Seed Technology Conference Focuses on Status of GMO Seed

February 12th, 2002

AMES, Iowa — The 24th annual Seed Technology Conference at Iowa State University will focus on the status of genetically modified seeds throughout the world.

"We'll be looking at GMO seed issues around the world, which includes the status of exports out of this country. Is it being allowed? Are there barriers? What does the future hold for exporting GMO seed and grain," said Dan Curry, Seed Testing Lab manager.

The Tuesday, Feb. 19, conference will focus on biotechnology issues, the global status of GMOs, barriers to seed movement, the Starlink issue and the new U.S. farm bill. Topics in the afternoon will cover risk management, bean pod mottle virus, soybean cyst nematodes and new bulk seed-handling technologies.

The conference is being held at the Scheman Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, with workshops planned for both before and after the conference. On Monday, Feb. 18, the first workshop will focus on GMO seed trait testing and include sampling techniques, genetic trait testing and hands-on instruction for testing for StarLink corn and Round Ready soybean varieties.

On Wednesday, a seed conditioning plant design workshop will be held at the Scheman Center. Curry said it's an opportunity for seed industry professionals to learn about the latest designs in seed conditioning technology. For more information, call ISU Continuing Education (515) 294-5961.

Contacts: 

Dan Curry, Seed Science Center, (515) 294-0117

Barbara McManus, Agriculture Communications, (515) 294-0707