People, places, and things

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!

Congratulations are also due to Lucia Gutierrez, who recently won the Toepfer Faculty Fellow Award, and to Padu Krishnan for receiving a $450,000 NIFA research grant.

It also turns out that Ashley Wiese is one smart farmer. (It says so, right here!) I would agree with that! I had the chance to meet Ash at AOWC 2018, where he promoted the upcoming International Oat Conference in Australia in 2020, as well as the Australian oat community in general. You can learn more about IOC 11 on the IOC page in the meetings section, where you can also find the video that Ash presented at AOWC 2018 and his slide presentation.

Both of these presentations are now also available as part of the AOWC 2018 proceedings, which can be found on the AOWC page. There are sections there for some of the posters as well as most of the oral presentations.

As for other places to be, NAMA’s annual meeting is coming up this month. This meeting is for members, but you can keep up with what NAMA is doing through the website or by subscribing to the Weekly Grind newsletter edited by Chris Clark.

On the 14th of November, SLU in Sweden will be hosting a workshop on oats and sustainable agriculture. More info is in the events listing at the bottom of the home page, or on the ScanOats website. Don’t forget to sign up for the ScanOats newsletter! Numbers 7, 8, and 9 have been published since I last mentioned it. Similarly, the most recent issue of POGA’s "Oat Scoop" newsletter was published in July.

Other things? Grain Farmers of Ontario is now accepting applications for market development funding. All kinds of other pieces of information, research-related and otherwise, can be found in this summer’s “Web Harvest”, which is in the “Community News” section. Some of the stories are about the World Porridge Making Championships (aka the Golden Spurtle) which will be held in Carrbridge, Scotland, this weekend. Best of luck to all the competitors!