Future Giant of the Seed Industry

Chuck Zimmerman

She’s a Future Giant of the Seed Industry. She’s Cassie Misch, JGL, Inc. pictured on the right with Paige Collette, Seed World. Cassie is the recipient of the Future Giant of the Seed Industy award which is a joint effort of Seed World magazine and the American Seed Trade Association’s Future Seed Executives (FuSE) Committee. The Future Giants of the …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio

Seed Industry Government Relations

Chuck Zimmerman

Elected officials who want to understand the seed industry need to contact Leslie Cahill, American Seed Trade Association vice president of government affairs. Leslie is in this photo of ASTA members meeting with Congressman Collin Peterson earlier this week. Leslie put together a great Storm the Hill program for members during a busy week that included a Senate passed Farm …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, Government

ASTA Looks at State/Federal Political Issues

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association holds a number of general sessions during its annual convention in addition to committee meetings. One of these sessions focused on the issues driving politics in the state and federal arenas. Participating were (l-r) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey who is currently President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; U.S. Department …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio

ASTA Goes National

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association worked hard all day at their 129th Annual Convention. Then it was time to relax a little. Many members did that by traveling by water taxi to Nationals Park on the Anacostia River for a game this evening. You can find photos in the online photo album. Tomorrow we get back to work after an …

Ag Group, ASTA

NRCS Chief David White Receives ASTA DSA

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association presented their Distinguished Service Award this morning to NRCS Chief David White, pictured on right with ASTA Chairman Mike Gumina. Mike says the award recognizes people who have gone above and beyond or made some special contribution to the industry. He says that in the area of conservation ASTA has had very good success. Chief …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, Conservation, Government, USDA

First The Seed Foundation Report

Chuck Zimmerman

Do you know about the First The Seed Foundation? Here’s what it’s about. First the Seed Foundation (FTSF) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2008 by the American Seed Trade Association, one of the oldest trade associations in America, to inform today’s consumers and tomorrow’s workforce about the importance of the seed industry. At the American Seed Trade Association convention …

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Chairman’s Outlook for ASTA Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

American Seed Trade Association Chairman, Mike Gumina, Pioneer Hi-Bred, welcomed everyone to this morning’s general session at the ASTA convention. I visited with him to find out to learn more about ASTA and what to expect at this year’s meeting. Mike says ASTA is a broad based organization representing over 700 companies. “We like to say everything from alfalfa to …

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Ag Secretary Addresses ASTA

Chuck Zimmerman

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, addressed the American Seed Trade Association this morning during their 129th Annual Convention. I’ll have audio of his remarks posted here shortly. The theme of the start of Sec. Vilsack’s comments is “you can’t have it without seed,” which ties right in with the theme of the convention, First-the Seed. He used this line …

ASTA, Audio, Government

ASTA Storms The Hill

Chuck Zimmerman

The heat is on in Washington, DC for the members of the American Seed Trade Association. Today was “Storm the Hill” day and members took to the streets to visit their elected officials and talk about issues important to the seed industry. It could not be a better time for the organization to pick this location as the new farm …

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ASTA Members Hear from House Ag Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the American Seed Trade Association were on Capitol Hill today getting updates on farm legislation from Congressional leaders, including House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN). Chuck was there with them today during a busy day for progress on the 2012 Farm Bill, with the Senate whipping through amendments at lightning speed. …

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