ASTA Represents Vegetable and Flower Seed

Chuck Zimmerman

During the American Seed Trade Association convention the organization’s divisions conduct business and report on activities. One of those is the Vegetable and Flower Seed Division, chaired by Kent Croon, Monsanto. I visited with Kent after his report was given. Kent works in technology development within Monsanto Vegetable Seeds. Kent says that many people think corn and soybeans when they …

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ASTA Assists With Seed Phytosanitary Issues

Chuck Zimmerman

During the American Seed Trade Association annual convention committees meet to set policies for the organization for the coming year. One of those is the phytosanitary committee. I visited with Darrell Maddox, Endless Sky Partners, about the work of this committee that he used to chair. Darrell says the committee works with USDA-APHIS to facilitate trade. They work with seed …

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Educating for Ag Choice

Chuck Zimmerman

During the 2012 American Seed Trade Association annual convention I met Chuck Larson, Executive Director, Americans for Choice and Competition in Agriculture. Although I had heard of this newly formed organization I didn’t know much about it until we had a chance to sit down and chat. It appears that the main focus of the group is to influence an …

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ASTA Roger Krueger Scholarship Winner

Chuck Zimmerman

Kansas State graduate student, Rodrigo Pedrozo, received the American Seed Trade Association Roger Krueger Memorial Scholarship during last week’s convention. He’s seen here (right) with Jim Tobin, Monsanto, who presented the award. The scholarship endowment, established in 2008 by the American Seed Research Foundation, is in honor of Roger Krueger who devoted his professional career to seeds and advocating the …

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Learning More About ASTA

Chuck Zimmerman

The President and CEO for the American Seed Trade Association is Andy Lavigne. We sat down for a visit during the organization’s 129th Annual Convention so I could learn more about ASTA. To start with Andy says that having the convention back in Washington, DC and coupling it with an opportunity to visit with legislators on Capitol Hill has been …

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Sonny Beck Receives ASTA Lifetime Member Award

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association bestowed a Lifetime Honorary Member Award on Lawrence “Sonny” Beck, Beck’s Hybrids, during their annual convention. Pictured is Sonny on the left receiving his award from Mike Gumina. The award is one of the highest awards given out by the Association and is in recognition of untiring service to the Association as well as the …

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Mark Seem Receives ASTA DSA

Chuck Zimmerman

A second Distinguished Service Award was presented during the 2012 American Seed Trade Association convention. Receiving the award is Mark Seem, LG Seeds/AgReliant Genetics, LLC (left) from now past ASTA Chairman, Mike Gumina during the closing banquet. The ASTA Distinguished Service Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the Association and the seed industry and Mark has done …

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ASTA Takes Capitol Steps

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association closed out their convention gala banquet with entertainment from the Capitol Steps. These folks just keep getting better and they were hilarious. It was pass the gavel time to a new Chairman for the association and also a time to recognize a number of people. Now past Chair, Mike Gumina, Pioneer Hi-Bred, welcomed new ASTA …

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