“Speaking of Oats…” with Allan Rattey, InterGrain

This is a reminder that our next “Speaking of Oats…” webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm (17:30 hr) EST (UTC -5). Allan Rattey, from InterGrain, Australia, will talk to us about “Australian oat breeding at InterGrain: Building upon public-funded breeding successes”. Please register here. As always, you can check the time offset here.

"Speaking of" the whole oat value chain....

Many meetings continue to be modified or cancelled because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.  Please continue to check the calendar for updates.  (And let me know if I’ve missed something!)

For those of you interested in organic oat supply chains, Canadian Organic Growers is presenting a webinar that might be of interest this Friday, February 11th, at noon EST (UTC -5)

Some holiday cheer…

Oat Newsletter editor Charlene Wight holds a carton of "Oat Nog" and a mug that says "Warm Wishes"


Well, look what I found at my local grocery store in Ottawa, Canada – Oat Nog! It’s pretty good, too, with lots of nutmeg. (Look up "Egg Nog", if you're not familiar with the traditional Christmas drink.) Here in Ottawa the chances are quite high that we’ll have a white Christmas with a fair amount of snow this year, but I’m sure the experience in Perth, Australia, will be quite different....

Interested in working on oat quality?

The USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND, is hiring a Food Technologist/Research Chemist to study oat quality. The announcement can be viewed here. Please note that this position is only open to US citizens and nationals. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 3rd. That may be extended for an additional two weeks if there are not enough qualified candidates.

There is a new Research Leader for the Cereal Crops Research Unit at USDA-ARS in Fargo.  Please welcome Dr. Rajeev Gupta to our community! .

PhD scholarship opportunity in Ireland

Atik Rahman has a PhD scholarship opportunity with his oat research team at Teagasc, in Carlow, Ireland.  The project title is "Identifying and quantifying limitations to oat yield under Irish conditions (QUIC Oats)".  More details can be found here.

Please share this information widely!  The deadline to apply is November 5th.