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Monsanto’s Jim Tobin Receives ASTA’s Lifetime Honorary Member Award

Monsanto’s Jim Tobin Receives ASTA’s Lifetime Honorary Member Award

The American Seed Trade Association Recognized Jim Tobin of Monsanto with its Lifetime Honorary Member Award during its 131st Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“This award is one of the highest awards given out by the association and is in recognition of untiring service to the association, as well as the seed industry,” said Craig Newman, ASTA chairman. “Jim has spent years on the ASTA Board of Directors and during the course of his career, he has been a tremendous leader for our association.”

Tobin leads Channel engagement for the Corporate Engagement Group at Monsanto. He is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the grain and food industry. During Tobin’s 29-year career with Monsanto, he has served in numerous agricultural marketing and commercial development positions, including global product management, the global seed group, the seed business team, U.S. crop protection business and the cotton business. In 2008, Tobin joined the corporate affairs group.

During 2005/06, Tobin served as chairman of ASTA. Today, he is a trustee of the FarmHouse Foundation and Forest Park Forever. He is also a member of the Farm Foundation Roundtable and serves on the board of the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Tobin has served on the National 4-H Council and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

“We all serve because someone asked us to,” Tobin said, referring to his positions with ASTA. “I had the opportunity to get involved and serve because someone asked me to. Today, I continue to ask others to serve to help benefit the industry.”