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Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee

Minutes of Meetings and Conference Calls - 2007

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These are the minutes of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee.

  • Minutes of telephone conference #8 on December 20, 2007
    • Members present: Steve Baenziger, Travis Frey, Caron Gala, Karl Glazener, Herb Ohm, Denise Pierce, Kay Simmons, Phil Simon, Ann Marie Thro, Greg Tolla, Bill Tracy, Todd Wehner, Linda Wessel-Beaver, Keith Woeste, Craig Yencho
    • Meeting attendance: may be 200 people (was 175 in 2007) for the main plenary room (and largest subcommittee meeting)
      • Breakout rooms for 7 subcommittees (30 people each)
      • Plenary session at the beginning and ending of meeting days
      • Arrive Monday, bus to Huxley, hotel in Des Moines (15 min bus ride), breakfast buffet included
      • Registration (Acteva): attendees should indicate the subcommittee meeting they will attend
      • Tuesday: lunch buffet in hotel atrium; dinner in hotel downtown; working sessions in rooms nearby
      • Posters: ?
      • Cost: registration $200 ($250 late after April), room $129 (all suites), sponsorships (12 sponsors in 2007)
        • Students: $100 ($50 + $50 matched by Monsanto)
      • June 1: registrant who cancels gets $100 back (lose $25 if canceling before June 1)
      • Refunds and cancellations: approximately 5 people in 2007
      • Costs: $16 each for website costs
      • Parking: to be paid separately from hotel
    • Meeting agenda for June
      • Monday am: registration
      • Monday pm: science in the public arena
      • Tuesday am: invited speakers
      • Tuesday pm: breakout sessions
      • Wednesday am: breakout sessions
      • Wednesday pm: business session, elections
    • Meeting topics for June (need speakers)
      • Food and nutrition
      • Environment and plant breeding
      • Metrics and accountability
    • Conference call is needed to activate subcommittee chairs and secretaries for June meeting
      • Additional subcommittee officers can be drafted to get subcommittee work done
    • Questions being discussed by the PBCC (see web page at http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/gpb/pr/pbccmainquestions.html)
      • What constitutes competitive research in plant breeding, deserving of funding from competitive grants?
      • What groups or individuals should we invite to be partners with plant breeding?
      • What topics and speakers could we use at the American Society of Agronomy meeting on the theme of 'Training the next generation of plant breeders?
      • PBCC executive committee concluded that a committee should be formed to summarize the answers and put them to use in organizing the next meeting, and in development of white papers
    • Advocacy for plant breeding in the federal government
      • Working in congress needs to be done this spring
      • Groups involved: CSSA, ASTA, ASHS
      • Deadline for white papers: March 2008
        • Excellence in Science and Technology: white paper is in draft stage (according to Craig Yencho)
        • A summary for federal budget consideration was circulated for this by email; see section immediately below:
    • Plant breeding funding effort for FY 2010 budget appropriation cycle
      • Timeline:
        • March 2008: White Paper completed by Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC)
        • PBCC makes the case in the White Paper for renewed investment in plant breeding (we suggest tying to Nutrition, Health and Climate/Water)
      • The White Paper can stress:
        • What will be lost and opportunities missed if renewed investment in plant breeding doesn’t occur (include examples of how industry will be compromised, jobs lost and other economic impacts).
        • Summarize what will be gained with renewed investment.
        • From the audience’s perspective the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and increasingly federal agencies, require stakeholders to provide outcomes that validate funding.
      • April-June 2008: build a case for plant breeding at White House Offices (Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), others?) and federal agencies.
      • Summer 2008: continue efforts with White House and federal agencies.
      • Fall 2008: begin to work with industry and other plant breeding stakeholder groups to build grassroots effort. At this point we will want to form a stakeholder coalition.
      • November 2008: FY 2010 budget pass-backs (no more leverage with White House and federal agencies).
      • February 2009: president’s FY 2010 Budget released by new President.
        • Note: If new plant breeding program or new dollars for plant breeding is part of 2010 budget proposal, we then continue as described below. If not, then we need to decide if we still work with appropriators to get program created/funded or instead begin work on 2011 budget next March 2009 as presented above.
      • February 2009: stakeholder coalition, formed in Summer, 2008 sends letter to House and Senate Budget Committees advocating for new plant breeding program or new plant breeding funding.
