The American Seed Trade Association has stepped up its efforts to “Seed the Future” with a new generation of seed industry professionals, which resulted in a record number of students participating in the ASTA CSS 2015 and Seed Expo this week.
“We designed the entire Thursday program this year to be a one day event for student track…and it just worked,” said ASTA Director of Meetings and Services Jennifer Crouse. “We offered a free lunch event for the first time inside the Seed Expo so it was a very interactive design.”
The poster presentations this year nearly doubled the previous record of 17 to total 30 students from universities all over the country. “We’ve seen a lot of students come away from the poster presentation experience and come again as attendees because they’re now professionals themselves,” said Crouse, who added that they are looking at ways to expand the poster program even more next year.
All students receive complimentary registration for ASTA meetings with a copy of their student ID. The ASTA Future Seed Executives (FuSE) also has the Campus Connections program, which allows juniors working towards a career in the seed industry to apply for travel expense grants to attend ASTA’s annual convention.
Listen to my interview with Jennifer here: Interview with Jennifer Crouse, ASTA