Seed Today The most complete tool for marketing your business in the seed processing industry Updated: Registration Opens For Atlantic Seed Association Convention, October 13-17 in Cleveland, Ohio Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:14:17 EDT Update from August 22, 2017: The Atlantic Seed Association has confirmed a presentation by Matt Beal, Chief of Plant Health with the Ohio Department of Agriculture during the convention workshop Monday, October 16. Beal will be discussing his research on Palmer Amaranth. In addition, a presentation by the Seed Center, one of the largest custom seed houses in the Midwest, has been added to the agenda. Cleveland, OH (August 10, 2017) - The Atlantic Seed Association is now accepting registration for its 65th Annual Convention, scheduled for October 13-17 in Cleveland, OH. The convention will be held at The Schedule Released For Western Seed Association Convention, November 4-7 in Kansas City, MO Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:11:06 EDT Kansas City, MO (August 22, 2017) – Preliminary information has been released about the Western Seed Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 4-7 at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, MO. Registration will be available 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday, Nov. 3; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5; and 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 6. A Friday evening reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Washington Park Place Rooms, just off the hotel lobby. Trading sessions will take place all day Saturday, Nov. 4 along with a WSA reception from 6-7 European Commission Opens Investigation Into Proposed Acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:46:34 EDT Brussels, Belgium (August 22, 2017) - The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the merger may reduce competition in areas such as pesticides, seeds, and traits. “Seeds and pesticide products are essential for farmers and ultimately consumers," says Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy. "We need to ensure effective competition so that farmers can have access to innovative products, better quality and also purchase products at competitive prices. And at the same time maintain an environment where companies can Monsanto and ToolGen Announce Global Licensing Agreement on CRISPR Platform Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:51:33 EDT St. Louis, MO and Seoul, South Korea (August 16, 2017) - Monsanto Company and ToolGen, Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in genome editing, announced that the companies have reached a global licensing agreement for the use of ToolGen’s CRISPR technology platform to develop agricultural products. ToolGen is an early pioneer in gene editing research. The license provides Monsanto with access to ToolGen’s comprehensive suite of CRISPR intellectual property for use in plants. This agreement further expands Monsanto’s broad portfolio of gene-editing tools that can be used to develop improved and sustainable crops. “We are excited to bring ToolGen’s CRISPR platform on Nufarm Americas Names Ken Barham Vice President of Customer and Brand Marketing Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:46:58 EDT Morrisville, NC (August 17, 2017) - Ken Barham has been named vice president of customer and brand marketing at Nufarm Americas. Barham joins Nufarm from Syngenta, most recently as the product marketing lead. Previously, Barham led the development and implementation of product strategies, brand launches, pricing strategies and communication campaigns. Prior to Syngenta, Barham also spent time at Alligare, Makhteshim, and Quali-Pro. This organizational unit is the liaison between sales and marketing and has responsibility for bringing ideas, needs and thoughts of sales and customers to the brand team. In his new role, Barham will report to Brendan Deck and join the AgriMAXX Wheat Expands Into the Central Plains and Launches a New High-Performance Wheat Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:15:19 EDT Mascoutah, IL (August 16, 2017) – AgriMAXX is expanding. The Illinois-based, independently owned and operated seed company has become renown for developing specifically adapted, high-performing soft wheat varieties across the eastern half of the U.S. Now, the company has announced its expansion into Kansas, bringing high-performance hard red winter wheat varieties and the benefits of the AgriMAXX program to growers in the Central Plains. “Over the last several years, we’ve experienced significant growth across the United States," says Matt Wehmeyer, Vice President of AgriMAXX Wheat. "Our focus on high-performance wheat continues to attract more wheat growers as they look to improve La Crosse Seed Continues Focus on Soil and Water Conservation Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:19:28 EDT La Crosse, WI (August 9, 2017) – La Crosse Seed is doing its part to lead communication to ag retailers across the country on the importance of soil and water conservation through the use of quality seed and sound agronomics. Dedication to delivering its message to ag professionals nationwide has La Crosse Seed in the midst of many initiatives and sustainability efforts, both public and private. A few of these include: • Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) Business Council Executive Team • American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Cover Crop Working Group Chair • Soil Health Partnership field support • ADM / Unilever Sustainable Soy Boards of North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers Approve Member Vote to Unify Cooperatives Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:34:00 EDT August 14, 2017; Ipswich and Aberdeen, SD - The Boards of Directors for North Central Farmers Elevator (NCFE) and Wheat Growers have decided to proceed to a vote of the membership to unify the two cooperatives. Both boards voted affirmatively to sign a Unification Agreement that would unify the two cooperatives, subject to a vote of the memberships of both cooperatives. “The value to our members is what’s driving the decision by the Boards to move forward with the effort to unify the two cooperatives,” said Rick Osterday, NCFE Board President. “Members have told us that unification will help us be better Champion Seed Hires David Aeschliman As Field Sales Specialist Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:07:59 EDT Ellsworth, IA (August 14, 2017) — Champion Seed, one of the fastest growing corn and soybean seed companies in the United States, announced it has retained the services of industry veteran David Aeschliman in its new position of field sales specialist. Aeschliman will assist the seed company in developing continuing growth strategies and will then work with the company’s sales force to implement the company’s comprehensive service package, including product placement, agronomic services and digital data capture, analysis and on-farm use. Champion Seed provides its customers with various tiered service packages consisting of nearly a dozen value-added services, ranging from drone Munson Hybrids Management Transition Starts With Addition of Alex Lane as Farm Manager Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:43:26 EDT Holly and John Hennenfent Galesburg, IL (August 10, 2017) – Munson Hybrids announced the addition of a new position to their growing staff at their Galesburg, IL headquarters. Alex Lane, has taken on the responsibilities of the recently created position of Farm Manager at Munson Hybrids. The Farm Manager position will free Munson CEO and Owner John Hennenfent to continue to focus even more on growing the company. The Farm Manager position will transition over three years from Hennenfent to Lane. The transition is a three-year process due to the seasonal nature of farming in general, to experience the varied