ASTA Partners On Cover Crop Seed Industry Survey

  • On May 10, 2024

ASTA has partnered with the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Vermont to conduct and distribute a survey...

ASTA Participates in 2024 Celebration of Modern Ag on the National Mall

  • On May 10, 2024

Earlier this week, ASTA joined over 50 partners in the agriculture, food, and equipment manufacturing community in Washington D.C....

ASTA Attends IPPC Meeting in Rome

  • On May 10, 2024

April 15-19, Dr. Martha Malapi, ASTA’s Director, Seed Health and Trade, participated in the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)...

Just One Week Left to Register for ASTA Leadership Summit Early Rates!

  • On May 10, 2024

It’s May – what have you done this year to develop your staff’s career skills? Time is running out...

Student Sponsors Needed for the ASTA Leadership Summit

  • On April 25, 2024

ASTA is seeking a series of small sponsorships from seed companies to help support student participation at the upcoming...

ASTA International Committee Meets in the Nation’s Capital

  • On April 25, 2024

ASTA’s International Committee held its Spring Meeting April 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C. The committee had two full...

ASTA Represented at The Asia and Pacific Seed Alliance Phytosanitary Expert Consultation

  • On April 11, 2024

In March, Dr. Martha Malapi, Director, Seed Health and Trade, traveled to the Philippines for The Asia and Pacific...

Leadership Summit: A Crucial Investment for Mid- to Senior-Level Seed Professionals

  • On April 11, 2024

The ASTA Leadership Summit, held this June in Nashville, provides a crucial opportunity for mid- to senior-level seed company...

New ASTA Contractor Opportunity

  • On March 14, 2024

ASTA is looking for an expert on phytosanitary standards and a systems approach for seeds. Interested applicants are encouraged...

ASTA Attends Commodity Classic

  • On March 14, 2024

For the second year, ASTA was on the ground at Commodity Classic, promoting the use of cover crops as...

ASTA Leadership Summit Offers Key Industry Learning for Early-Career Professionals, Student Participants

  • On March 14, 2024

As part of the different career tracks developed for the ASTA Leadership Summit, held June 15-19 in Nashville, TN,...

Don’t Miss Important ASTA Updates

  • On February 28, 2024

Have you had personnel changes within your company? Please take a moment to log in to your member portal...

ASTA’s 2024 Student Connections Application Now Open

  • On February 28, 2024

ASTA’s LEAD Committee and the Seed Science Foundation (SSF) are proud to announce that applications are now being accepted...

ASTA Leads Trip for Seed Industry Executives to Japan

  • On February 28, 2024

ASTA convened member company executives from leading seed companies for a trip to Japan for intense and productive engagement...

Come Visit ASTA at Commodity Classic

  • On February 28, 2024

On February 28 – March 1, ASTA staff will join GO Seed at Commodity Classic in Houston. ASTA will...

ASTA Seeks Nominations for Advisory Council Positions

  • On February 28, 2024

ASTA is currently accepting nominations for open Advisory Council positions for FY 2024-25. The two open positions are: Regional...

Elevate Your Brand at ASTA’s Leadership Summit in Nashville

  • On February 28, 2024

Opportunities abound at ASTA’s upcoming Leadership Summit, June 15-19 in Nashville, to showcase your brand to some of the...

ASTA Signs Letter Regarding the Need for a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

  • On February 15, 2024

On January 30, ASTA, along with more than 35 other agricultural organizations, signed a letter to U.S. Senate Committee...

ASTA Continues Active Engagement with Food & Agriculture Climate Alliance

  • On February 15, 2024

As a steering committee member of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA), ASTA recently had the opportunity to...

ASTA Hosts Hemp Seed Committee Issues Update Webinar

  • On February 15, 2024

ASTA’s Hemp Seed Committee is hosting a webinar on February 22 at 10:30 a.m. CT to provide updates related...

ASTA Leadership Summit Sessions Announced

  • On February 15, 2024

The session schedule for ASTA’s upcoming Leadership Summit, June 15-19 in Nashville, has been posted on the event site,...

ASTA Offers Contractor Opportunities

  • On January 24, 2024

ASTA has two opportunities for projects on plant breeding innovation and intergovernmental organization relations. Interested applicants are encouraged to...

