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Bill Rooney stands in a grain sorghum field. - Kay Ledbetter/Texas A&M AgriLife

Bill Rooney stands in a grain sorghum field. - Kay Ledbetter/Texas A&M AgriLife
Jan 06

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/06/2022

Weekly Update from the Texas Seed Trade Association
Member News
Horseshoe Bay Resort
February 13-15, 2022
´╗┐Texas Seed Trade Association Annual & Membership Meeting
The 2022 TSTA annual meeting will be February 13-15, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort near Marble Falls, TX. The activities begin Sunday, February 13th for the first Annual TSTA Cornhole Tournament the proceeds of which will be used to support our scholarship program through the TSTA Foundation. Beginning at 3:00PM the tournament is $100 to enter and $150 to watch. Some very nice prizes are included for the winners! The Super Bowl Party convenes just after the corn-hole tournament Sunday evening.
Monday, February 14th, there will be an installation of new officers; a review of the state of the organization; and interact with experts on a variety of subjects of interest to seed professionals. There will be a light continental breakfast Monday morning and a luncheon between the morning and afternoon sessions. The President & 1st Lady's Dinner and Auction will be enjoyable for all on Valentine's Day with spouse, guest, and friends.
The TSTA board of directors will meet on Tuesday morning the 15th. All members in good standing are invited to attend the board meeting.
Reservations may be made using the link below. Rooms may be available at the negotiated rate beyond the 15th check out. Please call the Resort at 877-611-0112 to inquire. Our room rate is quite favorable especially for a property of this distinction.
The second link is for meeting registration and the third provides some general information.
In an effort to update and maintain our membership records we request you take a few moments and fill out the very brief info request at the following link.
The link is secure and the information will be used internally by the Texas Seed Trade Association and never shared without your permission. This request is on behalf of your association's board of directors and officers and we greatly appreciate your cooperation. Thank you!
1/6/2022 - If you have not updated your information please take a moment and do so now. We appreciate it!
Plan to Attend the Southern Seed Association Annual Meeting in Austin!
We will celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the SSA at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, January 14-17, 2022!
President Mark Thomas is finalizing exciting plans for our long-awaited meeting. In addition to important business and industry networking, we’ll enjoy fellowship, fine dining, golf, shopping and entertainment. Details are forthcoming, but highlights include Saturday’s 4th Annual Tailgate & Welcome Reception, outstanding speakers during our business sessions, golfing, and first-class ladies’ entertainment. We will conclude our meeting with our President’s Reception, Banquet and annual SSA Scholarship Draw-Down on Monday evening.
Please mark your calendars and remember the value of SSA:
Our 16-state organization supports the greater causes of our industry in ways that no single company can do, while also providing a return-on-investment for your fees and contributions through industry communications, education, networking, marketing for your business and a political voice for common issues.
Please click on the 2022 SSA Convention Registration Form to complete your registration. You may also make your hotel reservations here.
Thank you for your continued support of the SSA, and we look forward to seeing you all in Austin!
Australian OGTR - Receipt of licence application from The University of Queensland for a field trial of genetically modified sorghum
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator release
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a licence application (DIR 189) from The University of Queensland to conduct a field trial with genetically modified (GM) sorghum with an asexual seed formation trait. A summary of the application is posted on our website (search for DIR 189).
The trial is proposed to take place between September 2022 and June 2025, on one site with a maximum area of one hectare per season. The trial site is located at the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus in the Lockyer Valley LGA in Queensland. The trial would be subject to control measures that restrict the spread and persistence of the GM plants and their introduced genetic material. The GM sorghum would not be used for human food or animal feed.
The OGTR is preparing a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for the application. This is expected to be released for public comment and advice from experts, agencies and authorities in early April 2022. There will be at least 30 days for submission of comments.
If you have any questions or would like to receive a copy of the full application or the summary, please contact the OGTR and quote the reference number DIR 189.
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