The American Seed Trade Association has recognized Dick Crowder and Bill Latham with the organization’s Heritage Award. Crowder was a USDA undersecretary from 1989-to-1992 before joining Dekalb as a senior vice president. Crowder later served as the agricultural trade ambassador during the George W. Bush administration. Latham, who passed away in 2015, served as president of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. Latham served as president of ASTA and the Independent Professional Seed Association. ASTA’s Distinguished Service Award belongs to Donn Cummings, who is with the National Association of Plant Breeders. ASTA Lifetime Honorary Membership was presented to Craig Newman, who retired as the president and CEO of AgReliant Genetics.
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