Alexandria, VA (March 4, 2024) — American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andy LaVigne is pleased to announce the promotion of two staff members.

Pat Miller has been promoted to Senior Director, Special Projects; and Jordan Gregory has been promoted to Director, State Government Affairs.

“For nearly two decades, Pat Miller has been the seed industry’s trusted advisor on state legislative affairs and treated seed issues. As he moves on to a new role within ASTA, we are grateful for his institutional and technical knowledge on critical issues impacting seed growers across the country,” said LaVigne. “In the three years Jordan has been with ASTA, she has demonstrated her ability to quickly understand and address our members’ needs. I am excited to have her on ASTA’s government affairs team and encourage members to engage with her on state legislative issues during a key election year.”

Miller has led ASTA’s state government affairs since 2007, working with state and regional industry associations to monitor legislative initiatives across the 50 state capitals, and managing legislative, regulatory, and grassroots activities in response. He also directs ASTA’s Seed Advocate program, informing and mobilizing seed industry activists.

Gregory joined ASTA in 2021 as Manager, Membership Engagement. She previously served as the Policy Specialist for the Texas Department of Agriculture, analyzing agricultural legislation on both the state and federal level, educating stakeholders and legislators to ensure relevant policy initiatives supported the industry’s continued growth. In her new role, she will lead ASTA’s state government affairs advocacy efforts, ensuring that the seed industry continues to have a strong voice across the country.

Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) represents nearly 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.