ASTA Speaks on Global Trade Disruptions

  • On January 24, 2024

Earlier this month, Sam Crowell, ASTA’s Senior Director for International Programs and Policy spoke with Seed World about escalating...

ASTA’s Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference Garners Pre-Pandemic Attendance

  • On January 24, 2024

The current attendee roster for ASTA’s upcoming 63rd Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference, Jan. 26-30 in Monterey, CA, comprises...

ASTA Seeks 2024 Interns

  • On January 11, 2024

ASTA has multiple paid internships available year-round in the areas of Ag Marketing/Communications, Government Affairs, Seed Trade Policy, and...

ASTA Announces New Contractor Opportunities

  • On January 11, 2024

ASTA has announced two new opportunities for projects on plant breeding innovation and intergovernmental organization relations. Interested applicants are...

Distinguished Speakers Announced for ASTA’s Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference

  • On January 11, 2024

ASTA has recently confirmed that USDA’s Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Jenny Moffitt, along with...

A Note from ASTA President & CEO Andy LaVigne

  • On January 11, 2024

Happy New Year from ASTA’s Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia! On behalf of the ASTA team, I’d like to wish...

ASTA Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference Jan. 26 – 30, 2024

  • On December 21, 2023

ASTA’s 63rd Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference, Jan. 26-30, 2024 in Monterey, CA, has been consistently outperforming even pre-pandemic...

ASTA’s Director, Seed Health & Trade Receives USDA BRS Supervisor of the Year Award

  • On December 21, 2023

On November 30, Martha Malapi, ASTA’s Director, Seed Health & Trade, was recognized with the USDA-APHIS BRS Supervisor of...

ASTA Launches Updates to Pest Database for Seeds (PeDS)

  • On December 21, 2023

On November 21, ASTA released updates to its Pest Database for Seeds (PeDS). PeDS is an excellent source of...

ASTA Attends 2023 Asian Seed Congress

  • On December 21, 2023

In November, ASTA joined over 1,300 representatives from nearly 40 countries at the 2023 Asian Seed Congress, the largest...

ASTA Applauds New National Plant Germplasm System Plan to Reduce Backlogs and Strengthen Collection Quality

  • On November 21, 2023

Alexandria, VA—November 21, 2023— The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) applauds the release of the National Plant Germplasm and Cultivar Collection...

ASTA Launches New Annual Internship Program

  • On November 15, 2023

ASTA now has multiple paid internships available year-round in the areas of Ag Marketing/Communications, Government Affairs, Seed Trade Policy,...

ASTA’s Forage, Turf, and Conservation Seed Conference Meets in Kansas City

  • On November 15, 2023

The newly named Forage, Turf, and Conservation Seed Conference returned to Kansas City on November 1 for another year...

ASTA Attends ISF Mid-term Meetings

  • On November 15, 2023

From October 30 – November 3, an ASTA delegation attended the mid-term meetings of the International Seed Federation (ISF)...

Early Registration for ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention Ends TONIGHT

  • On November 15, 2023

Register for ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention TODAY to take advantage of the best possible rates! The conference will...

Nominations Open for ASTA and SSF Awards

  • On November 1, 2023

Nominations are open for ASTA’s Heritage Award and the Seed Science Foundation’s (SSF) Excellence in Science Award! The deadline...

Plan Now to Develop Your Seed Company Leaders in 2024

  • On November 1, 2023

As you make your budgetary and travel allocations for 2024, prioritize an investment in your company’s emerging leaders by...

Final Hotel and Early Registration Deadlines Approaching for ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention

  • On November 1, 2023

Registration for ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention, December 5-8 in Orlando, will increase in price after November 15, and...

ASTA Represents Seed Industry in Peru

  • On October 18, 2023

From September 25-29, an ASTA delegation attended meetings of the Seed Association of the Americas in Lima, Peru. During...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, SAA, Seed Association of the Americas
 2

Deadlines Fast Approaching to Make the Most of ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention Opportunities

  • On October 18, 2023

If you have been taking your time lining up arrangements for ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention, now’s the time...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, ASTA Conference, ASTA Convention, FCSC, Field Crop Seed Convention, Field Crops, Seed Expo, Sponsorships
 

ASTA Officers Attend Friends of the National Arboretum Dinner

  • On October 4, 2023

On September 19, the ASTA Officers attended the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) Dinner Under the Stars event...

