American Seed Trade Association Newsletter


Subject: American Seed Trade Association Newsletter
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 15:05:51 -0400 (EDT)

American Seed Trade Association Newsletter
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The American Seed Trade Association Newsletter is an electronic version
of the monthly print newsletter of the same title.

About the American Seed Trade Association

First-The Seed

The motto of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) expresses the
basic premise which underlies our industry; There is no substitute for
quality seed -- a fact of life dating back to the early settlers who knew
it as the difference between survival and disaster.

Who We Are

Headquartered in Washington, DC., ASTA was founded in 1883 and remains one
of the oldest trade organizations in America. Membership consists of more
than 800 companies in the seed and related industries in the United
States, Canada and Mexico. All members, regardless of size or product,
have an equal vote in the association's affairs and decisions.

Our Mission

ASTA is an organization formed and directed by its members as an effective
voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and
free movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the
world with a minimum of regulations affecting its members.

To assure success of our mission, ASTA is guided by a comprehensive
Strategic Plan that clearly details problems, opportunities, objectives
and needed actions to meet the many challenges facing our industry and its
members now, and in future years.

What We Do

ASTA is involved in nearly all issues relating to plant germplasm. Primary
focus is on three areas of major importance to its members.

* Regulatory and legislative matters at international, national and
state levels.
* New technologies impacting all crop species.
* Communications and education of members and appropriate publics
regarding the above.

This encompasses a wide range of activities, including: lobbying for
industry-wide positions on legislation; continuing programs of public
relations; assuring member awareness of of environmental and conservation
issues; informing of new developments in plant breeding and biotechnology;
funding of selected research; maintaining positive working relationships
with technical societies; promoting international sales of U.S. seeds;
and conducting conventions, research conferences and meetings to educate
and encourage fellowship among members.

What We Believe

As outlined in our Strategic Plan, ASTA values and holds to these beliefs;

* Diversity of membership, in terms of company size, products and
geographic area served, is beneficial to the cultural environment
of ASTA.
* Development of policies and positions should keep both traditions
and vision of the future in mind.
* Well thought-out decisions usually result from a climate that is
open, relaxed, participatory and deliberate.
* One vote per member company shall be granted, regardless of size.
* Most issues are bottom-up driven from participants in committees or
* Intellectual property rights must be protected, and members who
invest in them should expect a return.
* Conflicts are best resolved via the ad hoc committee method.
* Members must be strongly motivated and commited to profitability
and growth in the seed industry.
* We must have good, visionary leadership with strong member
* We must be pro-active and monitor for new legislation and/or

Recent Contents:

ASTA Convention Update
Wheat Industry Research Initiative Symposium Scheduled for June 28
ASTA Monitoring Discussions on Ethanol
New Corn Use - Cleaning Polluted Water
ASTA Advocates Funding for Scab and Vomitoxin Research
National Garden Bureau Prepares Wildflower Tips
Biotechnology News
Europeans Renew Push for Labeling of Genetically Modified Soybeans
and Corn
U.S. Growers Fear Jeopardizing European Business
ASTA Signs Letter on Bio-Labeling
Biotechnology Committee to Hear from USDA Official
USDA Accepts 16.1 Million Acres for CPR Program
Welcome to New ASTA Members
The President's Column
ASTA and The Internet


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