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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Meet IPSA CEO Todd Martin

At the helm of this association since early 2015, this busy veteran agribusinessman continues to assure that its members not only survive, but thrive in the seed industry. Celebrating its...

Bryan Gerard (JoMar) Specializing in Wheat Licensing, Being an Advocate, Plant Breeding Innovation

Bryan Gerard, President & Co-Owner of JoMar Seeds talks with Shawn Brook at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.

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...

Germplasm Morgue or Gold Mine?

The NPGS is the largest distributor of plant genetic resources in the world. The USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) contains a wealth of genetic diversity including improved varieties, breeding...

ASTA Federal and State 2018 Priorities

With the renegotiation of NAFTA and a new Farm Bill, ASTA is advocating for a viable and efficient regulatory system for the industry. The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 2018...

First a Seedsman

Merschman Seeds was founded in 1954 by my father, Bill, and my mother, Bernice, on my great-grandfather’s farm just north of West Point, Iowa. It started off small –...

Survey Says: LibertyLink Soybeans Top Growers’ Lists

New research reveals growers' highest rated soybean trait platform of 2017 Overuse of glyphosate has become a serious concern for soybean growers. As the 2018 growing season approaches, seed companies...


Genotyping plays an important role in maker assisted plant breeding, but there are different methodologies at work to deliver the varieties coming soon to a field near you. Unlocking the...

Meet IPSA President Christine Varner

This busy seed industry executive has attended many IPSA annual meetings, but it was just a few years ago that she became a board member and grew more involved...

ASTA CSS Highlights

Several industry awards were presented during the General Session. The annual corn, Soybean and Sorghum Conference and Seed Expo is America’s largest seed industry conference. Held in early December at the...

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.
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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...

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...

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...

Biologicals: A Natural Complement to Chemistry

Biologicals and chemicals can work together to give growers broader protection, an extended application window, and better management of resistance and residue. Our food supply is facing new challenges that...

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.

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...
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Growing Together: Q&A With Scott Kay

Scott Kay, vice president of BASF U.S. Crop, speaks about New Year Resolutions and looking towards 2018 at BASF. Seed World: What’s your favorite book? Scott Kay: I would have to...

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...
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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...