October 19, 2016  
Seed E-News
In This Issue
At A Glance
Applewood Seed Wins 2016 Business Appreciation Award 

Congratulations to Gene and Dee Milstein, founders and owners of Applewood Seed Company, who were recently awarded the Lloyd J. King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award by the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA)  in Colorado. The award was presented earlier this month during the AEDA's 22nd annual Business Appreciation Awards Breakfast which drew an audience of more than 200 businesses and community leaders.
Watch the AEDA's profile video on Applewood Seed here: 
David Bigger to join Missouri Soybean

The Missouri Soybean Association recently announced that David Bigger will join the team as its director of licensing.
Bigger has a more than 20-year career in soybean research and seed production, and is a past chair of ASTA's Soybean Division.
In this new role, Bigger will work to bring soybean trait technologies-developed through Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and soybean checkoff research-to growers in Missouri and throughout the Midwest and Mid-South. 
Dr. Kevin Folta Honored at Borlaug CAST Communication Award Ceremony   

Dr. Kevin Folta, recipient of the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award (BCCA), was recently honored during a World Food Prize event. His keynote presentation focused on building trust with consumers.

As the Chair of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Folta conducts research, educates students, and communicates important concepts about science and the public. With a wide following on social media, he participates actively in the public forum about a variety of topics related to agricultural biotechnology.

Visit the CAST website  for more information, including a video of Folta's presentation and nomination forms for the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award.

ASTA's State Governmental Affairs Working Group is gearing up for a busy 2017 legislative session. Membership in the Working Group is open to all ASTA members.  Also, don't miss UC Davis' upcoming "Seed Business 101" held in conjunction with ASTA's CSS 2016 , and get to know some of ASTA's newest members in this latest edition of Seed eNews. 

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ASTA State Governmental Affairs Working Group Plans for 2017 Legislative Year

The ASTA State Governmental Affairs Working Group (SGAWG) Strategic Planning Committee recently met to start strategizing for the 2017 legislative year. Richard Denhart, Illinois Seed Trade Association, will serve as SGAWG Chairman for the coming year. Special appreciation goes to past Chairman Richard Taylor, Southern Seed Association, for helping to get the group off the ground this past year. 
The Planning Committee set the following schedule for SGAWG conference calls:
  • Thurs, Dec 1:  Post-election analysis
  • Thurs, Jan 19:   State legislative sessions pre-file bill review & expectation overview
  • Thurs, Feb 23: State legislative sessions bill review & action plan
  • Thurs, Mar 23:  State legislative sessions bill review & action plan
  • Thurs, Apr 20: State legislative sessions bill status update
  • Thurs, May 18:  State legislative sessions bill status update
*All calls will be held at 2:00 p.m. CT.
ASTA staff will continue regular distribution of the state legislative status-report to all working group members. To wrap-up the 2017 legislative sessions, the working group will meet in person during the ASTA Annual Meeting, June 21-24 in Minnesota.  That session will include a legislative re-cap and issues update for all states.
Anticipated issues of interest for the 2017 state legislative sessions include: water, production methods, food safety, regulatory seed lab uniformity, workforce, invasive species / noxious weeds, neonics, and pollinator plans.
Membership in the SGAWG is open all ASTA members. Contact Pat Miller to participate.
National Organic Standards Board Accepting Comments in Advance of November Meeting 

The next meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is scheduled for November 16-17 in St. Louis, MO. The agenda and documents for public comment are posted on the NOSB website. Comments are being accepted through October 26.

ASTA's Organic Seed Committee is working on comments related to seed usage, seed purity, excluded methods and hydroponics. To provide input, contact ASTA Director of International Programs & Policy, Michelle Klieger.
International Seed Federation Hosts Fall Meetings 

The International Seed Federation (ISF) hosted two meetings this month. On October 9, the Trade & Arbitration Rules and Seed Applied Technologies Committees met in Italy, and October 16-21, the ISF Midterm meetings are being held in France.  
ASTA is participating in the Midterm meetings and will have representation at each of the sessions, including the Intellectual Property, Sustainable Agriculture, Phytosanitary, and Breeders Committees, as well as the field crops, vegetable and ornamental, and forage and turf section meetings. 

Meetings & Education

UC Davis Seed to Host "Seed Business 101" Course in Conjunction with ASTA CSS

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center  is offering a course in Seed Business 101 Field Crops , December 2-6 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The course runs in conjunction with ASTA's CSS 2016 & Seed Expo , December 5-9.
Seed Business 101 will expose participants to a seed company's five functional areas: R&D, production, operations, sales and marketing, and administration. The interactive course is taught by widely-respected industry executives, with this year's guest speakers including Bruce Kettler of Beck's Hybrids and Craig Newman of AgReliant Genetics LLC.
Seed Business 101 was created with input from industry executives to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. The course has been offered since the fall of 2010 and has been attended by more than 350 seed professionals. For more information and to register, visit sbc.ucdavis.edu, or email Rebeca Madrigal and call (530) 752-8759 .
Member News

Welcome to ASTA's newest members! 

Medford, MA
Delivering a new generation of enzyme solutions
Canton, MI
Manufacturer and supplier of liquid dyes, pigment dispersions and colorants 
GreenGo Seed
Wellton, AZ
Woodland, CA
Vegetable seed marketing and distribution
Jenny Seeds, LLC
Palm City, FL
Lipotec Laboratories, LLC
Champaign, IL
Mondi Bags US, LLC (Atlanta) 
Atlanta, GA
International packaging and paper group
Salvda, NC
Specialty crops seed business specializing in edamame soybeans
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