ASTA Meeting Draws a Crowd

The 133rd annual convention of the American Seed Trade Association was a resounding success on all accounts. Here are some of the highlights. The American Seed Trade Association’s annual convention...

NAPB 2017: Catching Up with Wayne Smith, Texas A&M University Cotton Breeder and Incoming...

“Say ‘yes’ a whole lot more than you say ‘no,’” says Wayne Smith about getting out and talking about what you do and your part in the food system....
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Importance of Seed Associations Cannot be Overstated

Why do we need so many seed associations? We have local, regional, national and international associations, all requiring resources: time, money, ideas, skills and tons of initiative. But why? I...

Western Seed Association: A Time-Tested Tradition

Some things don’t change. Members of the 116-year-old Western Seed Association find value in continuity and consistency. In 1899, a group of seedsmen formed the Western Seed Association to help...
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Plant Breeders Look to the Future

Plant Breeders Look to the Future Members of the National Association of Plant Breeders and the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee flocked to Florida to network, strategize and take in new...

From DC: ASTA’s LaVigne Encourages Advocacy

The American Seed Trade Association kicked off its new Policy and Leadership Development Conference Saturday, June 9, by welcoming more than 200 attendees to Washington, D.C. During the first PL/DC...

ISTA Spotlights Erica Dello Jacovo

A doctoral student at the University of Pavia in Italy and an early stage researcher within the Native Seed Science Technology and Conservation (NASSTEC) program, Erica Dello Jacovo is...
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Doubts About the Times Article on GMOs

The October 29 New York Times article “Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops” uses loaded language to paint an inaccurate, bleak picture of agricultural biotechnology. Yet,...
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Optimistic Outlook

The future for corn farmers and the seed industry is—as it has always been—intertwined. From my perspective, we both have opportunities and challenges on the horizon. Strong competition within the...

Jerry Monk Named ASTA Honorary Member

Some might say he grew up in the seed industry but this 44-year veteran credits much of his success to those around him and those leaders who set the...

ASTA’s Organic Committee Helps Connect Growers with Organic Seed

ASTA’s Organic Seed Committee outlines its three top priorities and how it will continue to educate growers and producers. As the American Seed Trade Association remains diligent in its mission...

ASTA: We’re Listening and We’re Measuring

If there’s one message that leaders throughout the seed industry have communicated to me during the first 100 days of my term as chair of the American Seed Trade...

ISF Focuses on Strategic Engagement

From the World Bank to the Gates Foundation and from the International Plant Protection Convention to national plant protection organizations, the International Seed Federation must work to identify areas...

The International Seed Federation Kicks Off 2015 World Seed Congress

The International Seed Federation Kicks Off 2015 World Seed Congress  Today, the International Seed Federation kicked off its 2015 World Seed Congress in Kraków, Poland, with more than 1,600 seed...

Out of One Seed Grows Many

Through the development of winter breeding programs, Alvaro Eyzaguirre builds local economies and helps in the fight to end food insecurity. As a young research manager for Pioneer Hi-Bred International...
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Around the World

Around the World Discover seed industry happenings from the perspective of regional seed associations Seed Association of the Americas To help address intellectual property concerns, the Seed Association of the America’s IP Working...
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Modernizing Seed Movement in Europe

Modernizing the Movement of Seed in Europe New marketing regulations should allow for stronger private sector involvement, say advocates. Although the foundation of Europe’s seed marketing rules remains solid, the time has...

ASTA Welcomes New Officers for 2015/16

At the American Seed Trade Association’s 132nd Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., the membership voted in the new officers for the year ahead. At the helm, serving as chair,...

Communicate. Engage. Change.

As an industry, ISF looks to create a better world for all the players on the field. Certainty is hard to come...

ASTA Chairman Calls for Continued Advocacy

During the gala banquet at the American Seed Trade Association’s 132nd Annual Convention, Chairman John Schoenecker recognized industry leaders and thanked them for their service. He also urged members...