National FFA leaders provide information about the organization to ASTA members June 11 a Lightning Talk at ASTA's Policy & Leadership Development Conference. (Chris Lusvardi photo)
Washington, DC (June 12, 2018) – The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is embarking on a new partnership with the FFA after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed June 11 during ASTA’s Policy & Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
The goal is to foster new learning and networking opportunities to prepare future leaders to take the reins of the seed industry, says Jerry Flint, incoming ASTA Chair and who leads Global Initiatives and Sustainability for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.
Flint was joined during the General Session by ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne, FFA Director of Corporate Giving Todd Greenwood and national FFA leadership. Flint says it is a first-of-its-kind agreement with a trade association to chart future opportunities.
FFA members later presented a Lightning Talk to share information about the organization. FFA provides opportunities in the classroom, through supervised ag experiences, and leadership, the FFA leaders told ASTA members.
They say the partnership with ASTA will provide career opportunities in a constantly changing industry.
Written by Chris Lusvardi, Seed Today editor