Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
University of California
Seed Biotechnology Center

UC Davis Seed Business 101 completes another successful session in Chicago

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center completed another successful session of the Seed Business 101 course (Field Crop curriculum) last week, December 4-8, 2015, in Chicago, IL. The course was organized in conjunction with the ASTA CSS conference.

UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Seed Business 101 participants

The participants represented a wide range of companies with regional, national and international reach. Congratulations on the completion of the course to the following seed industry professionals:
Neil Batchelor, Sevita International, Canada; Leah Beattie, DL Seeds, Canada; Eric Bertrand, Sevita International, Canada; James Clements, CNI, USA; Eugenio Cruz Balmaceda, Curimapu Seed Growers, Chile; Adam DeRosier, Land O'Lakes, USA; Davut Goktas, Agromar Marmara Tarim Urunleri, Turkey; Matt Helgeson, Albert Lea Seed House, USA; Cullen Hughes, US Agency for Inern'l Development, USA; Jure Kolaric, Saatzucht Gleisdorf GmbH, Austria; Hannah Oh, Monsanto, USA; Robert Puhl, Bayer SAS, France; Daniel Samphir, Monsanto Canada, Canada; Laura Smarandescu, Iowa State University, USA; Sherry Whitt, BASF, USA.

The team of 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; Doug Griffith, Monsanto; and Dave Bauite, Maizex.

Seed Business 101 is a one week course designed to expose participants to the five functional areas of a seed company (R&D, production, operations, sales and marketing and administration). By creating a virtual seed company and case studies for each functional area, the course content is delivered in a very interactive way. During each of the 4 case studies, participants assume a different functional responsibility within the company. The course gives employees that are new to the seed industry a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability. The course is taught by widely respected seed business executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers.

The next session of Seed Business 101SM Field Crops will be held September 12 – 16, 2016. The details will be announced shortly. For registration and course details please visit or contact Rebeca Madrigal at


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