ASTA Applauds Robert Bonnie’s Confirmation as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation

  • On November 23, 2021

Alexandria, VA—November 16, 2021—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) congratulates Robert Bonnie on his confirmation as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation.

“Bonnie’s proven record in support of strong conservation programs alongside modern agriculture production methods will benefit American agriculture and consumers alike as we work to address the sustainability and climate issues that impact all of us,” said ASTA President & CEO Andy LaVigne. “Conservation starts with quality seed. Bonnie understands the critical and necessary role of seed innovation, including the latest cover crop varieties, in furthering conservation efforts and ensuring productive, sustainable food production.

“Robert Bonnie is well-experienced and uniquely qualified to serve in this key role. We appreciate the Senate’s action is moving his confirmation forward and we look forward to working with him in his new role.”


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.