Greetings from the Seed Biotechnology Center. We hope that your 2015 is off to a great start. We also hope that we will get to see you at one of our upcoming events.
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Courses: Seed Business 101 – Horticulture: The next offering will be on March 9-13, 2015 at UC Davis. This course is filling up quickly so register soon if you are interested in attending.
Seed Business 101 – Field Crops: This program will be held in St. Louis, MO from June 15-19, 2015. Registration is open.
Seed Biology, Production & Quality: February 10-12, 2015 at UC Davis: This course has nearly 60 signed up from all over the world.
Program Management for Plant Breeders: September 22-24, 2015, UC Davis. Registration is open (space is limited).
The European Plant Breeding Academy Class IV application is now open. The Academy starts in October 2015 in Gent, Belgium.
Plant Breeding Academy by Numbers: Here are some interesting facts about the PBA which began in 2006:
- Participation by last degree completed: 92 BSc; 45 MSc; 34 PhDs.
- Participation by position: 93 breeders are responsible for one or more crops; 48 are assistant/associate breeders; 30 provide breeding support.
- Participation by crop type: 77 are in vegetable and flowers; 66 in field crops; 28 in other crops or support.
Among the private industry breeders, more than 70% of participation is from companies that have repeatedly sent candidates to PBA. 171 participants from 80 plant breeding organizations in 44 different countries have attended our Academies.
Seed Business 101 graduates two new classes
Chicago Field participants and instructors
UC Davis Horticulture participants and instructors
The SBC completed two successful session of Seed Business 101 (SB101). The field crops class was held on December 5-9, 2014, in Chicago, IL. The course was organized in conjunction with the American Seed Trade Association CSS conference. The horticulture program was held at UC Davis, CA on December 8-12, 2014.
The team of Field instructors (Tom Francis, Dave Westphal and Rale Gjuric) was supported by several guest speakers that included well-respected industry experts, such as: Bruce Keitler, Becks Hybrids; Ken Dallmier, Syngenta; Jim Dodd, PSR and Matt Hynes, Growmark Seed.
The Horticulture team (Maurice Smith, Pieter Vandenberg and John Sorenson) also had expert guest speakers including Pete and Jace Knight, Dixon Seed; Betsy Peterson, California Seed Association; John Palmer, Alforex Seeds; Wayne Wiebe, HM.Clause; Bruno Libbrect, Monsanto; Thaddeus Barsotti, Farm Fresh To You; Barry Eisenberg, BASF; Alison Van Eenennaam, UC Davis and Mike Pereira, SGB, Inc. In addition, Monsanto hosted the participants for a tour of their facilities.
The participants represented a wide range of companies with regional, national and international reach. Congratulations on the completion of the course to these seed industry professionals.
Seed Central happenings and programs continue at full-speed. Please join us the second Thursday of the month for our networking and speaker series. This month we also have special sessions starting at 1:30PM. For more information, go to SeedCentral.org.
The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America published a great article about Seed Central in their official magazine CSA News. Read more here.
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