Under Secretary Greg Ibach to Discuss Innovation, Gene Editing at ASTA CSS 2018 & Seed Expo

Greg Ibach, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, spoke June 11 during ASTA's Policy & Leadership Development Conference in Washington, DC as ASTA Chair Tracy Tally looked on. On Dec. 6, Ibach is scheduled to discuss the future of plant breeding innovation, including federal policies around gene editing, during ASTA's CSS 2018 & Seed Expo in Chicago, IL. (Chris Lusvardi photo)

Alexandria, VA (October 24, 2018) - This just in! Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach will discuss the future of plant breeding innovation, including federal policies around gene editing, at ASTA’s CSS 2018 & Seed Expo, Dec. 3-6 in Chicago, IL.

Ibach will take part in a panel discussion during the Plant Breeding Innovation session on Thursday, Dec. 6. He will be joined by panelists Patrick Schanable, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University and Todd Campbell, President, National Association of Plant Breeders, who will discuss innovative research and cross-sector applications of new and evolving plant breeding methods like gene editing.

The Plant Breeding Innovation session is the latest addition to the powerhouse line-up at this year’s show. Held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, ASTA CSS 2018 & Seed Expo will feature a special general session panel discussion titled, “The Majors after the Mergers: Where do we go from here?” Held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 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.

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. 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 association'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.