Together with other 14 associations, ESA is proudly a partner organisation of the EIPIN project.

18 Associations released a common statement on Comitology.

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a professional certificate program offered since 2006 with classes in USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The 18th of January marked not only the conclusion of the International Year of Pulses, but also the celebration of the second Global Pulse Day.

According to research consultancy HFFA Research, the European Commission decision of 2013 to largely restrict the use of neonicotinoids resulted in severe economic losses for the European oilseed sector and also had clear negative environmental impact.

The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) appointed Roxane Feller, Secretary General of IFAH-Europe (International Federation of Animal Health-Europe) as its new Chair today.

8 December 2016 - The fourth international ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ will be held on May 18th 2017.

The Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato, developed by The International Potato Center (CIP) and Harvestplus, is one of the best inventions of 2016, according to the Time magazine.

Press release: 4 November 2016, Brussels

The Commission clarifies that plants obtained by essentially biological processes should not be patentable under EU law.

ESA European Seed Association ( is recruiting a Technical Manager Variety Registration and Seed Marketing to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium


The European Seed Association ( is recruiting an Assistant Administration and Communication to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium.

Today the European Parliament approved in second reading the new regulation on protective measures against pests of plants. The Council vote took place in July, and Member States expressed their support for the agreement reached with the other Institutions in December 2015.

ESA held its Annual Meeting on 9-11 October in Rome, Italy.

The European Commission’ DG RTD and DG AGRI organised a conference entitled “FOOD 2030” on 12-13 October in Brussels, where about 500 participants met to discuss research and innovation for

ESA held its Annual Meeting on 9-11 October in Rome, Italy. This year’s event again set a new record of attendance.

On the 7th of October the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament will celebrate the International Year of Pulses with a meeting, organised in collaboration with Italian research institutions, entitled "The Inter

Curious to learn more about cereals, pulses, forage, potatoes, maize, vegetables etc.? Interested in facts and figures about a specific crop?

Garlich von Essen at SESVanderHave Innovation Centre

A new Sugar Beet R&D research centre, the 'SESVanderHave Innovation Centre (SVIC)', was inaugurated in the presence of 250 customers and leading scientists from around the world last week in Tienen, Belgium.

European research organisations call upon the European Parliament to encourage society to respect independent science advice and to condemn physical attacks on scientists

Press Release: A new version of GlobalGAP, the world's leading farm assurance program, entered into force on July 1st with two new crop-based control points that ensure produce traceability and compliance with Intellectual Property (IP) laws.

ESA European Seed Association ( ) is recruiting a Technical Manager “Plant Breeding and Variety Registration” to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium

Agriculture faces many challenges ranging from climate change to rising food demand due to population growth.

Press Release - Brussels, 8 June 2016: The European Parliament’s vote of 7.6.2016 on an initiative put forward by its Committee for Agriculture and drafted by MEP Anthea McIntyre (ECR, UK) disappoints the European plant breeding sector.

On June 2nd, the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ (Plant ETP), in collaboration with MEP Jasenko Selimović, organised the workshop “Food and Nutritional Security” at the European Parliament.

ESTA Agents map

ESA’s quality assurance scheme for seed treatment and treated seed, the ‘European Seed Treatment Assurance’ (ESTA), continues expanding its position as a true EU standard with a sixth National Agent.

ESA initiated a Thunderclap Campaign to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2016. You can view and support the campaign at:


ESA European Seed Association ( is recruiting a Manager Plant Health and Trade to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium.



The Polish Seed Trade Association P.I.N. celebrated its 20th anniversary on April 21, 2016 in Poznan (PL).

Today is World Intellectual Property Day 2016!  The European seed industry relies on Intellectual Property to protect plant breeders' interests and  their ability to  innovate.

ESA cooperates with and supports the Seed Association of Ukraine (SAU)  to ensure a competitive seed sector in the wider Europe.

Today and tomorrow (April 4-5, 2016) ESA is organising a workshop entitled "How to act under the EU ABS regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol?" in Brussels.

Annual Meeting 9-11 October in Rome, Italy
As from today, you can register for the ESA Annual Meeting which will take place on 9-11 October 2016 in Rome, Italy.
We are looking forward to welcoming you there!

Brussels, 15 March 2016 - A newly published study on the socio-economic value of plant breeding in Europe demonstrates strong positive impact on growth and employment, as well as environmental protection and biodiversity preservation.

Curious to learn more about a specific crop? Would like to see facts and figures about cereals, pulses, forage, potatoes, maize, vegetables etc.?

Biotech patents must not extend to plant products from classical breeding

ESA Annual Meeting Vienna

ESA held its 2015 Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria, from 10 to 13 October, again bringing together more than 900 seed sector representatives from around the globe, with a growing participation from countries outside of the European Union.

Gerard Backx and Shakeel Bhatti at the ESA Annual Meeting in Vienna

At the Annual Meeting 2015 in Vienna, the European Seed Association handed over a voluntary financial contribution of 300.000 EUR to the FAO Interna-tional Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources in Food in Agriculture (FAO IT).

Garlich Von Essen

The Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty takes place in Rome, from 5 to 9 October 2015.


ESA is looking for a new Manager Comunications to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels.

Voluntary benefit-sharing

We have just launched a new sub-topic on our website under the name “Voluntary benefit-sharing activities of the European seed sector”.

Seed is at the origin of all our food. Every seed is packed with potential and every crop is unique. How are ESA’s crops present in your daily life? From seed to plate, send us your pictures and stories! Your favourite crop can take you to Vienna!


Tree of Life EXPO 2015 Milano

Agri-Food Chain Coalition presents how innovation can fuel a strong and competitive EU agri-food sector to Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan


Agri‐food chain Roundtable for Plant Protection

Agri-food chain Roundtable for Plant Protection raises concerns for the sector

Speak Up For Seeds in Italy

On the occasion of the celebration of the "Fascination of Plants Day", the Italian Seed Association - Assosementi - and the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Bologna have organized on 22 May a conference on the theme: "The plant research for innovation in agriculture."

Working out ABS


Special offer for ESA Members: Register before 15 June 2015 and get 100€ off your registration fee!


EU Food and feed chain partners rejected this Wednesday, 22 April, the European Commissions’ latest proposal which attempts to renationalize EU market authorisations of genetically modified crops for feed and food use.



EU Food and feed chain partners urge Commission President Juncker to reject any attempt to renationalize EU market authorisations of GM crops for feed and food use.