On May 9, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosted a meeting of grower groups, seed companies, and state government officials to discuss a collaborative approach to addressing Palmer amaranth and other weed seed issues. The meeting, which took place in Des Moines, Iowa, served as a productive information-exchange and strategic dialog about potential short- and long-term solutions. “Weeds like …
The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is praising the passage of a final International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for Seed. The standard was agreed to during the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in Korea. ASTA has been advocating for a seed ISPM for nearly 20 years. The need for a standard has become more apparent, as many National Plant …
Monsanto this week announced increased sales and profits for the first half of its current fiscal year. Monsanto’s net sales for the second quarter increased to approximately $5.1 billion, up from $4.5 billion in the prior year period.
Seed industry advocates will “Storm the Hill” as part of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Legislative Fly-in, Wednesday, April 5, in Washington, D.C. “Storm the Hill” is a unique opportunity for ASTA members representing every crop and every part of the nation to join together with a unified voice on Capitol Hill.
It is time to think about planting the garden. Cathy Isom has some tips on germinating your own seeds. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
The U.S. seed industry has concerns regarding a border tax President Donald Trump wants to impose to fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 56th Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference is underway at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. AgNet Media is at the convention and spoke with ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne about the conference and why Disney World is a good venue for the industry.
Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year’s conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
A new administration likely means changes are coming on the regulation front for agriculture industries. Seed industry leaders say the new philosophies could be beneficial to their key issues.
Lawmakers in Germany are calling on regulators to curb Bayer Ag’s $66 billion proposed takeover of U.S. based Monsanto. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports a parliamentary session in Germany highlighted the backlash to Bayer’s proposed buy of Monsanto.
The Wall Street Journal says the agreement between Bayer and Monsanto could be a step towards fighting back against strict agriculture biotech regulations in the European Union.
A Dow Jones Report says investors generally seem positive about the deal struck by Bayer CEO Werner Baumann to acquire Monsanto. The head of a global equities asset management company in Paris that invests in Bayer said, “So far, he’s proven to be quite a good negotiator. He’s been very efficient.” Markus Manns, a portfolio investor at Union Investment, another …
The National Farmers Union is concerned about continued consolidation among agribusinesses. After hearing the news of a $66 billion merger proposal between Bayer and Monsanto, NFU President Roger Johnson said consolidation of this magnitude cannot be the standard for agriculture, nor should we allow it to determine the landscape of agriculture.
Bayer and Monsanto appear to be getting closer to a deal as negotiations seem to be in the final stretch. An agreement between the two companies would allow them to merge into the world’s biggest seed and pesticide maker.
Everett Griner talks about science protecting our food future in today’s Agri View.
Trading hemp derivatives is becoming a reality in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reports the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved the first exchange for hemp derivatives when it allowed Seed SEF to register a swap execution facility, which is a trading platform.
ChemChina and Syngenta receive clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) and Syngenta announced that the companies have received clearance on their proposed transaction from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In addition to CFIUS clearance, the closing of the transaction is subject to anti-trust review …
Finding spinach varieties that better handle disease still tops the list for breeders, and they also continue to try and stay competitive in a multitude of markets.
Antitrust regulators in the European Union are opening a full investigation into the Dow-DuPont proposed $130 billion merger. The regulators say the deal may reduce competition in crop protection and seed markets.
HM. Clause held its 2016 Davis Field Days at its research farm in Davis. The HM. Clause field day brought in producers from several countries to learn more about the recent advances in the company’s vegetable seeds. AgNet West was invited to attend the event alongside the farmers.