Kansas City, MO (November 7, 2018) - From Oct. 31–Nov. 2, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) held another successful Farm and Lawn Seed Conference hosted in conjunction with the Western Seed Association Conference in Kansas City, MO.
ASTA’s committee meetings and educational sessions discussed a range of critical issues for the grass, cover crop, farm, lawn, and environmental and conservation seed industries. Networking opportunities hit new record highs with 18 reserved appointment tables and 14 exhibitors.
Federal partners at the Bureau of Land Management, USDA’s Natural Resources and Conservation Service and Seed Regulatory and Testing Division presented at the meeting. A new Noxious Weed Working Group was launched to address quickly evolving state regulations.
The Cover Crop Working Group met to discuss how the seed industry can help meet the goal of 100 million acres of cover crops by 2027, and heard from Greg Papworth of Mode Transportation on challenges and opportunities for seed shipments.
Lastly, the Grass Seed Division engaged in a spirited dialogue with the Oregon Grass Seed Bargaining Association on grass seed production.
Western Seed Association Awards
The recipients of the Young Seedsman Award and Western Seed Association scholarships were recognized during the conference.
Doug Pickles, operations manager at Lewis Seed Co. in Shedd, OR, received the Young Seedsman Award. The award recognizes recipients for their current involvement in the seed industry, willingness to help and work with others in the seed industry, enthusiasm for the industry, and involvement in the Western Seed Association.
The scholarships were awarded based on the following criteria:
- Course of study should be Agriculture/Agronomy related.
- Outside activities should include some area of community service.
- Student activities showing student's participation as a member and leader.
- Goals and career plans upon completion of college.
- Scholarship/grade point average and honors received should show student's aptitude for success.
- Other criteria should include work experience, family need, and potential.
The 2018 scholarships were awarded to:
- Madeline Snyder, of Lanesboro, MN, a junior at Iowa State University studying ag business.
- Kaylin Fink, of Chapman, KS, a senior at Kansas State University studying agronomy with an emphasis on crop consulting and production.
- Garrett Imhoff, of California, MO, a senior at the University of Missouri with dual studies in the fields of plant science and environmental science, with emphasis on crop management and land and soil.
- Chad Lammers, of Hartington, NE, a junior at the University of Nebraska studying plant biology with plans for earning a master’s degree in plant breeding.
- William Ortiz, of Scio, OR, a senior at Oregon State University studying crop and soil science.
- Preston DeJong, of Bryan, TX, a senior at Texas A&M University studying plant and environmental soil science.
- Mackenzie Derry, of Thompson, ND, a senior at North Dakota State University studying crop and weed sciences, in addition to agribusiness and soil science.
- Isaac Armenta, of Buckeye, AZ, an Arizona State FFA Officer with plans to study ag education.
- Maiya Gibbs, of New Jersey, a senior at Cornell University studying crop production and management, in addition to agribusiness management.
- Kaeden Mollett, of Greenville, IL, a junior at Murray State University studying agricultural science and agronomy.