Announcements

If you are have not been receiving the AOSA email updates please contact Kelly Polzin: aosa@aosaseed.com or (202) 870-2412.  You can also find past updates here.


7/20/16

2016 Corn & Soybean Seed Quality Workshop

The Iowa State University Seed Lab will hold the 2016 Corn & Soybean Seed Quality Workshop August 16-18. 

Day 1 focuses on corn

Day 2 on soybeans

Day 3 on the basics of health testing and testing for biotech traits

Participants will benefit from three days of hands-on experience, talks, and networking plus take home a binder of materials. More information can be found at www.seedlab.iastate.edu/Training.

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4/25/16
Cookham Company - ISAA Summer Workshop
Dear AOSA Members,
 
The 2016 workshop, hosted by Crookham Company, covers AOSA Rules for evaluating sweet corn and fungi found in germination testing of vegetable seeds. Our lecturer on Tuesday is Steve Jones CFIA with an overview of Canadian Seed Testing and import requirements of the AOSA and ISTA rules. There will also be an introduction to sampling and preparation theory.
 
When:  July 11 & 12, 2016

Where: Crookham Company 
             301 W Warehouse St.,
             Caldwell ID 83605
 
Cost:    $150.00 for 2 days                                                                       
             $80.00 for 1 day   

Registration form can be found HERE.
Agenda can be found HERE.    
 
Registration cutoff date is June 24, 2016.
 
For questions, please contact: 
Danette Kroft                       
(208) 467-3314 ext. 205                 
isaa19782009@hotmail.com

Thank you, 

Jess Peterson
Executive Director 

4/20/16
2016 AOSA SCST Annual Meeting: Join US in Portland!


As you all begin to make your travel plans and arrangements for this year’s meeting, we wanted to pass along some items to help with your planning and coordination.  Below you will find important notes on the meeting’s host hotel; final agenda; committee reminders; and workshops.  Take a look below and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Remember, you can find all of this information & more on the joint annual meeting website HERE!
Hotel 
AOSA & SCST have a designated hotel room block set-up at the Embassy Suites, Portland Airport.  You can access the block DIRECTLY by clicking HERE The room block is set to close May 3rd, so be sure and book your rooms soon!
Agenda 
A final agenda has been posted to the joint meeting website!  A formal program will be available at the meeting, in the meantime, you can print off the schedule and start planning for your meeting experience today!  Click HERE for the final agenda.
Committee Agendas 
Are you a committee chair?  Is your committee listed on the agenda?  If you answered YES, then we need you to send in your committee agendas!  Please submit all agendas to Kelly Polzin at KPolzin@wssdc.com ASAP.
One Day Registration
Only able to attend the meeting for one day?  Email KPolzin@wssdc.com for our one-day registration form.
Banquet
Have a guest that you’d like to bring to the Wednesday evening Banquet?  Please indicate on your registration form, or in your email when submitting, that you’d like an extra ticket.  Extra tickets may be purchased for $65.00 each.
Tour
This year, an exciting field tour has been planned for all meeting participants!  You must indicate your participation on your registration sheet to attend.  The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th from 11am-7pm.  There are NO sessions or committee meetings planned during this time—all are encouraged to attend!  The tour will take meeting participants on a field tour dedicated to grass seeds, orchards, specialty seeds—all culminating in a tour and BBQ dinner at Rogue Brewery.  Lunch and Dinner are provided for only $5.00 based on our wonderful sponsors—don’t miss out!
Workshops 

Register TODAY for this year’s WORKSHOPS! 
Don’t forget, this year’s annual meeting will serve as host to TWO workshops; you must indicate your participation at the workshop on your registration form to attend, register today!


Vegetable Seed Health Workshop

Saturday, June 4th
Hosted by the Genetic Technology committee

The SCST Genetic Technology Committee is hosting a vegetable seed health workshop during the AOSA/SCST annual meeting on June 4, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.  The workshop is geared towards individuals involved in seed testing who are interested in learning more about seed health testing and international seed movement requirements.  This day long work shop will include lecture and hands on demonstration. Cost of the workshop is $150.  Lunch will be provided. 
Committed speakers to date are:
  • Ric Dunkle, Ph.D. Senior Director of Seed Health and Trade, American Seed Trade Association(ASTA)
  • John, R. Mizicko President of Eurofins STA Laboratories; Division Manager, Seed Quality Services
  • Kurt Kleinhessalink Global Seed Health Research Lead at Monsanto, US International Seed Health Initiative (ISHI-Veg) Vice-Chair and Cucurbit ITG lead  
  • Tracy Bruns Ph.D Post Doc, Iowa State University Seed Science Center  National Seed Health System (NSHS) administrative unit
  • Agdia, Inc. Molecular Research Scientist Nathan McOwen

