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ASTA’s newest event, the Policy & Leadership Development Conference (PLDC) offers something new for the seed industry – an immersive, collaborative experience across multiple generations, connecting and learning about today’s key seed innovations and crucial policy issues to help you navigate a rapidly changing business environment. New learning experiences, hands-on in the field at ASTA member companies and ag facilities, offer experiential learning, making new connections with colleagues along the way. A special track of Leadership Development sessions offers our industry’s emerging leaders with extremely relevant and applicable business education, from exactly how to grow your network to understanding the available career paths in seed, along with the stories and lessons from top industry executives on how they got where they are today. From student delegations from top universities and FFA, to top seed executives from across all crops – there is something for everyone at PLDC.

Together, we are laying the ground work to prepare our industry – and our industry’s future leaders – for what lies ahead as we all strive to reach “New Frontiers” for innovation in agriculture and for our industry’s rising stars.

“It’s a really good opportunity for college students to be able to branch out into their field and meet some of their potential employers for the future. I think it’s a really good way that they can prepare themselves for the future in a realistic manner.”

–          Elizabeth Patchell (FuSE, Campus Connections)

“This is my first conference being here with ASTA. I found it to be phenomenal so far. Everyone here is very welcoming, very open to a student mind and a student voice. It’s really neat to see how everyone is willing to sit down and talk and listen to you and really be interested and invested in what my future is going to look like.

So, as a future professional, being able to see where these outstanding leaders have come from and the paths that they followed, and to see how they’re still working on their professional development and policy and leadership, it’s been really interesting to see that – from a young perspective.”

–          Wyatt Jones (Agriscience Education Major, Campus Connections)

“It’s been a blast. The sessions have been great, very engaging and the speakers have all been wonderful. So much fascinating information about the seed industry.”

–          Lauren Braddy (Abraham Bladwin Agricultural College student)

“It’s a really great opportunity to learn about some of the current ongoing work in the industry and to be able to bring that back to my job in teaching. That can help better prepare our students for when they graduate and they go into careers hopefully in the seed industry.”

–          Adrienne Kleintop (Assistant Professor of Plant Science, Delaware Valley University)

Strategic Partners

Syngenta

BASF

CORTEVA agriscience

Allied

SGS

AgReliant Genetics

RiceTec

Stokes Seeds