ISTA AGM May 2023 elects Tim O'Donovan as President

At its AGM on April 26th in Roganstown House in North Dublin The Irish Seed Trade Association elected Mr. Tim O'Donovan, Technical Director of Seed Technology Ltd. as President for 2023-2025. Incoming Vice President is James Irish of Brett Brothers Ltd., Kilkenny. 

As part of their AGM members enjoyed a visit to the Hoey Collection of Machinery and were given an insight into the scale of the business from Michael Hoey of Country Crest, learning of the circular focus of the business in the locality. The challenges of arable and horticulture in the area, with poatoe sowing only started in late April this year. They also were hosted by Flynn's Tomatoes Swords, who showed a different business model to all the companies present.

The focus of the AGM was on investing the Research and Promotions funding to secure key learnings for the seed assemblers, to ensure greater awareness of the Irish Voluntary Standards adhered to by Irish Certified Seed and to promote the members new voluntary standard to test all cover crops straights and mixes coming into the country for grass weeds.