In this first episode of season 3 we are speaking with Andy LaVigne, the President and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). He tells us how he ended up in agriculture, gives insights on the focus and main challenges of ASTA, explains how the pandemic changed and impacted the seed industry, shares ASTA’s plans for the setup of the CSS & Seed Expo 2021 and much more.
Andrew W. LaVigne is currently the President and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association. He joined ASTA in February, 2006. Andy has had a 30-year career in government relations, industry representation, public affairs advocacy, and management. His core areas of expertise include agriculture, food policy and international trade.
Prior to joining ASTA, Andy was Executive Vice President/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual, representing citrus growers on issues affecting their business. Previous to joining Florida Citrus Mutual, Andy spent four years as Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association’s (FFAA) President and Executive Director. FFAA is a non-profit, agricultural trade organization representing companies that specialize in crop protection and plant nutrition products.
Before his position at FFAA, Andy spent eight years in Washington, D.C. working in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served as Legislative Director for Congressman Charles Canady, Agriculture Committee staffer for Congressman Tom Lewis, and on the staff of USDA Secretary Ed Madigan.
Andy is a native of Florida with a BA degree in Political Science, with a minor in economics, from the University of Florida.