...is a question I've been asked many times at banquets and so on, and it seems appropriate now. There are two new reports in the “Research Reports” section, both translated from German. One presents data concerning the mixed-feed market, and the other discusses adding oats to chicken feed to prevent feather picking. Note that research reports will now be identified on the reports pages as being translations, summaries, or original work.
A number of new events are now listed below and on the calendar, including PAG XXVII and several Prairie Oat Grower Association (POGA)-related AGMs. Today (November 2nd) is the LAST DAY for early-bird registration for PAG. Register by 11:59 Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7) to get the best rates!
As has been the trend lately, a new position has become available! The USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Lab in St. Paul, MN, is looking for a Biologist. Details are here, and the closing date is Oct. 16th.
Over at Oat Global, Will Zorrilla was the successful candidate for the position of Associate Director. Congratulations, Will, and welcome to the community!
A new job opportunity has opened up with the GrainGenes team in Albany, California. They are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with experience in computational biology (as it relates to plant genomics). The details can be found here. Taner Sen, GrainGenes team lead, sent out the information via OatMail and via the GrainGenes mail list, which you may find useful as well.
Now you have even more ways to connect to the oat research world! “OatMail” is an e-mail forum for discussion and announcements of specific interest to the broader oat research community. Belonging to the OatMail group is different than being on the Oat Newsletter subscriber list. There is more information about both the OatMail and Oat Newsletter lists under the “About” tab, along with instructions for how to subscribe.
This update brings more sad news, unfortunately. Darrell Wesenberg, former oat and barley breeder at USDA-ARS in Aberdeen, ID, passed away on July 30th, 2018. His obituary is in the “Hall of Fame” section (the direct link is here). Darrell is also in the Hall of Fame for having received the "Award for Distinguished Service to Oat Improvement" in 1998.
**Candidates are now being sought to fill the lead scientist position at the Small Grains Genotyping Laboratory that was vacated when Dr. Shiaoman Chao retired in December**
Position Available - Small Grains Genotyping Laboratory
This Friday, July 6th, at noon CST, the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) will be hosting another Learning Call. This time, Earl Canfield will discuss his specialized equipment and technique for harvesting oats by swathing to maintain quality for his on-farm animal feed business.
PFI will also be holding a workshop entitled “Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work”. This event will be held at Minnesota State U. in Mankato, MN, on July 30th.
Hear from breeders, farmers, and industry about what it takes to breed cereals for organic and low-input production. Learn about the selection process, organic cereal agronomy, and the traits farmers and buyers are looking for. The day will feature new research, varieties, and an overview of the University of Manitoba Participatory Plant Breeding program.
We will also tour plots of new organically-bred wheat and oat varieties, heritage cereals, and farmer-bred wheat and oat lines from the Participatory Plant Breeding Program.