Seed World

Changing the Game with Capital ‘I’ Innovation

Next week at the ASTA Field Crop Seed Convention, we’ll be hosting three panel discussions, collectively called the Seed World Innovate Series. The first of the panels — Changing the Game with Capital ‘I’ Innovation — takes place from 12 to 12:45 on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the theater located right in the Seed Expo. Here’s a sneak peek at why the panel will be a must-see event:

From feeding the world, to tackling climate change, to managing land more sustainably, the seed industry is on the frontline of some of the biggest challenges facing the world today. With challenge comes incredible opportunity … for those who can innovate to meet changing needs.

What does it take, not just to brainstorm a single great idea, but to execute on innovation effectively, efficiently and consistently? What strategies and tools do some of the best seed industry innovators today use to help meaningfully move the needle forward on innovation? What makes yesterday’s go-to innovation toolkit outdated today … and a bulky anchor tomorrow?

We’ve invited three senior seed industry thought leaders to dig into what makes and breaks innovation. The panel will be moderated by Seed World U.S. editor Aimee Nielson and features:

Colin Steen, CEO at Legacy AgriPartners


Colin Steen has had a life-long career in agriculture. Before joining Legacy AgriPartners as CEO in 2020, he spent over 25 years with Syngenta in a variety of commercial leadership and venture capital roles.  His prior experiences give Colin a deep understanding of the need for improved farmer profitability and the needs of the Midwest farmer. Colin grew up on a grain and cattle farm in Weldon, Saskatchewan, and holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Guelph. Colin is married to his wife Angie, and they have two sons, Erik (18) and Luke (15). Recently Colin was honored with the 2023 Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year Award, recognizing his commitment to agriculture in Canada and the US. Outside of Legacy Agripartners, Colin is the president of the Osseo Maple Grove Hockey Association, and is the incoming president for the Independent Seed Professionals Association.

Myron Stine, President at Stine Seed Company


Myron Stine proudly supports the family business by providing direction in marketing strategies and sales force infrastructure for Stine Seed Company. Myron understands the importance of working hard and developing relationships. With a background in crop science, sales and marketing, Myron has worked his way up through organization, from starting his career on the family farm to serving Stine as a district sales manager, regional sales manager, national sales director, vice president of sales and marketing, and now as president of Stine Seed Company. Myron also serves as on a number of community and academic boards of directors. Myron holds a B.S. in crop science from McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas.

Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO & Director at Inari


Ponsi Trivisvavet is CEO & Director of Inari, the SEEDesign™ company using predictive design and advanced multiplex gene editing to unlock the full potential of seed. Her broad management expertise in global agriculture helps Ponsi to lead Inari closer to achieving its mission of helping to build a more sustainable global food system in the face of climate change. Prior to joining Inari, she held several leadership roles including president of North America Seeds with Syngenta. Ponsi holds an MBA from Cornell University.