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News from the Seed Biotech Centre, UC Davis: Upcoming courses – limited space!

Seed Business 101sm
This one-week course is 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. The program gives new employees 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 industry executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers. Since the beginning of this program in 2010, over 200 participants have completed this course. The next sessions are:

Horticultural Crops: The January 20 – 24, 2014 filled so a second session was opened. It will be held on January 29-February 1, 2014 in Monterey, California, USA, following the ASTA Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. If you are interested sign up soon since space is limited. Registration can be found at sbc.ucdavis.edu.

To note: Field Crops Sessions are scheduled for June 2 – 7, 2014, Coralville, Iowa and December 1 – 5, 2014, Chicago, Illinois
The SBC is holding its course on Breeding with Genomics in Davis on Feb 11-13th, 2014.
This year, we extended modules on genomic selection and a hands-on workshop introducing the Integrated Breeding Platform, software designed to manage breeding programs from population development, field testing, selection with markers and breeding databases. The course is aimed at professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. The course is taught by experts from both industry and academia.

The early-bird discount has been extended until December 15, 2013.

For more information, see sbc.ucdavis.edu or Sally Mohr at sjmohr@ucdavis.edu.

 

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