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ASTA Conference Coming February 1-5

Dan News from Our Sponsors, Seeds

Southeast producers are invited to attend the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 2019 Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference, February 1-5 in Orlando, Florida. The global conference is expected to bring together some 1,000 seed industry leaders from over 35 countries, and will feature a line-up of educational sessions covering topics from trade and phytosanitary issues, to industry trends and innovation. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

ASTA Holding 2017 Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference in Orlando

Dan Seeds, Vegetables

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 …

USDA Proposes Revisions to Genetic Engineering Policy

Dan Legislative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as to …