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  1. 1. Today’s Agenda<br />Welcome and role call<br />Web-conferencing / webinar show-and-tell<br />John McQueen (OSU) and Deb Heleba (UVM)<br />What's going on in the North<br />Round-robin intros about organic seed and breeding projects (5 min each)<br />Brainstorming of Priority Topics<br />Next steps<br />
  2. 2. Role Call<br />Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance,<br />Heather Darby, University of Vermont,<br />Walter Goldstein, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute,<br />Steve Jones, Washington State University,<br />Anne Kirk, University of Manitoba,<br />Frank Kutka, North Dakota State University,<br />Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm,<br />Richard Little, University of Nebraska at Lincoln,<br />Klaas Martens, Lakeview Organic Grains,<br />Tom Michaels, University of Minnesota,<br />Vicki Morrone, Michigan State University,<br />Kevin Murphy, Washington State University,<br />Jim Orf, University of Minnesota,<br />Theresa Podoll, Prairie Road Organic Farm,<br />Peter Sexton, South Dakota State University,<br />Margaret Smith, Cornell University,<br />Karri Stroh, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society,<br />Steve Zwinger, North Dakota State University,<br />
  3. 3. Web-conferencing / WebinarShow-and-Tell<br />Adobe Connect<br />GoToMeetings<br />Elluminate<br />Visuals provided through computer with high-speed Internet connection<br />Audio provided through computer and/or phone<br />Typically use ppts, etc.<br />Polling available for evaluation.<br />
  4. 4. GoToWebinars<br /><br />
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  7. 7. Elluminate Live! See:<br />Participant List<br />Whiteboard: upload ppts<br />Chat pod<br />
  8. 8. Features Screen Sharing and more….<br />Additional Tools<br />
  9. 9. What’s going on in the North?<br />Round-robin intros about organic seed and breeding projects (5 min each)<br />
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  29. 29. Desired outcomes for an online conference:<br />Increased awareness of developments in organic seed and breeding across the prairies<br />Increased knowledge among NGO and University staff<br />Increased knowledge among farmers<br />More farmer and breeder partnerships will be formed. <br />New linkages for more organic breeding projects in the near future<br />More on-farm breeding projects will be initiated. <br />Improved acceptance and encouragement of engaging in organic plant breeding at our universities - resources, culture, capacity to fund and publish organic breeding research, etc.<br />I hope to learn more about the main issues faced by organic producers<br />Stronger coordination amongst those of us engaged in organic plant breeding - data sharing, evaluation networks, germplasm exchange, more collaborative proposals<br />Ideas for expanding participatory plant breeding program<br />Know who will work together on integrated grant proposals<br />I need to figure out whether it would be useful to breed bean for organic production<br />New varieties will be released that are a result of these partnerships.<br />
  30. 30. Topics to be covered:<br />Would be good to somehow connect farmers with breeders that would like to begin on-farm breeding project.<br />Would be good to talk about how farms and breeders and others can work collaboratively. <br />What aspects of breeding will be left to breeders and where can farmers join the process.<br />How to help farmers start their own breeding projects or make sure that they have the proper resources to conduct breeding on their farms.<br />Increasing farmer and end-user involvement<br />Starting up a participatory breeding program<br />How to increase communication between researchers and farmers (what are farmers looking for in organic variety selection?) <br />Concept of Participatory Plant Breeding<br />How to get connected<br />Participatory breeding models in the US - what's working?<br />Who is Who in organic breeding in North America and their priorities<br />Regionalizing our breeding network and research efforts: Advisory groups for multi-state research<br />Interfacing with state seed certification agencies<br />Developing a network for organic breeding materials cataloging and exchange<br />Development of alternative Intellectual Property models for participatory and organic breeding<br />Barriers to breeding for organic agriculture<br />Barriers to growing organically certified seed<br />Seed production, distribution, availability<br />Increasing the availability of organic certified seed and if farmers would purchase it<br />Minor crops breeding needs<br />Value of unique market classes (like heritage bean types) in local organic markets relative to standard commercial classes. <br />Managing weeds, weeds and more weeds<br />
  31. 31. Next Steps<br />