2021 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo

America’s largest seed industry conference is back live and in-person at the Hyatt Regency Chicago December 6-9, 2021. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) presents the 2021 CSS & Seed Expo with more than 2,000 seed industry professionals from 36 countries.

This year’s conference offers an all-new “Villages” concept, showcasing interactive programming in the following key areas: ag tech innovation, operations and logistics, career skills and research/lab facilities, and treated seed. The Seed Expo’s “Field Village” offers a first-hand look at the latest in large field equipment, seed sorting and processing and seed logistics and packaging.

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2021 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Photo Album


Preview interview with ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne
Preview interview with Andy LaVigne, ASTA (4:04)

Wrap up interview with Andy LaVigne, ASTA
Wrap up interview with Andy LaVigne, ASTA (4:47)

Interview with ASTA Chair Brad May, BASF, Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing Seed Treatments
Interview with ASTA Chair Brad May, BASF (6:24)

Interview with immediate past ASTA chair John Latham, Latham Seeds
Interview with past ASTA Chair John Latham, Latham Seeds (6:20)

Alternative proteins panel:
Nicole Sopko – VP, Upton’s Naturals and President, Plant Based Foods Association
Tyler Jameson – VP, Government Affairs, Impossible Foods
Mark Macrander – Director, Specialty Grain Contracting & Plant Science, Ingredion Corporation
ASTACSS Alternative Protein panel (34:04)
Interview with Nicole Sopko, Upton's Naturals (5:41)

General Session: 2021 Agricultural Economy Report
AgResource Company president Dan Basse provides annual agricultural economic outlook
ASTACSS - Dan Basse, AgResource, trends overview (5:34)
ASTACSS - Dan Basse, AgResource, China hog hotels and renewable diesel (8:16)

General Session: Carbon Management
Carbon Considerations at Global, National and Farm Scales
Dr. Shalamar Armstrong, Purdue University (14:52)
Emily Bruner, American Farmland Trust (16:30)
Matt Kurtz, Corteva Agriscience (10:00)
Arlene Cotie, Sustainable Ag, Bayer (8:53)
Carbon and the Marketplace
Elizabeth Fastiggi, Amazon (6:34)
Sheila Remes, The Boeing Company (9:28)
Jason Weller, Truterra/Land O'Lakes (6:30)
Interview with Jason Weller, Truterra (11:15)

Wheat Session: How Wheat Contributes to Overall Sustainability
Jamie Ridgely, Truterra; Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat; Matt Wehmeyer, AgriMaxx Wheat
ASTACSS Wheat Sustainability session (1:17:50)

ASTACSS sponsor Syngenta
Eric Boeck, Head of Marketing, U.S. Seeds
ASTACSS Interview with Eric Boeck, Syngenta (7:36)
Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Manager of Federal Government and Industry Relations for Syngenta
ASTACSS Interview with Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta (6:26)

Seed World of Precision Breeding seminar
Sonja Begemann – Seed World
Fan-Li Chou – American Seed Trade Association – ASTA
Diego Risso – URUPOV / Seed Association of the Americas
Szabolcs Ruthner – International Seed Federation
ASTACSS Seed World of Precision Breeding seminar (60:00)

Gene Editing panel
Annie Gutsche – Corteva Agriscience
Catherine Feuillet – Inari Agriculture, Inc.
Timothy Kelliher – Syngenta – Syngenta Seeds Research
Robert Stupar – University of Minnesota
ASTACSS Gene Editing panel (60:00)