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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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 –...

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...
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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...

Soil Health 101: What You Need to Know Now

Healthy soil can mean healthier crops and higher production. But how do you get it? Get the tips, from tillage to biodiversity. What is soil health? Sometimes referred to as...

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...

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....

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...

Looking at Things Differently: Q&A with Dan Hogstad

Dan Hogstad, CEO of NorthStar Genetics, looks at the past of NorthStar and the future of trait licensing. Seed World: What are you currently reading? Dan Hogstad: Currently reading the O’Reilly...

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...

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.
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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...

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.

A Transforming Resource

Vegetable seed can be transformative, having inherent capacity to beget an abundant supply of fresh nutritious life-sustaining vegetables. Vegetable seeds can readily serve as a practical platform to launch...