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:  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.

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Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
June 17, 2015
GMOs and Consumer Food Choices; Traditional Plant Breeding Methods
Speaker Information
Brandon McFadden PhD   [ view bio ]
Dr. Clay Robinson PhD, CPSS   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
American Society of Agronomy
Crop Management : 1.00
Soil Science Society of America
Professional Meetings: 1.00
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