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Gates Says Mega Seed Park Will Drive Innovation

Bill Gates Speaks at AP AgTech 2017Keynote Speaker Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, praised the Government of Andhra Pradesh for its efforts to enhance agricultural technology for smallholders during the AP AgTech Summit 2017 held November 15 - 17 in Visakhapatnam, India.

Misra, Guntuku Represent ISU in Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in Andhra Pradesh

 

Seed Science Center Director Manjit Misra and Global Program Leader Dileepkumar Guntuku represented Iowa State University at a "Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony" held October 9, 2017, in Thangadancha Village, located in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Shyy Named Tenured Honorary Professor


In October 2017, Seed Science Center Scientist and Senior Engineer Yuh-Yuan Shyy was named a Tenured Honorary Professor by the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) located in Jilin, China. 

Goggi Promoted to Professor

Susanna GoggiAgronomy Professor Susana Goggi was promoted to Professor in July 2017. Goggi has served the Agronomy Department and the Seed Science Center for 17 years. 

Iowa Seed & Biosafety News —10/01/17

NGRAC Committee Meets in Kansas City

NGRAC Meeting

The National Genetics Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) met in Kansas City in July.

Seed Science Center Manjit Misra has served as chair of the council since being appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack in 2012. His second term ends in 2017.

2017 Summer Workshops and Short Courses

Seed Conditioning Specialist Alan Gaul and Seed Lab Manager Mike Stahr facilitate Seed Science Center short courses and workshops for seed industry professionals around the world each year from April through August.
This year a total of 12 workshops and two short courses covered topics from seed testing and cleaning, to gravity separation, color sorting, and seed treatment.

Establishing an Enabling Regulatory Environment for Ghana's Ag Sector

Joe CortesISU’s Sergio Lence and Seed Science Center faculty members are partnering with Chemonics, as part of USAID’s Ghana Agriculture Policy Support Project. The team is working to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis, and policy implementation to benefit subsistence farmers in Ghana.

Center Commissions Documentary on Seeds

Swaminathan Movie

In early 2017, Seed Science Center Director Manjit Misra commissioned educational video production company Pierce-Mill Entertainment and Education, LLC, to shoot a documentary on the topic of seed.

Munkvold Named APS Fellow

Gary MunkvoldThe American Phytopathological Society (APS) named Plant Pathology and Microbiology Professor Gary Munkvold a Fellow at their 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio in August.  The award recognizes individuals for distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to the APS.

Iowa State University Graduate Program Marks a Decade of Delivering Online Education to Seed Industry Professionals

Ames, IA (July 20, 2017) — The online Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB) at Iowa State University (ISU) will celebrate 10 years of delivering online education to seed industry professionals this year. To commemorate this milestone the program will be rolling out several initiatives in the coming years, including a football tailgate party this fall to be held before an Iowa State Cyclones football game.

Smith Earns ASTA Lifetime Honorary Member Award

Stephen Smith Receives ASTA Award

Seed Science Center visiting scientist Stephen Smith earned one of the American Seed Trade Association's (ASTA) most prestigious awards June 23, 2017, during their summer meeting. Smith was named recipient of the Association's Lifetime Honorary Member Award.

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