It’s that time of the year again — yes, it’s planting season again, but along with planting comes with the time to recognize early-career individuals who are committed the seed industry and making an impact.

Do you have a superstar at your company who’s showing the potential as an up and coming future leader? Then you should think about nominating them as the next Future Giant of the Seed Industry!

Each year, Seed World, in partnership with the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) Future Seed Executives (FuSE) recognize a Future Giant of the industry. The award will be given at ASTA’s Policy and Leadership Development Conference, which will be held June 15-19 in Denver, Colorado. Nominations are due by May 17 and the forms can be downloaded at

Nominees will be judged by Seed World’s Advisory Board, and are evaluated based on their dedication to the industry, their ability to make a significant contribution to the seed industry, and their leadership both in their place of work and in their community.

The program is open to nominees who are in graduate or undergraduate program in post-secondary education and intend to pursue a career in the seed industry, or nominees who are currently employed by a seed company, laboratory or university and are seen as an up and coming leader. We’d prefer for our nominees to be based in the United States.

Not only will the Future Giant be recognized at ASTA’s Policy and Leadership Development Conference, but he or she will be featured as part of the September issue of the magazine. Last year, we recognized Qingli Liu, as our 2018 Future Giant. To see his feature, please visit:

If you have questions or want additional information about the award, please contact Julie Deering, Seed World Media editor, at