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

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 …

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Seed Demand Prompts First Half Gains for Monsanto

Monsanto this week announced increased sales and profits for the first half of its current fiscal year. Monsanto’s net sales for the second quarter increased to approximately $5.1 billion, up from $4.5 billion in the prior year period. Gross profit for the quarter also increased over the prior year to $3.0 billion versus $2.6 billion. For the first six months, …

ASTA Holding 2017 Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference in Orlando

Folks from across the country and from other parts of the world will be here in the Southeast this weekend, as the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) will hold their 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference, January 28-31 in Orlando, Florida. ASTA CEO, Andy LaVigne, says it will take place at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort next to EPCOT …

ASTA Welcomes Direction of Plant Breeding Policy

USDA has released for pre-publication a proposed rule-making notice related to plant breeding innovation. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has been actively engaged in discussions with the agency throughout the rule-making process, and is pleased the proposal recognizes plant breeders’ long track record of safety and quality. Here’s ASTA President & CEO Andy LaVigne.