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The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Announces Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Pioneer As Its First Industry Members

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 7:39 am EDT


Bassersdorf, Switzerland

The recently introduced category of Industry Member aims to further engage the seed industry, streamline communication and, in the process, expand the Association’s activities.

“It is an honor to see that two of the main pillars of the seed industry are committed to support the Association,” says Beni Kaufman, ISTA’s secretary general. “As the name reflects, this category is meant to all members of the industry: large corporations, small companies and commercial laboratories alike,” adds Kaufman.

From the seed company point of view, a new and important benefit in taking on the Industry Membership is partaking in a new body: the Industry Advisory Group.

This forum will be made of up to 15 ISTA members and will be charged with the task of representing the industry’s interest in the Association.

“At DuPont Pioneer, we see this new membership category as an opportunity to move International Seed Trade testing toward standardization — whether physiological, genetic and trait purity, or physical properties — which is important to maintain the integrity of the global seed trade,” says Jeremy Bergstrom, DuPont Pioneer global quality testing manager.

“Collaboration is very important to Dow AgroSciences, and this forum is a way to partner with the association and industry to focus on the seed quality needed by customers,” says Janice Hotz, director of quality, Dow AgroSciences.  “Improved technical testing methods will benefit farmers as they do the essential work of feeding a growing population.”

One seat on the Industry Advisory Group is reserved for a representative of the International Seed Federation (ISF), and the first eight Industry Members will automatically have a place on the group after ISTA executive committee approval. “I believe further industry collaboration/communication using these Industry Memberships as a platform help influence seed testing rules and expedite the acceptance of newer, more precise seed testing technologies,” declares Bergstrom.

The ability of ISTA to promote uniformity and standardization in seed testing is a function of ISTA’s recognition. Engaging as an Industry Member is an endorsement, showing the industry’s support to the Association and what it stands for.

About International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)
Founded in 1924, with the aim to develop and publish standard procedures in the field of seed testing, ISTA is inextricably linked with the history of seed testing. With member laboratories in 80 countries/distinct economies worldwide, ISTA membership is truly a global network.  ISTA members work together to achieve their vision of uniformity in seed quality evaluation worldwide. Our association produces internationally agreed rules for seed sampling and testing, accredits laboratories, promotes research, provides international seed analysis certificates and training, and disseminates knowledge in seed science and technology. This facilitates seed trading nationally and internationally, and also contributes to food security.

About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences discovers, develops, and brings to market crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions for the growing world. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $7.3 billion in 2014. Learn more at Follow Dow AgroSciences on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

About DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.


Benjamin Kaufman
Secretary General
ISTA Secretariat

Pierrick Marcoux
Head of Marketing
ISTA Secretariat

Kenda Resler Friend
Media Relations Leader
Dow AgroSciences

Jane Slusark
Public Affairs
DuPont Pioneer