Practical Farmers of Iowa: “Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work”, MSU, Mankato, MN

Practical Farmers of Iowa is answering the call for more resources and education on small grains production with a conference and several field days devoted to the topic in 2018. Attendees at these events will learn about a range of issues related to growing small grains crops.

For the second year, Practical Farmers is putting on a conference focused exclusively on small grains. The conference – “Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work” – will take place on Monday, July 30, from 10 a.m - 5:30 p.m., at the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University - Mankato.

CROPS-A-PALOOZA, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

CROPS-A-PALOOZA is a one day, hands on, free, in-field learning interactive event that brings together the best research and agronomy extension professionals and farmers to learn how to grow the best crops!

There will be 16 stations, including one on Oats Disease Management, with Jennifer Mitchell Fetch (AAFC Brandon), Jason Voogt (Field 2 Field Agronomy Inc.) and Ingrid Kristjanson (Manitoba Agriculture).

Please see the link for more details and to register.

Ottawa Oat Day, 2018 - ORDC, AAFC, Ottawa ON

Ottawa Oat Day,  2018, will be held at the Ottawa Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, on July 24th.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Weikai Yan (Weikai.Yan@AGR.GC.CA) or Charlene Wight (Charlene.Wight@AGR.GC.CA).

AGENDA

8:30 am: Meet at the entrance of the Ottawa Research and Development Centre facing Carling Ave.; get ready to go to the oat fields. 

Address: 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa ON

Sad news and glad news

We begin with the sad news: Charlie Brown, former oat breeder at the University of Illinois, passed away last Friday, June 1st. His funeral will be held this Friday, June 8th. More information about that and about Charlie can be found here. Charlie was also honoured with the Distinguished Service to Oat Improvement Award. It was Charlie who bred cv. ‘Ogle’ – one of the most famous and well-used oat varieties!

New postdoc position in oat rust research

Melania Figueroa's lab at the University of Minnesota is advertising for a new postdoc:

"The appointee will join an international project investigating the biology of the pathogenic rust fungus Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae, which inflicts significant yield losses in oats."

The link to the job posting is in the “Community news” section, as well as here.

Let's be practical here...

These folks are so practical, it’s in their name – the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)! As described on their website, “Practical Farmers of Iowa's mission is to strengthen farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information sharing”. There is a renewed interest in growing oats in Iowa, and you may remember seeing the list of PFI videos published in the newsletter last year.

Oat Global is hiring!

Dear Colleagues, Oat Global is hiring!

We are excited to share that our growth in 2017 has opened the door for us to add a full-time leadership position! The Oat Global Associate Director will help expand Oat Global into a broader oat research and extension innovation platform with global reach and impact. We are relying on you- our colleagues and supporters- to help us identify the right candidate for this job. Please share widely, and think creatively about who would be a good fit. 

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