Third Party Organization

American Seed Trade Association

Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is one of the oldest trade organizations in the United States. Its membership consists of over 700 companies involved in seed production and distribution, plant breeding, and related industries in North America. As an authority on plant germplasm, ASTA advocates science and policy issues of industry-wide importance.

ASTA’s mission is to be an effective voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world. ASTA promotes the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.

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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 7:12 pm
A: Resistance to treatments for pests and diseases is not new.  Whether trying to develop the most effective treatment for human, animal or plant diseases, mitigating the development of resistance has always been one of the goals of research and development, including in the area of plant breeding.  The science behind addressing resistance has become much more sophisticated, and this is no better illustrated than in the area of producing disease- and pest-resistant plant varieties.... Continue Reading
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