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GMOs - People Are Asking, What Do You Tell Them? Webinar Series

This new monthly series will help CCAs understand the basic science behind GMOs and how the process differs from traditional plant breeding techniques. This series seeks to inform people to help them distinguish between science and pseudo-science, and to address some of the claims and pressures surrounding GMOs in the field and on the table, and to provide a framework from which individuals can make rational decisions and choices when it comes to using GMO products.

Webinar Series Objectives
Technical:
Acquaint the participant with:

  • the techniques used in conventional plant breeding, and how conventional plant breeding also is used with developing GM crops
  • the time (number of generations) required from making the first cross to offering an improved line on the market
  • the effect of GM on the number of generations required to prepare an improved line for the market
  • the GM techniques used to develop transgenic and cisgenic crops
  • the traits researchers are introducing and developing with GM
  • the best management practices to implement when growing GM crops

Social:
Acquaint the participant with:

  • consumer beliefs about GM products and their use
  • consumer concerns about GM products in the environment
  • consumer concerns about GM products in feed and food
  • GM regulatory and approval process
  • which GM information consumers consider credible
  • issues surrounding voluntary and mandatory GM product labeling
  • potential effects of consumer buying habits on production practices and related advice

CEUs: CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management per webinar
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meeting per webinar

$158.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$252.00 Non-members

Included webinars in this series package are:
What Makes GMOs Different? Why the Fuss?
GMOs and Consumer Food Choices, Brandon McFadden
Traditional Plant Breeding Methods, Clay Robinson
The Technology of GM Crops, Karl Haro von Mogel
GE Traits Available in the USA, Anastasia Bodnar
Mandatory or Voluntary Labeling, Jayson Lusk, Patrick Cournoyer
Missed Opportunities in Genetic Engineering, Kevin Folta
Communicating Concepts in Genetic Engineering, Kevin Folta

Each webinar may also be purchased individually by clicking on the individual title below.   A series bundle purchase provides a discount.

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Class cost: $ 252.00

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What Makes GMOs Different? Why the Fuss?

This webinar introduces a new American Society of Agronomy series that focuses on GMOs, Genetically Modified Organisms. In some commodity crops in the USA, more than 80% of the production has at least one GMO trait.

  • Consumers are concerned about the potential risks associated with using and/or eating GMO products.
  • Is there a way to find a rational path between actual risks and wholesale fear mongering?
  • Do we even need GMO plants? What is the purpose?
  • When a friend, family member, coworker, or customer asks you, what do you tell them?
  • Will consumer attitudes and choices affect the farmer, crop advisor, or farm product supplies company?

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Speaker Information:
Dr. Clay Robinson, PhD, CPSS, Education Manager
American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America

Clay Robinson earned BS and MS degrees from West Texas State University, with a concentration in plant science/agronomy, and a PhD in Soils from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and former professor who taught soil science and agronomy courses at two universities from 1992 to 2011. He worked for an environmental consulting firm before becoming the Agronomy and Soil Science Education Manager for the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America in early 2014. He is now responsible for developing and coordinating continuing education materials for the certification programs. Clay often talked to producer groups about soil and water conservation, irrigation management, and nitrogen and phosphorus management in dryland and irrigated production systems. He also provided an introduction to soils for urban gardeners every year, and talked with more than 20,000 middle school children about the importance of soil and taking care of it so they would not be hungry, naked, homeless, and breathless.

$25.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$40.00 Non-members

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Self-Paced

CEUs

Crop Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Class cost: $ 40.00

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GMOs and Consumer Food Choices; Traditional Plant Breeding Methods

This webinar will present both technical and social impact components.

The technical portion: Clay will present the process used in conventional plant breeding so it can be contrasted with the process of genetically engineering traits as presented in the next webinar.

The social component: Brandon will discuss food choice and attempt to provide a better understanding of consumers’ concerns about genetically engineered foods and pesticides.  He will also briefly discuss the effect of information on those concerns.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Speaker Information:
Dr. Clay Robinson, PhD, CPSS, Education Manager
American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America

Clay Robinson earned BS and MS degrees from West Texas State University, with a concentration in plant science/agronomy, and a PhD in Soils from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and former professor who taught soil science and agronomy courses at two universities from 1992 to 2011. He worked for an environmental consulting firm before becoming the Agronomy and Soil Science Education Manager for the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America in early 2014. He is now responsible for developing and coordinating continuing education materials for the certification programs. Clay often talked to producer groups about soil and water conservation, irrigation management, and nitrogen and phosphorus management in dryland and irrigated production systems. He also provided an introduction to soils for urban gardeners every year, and talked with more than 20,000 middle school children about the importance of soil and taking care of it so they would not be hungry, naked, homeless, and breathless.

Brandon McFadden, PhD, Assistant Professor of Food and Resource Economics
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida

Brandon R. McFadden is an assistant professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida.  His research focuses on consumer concerns about contemporary agriculture production, and the effect of information on those concerns.
Clay Robinson earned BS and MS degrees from West Texas State University, with a concentration in plant science/agronomy. He began his career working as a plant breeder’s assistant with ARCO Seed Company. He was responsible for assisting with all aspects of the breeding and selection process for triticale, and data processing and comparisons for early-generation yield trials. He also worked with a line of cytoplasmic male sterile rye intended for use in hybrid rye production. After that, he completed a PhD in Soils from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and former professor who taught soil science and agronomy courses at two universities from 1992 to 2011.

$25.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$40.00 Non-members

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Self-Paced

CEUs

Crop Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Class cost: $ 40.00

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The Technology of GM Crops

This webinar will cover the basic techniques and terminology involved in the genetic improvement of plants, from traditional breeding to genetic engineering and genome editing. You will learn about how the history of crop domestication relates to plant breeding today, and some of the biotechnological tools that are being used to further improve our crops. Real-world examples will be used that illustrate the scientific, social, and practical similarities and differences between these different techniques.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Speaker Information:
Karl Haro von Mogel
Director of Science & Media
Biology Fortified, Inc.