      • March-July (or through end of year and passage of 2010 spending bills) 2009: beginning with appropriations subcommittees, then full appropriations committees, and finally House and Senate chambers, stakeholder coalition works together to get new plant breeding program funded or new dollars in FY 2010 spending bills. This will involve lots of grassroots advocacy by all interested parties.
    • PBCC Planning committee for white papers
      • Steve Baenziger, chair
      • Tommy Carter
      • Linda Pollak?
      • Craig Yencho?
    • PBCC Planning committee for 2008 speakers
      • Keith Woeste, chair
      • Kay Simmons
      • Ann Marie Thro
    • PBCC Planning committee for 2008 meeting agenda
      • Linda Wessel-Beaver, chair
      • Travis Frey
      • Phil Simon
      • Tom Stalker?
      • Julia Kornegay?
    • PBCC Planning committee for nominations and by-laws (subcommittee chairs and secretaries rotate off after 1 year)
      • Todd Wehner, chair
      • Jim Hancock
      • Subcommittee chairs and secretaries rotate off after 1 year
      • Proposed changes to the by-laws
      • Name for PBCC lobbying arm:
        • possibility: National Plant Breeding Association, an initiative of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee
        • or: American Plant Breeding Association (iPBCC)
        • or: the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee, a national initiative to support public and private plant breeding
        • others?
    • Next conference call
      • January 24, 1 pm EST
      • Agenda item: ASA symposium (send input on speakers and topics to Herb Ohm)
  • Minutes of telephone conference #7 on November 29, 2007
    • Members present: Steve Baenziger, Marcelo Carena, Ronnie Coffman, Travis Frey, Karen Gala, Mike Havey, Herb Ohm, Linda Pollak, Phil Simon, Kay Simmons, Tom Stalker, David Stelly, Ann Marie Thro, Greg Tolla, Todd Wehner, Linda Wessel-Beaver, Keith Woeste
    • CSREES stakeholders meeting summary (November 20, Alexandria VA)
      • PBCC was represented by Todd Wehner; handout prepared by Phil Simon; input received from many including Steve Baenziger and Ann Marie Thro
      • Handout and slides are included on our website for others to use (see main page)
      • CSREES stated that plant breeding is being funded by federal competitive grants; this may be mostly molecular genetics work
      • Plant breeding was mentioned by several groups as being important
      • PBCC presentation included a request for funding from CSREES for:
        • Hatch funding is important to plant breeding; not mentioned as being important by other groups
        • Research areas and goals for plant breeding
        • Fellowships for student training
        • Centers of excellence for national programs (probably land grant universities with large programs)
    • Define for competitive grant panel: what is plant breeding? what is a good program?
      • Well-defined objectives (cultivars from wheat breeders, germplasm from maize breeders)
      • Should have a research-based component
      • Germplasm enhancement
      • Understanding molecular tools
      • Broad application over regions and crops
      • Extension / outreach component
      • Send ideas on 'what constitutes competitive research in plant breeding' to Todd Wehner by December 14
    • Measurements of plant breeding: funding, success, citations
    • PBCC partners (groups or individuals)
      • Health: Henry Thompson (agricultural biomedicine), effect of cultivars on cancer rate
      • Conagra is in Iowa; Archer-Daniels-Midland is in Iowa
      • Nutritional foods: fiber, antioxidants
      • Land Institute (Stan Cox): landscape diversification for agricultural stability
      • Nature Conservancy: leave undeveloped land for wildlife by using high yielding crops on less land
      • Send ideas for partners to Todd Wehner by December 14
    • Support grants
      • Needed: someone to write an NRI grant to provide support for the conference, including funds for students to attend the meeting
    • Future presentations
      • Herb Ohm and Ken Quesenberry are working on a conference presentation for ASA
      • Needed: topics and speakers for the next ASA meeting on the theme of 'Training the next generation of plant breeders'
    • Duke University conference, organized by Mary Eubanks (eubanks@duke.edu) for June 1-5
    • Next conference call
      • December 20, 1 pm EST
  • Minutes of telephone conference #6 on October 18, 2007
    • Members present: Steve Baenziger, Marcelo Carena, Travis Frey, Randy Johnson, Kevin Pixley, Linda Pollak, Rich Pratt, Phil Simon, Kay Simmons, Dave Stelly, Ann Marie Thro, Greg Tolla, Todd Wehner, Linda Wessel-Beaver
    • Plan for the 2008 meeting
      • Host: Monsanto (Ted Crosbie) in Huxley, Iowa (fly to Des Moines or Omaha) on June 16-18
      • Location: a hotel in Des Moines; registration and website are finalized
      • Registration fee needs to be determined
      • Meeting was approved by CSREES thanks to Mark Hussey
    • Subcommittees are encouraged to update their reports
      • Still need subcommittee report from 'Globally Competitive Agricultural System'
    • Development of white papers
      • Phil Simon is working on a review paper with Linda Pollak for 'Healthy Well-nourished Population'
        • The paper is a record of what has been done in that area by plant breeders
        • The work has brought in partners, in this case nutritionists to the work
      • Simultaneously, we can be working on white papers in the subcommittees
        • Each subcommittee can approach the subject differently as they see the need
        • The white paper speaks to ourselves, but helps us reach out to the larger audience
        • Target length should be 20 pages, and might not be intended for a journal article
        • Identify partners who can be brought in to the effort
        • Important audiences we need to reach:
          • USDA administration (perhaps food stamp group?)
