A record 2,700 American and international attendees are expected at this year’s annual Corn & Sorghum and Soybean Seed Research Conference (CSS) 2012 and Seed Expo, where breaking stories are expected to make international news.

The signing of a US-China memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the China National Seed Association (CNSA), that will open up business opportunities for US seed companies in China will be part of the program.

Execution of the Accord, an agreement on the anticipated transition from proprietary biotech seed traits to generics will be detailed.

News about the critical new challenge to the importation of spinach seeds, information on advances in drought-resistant seed technologies, other news in phytosanitary policies, international industry leadership changes and more is on the schedule of presentations and events.

The American Seed Trade Association CSS 2012 & Seed Expo will be held December 4-7 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The signing ceremony of the U.S.-China MOU will be actually precede the official convention as it is being held Monday, Dec. 3.