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American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reports:

Registration is open for the ASTA 131st Annual Convention, being held June 11- 14 in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, a special pre-conference ASTA/Purdue University workshop, the Seed Leadership Program, is also being held June 9 - 11 at our headquarter hotel, the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis.

This year's conference features an outstanding schedule of topics and special events, including:

A keynote presentation by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels;

A general session featuring World Food Prize Laureates Gebisa Ejeta and Philip Nelson;

A special "Green Flag" session, bridging the pre-conference workshop and the annual convention programming, highlighting key themes from Purdue's 2013 Large Commercial Producer Survey;

Breakout sessions on food safety, organic seed issues, biotechnology, legislative and legal concerns, intellectual property rights and more;

A special meeting and reception for ASTA's Future Seed Executives and a joint reception with FuSE and the American Seed Research Foundation at the NCAA Hall of Champions;

A welcome reception at Lucas Oil Stadium, tours of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a baseball outing to see the Indianapolis Indians, special events, tours for families, plus three ASTA sporting events!

Registration is at and hotel rooms can be reserved at (800-704-6162- reference the "American Seed Trade Association" room block if reserving by phone).

The cut-off date for the ASTA group rate of $179 (rate includes internet access) is May 9, 2014.

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