International seed standards good for U.S.

Seed standard will bolster U.S. trade by helping to ensure global phytosanitary requirements are more consistent and science-based.

The American Seed Trade Assn. (ASTA) praised the passage of a final International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for Seed. The standard was agreed to April 5 during the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in Korea. 

ASTA has been advocating for a seed ISPM for nearly 20 years. The need for a standard has become more apparent, as many National Plant Protection Offices (NPPOs) have been publishing new, usually more restrictive, non-science based, phytosanit

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