ASTA Supports USDA Action

Dan Industry News Release, Research, Seeds

Calls for Clarity on Plant Breeding Innovation Policy The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it was withdrawing its proposed rule to revise and update the agency’s biotechnology regulations for the purpose of soliciting additional stakeholder input. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is encouraged that USDA is taking steps to consider …


Ireland Could be GMO-Free Haven

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release, Seeds

Ireland Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle says the island nation should have a status as GMO-free to maintain biodiversity. The Irish Times reports that the comments by Doyle were expressed as his personal opinion, and not that of the nation’s Agricultural and Food Development Authority, which takes the “follow the science” approach. Doyle claims the island could be …

ASTA Testifies before House Ag Committee on Plant Breeding Innovation, Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, Seeds

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne testified at a U.S. House Agriculture Committee hearing on the Farm Bill and innovation in specialty crops. LaVigne stressed the importance of promoting a climate of innovation through the funding of critical Farm Bill research programs, and the enactment of clear and consistent, science-based policies across the government. “As our …


Syngenta Announces Goals Following Merger with ChemChina

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds

Syngenta is striving to strengthen its leadership position in crop protection and to become an ambitious number three in the agriculture seeds sector. In a news release this week, the company announced its priorities now that the takeover deal by ChemChina is complete. The company aims to profitably grow market share through organic growth and collaborations and is considering targeted …


New Leadership Team Elected at ASTA Annual Convention

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds

Seed industry professionals from across the nation are gathered in Minneapolis for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 134th Annual Conference. ASTA’s annual meeting, June 21-24, brings together its diverse membership to tackle collective issues and develop a policy to guide the future of the association. During the meeting, ASTA elected its 2017-18 leadership team which will continue to oversee the …


Re-evaluating Your Soil Fertility Plans

Dan Seeds, Soil

While some crops have already been planted, there is seed still going into the ground. And in order for those seeds to grow a healthy crop, they need good soil fertility. And according to Monsanto agronomist, Greg Ferguson, it’s important for growers to re-evaluate their soil fertility plans.


ASTA Annual Convention Coming in June

Dan News from Our Sponsors, Seeds

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) will hold their 134th Annual Convention next month, as the event will take place June 21-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ASTA President and CEO, Andy LaVigne, said they will focus on science and policy issues. The Annual Convention 2017 Registration Brochure is available for download as a PDF.  Special programming descriptions are included in this PDF.


ASTA Hosts Meeting to Discuss Palmer Amaranth, other Weed Issues

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds

On May 9, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosted a meeting of grower groups, seed companies, and state government officials to discuss a collaborative approach to addressing Palmer amaranth and other weed seed issues. The meeting, which took place in Des Moines, Iowa, served as a productive information-exchange and strategic dialog about potential short- and long-term solutions. “Weeds like …


Long Awaited International Seed Standard is Good News for U.S. Seed Industry

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is praising the passage of a final International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for Seed. The standard was agreed to yesterday during the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in Korea. ASTA has been advocating for a seed ISPM for nearly 20 years. The need for a standard has become more apparent, as many National …