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Cortes Manual

 

NEW REFERENCE MANUAL AVAILABLE IN THE EXTENSION ONLINE STORE

"QUALITY MANAGEMENT FOR SEED ENTERPRISES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES—A REFERENCE MANUAL"

by Joseph Cortes, PhD. and Adelaida Harries.

Former Seed Science Center Global Program Leader Joe Cortes and Co-leader Adelaida Harries have developed a reference manual for seed entrepreneurs from developing countries. The 154-page manual titled “Quality Management for Seed Enterprises in Developing Countries” uses process management concepts to help individuals deliver high quality seed of improved varieties with the end goal of developing a strong seed industry. A digital copy of the manual is available on this website. It can be accessed by visiting the link below.

To purchase a hard copy visit:

http://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/Quality-Management-for-Seed-Enterprises-in-Developing-Countries

To download a free PDF visit:

http://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/crop3070-pdf

 

Sara Lilygren

Sara Lilygren of Tyson Foods was the luncheon speaker at the 2015 Global Food Security Consortium/Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium.

 

SPEAKER VIDEOS FROM THE 2014 GLOBAL FOOD SECRUITY CONSORTIUM ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:

http://www.globalfoodsecurity.iastate.edu/videos/2015

 

2015 SYMPOSIUM FOCUSES ON WHOLE SYSTEMS APPROACH TO FOOD SECURITY

More than 180 experts from around the world attended the Global Food Security Consortium and the Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium April 14-15, 2015, at the Gateway Hotel in Ames.

The symposium, titled "Interlocking the Pieces for Global Food Security", focused on using a whole systems approach to global food security.

Speakers included:

-Arlene Mitchell, Global Child Nutrition Foundation

-Lora Iannotti, Washington University in St. Louis

-John Bowman, USAID Bureau for Food Security

-Helen Raikes, University of Nebraska

-Sara Lilygren, Tyson Foods

-Linda Logan, Texas A&M

-Yuan Zhou, Syngenta Foundation

-Elcio Guimaraes, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

-Lorna Butler, Former Wallace Chair at Iowa State University

-Joe Cortes, Retired, Iowa State University

-Paula Bramel, Global Crop Diversity Trust

-Venkat Reddy, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, Kansas State University

-Suat Irmak, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

 

To view video of the discussion panels visit:

Session 1 Panel: https://vimeo.com/125176372

Session 2 Panel: https://vimeo.com/125191152

Session 3 Panel: https://vimeo.com/125291213

 

Speaker presentations will be online soon.

Other highlights of the Symposium included:

Bruce Maunder

Endowed Dean Wendy Wintersteen presented the Outstanding Achievement Award for Seed Science, Technology, and Systems to Bruce Maunder during the 2015 GFSC/Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium.

MAUNDER EARNS SEED SCIENCE CENTER OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT SYMPOSIUM

Bruce Maunder, retired senior vice president of sorghum research at DEKALB Genetics, was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in Seed Science, Technology, and Systems during the 2015 GFSC/Leory & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium. Endowed Dean Wendy Wintersteen presented the award, which recognized Maunder for his outstanding contributions, exemplary leadership, and commitment to excellence to the Seed Science Center and the seed industry.

 

2015 ISA Scholars

Nine ISU Scholars Honored at 2015 Iowa Seed Association Agribusiness Showcase & Conference


Nine Iowa State students were awarded $1,000 scholarships at the Iowa Seed Association Scholarship Recognition Luncheon held during the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference in Des Moines on February 11, 2015.

Kathryn Hoemann, was named the Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar at the event. She received $500 in addition to a $1,000 ISA scholarship. Brandon Miller was also awarded a $1,000 American Seed Trade Association scholarship at the event.


Pictured from left are: Agribusiness Association of Iowa Chairman Max Smith, Iowa  State Seed Science Center Director Manjit Misra, Kathryn Hoemann, Katharina Wigg, Thomas Sobota, Morgan Shrader, Madison Schulte, Lucas Roberts, Catherine Leafstedt, Hillary Kletscher, Jeffrey Barnes, Brandon Miller, ISU Associate Professor Susana Goggi, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. Not pictured: Matthew Duesterhaus.

 

News & Events

 

Wintersteen, Sukup, Brumm

 

BRUMM TO BE NAMED MARY & CHARLES SUKUP GLOBAL PROFESSOR IN FOOD SECURITY

On April 14 during the 2015 GFSC/Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Endowed Dean Wendy Wintersteen announced that Thomas Brumm will be named the Mary & Charles Sukup Global Professor in Food Security.

Brumm is an associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering.

To view the video, click here.

https://vimeo.com/125154965

 

Misra Seed Science Endowed Chair

MISRA NAMED SEED SCIENCE ENDOWED CHAIR

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Endowed Dean Wendy Wintersteen named Seed Science Director Manjit Misra a Seed Science Endowed Chair during a medallion ceremony held April 29, 2014. The ceremony was held during the Global Food Security Consortium and the Leroy and Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium.

Hand with Rice

ISU/IFPRI Enhancing Biosafety Systems in Africa and Asia

 

The Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) at Iowa State University recently signed an agreement with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to enhance biosafety systems in Africa and Asia as part of the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS).

The three-year project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was designed to benefit partner countries in Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda) and Asia (Vietnam and Indonesia) that are interested in using biotechnology to promote agricultural innovation. The goal of the project is to empower the countries by fostering science-based decision making at each stage of product development and use, while strengthening capacity for the implementation of biosafety regulatory systems. Read More.


The Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) is the first institute of its kind in the nation. BIGMAP was established in 2004 as an independent, science-based institute to help provide guidance to the public and policy makers on genetically modified agricultural products. As part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the institute develops tools and methodologies to analyze the risks and benefits of genetically modified plant and animal products and to provide strategies for mitigating the risks to safeguard consumers and the environment.

 

ISU Seed Science Center, University of Nairobi Establishing African Seed Institute

Iowa State University seed scientists are working with the University of Nairobi and other groups to increase food security and reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa with help from a new $4.49 million grant from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Read more.