Karl Haro von Mogel is the Science & Media Director at Biology Fortified, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public on important topics in plant genetics and agriculture. Karl earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics with a minor in Life Science Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying the genetics of sweet corn, and just completed his first Post-Doc with the USDA where he improved our understanding of the cucumber genome. He is passionate about helping people to understand how crops have changed and the importance of these changes in the future. He also keeps bees and makes awesome shirts.

$25.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$40.00 Non-members

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CEUs

Crop Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Class cost: $ 40.00

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GE Traits Available in the USA

This webinar discusses the genetically engineered traits that are currently available on the market in the United States, including market saturation of these traits. There will be an overview the primary traits on the market, Bt and Roundup Ready, as well as discussion of non-browning apples and potatoes.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Anastasia Bodnar
Director of Policy
Biology Fortified, Inc

Since 2007, Dr. Anastasia Bodnar has been a science communicator with a focus on biotechnology. She is the Policy Director for Biology Fortified, Inc., an independent non-profit devoted to providing science-based information about biotechnology and other topics in agriculture. Her PhD in plant genetics with a minor in sustainable agriculture is from Iowa State University, and her BS in biology is from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to college, she served in the US Army, leading teams in public health and environmental safety inspections and integrated pest management.

$25.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$40.00 Non-members

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CEUs

Crop Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Class cost: $ 40.00

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Mandatory or Voluntary Labeling, GE Regulation and Food Safety

Dr. Lusk will present the issues surrounding mandatory labeling such as required in three states and recently was narrowly defeated in statewide ballots in three more. It also will discuss issues associated with voluntary labeling programs such as that offered by the non-GMO project label, the recent USDA certification, and the certified organic label, and the forces driving the labeling movement.  Dr. Cournoyer will describe how the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate different aspects of genetically engineered crops. It will then explain the foundation of how FDA regulates the safety of the U.S. food supply, and how the agency addresses food safety questions raised by genetically engineered crops.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Speaker Information:
Dr. Jayson Lusk, PhD
Regents Professor and Endowed Chair of Agricultural Economics
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Lusk is the Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and also serves as the Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. He has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University, and has held faculty positions at Mississippi State and Purdue Universities, and spent a year in Paris, France as a visiting researcher. He is much in demand as a speaker on several of his research topics, including consumer preferences for genetically modified foods.

Patrick Cournoyer, PhD
Consumer Safety Officer
Office of Food Additive Safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Patrick Cournoyer is a Consumer Safety Officer in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Food Additive Safety. He helps administer FDA’s plant biotechnology consultation program, which works with plant biotechnology developers to help them ensure food from new, genetically engineered plant varieties will be safe prior to marketing. Patrick received his PhD from Yale University in 2013, where he studied the cell biology of the plant immune system. Before graduate school, Patrick developed content for EU-funded websites in Germany to help inform European consumers about the safety and regulation of genetically engineered crops.

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$40.00 Non-members

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Crop Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Missed Opportunities in Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering has only really affected three traits in major commercial plants, and none in animals.  At the same time, hundreds of public laboratories have developed technologies that may solve problems for farmers, the needy, the environment and the industrialized world consumer.  These new solutions are arrested because of a high cost of deregulation, a long time lag toward implementation and a negative public stigmatization.  This seminar focuses on the issue that technologies exist to solve pressing problems, yet remain arrested in development due to regulatory and social issues.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Speaker Information:
Kevin Folta, PhD
Professor and Chair
University of Florida
Horticultural Sciences, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and Plant Innovation Program

Dr. Folta is a Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida.  His laboratory examines fundamental light signal transduction and its application as an effective non-chemical control of plant growth, metabolism, development, and nutrient content with focus on high-value crop traits. His group also uses genomics approaches to identify novel genes that control important traits (such as flavor and disease resistance) in small fruits. He actively teaches science communication to scientists and farmers, and offers science-based discussions on controversial topics with a curious and concerned public. He has been recognized with awards for research, communications, undergraduate mentoring and postdoctoral advising. BS/MS Northern Illinois University 1989/1992, Ph.D. from the Laboratory for Molecular Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.

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$40.00 Non-members

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Crop Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Class cost: $ 40.00

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Communicating Concepts in Genetic Engineering

Discussions in the area of modern genetics can be difficult, mostly clouded by bad information.  How can farmers, physicians and scientists be more effective in this space?   There are some tried-and-true ways to connect with (and turn off!) audiences with this discussion.  A central strategy for effective engagement is presented, and provides a framework for productively discussing evidence in this area.

CEUs:
CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meetings

Speaker Information:
Kevin Folta, PhD
Professor and Chair
University of Florida
Horticultural Sciences, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and Plant Innovation Program

Dr. Folta is a Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida.  His laboratory examines fundamental light signal transduction and its application as an effective non-chemical control of plant growth, metabolism, development, and nutrient content with focus on high-value crop traits. His group also uses genomics approaches to identify novel genes that control important traits (such as flavor and disease resistance) in small fruits. He actively teaches science communication to scientists and farmers, and offers science-based discussions on controversial topics with a curious and concerned public. He has been recognized with awards for research, communications, undergraduate mentoring and postdoctoral advising. BS/MS Northern Illinois University 1989/1992, Ph.D. from the Laboratory for Molecular Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.

$25.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$40.00 Non-members

You have 30 days to view this content after purchase.

Self-Paced

CEUs

Crop Management   1.0
Professional Meetings (PM)   1.0

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Class cost: $ 40.00

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