          • Office of Management and Budget
          • The general public, journalists
            • Perhaps we need to work with general magazines (The New Yorker, National Geographic, US News, Nat.Public Radio)
            • We should prepare a media package for our area (similar to what Cotton Inc. does)
            • Contact the local press, work with the public relations group in your organization
        • White paper should define audience (management, decision makers, general public) and why they should care
          • Example: survey from Maize Genetics Cooperative
          • How to reach our scientific peers and partners: AAAS was interested in nutrition proposal, but not the general breeding proposal
          • Media approaches: need sales and marketing approaches to present breeding in the correct way (sell the sizzle, not the steak)
          • Many plant genetics researchers and speakers are in molecular genetics rather than applied plant breeding
    • Reframing committee should work on how to sell plant breeding to the public
      • Committee membership
        • Craig Yencho, chair (formerly Amy Iezzoni)
        • Herb Ohm
        • Roy Scott
      • Thoughts on reframing of plant breeding
        • Wehner's principles: there is no civilization without agriculture, and no agriculture without breeding
        • The U.S. economy would grind to a halt if everyone were spending their time waiting in line for food
    • Homework: organization of 2008 meeting
      • Possible topics: economics, public relations, communication with industry, speakers with examples of plant breeding successes, federal reserve bank agricultural experts
      • Recruit speakers from partner groups: suggestions?
      • Make use of speakers and talks from meeting: publish in Plant Breeding Reviews or put videos on the web
    • Next conference call
      • November 29, 1 pm EST
  • Minutes of telephone conference #5 on September 20, 2007
    • Members present
      • Steve Baenziger, Travis Frey, Mike Havey, Herb Ohm, Rich Pratt, Tom Stalker, Dave Stelly, Ann Marie Thro, Todd Wehner, Linda Wessel-Beaver, Keith Woeste, Craig Yencho
    • Plan for the 2008 meeting
      • Host: Monsanto (Ted Crosbie) in Huxley, Iowa (fly to Des Moines or Omaha) on June 16-18
      • Location: a hotel in Des Moines
      • Fund raising
        • Monsanto will try to cover graduate student travel costs
        • Establish a fund-raising committee, perhaps chaired by the PBCC past-chair
        • Workshop funding available from USDA-NRI; contact Ed Keleikau
        • CSREES may be able to contribute some funding ($5,000?)
