#ASTACSS Says Farewell Chicago and Hello Orlando

Cindy Zimmerman

When the American Seed Trade Association moves its annual December meeting and expo to Orlando next year, it will be a whole new world for attendees, with not only a new location but a new name.

“It’s going to be our ASTA Field Crop Seed Conference,” said ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne. “It really does cover all field crops, not just corn, soybeans and sorghum.”

Corn, soybeans and sorghum is what the CSS has stood for, but ASTA Chair Jim Schweigert with Gro Alliance says the conference has grown beyond that. “The diversity of the seed industry continues to expand and grow,” said Schweigert. “We wanted to make it more inclusive.”

The final swan song for ASTA in Chicago this week was definitely one everyone will remember after 77 years of holding this event in Chicago, and the past 45 years at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Listen to wrap up interviews with LaVigne and Schweigert below:
ASTA Chair Jim Schweigert, Gro Alliance 10:12

ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne 2:17

2022 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Photo Album

Find more audio from ASTACSS in the virtual newsroom for the event

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