Industry News

For the inside scoop on what’s happening in the seed industry, check out the industry news articles below.


September 14, 2020

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.


August 11, 2020

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.
We know how many of you, including our staff, were looking forward to coming together again in Chicago this winter. We’re acutely aware that since lockdown began, the CSS & Seed Expo has come to represent a beacon of hope for the entire seed industry community. And while we can’t replicate the in-person experience, you can rest assured, planning is already underway to create a virtual experience like no other! We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store.


August 11, 2020

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. 

While I really hate to see Jane leave the ASTA team, I am extremely proud of her and look forward to working with her in this new role. She has worked extremely diligently, and successfully, for the issues and interests of the American seed industry and will be missed. However, we know that she will continue to be very supportive of the seed industry and issues in the future. We wish her all the best! FYI, she will be with us through Aug. 21st if you want to reach out to her. We’ll also have her future contact information when she transitions and can provide that to you in the future.

I am working with Ann to get the process moving to begin finding Jane’s replacement and will keep you appraised of our progress. If you have any questions or want to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


August 11, 2020

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. 

GDM Explore Plots

Charlie Simmons, GDM Licensing leader explains: “GDM Explore Plots are large strip trials placed in low to high yield environments where we compare commercial and experimental varieties against the best checks in the market. Each Explore plot contains hundreds of soybean varieties that are each labeled with a QR code. We have over 50 large Explore Plots spread across the U.S. that are open for our licensees to visit!” 

GDM Explore App 

GDM is excited to launch the GDM Explore App – a simple platform that provides licensees a more efficient way to schedule visits, evaluate varieties, and take notes.

Matt Lassiter with Meherrin Ag agrees, sharing: “GDM Explore is a user-friendly app that makes walking plots and taking notes simple and easy.  The ability to take pictures and attach notes is very helpful, and it eliminates the requirement for a pen, paper and clipboard in the field.  Having access right at your fingertips on your phone or iPad helps make it a best in class technology.” 

Jeff Pangle with Winfield United shared his experience: “The GDM Explore App is outstanding.  The GDM crew continues to expand and include new and innovative features.  This is the future for plot review and evaluation”.

GDM Explore App Key features: 

  • Licensees can visit GDM Explore plots independently – this not only gives licensees more freedom to schedule visits on their own time, but also increases social distancing – something GDM takes seriously. 
  • Streamlining the notetaking process – one can “favorite” and rate varieties, take notes on one platform (never lose those notes again!), and even pictures. 
  • Bean Blog – our product placement and commercial teams share what is happening in each Explore plot daily so licensees can stay updated and schedule visits to locations that are relevant to you.   

You can download the Explore App by scanning the QR code below! If you are interested to learn more about GDM Licensing, contact Charlie Simmons or Gene Moore.

Charlie Simmons: (870) 559-9413 

Gene Moore: (217) 898-4910 

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