        • Previous sponsors: BASF, CALS (NCSU), GoldLeaf Seeds, Monsanto, NCCPB, Nat Potato Council, N.Amer. Miller's Assoc., NC Peanut Growers, Organic Seed Alliance, Pioneer, USDA-ARS, USDA-CSREES
        • Much of the funding went to sponsored dinners, socials, facilitator (not needed in 2008)
      • Schedule: meeting at hotel, field trip to Monsanto
        • Monday evening
          • Company and public sector representatives to communicate the issues in plant breeding
          • Tours of field and labs at Monsanto
          • Social events: reception and dinner
      • Elections: subcommittee secretaries to be elected; last year's secretaries become the chairs
      • PBCC advisor, Mark Hussey, will need to approve the meeting (Steve Baenziger will contact)
    • By-law changes
      • Vote to change by-laws so that each subcommittee secretary becomes the chair after 1 year of service
    • Subcommittee tasks
      • Request update for each subcommittee report by mid-November
      • Alert the chairs that each subcommittee should focus on their area for the next meeting, to focus on communication
        • Each subcommittee should develop a white paper in their area by January 1
        • See minutes from June for writing a concept note or a journal article for the subcommittee
    • Need to develop a format for the white paper
      • Focus on journal articles first; extract 1-2 page note from article
      • Identify the target audience
      • Send white paper format to Steve Baenziger by October 10
    • Next conference call
      • October 18, 1 pm EDT
  • Minutes of telephone conference #4 on August 30, 2007
    • Members present
      • Steve Baenziger, Charlie Brummer, Marcelo Carena, Travis Frey, Randy Johnson, Herb Ohm, Denise Pierce, Linda Pollak, Rich Pratt, Phil Simon, Ann Marie Thro, Todd Wehner, Linda Wessel-Beaver, Keith Woeste, Craig Yencho
    • Plan for the 2008 meeting
      • Hosted by Monsanto (Ted Crosbie) in Huxley, Iowa (fly to Des Moines or Omaha) on June 16-18
      • The meeting will focus on a few themes to advance our affiliations (number, diversity and strengths of each) and awareness of their lobbying connections:
        • survey the impact of plant breeding in the U.S. public, as well as in agriculture and education
        • strengthen identification/affiliation with various partners
      • Attendance: may be 200 people (was 175 in 2007) for the main plenary room (and largest subcommittee meeting)
        • Breakout rooms for 7 subcommittees (30 people each)
        • Plenary session at the beginning and ending of meeting days
        • Arrive Monday, bus to Huxley, hotel in Des Moines (15 min bus ride), breakfast buffet included
        • Registration (Acteva): attendees should indicate the subcommittee meeting they will attend
        • Tuesday: lunch buffet in hotel atrium; dinner in hotel downtown; working sessions in rooms nearby
        • Posters: displayed in plenary room and hallway, perhaps with refreshments served in the area
        • Cost: registration $200 ($100 student, $250 late after April), room $129 (all suites), sponsorships (12 sponsors in 2007)
      • Need to research the partners to invite to the plant breeding meetings
        • Plenary addresses should be given by invited partners
        • Subcommittees should identify partners to invite
      • Development of funding for PBCC activities
        • Subsidize students
        • Reduce the cost of registration
      • Biotechnology regulations
        • Should PBCC comment on biotechnology (and other secondary issues)?
        • Future policy: allow members to respond individually
    • Recent additions to the website
      • Photographs: added for fruit crops; more are needed
      • Activities table: updated to reflect the symposium on nutrition accepted by AAAS
    • Objectives for next PBCC meeting
      • Encourage conference calls with subcommittees and main committee officers
      • Develop email list for subcommittee communication
      • Remind subcommittee chairs to work on their objectives
      • Remind membership to send email addresses to secretary for people to be added to PBCC
      • Next conference call
        • September 20, 1 pm EDT
  • Minutes of telephone conference #3 on July 25, 2007
    • Members present
      • Steve Baenziger, Jim McFerson, Linda Pollak, Rich Pratt, Phil Simon, Dave Stelly, Greg Tolla, Ann Marie Thro, Todd Wehner, Keith Woeste, Craig Yencho
    • Plan for the 2008 meeting
      • Hosted by Monsanto (Ted Crosbie) in Huxley, Iowa (fly to Des Moines or Omaha) on June 16-18
      • The meeting will focus on a few themes to advance our affiliations (number, diversity and strengths of each) and awareness of their lobbying connections:
        • survey the impact of plant breeding in the U.S. public, as well as in agriculture and education
        • strengthen identification/affiliation with various partners
      • Need to identify partners for plant breeding
        • Possibilities: medical, nutrition, biomass, environment/conservation, ethnic groups, crop diversity (see Malinda Geisler)
        • Invite some partners to the next meeting
        • Make new liaison positions for partner: are there suggested nominees?
        • People to invite to participate in PBCC
          • New ASHS congressional representative: Jonathan Moore
          • AAAS fellows in plant breeding: Stanley Peloquin, Major Goodman, others?
