COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASTA staff are currently working remotely. Phones are forwarded and you can reach us at 703-837-8140, by calling individual extensions, or by email. We are closely monitoring the situation, especially impacts on the seed industry both domestically and globally. This page will continue to be updated as the situation develops. If your company is facing challenges with seed movement or other issues due to COVID-19, please report them to ASTA by emailing info@betterseed.org.

ASTA Members: Click here for additional members only resources. If you have trouble logging in, email Ellen Zimmerman at ezimmerman@betterseed.org.

ASTA is aware of additional restrictions that are being introduced at the city and state levels and the association is working multiple avenues, including USDA and the White House, to ensure that seed sales and movement will continue as close to normal as possible. Please let us know about any impacts your company is experiencing by contacting: Ellen Zimmerman at ezimmerman@betterseed.org.

Federal

State (contact Pat Miller at pmiller@betterseed.org or your state seed association)

State Specific Updates

International (contact Abigail Struxness at astruxness@betterseed.org)

Phytosanitary (contact Ric Dunkle at rdunkle@betterseed.org)

  • Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS):
    • APHIS and AMS continue to provide critical inspections and grading services.
    • APHIS and AMS are ensuring the health and safety of USDA employees while still providing the timely delivery of the services to maintain the movement of America’s food supply moving from farms to forks.
    • APHIS and AMS are prepared to remedy any possible disruptions in their services.
    • AMS will continue to report commodity prices through its market news service.
    • Commodity markets can be assured that the USDA will keep America’s food supply safe as well as abundant during this national emergency.
    • (March 26) APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Provides and Update on Import and Export Activities for Plants and Plant Products
    • (March 20) APHIS Statement on COVID-19
  • NSHS Labs

After careful consideration, we have decided it is best to announce the cancellation of ASTA’s Policy & Leadership Development Conference, which was to be held in conjunction with AOSA/SCST’s Annual Meeting in June in Indianapolis. While the three organizations were looking forward to bringing together the seed industry and the seed testing community for this valuable opportunity for education and connectivity, the health and safety of our membership is our highest priority. Given the current COVID-19 global pandemic, we did not want to put our attendees at risk. We are exploring virtual content programming that may be offered later this year, with a focus on the most pressing issues facing the seed industry at this difficult time, and the important association business that would have been conducted at the event. ASTA has been actively tracking information related to COVID-19 and weekly calls are being held with our membership to keep you apprised of the impacts that are specific to our business. If you would like to take part in our calls, contact info@betterseed.org.

If you were already registered for the conference and have questions related to your registrant, contact Jennifer Crouse at jcrouse@betterseed.org.

ASTA Member’s Only Resources

Federal Government Resources

Industry/Partner Resources