John Latham, Second Vice Chair; Jerry Flint, Chair; Wayne Gale, First Vice Chair
Washington, DC (June 11, 2018) - The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is pleased to announce its 2018-19 officer team, officially elected during June 11's Opening General Session of the ASTA Policy & Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C.
The officer team will oversee implementation of the association’s new five year Strategic Plan -- focusing on domestic and international policy, innovation, communications, intellectual property rights, operations and member engagement.
The members of the 2018-19 ASTA officer team are:
Newly-elected Regional Vice Presidents are: Rick Falconer, Rijk Zwaan (Western Region Vice President), and John Romines, WinField Solutions (North Central Vice President).
Incoming ASTA Chair Jerry Flint, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Incoming Chair Jerry Flint leads Global Initiatives and Sustainability for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. Throughout his 25-plus year career, Dr. Flint has served on several committees and held leadership roles to support and promote the seed and crop protection industry.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve this great industry as Chair of the American Seed Trade Association,” said Dr. Flint. “As we look ahead to the new and emerging issues facing our industry over the next few years, it’s clear that we face both tremendous challenges, and more importantly, tremendous opportunities. By forging stronger connections to students, and expanding opportunities for advocacy and leadership development within our own member companies, we’re taking a proactive and unified approach to ensuring the U.S. seed industry is well-equipped with the skills, talent and vision to maintain its position as global leaders in innovation.”
In addition to serving as an ASTA officer for the past two years, Dr. Flint is a member of ASTA’s International Executive Committee. He also serves on the Crop Life International Plant Biotech Steering Committee, the Biotechnology Industry Organization Food and Agriculture Governing Board and is a member of the National FFA Sponsors Board. Dr. Flint earned his Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Purdue University and his Master of Science and doctorate in crop science from the University of Kentucky.
The new ASTA leadership team will begin official duties on July 1.
Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) represents over 700 companies involved in seed production, plant breeding and related industries in North America. ASTA is an effective voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world. ASTA's broad membership offers varieties from alfalfa to zucchini and all production types including conventional, organic and biotech. We promote the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.
Wayne Gale, President of Stokes Seeds and ASTA First Vice Chair for 2018-19
John Latham, President of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds and ASTA Second Vice Chair for 2018-19