Industry Ag News 5/5/23

Cindy Zimmerman

  • The upcoming ASTA Leadership Summit, June 10-14 in Sacramento is offering leadership development training and networking for those newer to the seed industry. The conference agenda features an entire track of leadership development sessions and a robust new student program, in a partnership between ASTA, Seed Central and UC Davis. New this year, companies can elect to send early-career professionals to have the opportunity to not only attend, but also serve as a speaker, round table facilitator and Career Fair table host for this student program. For students, a much larger delegation from several nearby universities is expected in 2023, offering them the chance for participation in this special track as well as present their posters. Early registration rates and hotel rooms in ASTA’s discounted group block are available until May 18.
  • The Agricultural Retailers Association has (ARA) two top legislators who have championed the issues of importance to agriculture and agriculture suppliers. Rep. John Garamendi of California and Rep. Dusty Johnson of South Dakota were both recognized this week with ARA’s Legislator of the Year Award.
  • Reagan Koester of Wadesville, Indiana, is the recipient of the 2023-24 Soy Scholarship award, sponsored by the American Soybean Association and BASF. The ASA/BASF Soy Scholarship is a $7,000 award presented to an exceptional high school senior who excels in both academics and leadership roles and who plans to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university. The scholarship is open to children and grandchildren of ASA members.
  • The Agriculture & Food HR Roundtable provides a unique industry-specific education and networking experience addressing emergent human resource themes. The event will be held in-person on August 2 & 3, 2023 in Denver, Colorado at the CSU Spur Campus.
  • The 2023 Farm Bureau Foundation Fellows have launched four free Applied Digital Skills lessons dedicated to helping students learn about food, fuel and fiber. The lessons were developed with support from Grow with Google to make digital skills and agricultural literacy more accessible to students across the country, with a focus on rural classrooms.
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