ASTA's CSS 2018 In Chicago Offers New Sessions, Tours, and Redesigned Seed Expo

Alexandria, VA (October 2, 2018) - Join seed industry professionals from around the world Dec. 3-6 in Chicago, IL for the largest seed conference in the country! American Seed Trade Association's (ASTA) CSS 2018 & Seed Expo brings together nearly 3,000 attendees representing more than 20 countries for a week of collaboration, education, and the industry’s largest trade show.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, this year’s show features a special general session panel discussion titled, “The Majors after the Mergers: Where do we go from here?” The panel will include senior leaders from the four large companies in the seed industry – BASF, Bayer, Corteva Agriscience and Syngenta – providing key insights on the future of the seed industry after a major transitional year in the business landscape. The session will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 9:45-11:45 a.m.

Also new this year, ASTA is offering a “Seed Expo Educational Series.” The series begins with a seed conditioning workshop on Monday, Dec. 3, titled “What Else is Out There: Disruptive Innovation in Seed Conditioning.” On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Seed Treatment Educational Expo Tour will offer participants the opportunity to rotate between nine presentations from exhibitors covering various aspects of the treatment process.

Back by popular demand, ag economist Dan Basse of AgResource will deliver his annual global economics forecast during the Opening General Session on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 8–9:30 a.m. The newly redesigned Seed Expo will be open Tuesday through Thursday, giving attendees a first-hand look at the latest seed-industry technology.

Visit the CSS webpage for the full schedule of events.


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 the leading voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world. The assocation's broad membership offers varieties from alfalfa to zucchini and all production types including conventional, organic and biotech. ASTA promotes the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.