Alexandria, VA (March 19, 2024) — The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) updated its guide assisting farmers, landowners, and others to easily locate and contact professional seed suppliers for quality environment, conservation, and cover crop seed. The interactive Environment, Conservation, and Cover Crop Seed Resource Guide helps buyers find dealers for specific seed types by geographic location to support production and sustainability goals.

“It’s important to plan proactively, and as far in advance as possible, to ensure your local, professional seed dealer has your selection of seed in stock when and where you need it,” said ASTA President & CEO Andy LaVigne. “Professionally produced and processed seed is designed to help farmers achieve success through managing the use of the right seed, at the right place, at the right time. It has been selected, harvested, cleaned, analyzed, processed, and packaged for performance; and it has been tested for purity and germination. All of this helps ensure you get the best quality seed to meet your production and sustainability goals, while minimizing the presence of invasive and other weeds.”

ASTA works with its members to update this map every year, ensuring farmers, landowners, and other interested individuals have the latest information to access local and professionally produced environment, conservation, and cover crop seed.

A recent survey by ASTA found that an added 10.5 million acres of cover crops will be planted in the next five years as a result of USDA’s Partnerships for Climate Smart-Commodities projects. This projected demand demonstrates the benefits of conservation resources like this map, and supports ASTA's ongoing efforts in sustainability advocacy for cover crop seed.

View the updated Environment, Conservation, and Cover Crop Seed Resource Guide here.

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.