[montanafood_ag] Live Broadcasting from the Organic Seed Growers Conference!

Kristina Hubbard kristina.hubbard at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 13:20:09 MST 2012


*Live Broadcasting from the Organic Seed Growers Conference!*

*Organic Plant Breeding Webinars *

*January 20 – 21, 2012*

*A special live broadcast from the 6th Organic Seed Growers Conference*

Organic Seed Alliance <http://www.seedalliance.org> and
eOrganic<http://eorganic.info/>bring you selected live broadcasts from
the 6th
Organic Seed Growers
Conference<http://www.seedalliance.org/Seed_Growers_Conference/>in
Port Townsend, WA. This conference brings together hundreds of
farmers,
seed production and distribution companies, researchers, plant breeders,
pathologists, and university extension in two days of informative
presentations, panel discussions, and networking events.

*The webinar broadcasts are free and open to the public. Advance
registration is required. The webinar descriptions are listed below. *

*REGISTER HERE
<http://www.extension.org/pages/61925/organic-seed-growers-conference:-selected-live-broadcasts>
*

*Friday, January 20, 2012*

*Introduction to On-Farm Plant Breeding Workshop | 9:00 am – 10:30 am PT*

Presenter: John Navazio, Organic Seed Alliance and Washington State
University

An increasing number of farmers are starting to breed new varieties and
reselect older varieties for their farms. This presentation will introduce
you to the steps needed to create new crop varieties on your farm with
little or no hand-pollination or specialized tools.

*Organic Wheat Breeding Workshop | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm PT*

Presenters: Stephen Jones, Washington State University; Richard Little,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Dean Spaner, University of Alberta

With the explosion of local organic grains, mills and bakeries, organic
farmers are looking for wheat varieties that thrive in their systems. This
workshop will take you through the process of creating your own wheat
variety and describe some of the current organic what breeding projects.

*NOVIC Workshop | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PT*

Presenters: Jim Myers, Oregon State University; Michael Mazourek, Cornell
University; William Tracy, University of Wisconsin-Madison; John Navazio,
Organic Seed Alliance and Washington State University

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) is a
national project to breed new vegetable varieties for organic agriculture.
You will learn from the panelists about the techniques they are using to
breed new organically adapted varieties of peas, sweet corn, broccoli,
squash, and carrots.

*Saturday, January 21, 2012*


*Organic Corn Breeding Workshop | 9:00 am – 10:30 am PT*

Presenters: Frank Kutka, NPSAS Farm Breeding Club; William Tracy,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

King corn is grown on more acres than any other crop. What is being done to
breed corn for organic systems, and how can you take part? This workshop
will describe the process of breeding corn for organic agriculture and some
of the current organic corn breeding projects.

*Breeding for Nutrition | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm PT*

Presenters: Phil Simon, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jim Myers, Oregon
State University; Walter Goldstein, Mandaman Institute

Organic eaters want nutritious food, but some modern breeding programs may
be increasing yields at the cost of nutrition. Learn about breeding
programs working with classical breeding methods (non-gmo) to breed
nutritionally superior crops.
*
Breeding for Microbial Interaction | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PT*

Presenters: Lori Hoagland, Purdue University; Phil Simon, University of
Wisconsin-Madison; Jude Maul, USDA-ARS Beltsville, MD

We know that many beneficial soil microorganisms provide plants with access
to nutrients, improve water uptake and even have the potential to suppress
certain soil borne diseases. The ability to breed plants to optimize their
interaction with the soil microbiology holds great potential to enhance
organic farming systems. Hear about the latest studies in this important
and expanding field of science.


Register for the webinars
here<http://www.extension.org/pages/61925/organic-seed-growers-conference:-selected-live-broadcasts>
Register to attend the conference in-person
here<http://www.seedalliance.org/event-list/>
Download the full
agenda<http://www.seedalliance.org/uploads/Program_OSGC2012_Draft2.pdf>(opens
PDF)






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Kristina Hubbard
Director of Advocacy & Communications
Organic Seed Alliance

(406) 493-6965
kristina at seedalliance.org
www.seedalliance.org

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Register today! Don't miss the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference on
January 19-21, 2012. Learn more and register today.
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