NAMA Fall Conference

ASTA Chair Optimistic for 2017 at #ASTACSS

Cindy Zimmerman

AgReliant Genetics president and CEO Mark Herrmann took over as chairman of the American Seed Trade Association this past summer at the annual meeting and we had the chance to sit down and talk about priorities for the organization in 2017 during the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo this week.

“Unnecessary regulation in the seed business can either completely stall development in seed or make it extremely costly,” said Herrmann. “So we do need a well-understood, consistent, reliable regulatory process.” And there are hopes that the incoming Trump administration will have a more science-based approach to regulation.

Herrmann also commented on consolidation in the seed industry with so many of the major players involved in mergers and acquisitions this year. “You could get concerned because it sounds like bigger may be a problem,” he said. “But if (consolidation) can bring products to market that it otherwise couldn’t, if it can increase efficiency for sustainability, it’s a positive thing.”

Listen to our interview with Mark here: Interview with Mark Herrmann, ASTA Chairman

ASTA CSS 2016 Photo Album

Coverage of ASTA CSS and Seed Expo brought to you by
Coverage of ASTA CSS and Seed Expo brought to you by the American Seed Trade Association and Coverage of ASTA CSS and Seed Expo brought to you by BASF Ag Products
ASTA, Audio, Seed