The technical nature of plant breeding and seed production requires a highly educated workforce. A key goal of the SBC has been to provide ongoing education for professionals in the seed industry.
Next course: February 14-16, 2017
Seed Production - This course focuses on the biological, genetic, agronomic and technological processes and practices involved in the production and processing of agricultural seeds and how they influence seed quality. The course will also cover the postharvest conditioning processes and seed technology treatments that can enhance seed quality.
Plant Breeding Academy
- PBA in Africa Class III - Deadline to apply, January 27, 2017 (starts in May 2017)
- PBA in Europe Class V - Starts in October 2017 (Early-bird rate ends March 31, 2017)
For those experienced plant breeders already in the field, we also offer a Plant Breeding Advanced Module.
Seed Business 101
- Seed Business 101 – Field Crops in St. Charles, Illinois (August 28 - September 1, 2017)
- Seed Business 101 – Horticulture in Davis, California (December 4-8, 2017)
Seed Business 101 - The goal of Seed Business 101 is to enhance each participant’s career performance and help them avoid costly mistakes. The course is designed to focus on the optimum operations of the five major functional areas of a seed company. The course offers participants a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and a cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability.
Program Management for Plant Breeders
Next course: September 18-20, 2017
Program Management for Plant Breeders - Managing plant breeding and laboratory programs are becoming increasingly complex. This course is designed to enhance management skills of plant breeders and technical leads. Professionals directing these programs in agricultural research, in agribusiness development and those from the public sector will benefit from attending this course.
Breeding with Genomics
Breeding with Genomics - This course is aimed at professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. It is an opportunity for breeders who are already using these tools to expand their knowledge of new strategies and technologies and for laboratory personnel to appreciate how the marker data that they generate are applied in breeding programs.
Seed Biology, Production and Quality
Seed Biology, Production and Quality - This course presents the scientific background for production, handling, storage and quality control procedures in the seed industry. It is offered in alternate years (odd numbered) as a two and a half-day course for both beginning and experienced seed professionals.