          • World Food Prize winner: Pedro Sanchez
          • Only five winners of the Nobel Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal: Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, and Norman Borlaug
      • Subcommittee activities
        • Excellence in Science and Technology
        • A Globally Competitive Agricultural System
        • Competitiveness, Sustainability and Quality of Life in Rural America
        • Safe and Secure Food and Fiber System
        • Healthy, Well-nourished Population
        • Harmony Between Agriculture and the Environment
        • Education and Training of Plant Breeders (newly-formed)
      • Elect new subcommittee officers
        • Each chair and secretary serves a 1-year term
    • Other items to work on before the meeting
      • Develop federal funding opportunities
      • Add an area for plant breeding for national needs in USDA-NRI
    • Recent additions to the website
      • Publications: two articles on Norman Borlaug have been added (pdf)
      • Photographs: added for fruit crops; more are needed
      • Activities table: updated to reflect the symposium on nutrition accepted by AAAS
    • Objectives for next PBCC meeting
      • Encourage conference calls with subcommittees and main committee officers
      • Develop email list for subcommittee communication
      • Remind subcommittee chairs to work on their objectives
      • Remind membership to send email addresses to secretary for people to be added to PBCC
      • Next conference call
        • August 30, 1 pm EDT
  • Minutes of telephone conference #2 on June 13, 2007
    • Members present
      • Steve Baenziger, Charlie Brummer, Mike Havey, Herb Ohm, Linda Pollak, Rich Pratt, Kay Simmons, Phil Simon, Dave Stelly, Ann Marie Thro, Greg Tolla, Bill Tracy, Todd Wehner, Keith Woeste, Craig Yencho
    • Sites for the next meetings
      • 2008 - meeting to be hosted by Monsanto (Ted Crosbie) in Huxley, Iowa, in mid-June (not on a weekend)
      • 2009 - meeting to be hosted by University of Wisconsin (Bill Tracy) in Madison, Wisconsin
      • 2010 - meeting to be hosted by Pioneer Hi-Bred International (Stephen Smith) in Johnston, Iowa
    • Recent additions to the website
      • Tracking of progress being made by the committee in each of the important areas is being added
      • Minutes have been added for the main committee and for some subcommittees
      • Photographs have been added for some of the crop areas; more are needed
    • Status of development of white papers
      • Process for development of white papers
        • first, we need to document the need for public plant breeding
        • then, we need to write white papers for specific issues
        • a concept note of 1-2 pages might be used to describe each white paper
        • the white paper can be 100s of pages long, perhaps from a graduate student thesis
        • the white papers would be published in scientific journals
      • What is needed: a strategic document giving a concept of what is needed in each of the subcommittee areas
        • white paper objective: state 'why public plant breeding is essential' and 'why federal funding should be provided'
        • key point: paper should answer what is being done (in a positive light) for society by public plant breeding
        • examples are needed: how are people affected by plant breeding
      • Journals to be used for white papers: Science, HortScience, Crop Science
        • write one paper for each of the 6 subcommittees
        • do not let one paper be held up by slow progress on other papers
    • Objectives for next PBCC meeting
      • Develop email list for subcommittee communication
      • Remind subcommittee chairs to work on their objectives
    • Next conference call
      • July 25, 1 pm EDT
  • Minutes of telephone conference #1 on May 16, 2007
    • Members present
      • Charlie Brummer, Jim McFerson, Mike Havey, Rich Pratt, Herb Ohm, Ann Marie Thro, Todd Wehner, Bill Tracy, Marcelo Carena, Greg Tolla, Tom Stalker, Keith Woeste, Craig Yencho, Stephen Baenziger, and Linda Wessel Beaver
    • Next PBCC meeting location and time
      • Montana State University (Tom Blake) May 15 to June 30
      • Pioneer Hi-Bred in Johnston, Iowa (Stephen Smith)
      • Purdue University (Herb Ohm)
      • University of Hawaii (Jim Brewbaker)
      • University of Wisconsin (Bill Tracy)
      • Monsanto, Des Moines Iowa (Ted Crosbie)
      • North Dakota State University (Marcelo Careno)
      • USDA-ARS in Stuttgart, AR (Anna McClung; size of facilities?)
