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New Online Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship
Receives Widespread Ag Industry Support

The American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America have partnered on an industry-wide initiative to promote the safe handling and management of seed treatments that has resulted in a new, all-in-one online resource for farmers and seed companies.

Endorsed by the National Corn Growers Association, the Farm Bureau and the American Soybean Association, the Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship features critical information about seed treatment usage and up-to-date guidelines for effectively managing treated seed to minimize potential risks to non-target organisms, such as pollinators.

Click on www.seed-treatment-guide.com to read the latest recommendations for environmental stewardship and the safe transport, handling, labeling, storing and planting of treated seed. Also included is a comprehensive list of industry and government resources and a useful glossary of seed treatment terms.


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Seed Industry Releases The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship,
An All-in-One Resource for Effectively Managing Treated Seed

Maintaining the delicate balance of nature – now and in the future – is the focus of a seed industry initiative led by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and CropLife America (CLA). Together, with experts from seed treatment companies, research universities and numerous domestic and international agricultural organizations, they have produced The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship to provide farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for effectively managing treated seed and minimizing the risk of potential exposure to non-target organisms.

“The Guide serves as an all-in-one resource that addresses every stage of a seed’s journey from treatment to planting,” says Andrew W. LaVigne, president and CEO of ASTA.

The online guide contains the latest recommendations for the safe transport, handling and use of seed treatment products, as well as information on environmental stewardship, and labeling, storing and planting treated seed. It also features a useful seed treatment glossary and an extensive list of industry and government resources. The Guide will be regularly updated as seed technology advances and feedback is received from growers and seed companies.

“The Guide will be an invaluable resource for our members,” says Pam Johnson, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “We encourage all corn growers to refer to it before, during and after the corn planting season.”

The Guide also has the enthusiastic support of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Soybean Association and has been shared with the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency who both applauded the industry’s initiative in this effort.

“This resource outlines how all of us in agriculture can help minimize any potential risk and better protect the environment along the way,” said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA.

Released online, the comprehensive and easy-to-understand Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship is available at www.seed-treatment-guide.com. It can be printed or downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet device allowing easy access to important seed information.