Seedling Evaluation Workshop

Sunday, June 5th:

Most of this workshop will be devoted to issues directly related to seedling evaluation. The first in this series of workshops (2014) addressed issues related to setting up and conducting germination tests, as well as common problems and pitfalls in germination testing. The second workshop (2015) focused on issues affecting germination and evaluation procedures, standardization and uniformity, and involved virtual evaluation exercises on different plant families.This year’s workshop will focus on four specific issues related to seedling evaluation: primary and secondary infections, cotyledon/leaf necrosis, grass shoot evaluation, and root abnormalities. As before, this workshop will include many group exercises, where each group will be asked to evaluate seedlings and contrast their results to other groups. Virtual seedling images, rather than actual samples, will be used in all practice exercises. A major objective of this workshop is to refine analysts’ evaluation practices, to correctly and uniformly classify seedling infections, necrosis, shoots and roots.

Part I-Germination and seedling evaluation-General

  • Fine-tuning germination test procedures
  • Seedling evaluation-general practices  
  • Calibrating analysts’ seedling evaluation practices
  • Common causes of abnormal seedling development
  • Tolerances in evaluation

Part II-Seedling Evaluation-Specific issues

  • Distinguishing between primary and secondary infections
  • Cotyledon/leaf necrosis: causes, identification and evaluation
  • Coleoptile and first leaf evaluation in different grasses
  • Root abnormalities: causes and classification

 


4/20/16
2016 AOSA Rule Change Proposals Webinar
Dear AOSA Members,
 
The Teaching and Training committee is proud to host the webinar 2016 AOSA Rule Change Proposals. Mike Stahr will be the presenter. The webinar will take place May 5th at 11:00 am EDT, 8:00 am PDT. Register for your spot today!

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5197930599054283777

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thank you,
The Teaching and Training Committee

4/1/16
AOSA 2016 Election
Dear AOSA Member Labs,
 
Here is the 2016 AOSA Election Ballot with candidates for Vice-President and two Executive Board Member positions.  Please take the time to exercise your privilege to vote.  Remember that each lab gets only one ballot.  Your completed ballot will go to the AOSA office. Deadline to vote is April 15, 2016.

To make your selections please click the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HWMJSB
 
Sincerely,
Stan Akagi
AOSA Elections Committee Chairman

3/31/16
Tetrazolium Testing Referee 2016
Greetings AOSA Membership,

Attached to this email is a referee on the subject of identifying viable and non-viable Tetrazolium test results on a group of 8 species from different plant families. The guide for interpreting the TZ stains of all the plant families covered in this referee can be found in the AOSA/SCST Tetrazolium Testing Handbook. This referee was coordinated for the Region 4 Southwest, but it is open for everyone to participate. I attached an answer sheet as well where you can indicate a viable or non-viable (writing + or -) answer for each numbered picture and a short sentence explaining the reason for your answer. Please email your answers to me by April 30th at addressransomsl@silcom.com c/o Michael.

Please click HERE for the Tetrazolium Referee.

Please click HERE for the answer sheet.

Thank you for you participation, 
Michael Aberle RST


 

3/29/16
AOSCA Variety Fluorescence Levels
Greetings AOSA Members,
 

On behalf of the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board, please see the below memo and chart referencing "Variety Fluorescence Levels Recognized by the AOSCA National Grass Variety Review Board". This VFL list accepted as of Sept. 9th, 2015, supersedes all previously dated lists.

Please distribute this list to all interested businesses, laboratories, organizations and agencies. Thank you for your participation and support of this VFL review process.

Click on the corresponding links to view the VFL Memorandum and the Variety Fluorescence Levels.

VFL Memorandum 

Variety Fluorescence Levels Recognized by the AOSCA National Grass Variety Review Board

For additional information or inquiries, please contact: 

Sandy Smith
Chair of the Grass Variety Review Board
541-737-4513
sandy.smith@oregonstate.edu

Thank you, 

Jess Peterson
Executive Director


3/28/16
2016 AOSA Awards Nominations
Greetings AOSA members,
 
The Merit Award Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2016 AOSA Merit Award and appointments for Honorary Member status. The AOSA Merit Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the seed industry and has made significant contributions to AOSA or the field of seed technology. Honorary Members are individuals who have built upon the object of the Association by improving seed testing in all its branches, thereby making it more useful to agriculture and society.
 
Nominations may be made by any AOSA Affiliate Member or AOSA Associate Member. Applications are due by April 15th.
 
For a more complete list of criteria for the 2016 AOSA Merit Award and Honorary Member status, as well as instructions on how to submit candidates for both, please click the corresponding links below: 
 

2016 AOSA Merit Award            Honorary Member Nominations


Thank you,
Susan Reed
AOSA President
 

3/7/16
2016 Annual Meeting Workshops
Greetings AOSA Members,
 
On behalf of the 2016 AOSA SCST Annual Meeting planning committee, we hope you all have had a chance to check out the joint AOSA SCST website, featuring all you need to know regarding our upcoming joint meeting in Portland!  If you haven’t yet started, be sure to download and submit your registration form as well as make your hotel reservations—all of which can be found on the site.
 
