Focus: Workshops respond to common needs of groups.
Who: Prospective attendees may come from a variety of backgrounds, including seed grower, cleaner, dealer, seed analyst and students. Each workshop differs in focus and intended audience.
How it works: Group size is limited to assure optimum interaction. The trade-mark of these events is “hands-on”. Events may be repeated or offered in Spanish if there is sufficient interest. Some events are offered directly by the OSU seed laboratory staff and others by invited experts to address specialized areas.
We will announce any workshops on this website.
Examples of past workshops:
In any industry, effective quality management is critical for a successful marketing system. The seed industry is no different. Quality management (QM) in seed production is even more difficult because seeds are perishable and need special care in each step of the process. We depend on quality seeds to produce food for the growing world population, in addition to feed, fiber, turf, and flowers.
Quality seed is the product of organized and well-managed systems. These systems require doing things correctly in every stage, including breeding, seed production, seed conditioning, seed testing, warehousing, labeling, etc. Managing these systems is important to provide quality seed to the end users and make sure that they are satisfied. Seed quality management requires all participants in the system to do their part correctly, so that the whole system can deliver quality seeds efficiently and consistently. Quality management is critical in the competitive global seed market in which we all operate.
The OSU Seed Laboratory will offer a hands-on workshop on Seed Quality Management in May, 2014. The workshop will focus on grass seed, but the principles are applicable to other seed such as cereals, vegetables, and native species. The workshop will address areas of current importance to seed growers, cleaners and dealers, including:
The event is organized by the OSU Seed Laboratory staff, in collaboration with the USDA grass seed cleaning facility, an OSU Extension Weed Specialist, and OSU Seed Certification inspectors.
We look forward to seeing you!
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