  • ASTA, ASTA Officers, FONA, Friends of the National Arboretum, National Arboretum
 

“A Day in the Life” at ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention and New Marketing Options

  • On October 4, 2023

As ASTA’s first Field Crop Seed Convention draws closer, the ASTA community, from staff to members of media and...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, ASTA Convention, FCSC, Field Crop, Field Crop Seed Convention, Field Crops
 1

ASTA President CEO Andy LaVigne appointed to key trade Advisory Committee

  • On September 6, 2023

In August, President & CEO Andy LaVigne was re-appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC), a...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, Biden Administration, Trade
 

ASTA Welcomes New Director, Seed Health & Trade

  • On August 28, 2023

Alexandria, VA—August 28, 2023—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) welcomes Martha Malapi as Director, Seed Health & Trade. Martha...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA
 1

ASTA Participates in APEC 2023

  • On August 23, 2023

ASTA was proud to support the United States’ Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference held earlier this month in Seattle. Staff...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, Biotechnology, Plant Breeding Innovation, Seed, Seed Industry
 

U.S. Establishes USMCA Dispute Panel on Mexico’s Agricultural Biotechnology Measures

  • On August 23, 2023

On August 17, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the launch of a formal dispute panel under USMCA...

  • American Seed Trade Association, Biden Administration, Biotechnology, Policy, Seed Industry, Treated Seed
 

Registration Now Open for ASTA’s Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference in Monterey

  • On August 23, 2023

After a highly successful experience in 2020, ASTA’s Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference returns to Monterey, CA, January 26-30,...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, Innovation, plant breeding, Plant Breeding Innovation, Policy & Leadership Development Conference
 7

ASTA Promotes Safe Handling and Storage of Treated Seed during Harvest

  • On August 14, 2023

Alexandria, VA—August  14, 2023—As harvest begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reminds farmers about the...

  • American Seed Trade Association, Harvest, Seed Industry, Seed Treatment
 

ASTA’s Field Crop Seed Convention in Orlando Breaking Registration Pacing Records

  • On August 9, 2023

Registration for ASTA’s newly-rebranded Field Crop Seed Convention has only been open for a few weeks and is already pacing ahead...

  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, farmers, Innovation, Leadership, Plant Breeding Innovation, Policy & Leadership Development Conference, Seed, Seed Expo, Seed Industry
 

ASTA Urges Administration to Address Non-Tariff Trade Barriers

  • On July 26, 2023

Recently, ASTA joined a coalition letter on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) negotiations and endorsed comments regarding the anti-dumping/countervailing...

  • ASTA, indo pacific economic framework, IPEF, IPEF negotiations, Tariffs, Trade, trade barriers
 

Registration Now Open for ASTA’s Newly Rebranded Field Crop Seed Convention this December in Orlando

  • On July 26, 2023

After 77 years in Chicago, ASTA’s CSS & Seed Expo is getting a new location and a new name! ...

  • ASTA, December, FCSC, Field Crop, Field Crop Seed Convention, Orlando
 1

ICYMI: ASTA Holds Webinar on New Organizational Structure and Opportunities for Engagement

  • On July 12, 2023

On July 11, ASTA held a webinar reviewing a number of changes to the association’s by-laws and organizational structure....

ASTA’s Andy LaVigne Elected to Farm Foundation Board

  • On July 12, 2023

On June 28, Farm Foundation announced its new Board of Directors. ASTA’s President & CEO Andy LaVigne was elected...

New ASTA Member Classifieds Available

  • On June 28, 2023

New member classifieds have been posted to the ASTA website! To view the approved postings, you must be logged...

ASTA Elects 2023-24 Officer Team

  • On June 28, 2023

During its recent Leadership Summit, ASTA elected its 2023-24 officer team. The members of the new officer team, beginning...

ASTA Honors Industry Groundbreakers

  • On June 28, 2023

At a special awards ceremony held during the Leadership Summit, ASTA honored seed industry groundbreakers. Awardees were recognized in...

ASTA Sees Largest Student Participation at 2023 Leadership Summit

  • On June 28, 2023

ASTA’s 2023 Leadership Summit saw its largest student participation in history. Throughout the week, 49 students from universities across...

