An update on The Accord

The Accord is industry-led framework that is meant to address what happens when biotech events go off patent.  Bernice Slutsky, senior vice president for Domestic and International Policy for the American Seed Trade Association says the Accord works to protect farmers and stakeholders.  “Our farmers, customers, and stakeholders can have the confidence that as these… Read more »

Reflecting and looking ahead with ASTA Chairmen

Blake Curtis of New Mexico based Curtis & Curtis Seed is the outgoing chairman of the American Seed Trade Association.  He says this past year of service has been a successful one.  “A number of things our past chairman have put in effect we’ve been able to accomplish and finish up this year,” he says.  “That… Read more »

The key to a happy, healthy society

Dr. Lowell Catlett is a self-described “futurist”.  The Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University says you can’t have happy and healthy people without the elements of agriculture.  “Science has now proven if you like someone you’ve got bonding chemicals going on,” he says.  “Those bonding chemicals… Read more »

Indiana native charms ASTA Welcome Reception

As the American Seed Trade Association’s 130th Annual Meeting got underway in Nashville Sunday, Syngenta, the evening’s sponsor, had one of its own entertain the crowd.  Indiana native Levi Riggs, a Syngenta seed salesman and country recording artist took the stage on the historic Grand Ole Opry. During a break in the set – we had the… Read more »

130th ASTA Annual Convention underway

The American Seed Trade kicked off their Annual meeting this weekend.  ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says the next few days will be packed full of informative sessions for the industry… but there will also be a lot of discussions on industry policy.  “Some of the key things that are important to the farming community… Read more »