January 2018

ASTA plays an active role in sharing priorities important to the success of the seed industry; we look into ASTA Federal and State priorities for 2018. IPSA president Christine Varner and IPSA CEO Todd Martin talk about getting involved and thriving in the seed  industry. We also take a look at how millennials are coming back to the family farm, armed with the newest technologies. Also, taking a look at the hot topic of CRISPR, we explore the patent races for property rights and ethical concerns. In this issue you will also learn about the oversupply of grain, what happened at ASTA CSS and learn some interesting things about the germplasm morgue. We hope you enjoy our January issue.

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Bred Strong

From their beginnings S&W Seed has been focused on breeding alfalfa to thrive in tough conditions. The “root” of S&W Seeds lies in non-dormant alfalfa breeding that started in the...

Its Not Just Patents and PVPs

As I travel to various seed industry meetings to promote the value of seed innovations, I often hear people say, “we don’t have any intellectual property, that’s just the...

Since 1915: A Look Back at July 1983

A MOMENT IN TIME The cover of our July 1983 issue showed a scene from the Mont La Salle Vineyards in Napa, Calif. The Pacific Seedsmen’s Association held their annual...

Status Australia: Growers Comfortable with Direct Heading of Canola

A significant number of canola growers in the central west of New South Wales have changed the way they harvest canola, according to early results from an on-going practice...

Status India: Crop Residue Burning Contributes to Air Pollution

Crop residue burning in northwest India contributes to nearly a quarter of Delhi’s air pollution in the winter months, creating a crisis situation and public health emergency every year...

Status Ethiopia: Seed Unit Launched to Improve Challenges in Improved Seed Distribution

A joint effort of the Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources (MoANR) and the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) launched a new organization known as Seed Unit to curb the...

Status Philippines: BASF Inaugurated New Rice Knowledge Center

BASF inaugurated a new Rice Knowledge Center at its Agricultural Research Station in Bay, Laguna, Philippines. The new facility centralizes BASF’s global expertise in rice cultivation, and supports the...

Status Ukraine: LLC UkrSorgo Creates Plant in Kherson

LLC UkrSorgo is going to cultivate sorghum in Kherson region and build a plant for processing this crop there, the Kherson state regional administration reports. “The increasingly dry climate in...
corn hybrids

Status Tanzania: Southern Highlands Zone Leading in Supplying and Selling Fake Maize Seed

The minister for agriculture, Charles Tizeba, has said that the Southern Highlands Zone regions are leading in the country for supplying and selling substandard and fake maize seeds causing...

Rodney Busick (GreenLeaf Genetics) Agrisure Viptera: Complete Insect Control, High-Quality Corn

Rodney Busick, Regional Account Lead, GreenLeaf Genetics talks From The Floor at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.

Jeff Pomeroy (GreenLeaf Genetics) Agrisure Duracade: Dual Modes of Action, Root Worm Control

Jeff Pomeroy, Regional Account Lead, GreenLeaf Genetics talks From The Floor at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.

Status China: China Plans to Eliminate More Toxic Pesticides

China plans to eliminate another 12 highly toxic pesticides from use within five years, state media reported, as the government looks to improve the safety of its farm produce....

World Soil Day Brightened with Announcement of $20 Million Investment in Soil Health

A new grant will support research and education that accelerate adoption of soil health practices on farms nationwide, benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment alike. The Soil Health Partnership,...

Breaking the Ice: Making Connections for Pollinator Health

Farmers and Beekeepers Plan, Communicate to Protect Bees It’s wintertime on the farm, when fields, and honey bee hives, are buried under snow and ice. But spring thaws are coming...

Correctly Used Neonics Don’t Harm Honeybee Colonies, Study Says

The three most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides for flowering crops pose no risk to honeybee colonies when used correctly as seed treatments, according to new studies by University of...
intellectual property

Ethical Concerns and CRISPR Potential

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions gathered in November to discuss the potential and implications of pursuing further use of the genome editing technology CRISPR. The...

David Hollinrake (Syngenta Seeds, LLC) Growing a Global Leader in Seed, Learning from Independents

David Hollinrake, President, Syngenta Seeds, LLC talks with Alex Martin at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.

$1.7 Million for Climate-Resilient Agricultural Research

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has awarded more than $1.7 million to University of California, Davis, researchers to identify genes responsible for drought tolerance in rice and...

Keeping Up with the Times

Millennials are coming back to their family farms and arming themselves with new ways of communicating with their customers. Communication is an important component to any successful business and the...

From Home Office to Beck’s: Q&A with Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson, breeding projects coordinator for Beck’s Hybrids, shares about her experience in Kauai, Hawaii as well as her experiences working at Beck’s. Seed World: Favorite film? Sarah Thompson:'Groundhog Day' is...