ASTA CSS & Seed Expo

Each December the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosts the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo, America’s largest seed industry convention with the latest information on seed treatment, plant breeding innovation, the agricultural economy outlook, emerging global disease threats and more.

The event is a combination of the Corn and Sorghum Seed Research Conference, the Soybean Seed Research Conference, and the Seed Expo which features hundreds of industry exhibitors.

This virtual ag newsroom includes links to digital media content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast.

ASTA is bringing the time-honored tradition of the CSS & Seed Expo to the industry for 2020 in a virtual format December 7-9. Seed professionals from around the world are coming together for four days of networking and education – with the biggest audience in the show’s 70+ year history expected.


2020 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Image Album


Includes segments from sessions – entire sessions are available on demand for registrants.
Registration link
Media can contact Bethany Shively ( for access to full recordings.

ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne – wrap-up interview including comments on Biden nominee Tom Vilsack
ASTA Wrap up with Andy LaVigne, President and CEO (12:20)

ASTA Chair John Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds
ASTA Interview with Chair John Latham (6:58)

Dan Basse, AgResource Company, presented his annual agricultural economic outlook for the 8th year in a row. He covers some of the highlights in this interview.
ASTA Interview with Dan Basse, AgResource (11:45)

ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne asked Basse about the outlook for ethanol
ASTA ethanol questions for Dan Basse, AgResource (3:06)

ASTA Hires Senate Ag Veteran Janae Brady
ASTA Interview with Janae Brady, Congressional Affairs (5:49)

Majors’ Crystal Ball session
Linda Trolinder of BASF, Michael Graham with Bayer, Neal Gutterson with Corteva Agriscience, Trevor Hohls of Syngenta
ASTA CSS Majors' Crystal Ball sound bites (7:21)

Seed to Spoon: Understanding Premium Markets
Jim Blome – Calyxt, Inc.; Jason Weller – Truterra LLC; Chris Harbourt – Indigo Ag
ASTA CSS Seed to Spoon excerpt (4:33)

Corn Research with 2020 Vision
James Holland – USDA-ARS; Seth Murray – Texas A&M University; Tom Hoegemeyer – UNL retired plant breeder; James Parks – Corteva Agriscience
ASTA 100 Years of Seed Corn - Tom Hoegemeyer - excerpt (3:03)

Sustainability, Transparency and Collaboration – Action Beyond the Buzz Words
Iowa farmer Pam Johnson participated in this panel moderated by Judd O’Connor, Corteva Agriscience, with Steven James of PepsiCo and ASTA chair John Latham, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.
ASTA Interview with Pam Johnson, Iowa farmer (17:12)

Genome Editing – Current and Future Directions
A. Mark Cigan – GENUS; James Radtke – Cibus US; Nicholas Bate – Pairwise Plants; David Bubeck – Corteva Agriscience
ASTA Interview with Nicholas Bate, Pairwise (5:16)

Hybrid Wheat: What is Different This Time?
Jessie Alt, Global Wheat Lead, Corteva Agriscience
Role of newer breeding techniques and genomic knowledge enabling and complementing hybrid wheat breeding
ASTA Interview with Jessie Alt, Corteva Agriscience (8:20)

ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne offers post-election comments, 2020 challenges, virtual meetings.
ASTA Interview with Andy LaVigne (10:19)

ASTA Vice President, Scientific Affairs & Policy, Fan-Li Chou discusses regulatory issues and innovation.
ASTA Interview with Fan-Li Chou (10:21)

ASTA Senior Director, International Programs and Policy, Abigail Struxness discusses trade challenges and opportunities in 2020 including, COVID impacts, USMCA, and China.
ASTA Interview with Abigail Struxness (7:33)

ASTA Senior Director of Meetings and Service Jennifer Crouse talks about what is in store with the new virtual format.
ASTA Interview with Jennifer Crouse on Seed Expo (7:05)

Archived years ASTA CSS & Seed Expo content

2019 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

2018 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

2017 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

2016 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

2015 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

2014 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

2013 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

2012 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo