The Program

ASTA's Farm and Lawn Seed Conference is held in conjunction with the Western Seed Association's Annual Meeting each year in Kansas City, Missouri. The ASTA programming typically includes meetings on cover crops, environmental and conservation seed, sorghum seed, and topics of interest to grass, turf, forage, conservation and cotton seed companies. Join us this November!

2021 Program:


Farm and Lawn Seed Conference
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Westin Hotel, Kansas City

In partnership with the Western Seed Conference



ASTA Programming (open to all attendees)


8:30 – 9:00 am

“General Issues Update” by Janae Brady & Payton Englert, ASTA


9:00 – 9:45 am

“NRCS Programs Update” (live/virtual)

  • Terry Cosby, NRCS Chief (invited)
  • “Update on Plant Material Centers” by John Englert, National Plant Materials Program Leader USDA-NRCS, Ecological Sciences Division

9:45 – 10:15 am

“Sorghum Export Markets Update and Expectations” by Carey Sifferath, US Grains Council


10:15 – 10:45 am

“Seed Lab Uniformity Activity” by Heidi Larson, SGS North America


10:45 – 11:30 am

“Cover Crop Issues Updates”

  • David Zanoni, Senior Underwriter for RMA (live/virtual)
  • Rob Myer, Regional Director of Extension Programs for USDA-NIFA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Lunch on your own


Environmental & Conservation Seed Committee Meeting (ASTA members only)

1:00 – 2:30 pm

  • “Bureau of Land Management Seed Distribution Update” by Trisha Roller & Diane Barker, BLM (live/virtual)
  • “Native Seed Legislation in the States” by Pat Miller, ASTA
  • “National Academy of Sciences Report:  An Assessment of Native Seed Needs and Capacities” by Rob Wendell, Schaff Seed Companies
  • General discussion about the 2022 Spring Workshop

Cover Crop Working Group Meeting (ASTA members only)

2:30 – 3:30 pm

  • General discussion about new programs & sustainability







How It Works

Registration for the ASTA sessions is included for any registrant of the Western Seed Association's Annual Meeting.

To access their site for registration, Click Here.