Background Image

news Post


Jan 20

TSTA Weekly Update, 01/20/2022

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 deadline is looming for good room rates - please book now!
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.
Monday morning we will discuss membership issues and hold elections for new board members and officers. We'll go over the state of our sponsored scholarships, legislative activities, and regulatory updates. Our outgoing, and incoming, association president will have some things to share with you as well.
Monday afternoon we will host a general session on topics of mutual interest to all members. Dr, Bill Rooney will discuss his research on the potential of sorghum bred for energy utilization for carbon sequestration. Tillery Sims will be with us to discuss progress on hemp crops in Texas and where she sees we're going and what it will take to get there. Dr. David Baltensperger will present several updates on how Texas A&M is contributing to their already productive plant breeding efforts and news about AgriLife priorities as well as news from the Texas State Seed & Plant Board.
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!
1/20/2022 - If you have not updated your information please take a moment and do so now. We appreciate it! We continue to update this database and need your input!
The Southern Seed Association Annual Meeting in Austin
The 102nd anniversary of the SSA was celebrated with an annual meeting at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, January 14-17, 2022. It was wonderful to see so many TSTA members in attendance.
Our thanks to President Mark Thomas and Executive Vice President Richard Taylor for letting us participate in the event. We offered a Texas welcome to the group at the general session on Monday morning and offered a sponsorship and an auction item as well. What a great group of seed professionals!
Political aide to Texas agriculture commissioner indicted
The Associated Press
A longtime aide to Texas' agriculture commissioner was indicted Tuesday on charges of soliciting thousands of dollars in bribes from farmers in exchange for licenses to produce hemp.
Todd Smith, a top aid to Commissioner Sid Miller, was indicted by a Travis County grand jury, the Houston Chronicle reports. Smith was arrested in May and faces charges theft and commercial bribery.
Under Texas law governing the hemp industry, licenses are supposed to cost $100. Smith was accused of soliciting tens of thousands in cash from prospective applicants. Growing hemp became legal in Texas in 2019.
The newspaper reports that earlier this month, Miller brushed aside the allegations against Smith and said Smith remained a member of his team.