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ASTA FuSE Blazing New Trails

Cindy Zimmerman

astacss-15-fuseThe 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 a good fit for them,” said Neuharth.

In the coming year, FuSe intends to expand some of its already successful programs, including Office Hours, educational programming and Campus Connections, which is a talent pipeline for the industry directed towards college students. Neuharth says she is in the industry today as a direct result of Campus Connections. “When ASTA’s annual convention was in San Antonio, I applied and was accepted into the program,” she said. “I was an agriculture education major and after my experience with ASTA and my mentor Risa DeMasi, I actually decided to change my major.” Neuharth ended up majoring in crop science and went to work for DuPont Pioneer. “And three and a half years later, I find myself in the seed industry still today and it’s the best thing!” she said.

Neuharth says they would like to see more companies get involved in the FuSe program and she encourages them to do so. “It’s really about finding those people that fit that FuSE demographic and encouraging them to be involved.”

Find out more in this interview: Interview with Sarah Neuharth, FuSe Chair

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