- On December 11, 2018
ASTA Applauds Movement on Farm Bill
Alexandria, VA—December 11, 2018—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) applauds the leadership of Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, Chairman Mike Conaway, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill.
“With the Senate’s passage of the conference report today, our nation is one step closer to a more secure and sustainable future for America’s agriculture producers,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne. “Our farmers are facing tough times, and a strong Farm Bill is key to ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. We applaud the Senate’s quick action, and urge the House to vote on passage as soon as possible.”
ASTA is encouraged to see many seed industry priorities included in the final bill. The bill contains language to increase funding for USDA cooperator programs, strengthen intellectual property protections, and provide critical funding for conservation and research programs.
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.