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American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reports:

ASTA welcomes Mitch Daniels, Purdue University President and World Food Prize Laureates Gebisa Ejeta and Phillip Nelson as presenters during ASTA's 131st Annual Convention.

Daniels is the 12th president of Purdue University, where he has made student affordability and success his top priority. Previously, he served two terms as Governor of Indiana, where he improved the fiscal condition and performance of state government. Daniels earned praise for adding record acres of wetlands, wildlife habitats and more than 3,000 miles of hiking and biking trails. Daniels will present the keynote speech during the Opening Session and Breakfast Thursday, June 12.

World Food Prize Laureates Ejeta and Nelson will speak during the General Session held Thursday, June 12 at 10:15 a.m. Ejeta is a Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. Ejeta received the 2009 World Food Prize for his work in the development of drought tolerant and parasitic weed resistant sorghums. He has facilitated the adoption of these crop cultivars in numerous African countries.

Nelson is a Professor Emeritus of Food Science at Purdue University. He was named the 2007 World Food Prize Laureate recipient for his work with aseptic bulk storage, which has impacted the distribution of fruit concentrates in over 135 countries.

To hear these presentations, make sure to register for ASTA's Annual Convention, June 11-14 in Indianapolis. Registration is currently open and the early bird rate of $449 per person has been extended to May 9. After that date, the regular registration price will increase to $559 per person.

To register, click here.

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