ASTA Hosts Highly Successful 2023 Leadership Summit: Catch up on What You Missed

  • On June 28, 2023

ASTA’s Leadership Summit, held June 10-14 in Sacramento, enjoyed the highest ASTA summer attendance in five years and a...

Join ASTA for a Members-Only Webinar to Learn more about our New Committee/Division Structure and Follow-ups from the Leadership Summit

  • On June 28, 2023

During its June meeting, the ASTA Board of Directors reviewed and approved a streamlined Committee and Division structure, along...

ASTA Welcomes New Summer Interns

  • On June 7, 2023

Anna Bonnet and Ryan Rakowitz have joined the ASTA team as 2023 summer interns. Anna Bonnet, ASTA’s Communications and...

ASTA Issues Statement on USMCA Biotechnology Dispute

  • On June 7, 2023

On June 2, ASTA issued a statement welcoming the Administration’s announcement that the U.S. has formally initiated dispute settlement...

ASTA Signs Industry Letters on Trade Negotiations and Tariffs

  • On June 7, 2023

In late May, ASTA joined industry associations in letters pressing the U.S. government to provide more transparency on the...

ASTA’s Leadership Summit Arrives in Sacramento This Weekend!

  • On June 7, 2023

It’s not too late to make plans to join ASTA members from across all seed sectors, at all stages...

ASTA’s Leadership Summit Achieving New Heights

  • On May 24, 2023

The ASTA Leadership Summit, now in its second year, heads to Sacramento June 10-14 and is on track to...

ASTA Supports Nomination of Xochitl Torres Small for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

  • On May 24, 2023

ASTA joined more than 55 leading agricultural associations in signing a letter to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition...

ASTA Supports Legislation to Increase Availability of Technical Service Providers

  • On May 10, 2023

On May 3, U.S. Senators Mike Braun (IN), Michael Bennet (CO) and Roger Marshall (KS) introduced legislation to address the...

ASTA Urges Congress to Address Ongoing Shipping Challenges

  • On May 10, 2023

ASTA recently joined a coalition of organizations raising concerns over growing rail storage demurrage fees facing the shipping container...

Special Notice to ASTA Membership: Proposed FY 2023-24 Slate of Officers

  • On May 10, 2023

Wayne Gale, Stokes Seeds and Chair of the ASTA Nominating Committee, announced the proposed slate of ASTA Officers for...

ASTA Leadership Summit Early Registration & Hotel Deadline is May 18

  • On May 10, 2023

Time is running out! May 18 is the deadline for early registration rates and the hotel block for the...

ASTA Leadership Summit Offers Unprecedented Opportunities for Early-Career Company Employees and Students

  • On April 26, 2023

One of the central missions of the upcoming ASTA Leadership Summit, June 10-14 in Sacramento, is to offer leadership...

ASTA Hosts Research Fly-in

  • On April 26, 2023

ASTA hosted a Capitol Hill fly-in April 18-20 where seed industry advocates called for strong investments in agricultural research...

ASTA Holds International Committee Meeting

  • On April 26, 2023

On April 12 and 13, ASTA hosted its semi-annual International Committee (IC) meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting,...

ASTA Participates in NAFB Washington Watch

  • On April 26, 2023

On April 17, ASTA staff participated in the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Washington Watch Issues Forum in...

New ASTA Job and Internship Postings Available

  • On April 12, 2023

ASTA has two job openings and two internship spots available. The association is hiring a Senior Director, Seed Health...

ASTA Signs Industry Letter to Address Tariff Impacts

  • On April 12, 2023

ASTA continues to advocate with the Executive and Legislative Branches to address the negative impacts of the China 301...

ASTA Signs Letters in Support of USDA ATP Programs

  • On April 12, 2023

ASTA continues to advocate for support of USDA Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) programs, which are critical to building new...

ASTA to Host Research Fly-In

  • On April 12, 2023

As part of the association’s advocacy on Capitol Hill, ASTA is hosting a fly-in April 18-20 in coordination with...

ASTA Hosts Conservation Fly-In

  • On April 12, 2023

During the week of March 27, ASTA took to Capitol Hill to convey its Farm Bill priorities in the...

