More than 140 people attended the Oregon Seed Association’s (OSA) 46th annual Mid-Winter Meeting at the Salem Conference Center, marking another year of growth for the organization.  The addition of three new companies, Bailey Seed & Grain, Saddle Butte Ag Inc. and Vista Seed Partners LLC, brings OSA’s membership total to 103.

The OSA Mid-Winter Meeting is a one-day event that includes committee meetings, association business and updates from state agencies. Participants discussed legislative priorities for the upcoming session, as well as issues relating to genetically modified crops, national uniformity of seed lab testing standards, and domestic and international concerns.

Guests included keynote speaker Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture; Jeff Weier, director of technical services for Sprague Pest Solutions; Risa DeMasi, first vice chair of the American Seed Trade Association; and Ron Pence, operations manager, Export & Seed Service for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

More than $8,500 in scholarships was awarded to eight Oregon State University (OSU) students seeking a higher education in agriculture with aspirations for a future in the seed industry. Committee chair Nancy Aerni, from Turf Merchants, Inc., presented the scholarships to the recipients.

Recipients of OSA/OSU scholarship awards included Mitch Evers, Jaimee Brentano, Levi Graffenberger, Simon Fraher, and Tanner Holland. The American Seed Trade Association scholarship was awarded to Chase Cochran. In addition, Gabe Flick and Andrew Altishin were both awarded the William Kent Wiley Jr. Fellowship scholarship award.