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Agrimarketing : American Seed Trade Association
Congratulations & Thank You! to the AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSOCIATION for 125 years of G owth! 125 years of Growth! We Salute You and Toast t o Your Continued Success! PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE continued from page 19 these technologies in North America, setting the stage for continued global leadership. NorthAmerican farmers arewell equipped tomeet increased demand for high quality and abundant crop exports to feed a hungry planet. BRIGHT INTERNATIONAL FUTURE by Paul Schickler VP, Gen’lMgr/DuPont President/Pioneer Hi-Bred We are living in exciting times in the internationalmarket- place, a source of rich opportunities—aswell as challenges —for the seed industry. Certainly,we are seeing growth in the need for grain throughout the world. The demand formeat products is expanding in global diets and, to meet this livestock need, farmers throughout theworldmust produce more grain. Our planet’s population has Providing Seed Germination Papers Since 1928 increased 13%over the last ten years. Worldwide, over the past decade, there has been a 21%growth inmeat con- sumption, a 34%increase in corn use and a 52%growth in soybean consumption,while theworld crop area harvested over the last ten years has increased only 6%.With its pro- ducer partners, the seed industry is challenged tomeet this growing grain need –— producingmore grain per hectare without pushing the limits of current tillable land. Tomeet this demand, the seed industry stands ready to Schickler market productswith improved plant genetics and benefi- cial biotechnology traits to growers around the globe. PioneerHi-Bred, a DuPont business, has been involved in sales and research activities around theworld for decades. In theAsia Pacific andAfrican regions,we are see- ing solid gains in key cornmarkets, including rapid growth in China. The SouthAmericanmarket, particularly Brazil, looks to be very strong, building on gainswe havemade in recent years. This global growth benefits ourNorthAmerican cus- tomers aswell. By developing and producing seed prod- ucts for a number of different environments around the world, this provides input to researchers and plant breed- ers to help develop still better products for producers in NorthAmerica. There are certainly challenges in operating in the global We S hip Worl dwid e Anchor Paper Company 480 Broadway St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 U. S. A. Office: 651-298-1311 Toll Free: 1-800-652-9755 Fax: 651-298-9705 www.seed paper.com 20 AgriMarketing s American Seed Trade Association Supplement e???2w????????2w???????2IIGTGHVD2e?????2?????2g?F2IGP2??2?2REg???? marketplace. These include fluctuating exchange rates, dif- fering regulatory environments, and dramatically different production systems and practices fromcountry to country. Despite this,we see the bushel basket as being half-full, rather than half-empty.There are incredible opportunities for the seed industry across the globe aswe advance into the twenty-first century.We believe our best days in this industry are ahead of us. AM
November December 2008