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

UC Davis Seed Business 101 Horticulture congratulates new graduates

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center congratulates the graduates of the Seed Business 101 Horticulture course held in Davis, California, December 7-11, 2015 at the HM.Clause Research Facility.

SBC Seed Business 101 Horticulture class participants, 2015

To date, more than 350 seed professionals have attended this course. This session’s graduating class represented a wide range of industry professionals from regional, national and international companies. Participants included: Anita Kiser, Crookham Company (USA); Charlotte Leung, Clover Seed Co., Ltd. (China); Cliff Hogman, Sakata Seed America, Inc. (USA); Clint Wagoner, HM. Clause (USA); Conner Tollenaar, TS&L Seed Co. (USA); Dominic Verutti, Keithly Wiliams Seeds (USA); Don Mendel, HM.Clause (USA); Garrett Fricke, Sakata Seed America, Inc. (USA); Jaime Eltit, Enza Zaden, Inc. (USA); James Gomm, Stokes Seeds Ltd. (Canada); Ken Hines, Sakata Seed America, Inc. (USA); Mara Trammell, Sakata Seed America, Inc. (USA); Marco Dominguez, Sierra Seed Company, (Mexico); Matt Walker, Keithly Williams Seeds (USA); Mauro Mancera, Ahern International (Mexico); Morgan Howe-Cobb, Sakata Seed America, Inc. (USA); Nathan Marquis, Johnny’s Selected Seeds (USA); Randy Cummings, Johnny’s Selected Seeds (USA); Sam Wong, Clover Seed Co., Ltd. (China); Taylor Ortiz, Keithly Williams Seeds (USA); Vicente Jimenez, HM.Clause (USA), and Wes Nelson, Keithly Williams Seeds (USA). 

The team of instructors included Maurice Smith, Pieter Vandenberg, and John Sorenson. They were joined by a diverse group of expert guest speakers, such as: Thaddeus Barsotti, Co-CEO, Farm Fresh To You, CA; John Palmer, Executive Director, California Crop Improvement Association, UC Davis; Wayne Wiebe, Director of Quality Assurance, AMPA Region, HM.Clause, CA; Jose Luis Gonzalez, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, CA; Phyllis Himmel, Program Manager, Collaboration for the Identification of Plant Pathogen Strains (CPPSI), UC Davis; and Elina Nino, Cooperative Extension Apiculturist, UC Davis, Department of Entomology.

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center would also like to recognize HM.Clause and thank them for hosting this week-long program. Their hospitality was key to the success of this session.

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.

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For registration and course details please visit our Seed Business 101 page or contact Rebeca Madrigal at


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