- On April 6, 2017
Seed industry advocates from 19 states participated in more than 90 meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 5, as part of part of ASTA’s annual Storm the Hill Legislative Fly-in. Storm the Hill is a unique opportunity for ASTA members representing every crop and every part of the nation to join together with a unified voice on legislative issues impacting the seed industry.
ASTA members lobbied for a number of issues including: trade, funding for key USDA programs, review of the Food Safety Modernization Act, innovation in plant breeding, and further cooperation between the Bureau of Land Management and ASTA members.
For an in-depth perspective on current policy issues being debated in Washington, D.C., check out ASTA President & CEO Andy LaVigne’s Agri-Pulse Open Mic interview. LaVigne discusses biotech labeling, plant breeding innovation policy, global trade agreements, the 2018 Farm Bill, and more.