Harden Announced as Keynote Speaker at ASTA Annual

Kelly Marshall

The ASTAOregon Seed Association Annual Convention is coming up June 18-22. The event will be held in Portland, Oregon and will kick off with a keynote address from the Former Deputy Secretary of the USDA, Krysta Harden. Harden recently joined DuPont as the Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer. She will be sharing lessons from her experiences …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Events, Seed

Seeking Future Giant of the Seed Industry

Kelly Marshall

Seed World and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Future Seed Executives are looking for those poised to make an impact on the seed industry.  The Future Giant is an award given to an early-career individual who is passionate about the seed industry.  The award will be given at ASTA’s Annual Convention, June 18-22 in Portland, Oregon.  The winner will …

Ag Group, ASTA, Award, Seed

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne

John Davis

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Andy LaVigne, CEO of American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). The seed industry is among many groups hoping Washington will approve legislation to establish a national voluntary GMO labeling standard. In this in-depth interview, Andy LaVigne discusses industry implications if Congress fails to develop national guidelines to override state statutes and how the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, ASTA, Audio, GMO, Government

ZimmCast on AgVocating with Bayer CropScience

Cindy Zimmerman

Welcome to ZimmCast number 495! Wow, just five more until we hit the big 5-00! This week’s ZimmCast is from last week’s American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS 2015 and Seed Expo and it’s about AgVocating, a word that has become a part of the agricultural dictionary in the past couple of years and has a pretty obvious meaning combining …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Bayer, ZimmCast

ASTA FuSE Blazing New Trails

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association’s Future Seed Executives (FuSE) subcommittee is blazing new trails for 2016. FuSE chair Sarah Neuharth with DuPont Pioneer says the goal of the committee is to educate and support seed industry professionals with fewer than seven years of seed industry experience. “I think a lot of people don’t understand or recognize that FuSE can be …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Education, Seed

Outstanding Career Award at #ASTACSS

Cindy Zimmerman

A giant in the plant breeding and genetics world was honored by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB) during the CSS 2015 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago. Donn Cummings retired from Monsanto after 30 years as a corn plant breeder, spending the last eight years of his career developing …

ASTA, Corn, Monsanto, Seed

Communications Key Focus at #ASTACSS

Cindy Zimmerman

Communications was a key focus at the ASTA CSS 2015 and Seed Expo last week, from within the industry to key stakeholders to lawmakers to the general public. American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) First Vice Chair Mark Herrmann of Monsanto says communications will continue to be a priority for the organization moving into 2016. “Some of the key focus is …

ASTA, Audio, Seed

#ASTACSS Features Wheat Improvement Panel

Taylor Truckey

During the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo this week, attendees were invited to a panel titled, “Value Chain Engagement in Wheat Improvement” that brought together representatives from across the wheat value chain to discuss needed innovation in the wheat industry. Justin Gilpin, CEO of the Kansas Wheat Commission, focused on the benefit of public/private partnerships as well as work the …

ASTA, Audio, Wheat