When completing your registration form, you will note the option of registering for TWO different workshops, taking place during the meeting.
 
The “Genetic Technology Workshop” and “Seedling Evaluation Workshop” offer two distinct opportunities to further enhance your annual meeting experience.  Please note, if registering for a workshop, you must register for BOTH the annual meeting and workshop, you will note this process on the registration form.  Below, you will find an overview of each workshop and the respective organizers.  To attend a workshop, you MUST register—don’t miss out, submit your forms today!
 
For additional information regarding the 2016 Annual Meeting, or the workshops listed below, please email Kelly Polzin at KPolzin@wssdc.com.
 
See you in Portland!
 
Jess Peterson
Executive Director

Genetic Technology Workshop
Saturday, June 4th
8am-5pm
Please spend the day with us learning and discussing seed health issues affecting today’s vegetable seed industry. Whether you are new to seed health testing or a seasoned veteran, we expect to present topics of interest to everyone. Final agenda to follow; topics of discussion will include:
  •          Phytosanitary procedures
  •          International vegetable seed movement
  •          Seed Health accrediting bodies ISHI & NSHS
  •          3rd party testing perspectives
  •          Academic viewpoints
  •          Hand-on Immunoassay testing
Please contact Anna Doornik at AnnaDoornink@eurofinsUS.com for additional information regarding this workshop. 

Seedling Evaluation Workshop
Sunday, June 5, 2016
8 am - 5 pm

Most of this workshop will be devoted to issues directly related to seedling evaluation. The first in this series of workshops (2014) addressed issues related to setting up and conducting germination tests, as well as common problems and pitfalls in germination testing. The second workshop (2015) focused on issues affecting germination and evaluation procedures, standardization and uniformity, and involved virtual evaluation exercises on different plant families.  This year’s workshop will focus on four specific issues related to seedling evaluation: primary and secondary infections, cotyledon/leaf necrosis, grass shoot evaluation, and root abnormalities. As before, this workshop will include many group exercises, where each group will be asked to evaluate seedlings and contrast their results to other groups. Virtual seedling images, rather than actual samples, will be used in all practice exercises. A major objective of this workshop is to refine analysts’ evaluation practices, to correctly and uniformly classify seedling infections, necrosis, shoots and roots.

Part I-Germination and Seedling Evaluation-General
  •        Fine-tuning germination test procedures (0.5  hours)
  •        Seedling evaluation-general practices (1.5 hours)
    •        Calibrating analysts’ seedling evaluation practices
    •        Common causes of abnormal seedling development
    •        Tolerances in evaluation
Part II-Seedling Evaluation-Specific issues (5.5 hours)
  •        Distinguishing between primary and secondary infections (1hour)
  •        Cotyledon/leaf necrosis: causes, identification and evaluation (1.5 hours)
  •        Coleoptile and first leaf evaluation in different grasses (1hour)
  •        Root abnormalities: causes and classification (1 hour)
  •        Other topics (1 hour)
Instructors:
Riad Baalbaki (rbaalbaki@cdfa.ca.gov)
Sabry Elias (sabry.elias@oregonstate.edu)


3/5/16
Seedling Evaluation Survey

Greetings AOSA Members,

The Lettuce Seedling Evaluation Survey is now available to all AOSA & SCST members. Please click HERE to find the attached survey for the evaluation of lettuce seedlings with physiological necrosis. An answer sheet may be found HERE. Please fill out completely and email, fax, or mail to the address below.    

All answers must be submitted by March 31, 2016, and may be sent to: 

Donna Grubisic 
MD Seed Analysis
123 N. Salinas St.
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
Email: mdsa@cox.net
Fax: 805-962-0739

Thank You, 

Donna Grubisic, RST


3/4/16
TZ Testing: Methods, Evaluation & Reporting Webinar
Dear AOSA & SCST Members,

Please register for TZ Testing: Methods, Evaluation, and Reporting; with emphasis on wheat, flax and kochia on Mar 16, 2016 11:00 AM CDT at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4400739588080881412

The Teaching and Training committee is proud to host the webinar TZ Testing: Methods, Evaluation, and Reporting; with emphasis on wheat, flax and kochia. Carolyn Langley and Annette Miller will be presenters. The webinar will take place March 16th at 12pm EST, 9 PST. Register for your spot today!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thank you,
The Teaching and Training Committee

3/4/16
2016 AOSA Rules Change Proposals
To All AOSA/SCST Members:

The following 17 proposals for changes and/or additions to the AOSA Rules for Testing Seeds have been reviewed and approved by the Rules Committee for further consideration by the AOSA and SCST membership at the 2016 AOSA/SCST Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. (Please note that “approved” does not mean that the Rules Committee or its members endorse these proposals.)

