The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) team attended the NAFB Trade Talk last week and discussed what their name is all about – seed and trade.
ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne says trade is critical for the seed industry and acceptance of new plant breeding methods is important on a global scale, so the recent signing of the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology by the U.S. and 13 other countries is welcome news. “This is a strong showing of support by governments around the world in recognition of the necessity of continued evolution in plant breeding, and the critical role that it will play in ensuring a more sustainable and secure global food production system,” said LaVigne.
In this interview, LaVigne also talked about the federal Food and Drug Administration’s new Action Plan on biotechnology innovation, the impact of recent mergers on the industry, and the ASTA CSS 2018 and Seed Expo, coming up December 3-6 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. NAFB18 Interview with Andy LaVigne, ASTA