- On March 25, 2020
Alexandria, Va.—March 25, 2020—The following is a statement from American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew LaVigne:
“The U.S. seed industry stands with the entire agriculture and food value chain in its commitment to ensuring America’s families have ongoing access to a healthy, safe and affordable food supply as we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.
“The seed industry plays a foundational role in the production of the food, feed, forage, clothing, fuel and other agricultural products that sustain a sound and balanced economy. As we head into the spring planting season in the midst of a global pandemic, America’s seed companies are working hard to make sure farmers, ranchers and homeowners have access to the quality seed they need to ensure a successful year.
“U.S. seed companies have put into place the necessary practices to comply with COVID-19 recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies as they continue to deliver seed during this challenging time. We appreciate the tireless efforts of America’s producers who are on the front lines each and every day, and the strong support and communication from Secretary Perdue and his team to ensure America’s families have ready access to a variety of nutritious foods, now and in the future. If farmers, ranchers or others have any questions about their seed needs for the 2020 season, we encourage them to contact their seed company directly.”
For the latest COVID-19 updates and policy impacting seed movement and availability, visit www.betterseed.org/covid-19/.
Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) represents over 700 companies involved in seed production, plant breeding and related industries in North America. ASTA is the leading voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world. The association’s broad membership offers varieties from alfalfa to zucchini and all production types including conventional, organic and biotech. ASTA promotes the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.