UC Davis Professional Courses: Seed Business 101- Field Crops & UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

Seed Business 101 Field Crops

Attracting and retaining talented new employees is a critical challenge for the seed industry. The Seed Business 101SM course was created with input from industry executives to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. The course has been attended by more than 100 people since its launch in fall of 2010. The course also offers invaluable insights and perspective to seed dealers and companies offering products and services to the seed industry, including seed treatments, crop protection, seed enhancement and technology, machinery and equipment, etc. Seed Business 101 is one week course designed to expose the 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 course gives employees that are new to the seed industry 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. Registrations are now being accepted for the Seed Business 101SM Field Crops, June 11-15, 2012, in Minneapolis. Register before April 16th, 2012 to take advantage of the early registration discount. For course details, testimonials and registration please visit SB 101 or contact Jeannette Martins at jmartins@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy- a Premium Professional Certificate Program for Plant Breeders. Class IV starts in September 2012

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program that covers the fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice. Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment. Participants attend six 6-day sessions. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology. The upcoming PBA class IV starts in September 2012. Adding Rita Mumm, the Director or Illinois Plant Breeding Center, as a core lecturer; and partnering with software developers (Dr. Tomerius, Phenome-Networks) will strengthen the delivery of our program.The course will maintaining the core curriculum delivered in the previous three classes and add modules to address the most recent development in plant breeding theory and practice, including an expanded section on molecular marker use, genome selection, non-replicated designs and GxE, using marker and pedigrees for prediction of breeding value, etc.

Applications are now being accepted for the Class IV. We can extend our early bird discount is available for registrations before April 30th, 2012. Visit http://pba.ucdavis.edu for more information and registration.

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