ASTA Highlights Role of Plant Breeding Innovation at Hearing

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The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) highlighted the role of plant breeding innovation in solving global challenges during a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on biotechnology Tuesday. ASTA Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Policy Fan-Li Chou testified at a joint hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittees on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research about the unprecedented challenges …

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Get Ready for the 2021 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo

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America’s largest seed industry conference is back live, in-person and better than ever at the Hyatt Regency Chicago December 6-9, 2021. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 2021 CSS & Seed Expo is expected to attract more than 2,000 seed industry professionals from 36 countries. While virtual attendance options are offered, 98-percent of registrants so far have chosen to attend …

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US and EU Seed Groups Chart Transatlantic Dialogue

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The U.S. and the European Union are entering a new era of transatlantic dialogue on agricultural innovation for a sustainable food system with both nations setting the ambitious objective to become carbon-neutral by 2050. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and Euroseeds jointly hosted a webinar Tuesday aimed at promoting dialogue focused on how increased cooperation in scientific research and …

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ASTA Announces New Leaders and Award Recipients

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The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced its newly-elected officer team and honored industry award winners during its 2021 Policy & Leadership Development Conference this week in Washington, D.C. Brad May of BASF will officially take office as ASTA Chair on July 1, taking over from outgoing chair John Latham, Latham Seeds. First Vice Chair for the coming year is …

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#ASTACSS Explores Hybrid Wheat

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The CSS in ASTA CSS & Seed Expo stands for corn, soybeans and sorghum, but in recent years a little wheat has crept into the rotation. “Hybrid Wheat – What is Different This Time?” was the title of the last session at the 2020 Seed Expo, featuring a panel of experts from the world of wheat. One of them was …

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ZimmCast 662 – ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Recap

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Each December, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosts America’s largest seed industry convention as the Christmas Season begins traditionally in the Chicago Hyatt Regency at the top of the Magnificent Mile. This year, like everything else since March, the ASTA CSS and Seed Expo was virtual, and that allowed nearly 1000 attendees from around the world to participate and …

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#ASTACSS Content Lives On

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The American Seed Trade Association CSS & Seed Expo is a wrap, but the content lives on and will lead into the next ASTA conference, the virtual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference in February. ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne says they had nearly 1000 attendees at the virtual CSS & Seed Expo. “The great thing about virtual is you …

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Genome Editing Panel at #ASTACSS

Cindy Zimmerman

Gene editing is still a relatively new technology but the promise that it holds for future food production continues to grow. It was only four years ago that the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) featured gene editing at the annual CSS and Seed Expo and held a press conference to introduce the technology to media. This year, ASTA CSS offered …

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#ASTACSS Sustainability Panel Features Familiar Iowa Farmer

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Sustainability is real for Iowa farmer and former National Corn Growers Association president Pam Johnson, a sixth-generation farmer who works with her husband, their two sons and their young families to produce corn and soybeans. “We can see with our own eyes how things have improved and that we’re able to do a better job year after year,” she says. …

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ASTA Hires Senate Ag Veteran Janae Brady

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The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this week announced Janae Brady as the organization’s new Senior Director of Government Affairs. Brady served on staff for Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry during his time as both Chairman and Ranking Member and she will now lead ASTA’s federal government affairs efforts on behalf of …

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