American Seed Trade Association
STATEMENT OF ANTITRUST COMPLIANCE POLICY
Commitment to full compliance with both the
letter and the spirit of the antitrust laws is a fundamental commitment
of the American Seed Trade Association. Guidelines for the pursuit
of this commitment are set forth in this statement. In case of any
question, the Associations legal counsel should be consulted.
B. GUIDELINES FOR ASTA MEETINGS
1. An agenda for all meetings should be prepared in advance, adopted
by the group (with anychanges) at the outset of a meeting, and carefully
2. Minutes of all meetings should be prepared, cleared with the
Associations Washington officeand circulated to all who attended.
They should be approved at the next meeting.
3. Legal Counsel should review agendum and minutes and attend meetings
involving antitrust-sensitive subjects.
1. Discussion of industry-wide activities and concerns.
2. Exchange of information on new developments in the industry.
3. Promotion of markets for the industry as a whole.
4. Development of standards for noncompetitive items for voluntary
use by industry members.
5. Development of common approach to legislative and regulatory
1. Discussion of pricing or promotional policies, other terms of
sale, customer identity or geographic marketing areas.
2. Pressure on particular members or segments to adopt any particular
program or policy.
3. Development of programs or policies designed to exclude some
members of the industry.
4. Assisting members with problems peculiar to a single company.
5. Participation in unofficial or "rump" meetings on any
subject which could not properly be discussed at an official meeting.
Active membership in this Association is open
to any firm which is substantially engaged, in the U.S., Canada
or Mexico, in the growing or selling of seed if it has an established
place of business in such country and has established a satisfactory
business reputation as more fully provided in the Bylaws. Continuation
of membership is conditioned on continuing eligibility and payment
of dues. Denial or exclusion from membership on the basis of any
anti-competitive factor is not permitted by law and is contrary
to the policy of the Association.
D. STANDARDIZATION AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
The ASTA does not conduct any industrial standardization
or certification programs. Any proposals for such programs would
require thorough review of governing legal principles before
1. Scope. The ASTA conducts only occasional or specialized
statistical programs and any new program is subject to legal review
under governing antitrust guidelines before implementation.
2. Confidentiality. In the collection of any statistics,
collection is ordinarily handled by outside organizations under
guidelines designed to preclude making data on any individual member
known to any staff member or Association member. In those few cases
where statistics are
collected by staff, strict policies are established to ensure confidentiality
of individual member statistics. In any case, published data are
limited to aggregate data with the understanding that even aggregate
data will not be published in cases where, because of the
small number of reporting firms, the data of individual firms might
3. Nature of statistics. No statistics are collected relating
to prices and all statistics relate only to past transactions.
4. Availability. Data published by ASTA are made available
to all members and to nonmembers upon request and payment of reasonable
charge where applicable.