ASTA Promotes Updated Resource for Locating Local, Professionally Produced Environment, Conservation and Cover Crop Seed

  • On April 12, 2023

ASTA recently updated its guide assisting farmers, land owners and others to easily locate and contact professional seed suppliers...

ASTA Leadership Summit: Six-Year Attendance Record and Early-Career Employee Opportunities

  • On April 12, 2023

ASTA’s upcoming Leadership Summit, June 10-14 in Sacramento, CA, is seeing strong  attendance registration and is on track to...

ASTA Leadership Summit: New Speaker, Program Announcements

  • On March 29, 2023

The ASTA Leadership Summit, June 10-14 in Sacramento, CA, will feature a powerhouse program with sessions based on the...

ASTA Announces New Job and Internship Postings

  • On March 29, 2023

ASTA is hiring a Senior Director, Seed Health & Trade in addition to two internships: one in Ag Marketing/Communications...

ASTA Signs Industry Letter Calling for Action to Address Port Challenges

  • On March 28, 2023

ASTA continues to encourage the Biden-Harris Administration to negotiate a resolution to the labor disputes that impact trade through...

ASTA Represented at the Asia Pacific Seed alliance Expert Phytosanitary Consultation

  • On March 15, 2023

John Mizicko, ASTAs representative to the Asia Pacific Seed Alliance (APSA) Board of Directors, traveled to Bangkok, Thailand the...

ASTA Delegation Travels to Chile for Coordination on Phytosanitary Issues

  • On March 15, 2023

A delegation of ASTA members and staff traveled to Santiago, Chile the week of March 6 to participate in...

ASTA Staff Attends African Seed Congress

  • On March 15, 2023

ASTA staff and members traveled to Dakar, Senegal, March 6-8, for the African Seed Trade Association Congress. The Congress...

ASTA Participates in Commodity Classic

  • On March 15, 2023

On March 9-11, ASTA staff joined GO Seed and representatives from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program...

ASTA Releases Seed Industry Priorities for 2023 Farm Bill

  • On March 15, 2023

On March 13, ASTA released its policy recommendations for the 2023 Farm Bill. The recommendations fall under the following...

CA State Board of Food and Agriculture President Don Cameron to Speak at ASTA Leadership Summit

  • On March 15, 2023

The speaker roster for the ASTA Leadership Summit, June 10-14 in Sacramento, continues to grow with exciting recent additions....

Nominations Open for New ASTA Mentorship Award

  • On March 1, 2023

Nominations are now open for the newly established ASTA Mentorship Award. The award will recognize ASTA members who have...

In Memory of Nathan Holaday

  • On March 1, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Nathan Holaday, Holaday Seed Co., on February 19,...

Join GO Seed, SARE, ASTA at the Commodity Classic Climate Smart Hub

  • On March 1, 2023

Heading to Commodity Classic? Don’t miss the GO Seed Climate Smart Hub (Booth 2188) featuring a variety of interactive...

Treated Seed: Separating Myths from Facts

  • On March 1, 2023

When it comes to treated seed, what’s myth and what’s fact? ASTA’s latest educational resource digs into hot-topics around...

University of MN Head Coach to Headline ASTA Leadership Summit

  • On March 1, 2023

This year’s ASTA Leadership Summit will feature keynote speaker PJ Fleck, head football coach at the University of Minnesota....

CALLING ALL FARMERS: SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON COVER CROPS IN NATIONAL SURVEY BY SARE, CTIC AND ASTA

  • On March 1, 2023

CALLING ALL FARMERS: SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON COVER CROPS IN NATIONAL SURVEY BY SARE, CTIC AND ASTA March 1,...

ASTA Weighs in with EPA on Proposed Updates to Treated Seed Labeling Requirements

  • On February 13, 2023

On February 14, ASTA submitted comments in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Request for Information (RFI)...

ASTA’s 62nd Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference Sees Large Return from Pandemic

  • On February 13, 2023

ASTA’s 62nd Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference, January 26-31 in Orlando, saw a large increase in participation from its...

ASTA’s Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference Seeing Pre-Pandemic Attendance

  • On January 25, 2023

ASTA is gearing up for its 62nd Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference, kicking off this weekend in Orlando. Current...