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Agrimarketing : American Seed Trade Association
lectual property rights, patent reform, immigration, farmbill imple- mentation, energy, trade and food safety.Outreach and education can reach beyond traditional seed indus- try partners in the government agen- cies so that their representatives bet- ter understand howthe seed industrymay be impacted through their various activities. Grassroots activities are essential withmuchmore effort at the district level and inWashington; therefore, close interactionwith state associa- tions are critical to these efforts of ASTA.ASTAhas seen successeswith continued funding for important seed initiatives such as Genetic Enhancement ofMaize (GEM), the National Plan GermplasmSystem, Global Crop Diversity Trust, National SeedHealth Systemand special projects on diseases like soybean rust andwatermelon fruit blotch. Stewardship is an important part of business that the seed industry is committed. TheASTAGuide to Seed QualityManagement Practiceswas unveiled in June 2008. The Guide, developed by theASTAStewardship Committee, is intended to serve as a reference document for companies developing individual qualityman- agement practices and operating procedures for seed fromthe point of incorporation of a trait into a breed- ing programthrough commercial seed production and sale. The Guide ismaintained in a dynamic and interactive format on theASTAWeb site. Food safety has emerged as a top priority among policymakers after recent outbreaks over the last year. ASTAestablished the Food Safety Pathogen AdHocWorkingGroup tasked to look at the role of seed in relation to food safety. In June 2008, theASTABoard of Directors approved a “Statement on Field and Greenhouse Planted Seeds and Human Pathogens.” Recognizing the concern of con- sumerswith the safety of their food, the U.S. seed industry developed the statement to emphasize that existing data do not showthat human pathogens pose a risk for seed planted for field or greenhouse pro- (more on page 12) American Seed Trade Association Supplement s AgriMarketing 11
November December 2008