Join OSA and our fellow Upper Midwest Collaborative Plant Breeding Network project partners for a series of six webinars on organic plant breeding for independent plant breeders, farmers interested in selection, regional seed companies, and plant breeding students.
February 7 – Scaling up Seed Production
This fifth webinar in the series will focus on scaling up seed production. We’ll share how to create an enterprise budget for seed production at different scales, including how to do a cost/benefit analysis for producing seed in-house and selling retail, selling wholesale to larger companies, or licensing a variety and letting a third party handle seed production. It will cover how much stock seed to produce for seed company partners to trial, how to maintain breeder and stock seed, how to contract seed production including example contract terms, how to find organic seed production partners and how to conduct quality control for seed produced under contract.
Although the content will be targeted to the Upper Midwest, much of the material will be relevant to other regions as well. Participants will benefit from online interaction with independent breeders, seed company breeders, and farmer breeders from around the U.S. Webinars will be interactive and accompanied by an online resources section.
This project was funded in 2014 by the Organic Research and Extension Initiative grant, part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Grant number 2020-51300-32176.