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EPA Moves To Ease Regulation Of Pest-Resistant Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to exempt from its regulation some biotech crops that are genetically engineered to be toxic to damaging insects and other plant pests.

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ASTA Team Update

From ASTA’s Andy LaVigne: I want to provide you an update on a change within the ASTA team that is occurring. Earlier this week, I was approached by Jane DeMarchi and she told me that she has been offered the role of President and CEO of the North American Millers Association (NAMA). She has accepted the position and the NAMA Board has been told that she will be moving into the new role later this month.

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A Message From ASTA Chair John Latham And ASTA President & CEO Andy Lavigne

​It is with great disappointment that today we announce the difficult decision has been made to cancel the in-person version of ASTA’s CSS & Seed Expo 2020, due to take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from December 7-10, 2020. We will be moving the event to a virtual format with the advent of the new CSS & Seed Expo Virtual, to be held over the same dates.

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GDM Brings Breakthrough Technology Tools To Licensees

GDM is a global soybean genetics powerhouse that owns over 25% of the worlds’ soy germplasm. With over 36 years in the soybean breeding industry, GDM continues its quest for not only developing the highest yielding soybean genetics but also providing licensees innovative tools that help streamline their selection process.

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Bioheuris Partners with GDM to Develop Crop Management System in Soybeans Using Gene Editing

Bioheuris and GDM announced a collaboration agreement to develop high-yielding varieties using gene editing technology.

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Biden Executive Order Targets Consolidation in Ag Sector

A sweeping executive order aimed at promoting economic competition and signed Friday by President Joe Biden called on the Federal Trade Commission to institute rules to curb anticompetitive restrictions that limit consumers’ ability to repair gadgets on their own terms. Tucked into the executive order that covered 72 initiatives to promote competition in the US economy, Biden specifically asked the FTC to crack down on “unfair anticompetitive restrictions on third-party repair or self-repair of items, such as the restrictions imposed by powerful manufacturers that prevent farmers from repairing their own equipment.” Right to repair argues that anyone should have access to the OEM parts, manuals, and software needed to perform those repairs. Major gadget makers have lobbied to prevent this kind of repair accessibility, but the right to repair movement has been picking up momentum in recent years. Specifically, Biden took aim at cell phone makers and other tech companies, including tractor manufacturers, that “impose restrictions on self and third-party repairs, making repairs more costly and time-consuming, such as by restricting the distribution of parts, diagnostics, and repair tools.”

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Catherine Ballard Returns to IPSA as Executive Director

IPSA welcomes Catherine Ballard back to IPSA in new role.

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IPSA 2021/2022 Scholarship Winners

IPSA is pleased to announce the winners of our 2021/2022 scholarships.

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2022/2023 Scholarship Applications Open

​The Independent Professional Seed Association is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship period for the 2022/2023 school year. Working with the IPSA Education Committee, the IPSA Board will award ten $2,000 scholarships to students studying in the field of agriculture.

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