ASTA Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

  • On June 7, 2022

ASTA Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Alexandria, VA—June 7, 2022—American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andy LaVigne made the following statement regarding today’s confirmation of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

“Congratulations to Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on her well-deserved confirmation to this critical role. Not only does Dr. Jacobs-Young have immense experience and scientific expertise, she is a stalwart champion for agriculture and understands the importance of prioritizing vital investments in innovative research. Today’s publicly-funded research will help enable the discoveries of tomorrow, to address new and emerging challenges facing food, agriculture and the environment. We look forward to continuing to work with USDA REE, under Dr. Jacobs-Young’s leadership, to ensure the U.S. remains a world-leader in agriculture innovation, which starts with seed.”


Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) represents over 700 companies involved in seed production, plant breeding and related industries in North America. ASTA is the leading voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world. The association’s broad membership offers varieties from alfalfa to zucchini and all production types including conventional, organic and biotech. ASTA promotes the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.