The American Seed Trade Association has stepped up its efforts to “Seed the Future” with a new generation of seed industry professionals, which resulted in a record number of students participating in the ASTA CSS 2015 and Seed Expo last week.
“We designed the entire Thursday program this year to be a one day event for student track…and it just worked,” said ASTA Director of Meetings and Services Jennifer Crouse. “We offered a free lunch event for the first time inside the Seed Expo so it was a very interactive design.” The poster presentations this year nearly doubled the previous record of 17 to total 30 students from universities all over the country. “We’ve seen a lot of students come away from the poster presentation experience and come again as attendees because they’re now professionals themselves,” said Crouse, who added that they are looking at ways to expand the poster program even more next year. [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/asta-css15-jennifer.mp3″ text=”Interview with Jennifer Crouse, ASTA”]
The student posters were voted on by attendees and the winners were announced this week. They are:
1st place: Ben Campbell, University of Minnesota
2nd place: Valerie Craig, University of Guelph
3rd place: Cole Stalter, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign