Register Now for ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Discount

Cindy Zimmerman

Wednesday, September 30 is the final day to take advantage of an 80% “First Access” discount for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Virtual CSS & Seed Expo Virtual, December 7-9. ASTA is looking forward to the opportunity in 2020 to bring our membership and seed industry community together for a time-honored tradition this December. Come together with seed professionals …

ASTA, Seed, Video

Remembering Seed Industry Legend Owen Newlin

Cindy Zimmerman

The agriculture industry is mourning the passing of Dr. Owen Newlin, who spent 44 years helping to guide the development and production of new corn hybrids at Pioneer. Newlin, who was actively involved in both the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) over the years, was 92. Dr. Newlin contributed to tremendous growth in the …

ASTA, Audio, Corn, Seed, USGC

Syngenta to Build New R&D Center in Illinois

Chuck Zimmerman

Syngenta has announced plans to build a new R&D Innovation and Customer Experience Center in the heart of the US Corn Belt. The 90-acre site will be located in Malta, Ill., DeKalb County, about one hour west of Syngenta’s global and North America Seeds offices in Downers Grove. The site was selected for its location, soil type and accessibility, and …

Agribusiness, Audio, Seed, Syngenta

ASTA Announces New Leadership and Award Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) held a virtual annual meeting last week where the organization announced new leadership and annual award winners. Members of the FY2020-21 ASTA officer team as of July 1 are: Chair: John Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, Alexander, IA First Vice Chair: Brad May, BASF, Research Triangle Park, NC Second Vice Chair: Jim Schweigert, Gro Alliance, …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Seed

Syngenta Makes Leadership Changes

Cindy Zimmerman

*Updated with Hollinrake interview* Syngenta has announced new leadership appointments supporting the growth and investment in its North America and global Seeds business. David Hollinrake, currently regional director North America Seeds, is appointed head global Seeds Strategy and Portfolio. In his new role, David will lead long-term strategy development and planning for the global Seeds business to continue to deliver …

Agribusiness, Audio, Seed, Syngenta

USDA SECURE Rule Paves Way for Agricultural Innovation

Cindy Zimmerman

The final rule updating and modernizing USDA’s biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act was approved this week. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) rule will bring USDA’s plant biotechnology regulations into the 21st century by removing duplicative and antiquated processes in order to facilitate the development and availability of these technologies through a transparent, consistent, science-based, and …

ASTA, Seed, Technology, USDA

Benson Hill Contracts 30,000 Premium Soybean Acres

Cindy Zimmerman

St. Louis-based crop improvement company Benson Hill has contracted 30,000 acres to advance its non-GMO soybean varieties through partnerships in the consumer food, animal feed and aquaculture markets. “The consumer food, animal feed and aquaculture markets are demanding innovation that improves the health and sustainability profile of their ingredients,” said Chris Wilkins, Chief Operating Officer of Benson Hill. “Our portfolio …

Feed, Food, Seed, Soybean, Technology

AMVAC® Closes Agreement With Clean Seed Capital Group

Cindy Zimmerman

AMVAC®, an American Vanguard® company, today announced a strategic license and investment agreement with Clean Seed Capital Group Ltd. The relationship results in Clean Seed licensing to AMVAC certain intellectual property rights for an initial investment of US$2,500,000, plus an undisclosed royalty that will be payable to Clean Seed by AMVAC in conjunction with AMVAC’s future SIMPAS™ hardware sales. AMVAC …

AgWired Precision, AMVAC, Planting, Precision Agriculture, Seed

Acceleron Protects From Various Challenges

Carrie Muehling

A key message from Bayer at the 2020 Commodity Classic encouraged growers to ensure they’re fully protected from whatever Mother Nature might throw at them during the approaching growing season. One way to do that is to use Acceleron Seed Applied Solutions on corn, soybean and cotton acres. “As you look at the investment that farmers are making today from …

Audio, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Corn, Cotton, Seed, Soybean