The Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA) was formed in 1989 by a group of seed producers who recognized the need for an organization to represent the unique needs of independent seed companies. Six seedsmen funded a mailing to identify interest in forming an association dedicated to promoting the interests and capabilities of family-owned companies. In 1989, a founder’s meeting was held with 80 charter members.
The Association addresses research and biotechnology issues and increases the media presence of the industry in an increasingly competitive and dynamic business climate.
Today, IPSA represents nearly 100 seed companies from more than 25 states, Canada and Mexico, who produce corn, soybeans, small grain and forage seeds. The Association also has over 100 associate and affiliate members, representing all facets of the seed industry.
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