ASTA Provides Farm Bill Update, Conference Registration Still Open

Forward Momentum on Farm Bill

Washington, DC (June 5, 2018) - According to the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), June is shaping up to be the month of the Farm Bill. After the House of Representatives failed to advance their legislation in May, a procedural motion by Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-1) will allow the House to vote again on the Farm Bill by June 22. 

This second vote should happen by then, assuming the Freedom Caucus gets their demands and is allowed to vote on immigration reform. Members of the caucus withheld their votes in favor of the Farm Bill the first time around, and Speaker Ryan and Chairman Conaway will need their support in order to advance the House Farm Bill.

On the Senate side, it is likely the Senate will release legislative text this week with a committee markup early next week. While this has not been confirmed, current rumor suggests the Senate bill could be on the floor by mid-month. It is expected that any changes to existing programs will be marginal in the Senate’s bill, and both Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are committed to passing the Farm Bill out of the Senate.

ASTA’s Storm the Hill lobbying event will be held next week during the Policy & Leadership Development Conference on June 12 and 13. Passing a Farm bill on time will be a main topic of discussion during meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill.

Registration For New ASTA Conference Experience Still Open

Washington, DC (June 5, 2018) - ASTA’s new Policy & Leadership Development Conference debuts in Washington D.C. this week. 

Registration opens Friday, June 8 at the Grand Hyatt to kick off a week of learning, networking, and advocating for our industry’s crucial issues. Walk-in registration and hotel rooms are still available. 

Make plans to join your ASTA friends and colleagues in Washington D.C. and keep yourself up to date on the important policy issues affecting the future of your business! 

Register today for ASTA’s new Policy & Leadership Development Conference.

Join ASTA, Tri-Societies on June 11 For A Live Webinar: "Leading Across Generations: Communicating With Influence"

Washington, DC (June 5, 2018) - Can’t make it to ASTA’s Policy & Leadership Development Conference (PLDC) in D.C.? 

For the first time ever at a summer conference, ASTA will be hosting a live webinar session

Join us on Monday, June 11, from 3-5 p.m. EDT for a session entitled “Leading across Generations: Communicating with Influence.” The session is being hosted by the ASTA Management Skills/FuSE Committees and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of Agronomy (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Three speakers will explore the communication skills and opportunities that exist between multiple generations in the work place. Moderated by Jonathan Shaver, Envision Partners, the panel discussion will include: Wayne Gale, Stokes Seeds; Andrew Lauver, Drake University Law School student; and Elizabeth Stulberg, Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS). 

Both live and virtual attendees will be able to ask questions and interact during this can’t-miss session for anyone working in a multi-generational environment.