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.
Note: this website says Feb 5 because of the way the data must be entered, but the broadcast is February 5th AND 6th.
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 at:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2122779093305583618
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! To find out more about the in-person conference, check the Organic Seed Alliance website. We hope you can join us for this online broadcast and are grateful to the Organic Seed Alliance and USDA NIFA OREI for the opportunity to bring it to you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 requirments, go here.
Created by Alice Formiga