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.
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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