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Dear Friends,

Welcome to a history-making joint convention of the Oregon Seed Association and American Seed Trade Association!  We are excited to showcase Oregon’s diverse seed industry. We determined early on that we would work together in 2015 and continue that through 2016 in a way that will enhance partnerships between the associations and among its members for years to come.

While Oregon may be well known for its prominent cool-season grass seed industry, it is similarly famous around the world for highly successful specialty seed production.  Oregon agriculture is extremely diverse, producing over 220 different seed and other crops.  Portland is located on the north end of the Willamette Valley, an area of about one million acres of farmland extending 100 miles to the south.  Most of the state’s 220 agriculture products are produced in this valley.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to learn about the latest issues impacting the seed industry while interacting with your peers from both associations.  And don’t forget to take some time to get out and explore the local surroundings.  The bus tour will give participants an inside look at what’s out in the field and a chance to experience Oregon’s crop diversity first-hand!

The shared values amongst our diverse memberships  is our biggest asset.  We have a historic opportunity to collectively roll up our sleeves as representatives of all segments of our industry and discuss issues and develop policy initiatives for the entire industry.

As an industry, we have a great story to tell, and your unique voice is essential to that story. Collectively and individually, we are the best messengers for telling it.

At our convention let’s make sure we rekindle old relationships and launch great new ones, so that together OSA and ASTA are truly “Blazing Trails” in the days and years to come.


RisaRisa Demasi
American Seed Trade Association
Chair
Loberg_030116 (2)Greg Loberg
Oregon Seed Association
President
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