Responding to an increasing need to promote the importance and understanding of seed innovation, members of the American seed industry recently announced the formation of the Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA).

ASTA is pleased to be a member of this alliance which will serve the goal of creating a unified and consistent voice for education and best practices around intellectual property protection and its value to the seed community.

Currently, SIPA is developing educational materials for outreach to seed companies, public and private researchers and others, as well as best practices for breeders to consider when evaluating needs related to intellectual property rights. The alliance will also conduct educational workshops with topics relevant to leadership, sales and marketing, and research and development personnel.

SIPA welcomes membership from across the seed and agricultural industry. To learn more, visit: www.seedipalliance.com.