The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently released its policy recommendations for the 2023 Farm Bill. The recommendations fall under the following priority areas: 1) conservation; 2) agriculture research; 3) trade; 4) innovation; and 5) risk management.
“Farm bills are meant to be a safety net for farmers,” said Janae Brady, ASTA Vice President for Government Affairs. “For us, the number one safety net would be the high quality seed that you place in the ground.”
Research is one of ASTA’s number one priorities for the farm bill, including support for the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) and the re-authorization of the Agriculture Genome to Phenome Initiative and the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AGARDA), as well as gathering and providing access to needed cover crop data.
Read more about ASTA’s priorities and listen to an interview with Brady here:
Interview with Janae Brady, ASTA (2:20)