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

UC Davis Seed Business 101 in Field Crops completed

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center recently expanded the Seed Business 101 course by offering a session focused on field crops.  This first class, based on the new curriculum, was completed last week, June 11-15, 2012, in Minneapolis.

SB101 Field grads

The fourteen 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: Ramtin Ahmadi, Syngenta, USA; Susan Aylward, UC Davis Open University, USA; Eric Boudreau, Syngenta, USA; Nanda Chakraborty, Syngenta, USA; Denise DeCosse, DL Seeds Inc., Canada; Marc Mullin, Syngenta USA; Ben Peterson, Peterson Genetics, Inc., USA; Joanne Ross, Syngenta, Switzerland; Alfredo Santamarina, Sanpa Semillas SA, Argentina; John Thomas, Syngenta, USA; David Tynes, Cargill, USA; Mike Wheatley, Growmark FS LLC, USA; Cyrill Zagar, BASF Corporation, USA; Andrew Zalar, Growmark FS LLC, USA.

The team of instructors (Tom Francis, Dave Westphal and Rale Gjuric) was supported by guest speakers that included well-respected industry experts, Jim Johnson (Syngenta), Jack Carlson (CropLand) and Joel Johanningmeier (Winfield Solutions).  As a part of the program, the participants enjoyed a field tour of Syngenta’s research station at Stanton and a visit to seed production operations run by Doug Felton.

Seed Business
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.

Registrations are now being accepted
for the next session of the Seed Business 101SM Field Crops scheduled for September 30-October 4, 2013 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  For registration and course details please visit Seed Business 101 or contact Sue Ditomaso at


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