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Register today for the Global Food Security Consortium and the Leroy and Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium: "Closing the Yield Gap"
April 29-30, 2014 at the
Gateway Hotel in Ames, Ia.
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Speakers will include:

-Kenneth Cassman, University of Nebraska

-John MacRobert, CIMMYT Africa

-Harish Reddy, National Seed Association of India

-Marja Thijssen, Wageningen UR Centre for Development

-Saharah Moon Chapotin, US Agency for International Development

-Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University

-Henning Steinfeld, FAO

-Jimmy Smith, International Livestock Research Institute

-Donald Nkrumah, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

-Mike Brown, Elan Co Animal Health

-Jerry Glover, US Agency for International Development

-Steven Leath, Iowa State University

-World Food Programme Representative

-Caspar Ammann, NCAR

-Catherine Woteki, United States Department of Agriculture

2014 ISA Scholars

Eight ISU Scholars Honored at 2014 Iowa Seed Association Agribusiness Showcase & Conference

Eight Iowa State students were awarded scholarships at the Iowa Seed Association Scholarship Recognition Luncheon held during the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference in Des Moines on February 12, 2014.

Pictured (front row from left) are: Dakota Lueken; Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds; Morgan Shrader; Raymond Ng; Professor of Horticulture Rajeev Arora; and Endowed Dean of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dr. Wendy Wintersteen.

Back: Thomas Sobota; Jay Petersen; Jon Olsen; Elliot Reicks; and Jeffrey Barnes.

Petersen was named the Manjit K. Misra Outstanding Senior Seed Scholar, and Ng earned the American Seed Trade Association Scholarship at the event.

Chinese scientists


Seed Science Center Scientist and Senior Engineer Dr. Yuh-Yuan Shyy recently hosted 24 Chinese maize breeders in one of the most extensive outreach programs ever facilitated by the center.

“It all happened very quickly,” said Shyy. “We were contacted by the China National Seed Association (CNSA) who requested that we provide a training program for seed industry professionals from China. By May, we had signed an agreement with the Bureau of Seed Management of the Ministry of Agriculture in China, and by July 1st our visitors were at the Seed Science Center ready to begin their training.”

The group, which included 6 PhD and 16 master’s degree scholars, was made up of seed industry professionals with backgrounds in crop genetics, statistics, and conventional and biotechnological maize breeding theory. Participants spent July through September attending lectures and taking part in hands-on activities developed by Seed Science Center and campus faculty and staff focusing on seed production, seed conditioning, seed physiology, seed testing, seed pathology, breeding technologies, seed policy and regulations, risk management, and commercial breeding management.

Shyy, along with program assistant Michael Misra, student assistant Shayla Stephens, and other center faculty facilitated site visits for the group to numerous Midwest seed companies and farms. The group attended the Wisconsin Agricultural Technology Show and the U.S. Farm Progress Show in Illinois. In addition, they visited the USDA North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames and the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado.

As Program Manager of the project, Shyy was responsible for operation of the program and designing the training agenda. He worked closely with Iowa State Global Agriculture Program Director Denise Bjelland. Bjelland helped to facilitate the group’s lodging, transportation, and cultural activities, while CNSA Director of International Programs Wenhui Ma helped tailor the training program to meet the needs of the Chinese seed industry. Lisa Nichols, director of Science and International Affairs with the American Seed Trade Association, arranged site visits for the group with member seed companies throughout the Midwest including Pioneer Hi-Bred, Monsanto, Syngenta, Remington, Stine, and others.

“It was a very big undertaking,” said Shyy. “But at the same time it was very rewarding. When you are together that long you become like family. So in the end, I believe it was a valuable experience, not only for our visitors, but for center faculty and staff as well.”

Following the conclusion of the program, Shyy and group participants reviewed the program with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, and the CNSA in a closing meeting in Beijing. “Both the Chinese officials and the program participants had a lot of positive things to say about their time at the center. So I feel the program was very successful,” said Shyy. “I believe this project will pave the way for future collaborations.”

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