Seed trade association leaders participate in FarmNext Summit

Topics included the economic outlook for careers in agriculture.
Topics included the economic outlook for careers in agriculture. | File photo

The FarmNext Summit brought agriculture industry leaders, policymakers and young farmers to Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the future of farming and how young farmers can participate more in the farming industry to ensure a positive future.

Included in the summit was American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President and CEO Andrew LaVigne. 

“The seed industry is passionate about reaching out to the next generation of agricultural innovators," he said. "As seed professionals, innovation is at the heart of what we do. It’s critical that we continue to build upon the progress of the generations of hard-working agriculture professionals who have come before us, to build a stronger future for tomorrow.”

During the summit, ASTA released a White Paper based on topics discussed during last year's listening tour. Topics included the public’s perception of agriculture, technology and innovation within the industry, the economic outlook for careers in agriculture, opportunities for workforce development, and environmental issues. Young farmers face a multitude of challenges, but they expressed a desire to address the issues before them.

“As an industry, we are constantly progressing and bringing new ideas and innovations to the marketplace to help address many of the challenges facing our world today,” LaVigne said. “ From environmental issues, to food security, and health and wellness — it starts with a seed. I’m confident that the next generation of agriculture professionals is uniquely positioned and ready to face these challenges. ASTA is proud to be a part of the FarmNext movement to help amplify the voices of these young people embarking on critical careers in agriculture.”

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