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USDA’s Seed Liaison Initiative

Nov 14, 2023 - 12:00 PM
to Nov 14, 2023 - 1:00 PM

Seed Science Technology Webinar Series

The Seed Science Technology webinar series will take place Tuesdays in November (November 7, 14, 21, 28) starting at 12:00 noon Central time.

November 7 - USDA’s Seed Liaison Initiative

Presented by Julie Dawson, PhD., Kiki Hubbard, and Paulina Jenney, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In March 2023, USDA published More and Better Choices for Farmers (pdf), a report responding to the Biden Administration’s historic Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. USDA moved quickly to execute the report’s top recommendation: to establish a “Farmer Seed Liaison” within the Agricultural Marketing Service. The USDA Farmer Seed Liaison initiative provides a point of contact within the USDA to help those who work with seeds navigate a complex system. The Farmer Seed Liaison connects seed growers and intellectual property (IP) administrators, antitrust regulators, licensing and labeling enforcers, and other federal partners to ensure that farmers have the choices they need to be successful. The goals of the initiative are to enhance transparency in the seed marketplace; amplify the voices of growers, seed producers, and others in the seed system; and promote broader access to seeds for research and plant breeding.

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