seed worldwide. ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says a number of special sessions and tours are planned for the week, including an Opening …

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Indigo Presents Innovative Platform for Ag

Kelly Marshall

Indigo focuses on using nature to sustainably feed the plant, which is why they’ve collaborated with 25 growers and experts to test a microbial seed treatment on more than 15,000 acres in 2017. The project, named Indigo Partners, will provide data and insights to help Indigo bring new products to market. “Using bioinformatics and data analytics, we are creating a …

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ASTA Weighs in on New Phytosanitary Measures

Kelly Marshall

Last week the seed industry announced good news in the form of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM), a world wide attempt to put seed regulations on the same page. Ric Dunkle, Senior Director of Seed Health and Trade for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was at the International Plant Protection Convention in Korea when the standards were …

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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 & …

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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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2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge Winner Announced

Kelly Marshall

A team from the BioSense Institute in Serbia has been selected as this year’s first-place winner of the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Their winning entry provided a model that predicts the seed varieties growers in a specific region were likely to select. Oskar Marko, Sanja Brdar, Marko Panić, Isidora Šašić, Milivoje Knežević, Danica Despotović, Vladmir Crnojević and Zorana Djindjica …

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