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20SEEDWORLD.COMfveyearsorso.Nearlyeverysinglex1carmbilltitleax1cx1cectstheseedindustryinsomewayx14whetheritx19sresearchtradeaidx1coodpolicyhealthandwellnessnutritionconservationenergyorproductionagriculturesaysCahill.x1cThisisoneox1cthosetimeswheretheseedindustryastheverybottompartox1cthex1coodchainhasareallyimportantroletoplay.x1dAlthoughbudgetcutsareimminentandsacrix1ciceisthecollectiveAmericanmantrainthiseconomicclimatestakeholdersmustholdtheirgroundx1corcontinuedsuccessinagriculture.x1cWex19reinabudgetsituationthatwex19veneverseeninourlix1cetimes.Howeverwehavetobemindx1culox1cthecontributionthatagriculturemakesandpositionitinsuchawaythatwedonx19tdomoreharmx14sowecanmaintainourhighstandardsandlevelox1cproductivityx1dsaysCahill.JohnLathampresidentox1cLathamHi-TechSeedswantstopositionx1carmersinsuchawayastoensuretheircontinuedprosperityandtoprotectthemix1candwhenbadtimeshit.Hesaysitx19sintheseedindustryx19slong-terminteresttogetinvolvedandmakeitsvoiceheard.Lathamx19sconcernedtheupcomingx1carmbillcouldweakenthex1carmsax1cetynetputtinghiscustomersandultimatelyagricultureinjeopardy.x1cRightnowtimesaregoodandthepricesarehighandx1carmersaredoingwell.Myx1cearisacutbackaswellasapullbackox1cpricescouldreallyleavepeopleinbadshapex1dhesays.x1cTherehastobesomesortox1csax1cetynetx1corwhentimesaretough.Thex1coodsupplyiscriticalnotonlyx1cortheUnitedStatesbutx1corthewholeworldandtheUnitedStatesleadsthat.Weneedtohavesomesortox1csax1cetynetandIhopethatcomesthroughinthisx1carmbill.x1dShouldertoShoulderLathamx19sheadingtoCapitolHillthisJunereadytostandshouldertoshoulderwithotherseedexecutivesacrossthenationatASTAx19s129thAnnualConventionandLegislativeConx1cerencetodiscussthesax1cetynetamongotherimportanttopicstotheindustry.x1cItx19sagreatopportunityix1cyoux19reintheseedbusinesstocometoWashingtonandtobeapartox1cthatlobbyingex1cx1cortwithabunchox1cx1cellowseedsmenontheHillx1dhesays.Cahillsaystheannualconventionisawonderx1culopportunityx1corpeopletocometoWashingtoninanelectionyeartotalkaboutthevalueox1cseedtheimportanceox1cqualityseedandtheimportanceox1cseedtotradex1coodsecurityandnationalsecurityingeneral.Shex19llalsoaddresstheimportanceox1cagresearchtothex1carmbilloneox1cASTAx19skeypriorities.x1cWex19vebeenverystrongsupportersox1ctheAgriculturalResearchServiceattheUSDAandwemaintainthatposition.Itx19sverydix1cfculttowinthebattleonresearchbecauseagriculturedoesnothavetherepresentationinCongressthatothersectorsox1ctheeconomydox1dshesays.x1cIx1cwex19regoingtox1ceedagrowingworldwex19vegottodoitwithbetterseedandbetterseedmeansmoreresearchandcontinuingtobringtheseproductsintothepipelineeachplantingseasonsox1carmerscanmaintainthatcompetitiveadvantage.x1dCahillisconfdentindustrystakeholderswillbeheardbyCongressintheupcomingdebateonthex1carmbill.x1cAgriculturehasalwaysbeenknownx1coritsabilitytostandtogethertostandproudandtostandtall.Therex19snothingmorepowerx1culthanthevoiceox1cindividualconstituents.Nothingbeatstheabilityox1canindividualvotertotalkwithmembersox1cCongresspolicymakerscustomersassociationsandalliancesthatrepresenttheircustomersx1dshesays.Howeverthereremainsalotox1cgroundtocoverthisyeartocommunicateseedx19svitalroleinagriculturegroundCahillishappytostomp.x1cTogetherwex19veaccomplishedalotbutthisisoneox1cthosetimeswherewex19vegottodoanevenbetterjoblisteninglearningandarticulatingwhattheseedindustrydoeshowwellwedoitandwhatourroleisinagriculture.Itgoesbacktoourmottoandthatx19sx18First-theSeedx19x1dsaysCahill.KariBelanger