Membership Benefits

Almost 700 member companies enjoy the many benefits of American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) membership. ASTA is one of the oldest trade organizations in the United States and its members consist of companies involved in seed production and distribution, plant breeding, and related services.

ASTA members determine the future of the seed industry through active participation. Our success depends on your involvement. Grassroots efforts, quality discussions on policy issues, strategic goals and actions are the cornerstone to ASTA’s ability to advocate for the industry.

Business Development

  • Networking opportunities at ASTA events
  • Access to ASTA member directories
  • Introductions to foreign seed companies and government representatives


  • Information on public policy initiatives and actions
  • Opportunities to contribute to and/or to lead policy debates on legislative and regulatory issues
  • Leadership opportunities on relevant working groups and committees
  • Meetings with legislators and regulators

Special Access & Assistance

  • Reduced event registration fees
  • Intervention in international seed movement problems
  • Ability to post job openings on the ASTA website


  • Forums to connect with fellow members of the industry to discuss shared opportunities and obstacles
  • Social gatherings at ASTA meetings
  • Regular news about the industry via the Better Seed Bulletin
  • Online communications at ASTA meetings through custom apps

Professional Development

  • Educational seminars about science, trade, policy and economics at ASTA events
  • ASTA’s Management Academy at Purdue University
  • Membership in LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) Committee
  • Seed Ambassador Leadership Team (SALT)

Committees are the starting point for ASTA’s policies and positions. By participating on a committee, you have the opportunity to help influence the direction of that policy. Committees vary in size and activity, and we recommend you read through their descriptions before signing up for one. You can also reach out to the ASTA staff member who is involved to learn more around a particular committee’s activities.

Committees and Working Groups

Committee Sign Up Form

ASTA is pleased to cultivate the future of the seed industry through the Student Membership.

Benefits of a student membership include:

  • Discounted dues
  • Complimentary rates for ASTA Meetings
  • Subscription to the member newsletter
  • Listing in the Member Directory, which is searched by potential employers
  • Notification of scholarship, award and contest opportunities
  • Cultivate leadership skills through service on committees
  • Automatic enrollment in the LEAD Committees

To become a student member, fill out the application and return it to Kaity Crawford.

Payment can be made by check or via PayPal. Click the button below to pay via PayPal.

Internship Handout – February 2021