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 includes the strategic plan and intellectual right protection bureau.”
While those projects may be completed, Craig Newman from Westfield, Indiana of AgReliant Genetics, the incoming chairman, says there is plenty more work ahead for the organization. “There are constantly things coming a long like patent expiration, which has been an enormous time taker and very important to the future,” he says. “As fast as the industry is moving is as fast as the board needs to act.”
Newman, the newly elected chairman says he’s excited for the 2014 convention to head to Indianapolis next year.