Experience the CSS & Seed Expo in a whole new way in 2021.

With our first return to Chicago since the pandemic, the ASTA planning team has taken a step back and reimagined the design for this year's event with our new "Villages." We've turned the Hyatt Regency Chicago into a festival this year, with a village for each aspect of our programming - each one including that topic's relevant exhibitors, sessions, networking spots, and "food trucks" to bring you a new food and beverage delight at every turn. Our Villages include:

  • The Tech Village - featuring the latest in ag tech innovations and digital agriculture (West Tower)
  • The Field Village - showcasing topics related to operations, logistics, and all of our processing, logistical, sorting and equipment exhibitors.
  • The LEAD Village - a new home for career skills, talent development, and research/lab facilities.
  • The Treat¬†Village - where you'll find the key players - and sessions - on the¬†important topic of seed treatment.
  • General Sessions - will be on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the West Tower's Crystal Ballroom - a first!
    Use the "Filter by Track" option here to see what's going on in each village!
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance Field Crop Board (Board members only)1:00 PM - 5:00 PMMonroe Boardroom 5
Monday, December 6, 2021
Registration7:00 AM - 5:00 PMGrand Ballroom Registration
IPR Emerging Issues Working Group (Members only)9:00 AM - 12:00 PMRandolph 1A and 1B
Seed Ambassador Leadership Team (SALT) Workshop (Invitation only)9:00 AM - 5:00 PMMichigan 1
Exhibits Open: Tech Village12:00 PM - 5:00 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Exhibits Open: Treat Village12:00 PM - 5:00 PMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
Media Room12:00 PM - 5:00 PMGrand Suite 5
Exhibits Open: LEAD Village12:00 PM - 5:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Sponsored Seminar by Indigo Ag: "Unlocking the Power of Seed with Biologicals"1:00 PM - 2:00 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Seed IP Year in Review: Cases, Trademarks, CRSPR + More! 1:00 PM - 3:30 PMMichigan 2
Seed Association of the Americas Board Meeting (Closed)1:00 PM - 5:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Alternative Proteins: What's the Direction and the Impact on Seed?2:00 PM - 3:15 PMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
Modeling & Prediction in Corn Improvement3:30 PM - 5:00 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Organic Seed Committee (Closed to Media)3:30 PM - 5:00 PMMichigan 3
LEAD Village Reception, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience5:00 PM - 7:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Registration7:00 AM - 5:00 PMGrand Ballroom Registration
Exhibits Open: Treat Village8:00 AM - 5:00 PMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
Exhibits Open: LEAD Village8:00 AM - 5:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Exhibits Open: Tech Village8:00 AM - 5:00 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Media Room8:00 AM - 5:00 PMGrand Suite 5
General Session: 2021 Agricultural Economy Report8:30 AM - 10:00 AMCrystal Ballroom (West Tower)
How Wheat Contributes to Overall Sustainability10:15 AM - 11:45 AMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
Seed Science Foundation Board of Directors (Board members only)12:00 PM - 2:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Exhibits Open: Field Village12:00 PM - 5:00 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
Bayer Sponsored Seminar: The World of Corn Rootworm is Changing 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
NEW! The Seed Expo Operations and Logistics Showcase1:00 PM - 2:30 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
Communications Session: Public Perceptions around Treated Seed (CLOSED TO MEDIA) 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMMichigan 1
Seed Industry Relations2:30 PM - 3:30 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Intellectual Property Rights Committee2:45 PM - 4:15 PMMichigan 1
Soybean Roadmap: An Historical Look Back and Into the Future3:30 PM - 5:00 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
The Seed Industry Relations Committee Presents: The Seed Expo Lab Showcase3:30 PM - 5:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
TREAT Village Reception, sponsored by Syngenta5:00 PM - 6:30 PMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Registration7:00 AM - 5:00 PMGrand Ballroom Registration
General Session - Carbon Management8:00 AM - 10:00 AMCrystal Ballroom (West Tower)
Exhibits Open: Treat Village8:00 AM - 12:00 PMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
Exhibits Open: LEAD Village8:00 AM - 5:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Exhibits Open: Field Village8:00 AM - 5:00 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
Media Room8:00 AM - 5:00 PMGrand Suite 5
Exhibits Open: Tech Village8:00 AM - 5:00 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Communicating Effectively: Courageous Conversations9:30 AM - 10:30 AMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Drones and UAV's: Where It's Going10:30 AM - 12:00 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Managing through the Turnover Tsunami10:45 AM - 11:45 AMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Innovation in Plant Breeding Working Group (Closed)11:00 AM - 1:00 PMMichigan 2
Sorghum Session11:30 AM - 12:30 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
Consumer Outlook and How It's Changing1:00 PM - 2:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Seed Treatment and Environment Committee (Closed to media)1:00 PM - 2:00 PMMichigan 1
Seed Science Challenge Reports2:15 PM - 3:15 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Ag Tech Innovations Showcase at Seed Expo 20212:15 PM - 3:45 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Seed Association of the Americas Open Meeting3:30 PM - 4:30 PMMichigan 1
Building a Rural Environment Sustainable for Talent3:30 PM - 5:00 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
TECH Village Reception: Backyard Game Night, sponsored by Inari5:00 PM - 6:30 PMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Registration7:00 AM - 1:00 PMGrand Ballroom Registration
Sponsored Seminar: Seed World of Precision Breeding7:15 AM - 8:15 AMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Seed Expo Exhibitors Meeting/ASTA Associates Division Meeting7:30 AM - 8:45 AMMichigan 1
Exhibits Open: Tech Village8:00 AM - 11:00 AMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Exhibits Open: LEAD Village8:00 AM - 12:00 PMLEAD Village (Grand Ballroom A/B)
Exhibits Open: Treat Village8:00 AM - 12:00 PMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
Exhibits Open: Field Village8:00 AM - 1:00 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
Media Room8:00 AM - 1:00 PMGrand Suite 5
Gene Editing8:30 AM - 10:00 AMTech Village (Regency Ballroom, West Tower)
Spouse/Guest Breakfast9:00 AM - 10:00 AMMonarch Suite 3475
The Seed Treatment Expo Showcase10:00 AM - 11:30 AMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
ASTA Closing Holiday Party and Prizes!12:00 PM - 1:00 PMField Village (Riverside Center)
Phytosanitary Session: Systems Approach: Will it Work in the Row Crop Seed Sector?1:00 PM - 3:00 PMThe Corteva Stage at TREAT Village (Grand Hall G - J)
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