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February 5 and 6: Organic Seed Growers Conference Live Broadcast

eOrganic is excited to be working with the Organic Seed Alliance to bring you a live webinar broadcast of selected presentations from the Organic Seed Grower’s Conference on February 5th and 6th, 2016. This is our third time broadcasting this conference, which is taking place at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

To attend this webinar broadcast, advance registration is required. Anyone can attend–it is free and open to the public. It takes place on February 5th and 6th and runs from 9-5 Pacific Time, with long breaks for lunch–see the schedule below and note the time zones!  You only need to register once–that will cover both days, and you can come on and leave the webinar as many times as you like, and you can attend the whole program or just the parts that interest you most. You can find recordings from the 2012 and 2014 Organic Seed Growers Conferences on the eOrganic YouTube channel.

Register now for the live broadcast at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2122779093305583618

To attend this conference in person, register here today!  Registration closes on Monday, January 25th, and space is filling up. Now is your time to reserve your space for the largest organic seed event in the U.S. if you haven’t already. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you breed, grow, and sell more seed.

Since this is a live event, we cannot guarantee exact start and end times, and the program may be subject to change.  Audience members will see the presentations and hear the speakers (we will not be showing video of the speakers). We will also be recording the talks, so if you are unable to attend the entire broadcast, you can check about a month later on our YouTube channel!  We hope you can join us for this online broadcast and are grateful to the Organic Seed Alliance and USDA NIFA OREI for providing the opportunity to bring it to you!

Live Broadcast Program

Friday, February 5th, 9-10:30AM Pacific (10 Mountain, 11 Central, 12 Eastern)

Seed Economics: How to Make Growing and Selling Seed More Profitable

Seed production brings multiple benefits to farm operations from improved seed security to increasing on-farm biodiveristy, but most seed growers struggle with assessing its true financial profitability. Presenters will share example enterprise budgets for on-farm seed production that highlight the important expenses and potential profitability of online packet sales, rack sales, and bulk sales to seed companies.

  • Sebastian Aguilar, Chickadee Farm
  • Daniel Brisebois, Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm
  • Steve Peters, Organic Seed Alliance
  • Sarah Kleeger, Adaptive Seeds

Friday, February 5th, 1:30-3PM Pacific (2:30 Mountain, 3:30 Central, 4:30 Eastern)

Seed Equipment: On-farm Innovations

Seed producers are some of the most innovative engineers in agriculture. In this session, organic seed producers will share photos and stories about equipment they have modified or built to effectively harvest, thresh, and clean seed on their farms. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own on-farm innovations and learn from one another’s equipment hacks.

  • Petra Page-Mann, Fruition Seeds
  • Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance

Friday, February 5th, 3:30-5 PM Pacific (4:30 Mountain, 5:30 Central, 6:30 Eastern)

Vegetable Breeding Research Updates

Hear updates on organic vegetable plant breeding projects from across the U.S., including the goals and methods for these projects, and plans to release varieties. Crops include winter squash, tomatoes, sweet corn, and carrots.

  • Edmund Frost, Twin Oaks Seed Farm
  • Jim Myers, Oregon State University
  • Phil Simon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alex Stone, Oregon State University
  • Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance

Saturday, February 6th, 9-10:30 AM Pacific (10 Mountain, 11 Central, 12 Eastern)

Organic Cover Crop Seed Production

Cover crops are a critical tool for managing organic systems, but many farmers struggle with limited access to organic sources of appropriate regional varieties. Participants will learn about regional efforts to increase access to cover crop seed, and the potential ecological and economic incentives for on-farm cover crop seed production.

  • Ray Hicks, University of Georgia
  • Matt Leavitt, Albert Lea Seed
  • Sam McCullough, Nash’s Organic Produce

Saturday, February 6th, 1:30-3 PM Pacific (2:30 Mountain, 3:30 Central, 4:30 Eastern)

Vegetable Seed Production: Scaling up

Growth in the organic seed market has resulted in a need for increased scale of production in the U.S. and Canada. Growing seed on the farm can be profitable when growing the right crops at the appropriate scale with the most suitable methodologies. This session will explore challenges, needs, and approaches for scaling up production. Presenters will discuss issues to consider when a seed operation decides to scales up and include farmers who have successfully expanded their seed business.

  • Aabir Dey, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
  • Steve Peters, Organic Seed Alliance
  • Andrew Rainey, Enza Zaden
  • Melanie Sylvestre, BC Eco Seed Co-op and UBC Farm

Saturday, February 6th, 3:30-5 PM Pacific (4:30 Mountain, 5:30 Central, 6:30 Eastern)

Managing Seed Borne Disease: Brassica Black Leg and Implications for Organic Seed Producers and Industry

2014 marked a widespread outbreak of Brassica black leg, Phoma lingam, in the Willamette Valley igniting an intensive risk management effort; including quarantine measures from the Oregon and Washington state departments of agriculture (ODA and WSDA). Black leg is a critical seed borne pathogen and poses a major threat to the seed industry and organic farmers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Presenters will share practical management measures including new ODA rules and WSDA quarantine rule amendment on brassicas in relation to black leg. Learn about the important role organic seed industry and farmers play in helping reduce the risk of introducing and disseminating this and other seedborne pathogens on brassica seed.

  • Lindsey du Toit, Washington State University
  • Cindy Ocamb, Oregon State University

System Requirements

Please connect to the webinar 10 minutes in advance, as the webinar program will require you to download software. To test your connection in advance, go here. You can either listen via your computer speakers or call in by phone (toll call). Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar.  If you are running Mac OSU with Safari, please test your Java at http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp prior to joining the webinar, and if it isn’t working, try Firefox or Chrome. For more detailed system requirements, go here.

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