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

First offering of Seed Business 101 short course a success!

Seed Business 101 in Davis Davis, California USA
November 29, 2010

UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center successfully conducted its first Seed Business 101 course.  Nineteen participants representing 13 diverse seed industry companies attended the five day course, November 15-19th at the Harris Moran Research Center in Davis.  Distinguished seed industry leaders  Maurice Smith, Pieter Vandenberg and Gary Whiteaker presented a dynamic course based on their 110 years of cumulative industry experience.  

Participants gained a cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability within the industry, with the goal of enhancing the career performance of participants while helping them avoid costly mistakes.  This course was extremely valuable for everyone involved, with great industry knowledge shared by the instructors and guest speakers. 

”It was an excellent course and I had an outstanding experience working on my assignments with other members of the seed industry.  The class covered excellent material, very well organized and it was relevant to my work.  I definitely recommend this class to anyone working in the seed industry” said Nicholas Rios from Sakata Seed America.

Julie McElhaney, US Agriseeds said, “Seed Business 101 is a course that would benefit anyone in the seed industry.  It lets you explore each department and ties them together to show you how important each employee is to the company.  The course not only teaches you about the seed industry but inspires you to be a better employee.”

Seed Business 101 was created to accelerate the careers of employees new to the seed business or those with years of experience who would benefit from a broader understanding of all facets of a seed company.  It offers insights and perspectives to employees of seed companies, seed dealers and companies offering products and services to the seed industry. 

Enrollments are being accepted for January 17-21, 2011 class scheduled for Boise, Idaho, and February 14-18, 2011 in Yuma, Arizona.  Participation is limited for each course to ensure the integrity of the program. Additional information and registration details can be found at or by contacting Mike Campbell at

The Seed Biotechnology Center was established at UC Davis in 1999 to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of the University of California in partnership with the seed and biotechnology industries, and to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefits.


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