      • We decided that we would like to rotate the meeting among university, governmental or non-profit, and commercial hosts. We were very pleased to receive hosting offers from both Monsanto and Pioneer. We also hope to rotate the meeting among different regions and different plant breeding activities (e.g. major large acreage crops centers, fruits and vegetables, tree and nut breeding, genomics centers, etc.). We also thought that it would be better for our hosting organizations to have as much lead time as possible so that they could have more time to plan and minimally disrupt their schedule. As such the committee recommended the next three meeting hosts be:
        • 2008:  Monsanto
        • 2009:  University of Wisconsin
        • 2010:  Pioneer Hi-Bred
      • We expect the meeting will have over 200 participants and last 1.5 to 2.5 days (based upon our meeting in 2007). As for the location of the meeting, we recognized the global nature of Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Our only restriction is that as SCC-80 is a U.S. committee, we should meet within the U.S. or its protectorates.  We will let Monsanto and Pioneer choose a location that is best for them. Monsanto had suggested Huxley or St. Louis. The committee also suggests that if it is for Monsanto , the Seminis efforts at Woodland might be attractive due to its being a center for vegetable research and in a different region. The location decision will be made by the company. Similarly, we assumed that being hosted by Pioneer Hi-Bred would most likely mean meeting in Johnston/Des Moines, but if there are other more preferable locations, we would leave that to Pioneer’s discretion. The time of the meeting would flexible and based upon the location. We recommend once the location is selected, that three potential dates be recommended to the PBCC. With the diversity of the PBCC membership, there will be numerous scheduling conflicts and having three dates will allow us to select the one with the least conflicts. Stephen Baenziger will draft a letter to Monsanto, U. of Wisconsin, and Pioneer Hi-Bred that will be reviewed by Phil, Todd, Greg Tolla, and Bill Tracy before mailing.
    • Status of Committee reports
      • All the reports but one have been received and posted on the web. The web site continues to grow as new items are added. New items include:
        • Photos of plant breeding activities
        • Subcommittee minutes
        • Also, the email list has been expanded and corrected (currently 385 addresses)
      • The PBCC recommends that each of the members who have personal web pages, add a link to the PBCC website. This should increase our visibility
    • Status of our AAAS Symposia Proposals
      • Two symposium proposals were submitted. Their titles are:
        • Crops for Health: Improving the Health-Promoting Properties of Food
        • From Mendel to Food Security: Creating New Plants for a Global Economy
      • Both symposium proposals were sent to the Section O (Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources) for their information and support in the efforts to have them accepted for the program. The proposals will be added to the PBCC web page.
    • Next conference call
      • June 13, 1 pm EDT
    • Items from Ann Marie Thro
      • Ideas for her presentation to the Colombian national plant breeders on June 6. She will discuss the origin of SCC 80, our current activities, and that we look forward to working with them through our international liaison efforts (e.g. Rob Bertram and Ronnie Coffman)
      • In discussing the proposed internal USDA Department level science seminar series on Bioenergy seen by USDA that directly relates to goal 2 (competitiveness, rural life) and 6 (environment), we thought that plant breeding will be an important aspect of research on pre-harvest contributions to (yield, conversion efficiency, water conservation, other aspects, and/or etc). Ann is looking for possible speakers. Craig mentioned conventional and transgenic sweet potato as an energy crop. Stephen mentioned that we need to consider bioenergy systems that include winter annuals - get a full year of crops where water is not limiting. Also, biofuels are the first part of renewal resources. Much of chemistry is based upon petroleum, so “green” chemistry (e.g. renewal chemical resources) also need to be addressed. A possible speaker on green chemistry is John Frost MSU (http://www.frostchemlab.com/).
      • Ann Marie Thro agreed to help recruit new members to PBCC. We will work on trying to attract more members from industry, extension, from our universities (though usually only one person from a university is the PBCC “representative”, additional members can serve as alternates, etc.) Stephen offered to write letters of invitation if that would be helpful.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Bill Tracy is part of an NRC committee to study the federal genomics efforts and was pleased that plant breeders were added to the committee and that many people (outside of plant breeding) were discussing the importance of plant breeding.
      • We also discussed that as part of our reframing efforts, we probably need to develop good definitions of plant breeding. While we do not want to describe plant breeding in terms of what it is not , it is important to describe what plant breeders are.
      • We will ask for volunteers for our education subcommittee. It was formed after the meeting was over and did not have a group of self-aggregating volunteers readily available.

 

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