Prior to the 2016 Annual Meeting, proposals are published for distribution to any interested parties within both public and private sectors. These proposals are posted online on the Rules Committee webpage.
 
Please note: Time will be available during the Open Rules Committee Meeting to discuss each proposal. All proposal amendments will be completed during the Open Rules Discussion. No amendments will be allowed from the floor during the joint voting session. Check the agenda for meeting dates and times. Please bring your own hard copy of the 2016 proposals with you to the annual meeting, as additional copies of the proposals will not be provided.

Names and addresses of proposal authors are included to contact them directly for additional information concerning a particular proposal. Written comments from AOSA/SCST members, and other interested parties may be submitted to the Rules Committee Chair any time prior to the annual meeting. These comments will be made available at the Open Rules Discussion.

Thank you, 

Mike Stahr
AOSA Chair, Rules Committee
Iowa State University Seed Lab 
106 Seed Science Center Ames, IA 50011
P:515-294-6826
F: 515-294-8303
mgstahr@iastate.edu

Sue Alvarez
SCST Chair, Rules Committee
Ransom Seed Lab 
P.O. Box 300
Carpinteria, CA 93014
salvarez@cheerful.com

3/4/16
2016 AOSA SCST Annual Meeting: Registration OPEN!
Greetings SCST Members,

Join AOSA and SCST in Portland, Oregon for this year’s joint annual meeting.  June 4th-9th will find AOSA and SCST members enjoying what will surely be yet another great joint meeting! 
 
Registration is now OPEN. You can find the registration form, hotel information and sponsorship and tradeshow opportunities all in one location, the new joint AOSA SCST websitewww.analyzeseeds.com Start booking your hotel accommodations via the hotel links and associated room block via the website and take a look at the DRAFT agenda—changes will be made in the coming weeks as last minute items come in, but the website provides a snapshot of the great sessions and committee meetings that will occur.  Please circulate the registration link and information, as well as meeting details, to your colleagues and prospective sponsors and trade show vendors.  As you are all well aware, the AOSA SCST joint annual meeting provides a great opportunity to showcase our industry in front a diverse audience—don’t let them miss out!
 
The registration form will also be posted on each association’s individual website.
 
Any questions regarding registration or the 2016 Annual Meeting, please contact Kelly Fogarty at: kelly@wssdc.com or 202-870-3342.

Thank you, 
Jess Peterson 
Executive Director 

3/4/15
Now Available: AOSA SCST Joint Website 
Greetings!

On behalf of both AOSA and SCST, we cordially invite you to explore the new 2016 AOSA & SCST Joint Annual Meeting website. We’ve designed this joint site to provide detailed meeting information in one convenient location and introduce you to the host city of Portland, Oregon. We look forward to implementing a simplified registration process for you and your colleagues in 2016, in addition to easily accessible information for those wishing to provide support for the meeting. Our Sponsorship Packet outlines a number of opportunities to contribute to the overall success of this year’s event and increase the visibility of your company or service among AOSA/SCST memberships. We anticipate the 2016 AOSA & SCST Joint Annual Meeting to be one of the largest and most successful gatherings of seed technology experts worldwide. Please continue to check the joint website atwww.analyzeseeds.com for meeting updates and deadlines as they are posted.

The joint site also hosts the AOSA Special Tolerances Computer Program for automatically calculating purity tolerances of seed mixture using Tables 14D and 14E. In consultation with the AOSA Purity Subcommittee and the AOSA Statistics Committee, the program was developed by Andrew Meyer, a Computer Science major at California State University, Sacramento. Since the 2015 AOSA/SCST Annual Meeting, two rounds of beta testing have been conducted.  Based on comments received, the special tolerance calculation program has been upgraded significantly adding a more extensive user guide and the automatic tolerance determination using Table 14B in cases when particle-weight ratio is 1.45 or less.  All you need to get started is the label information (type of seed, pure seed percentages), the results of a second test (your test results) and the number of seeds per gram (found in Table 2A) for each component. E-mail Andrew Meyer at meyer95826@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments about the program. 

For further questions or additional information on the 2016 AOSA & SCST Joint Annual Meeting, please contact Kelly Polzin at KPolzin@wssdc.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Thank you,
Jess Peterson
Executive Director

2/25/16
Crookham Company - ISSA Summer Workshop
The 2016 workshop, hosted by Crookham Company, covers AOSA Rules for evaluating sweet corn and fungi found in germination testing of vegetable seeds. Our lecturer on Tuesday is Steve Jones CFIA with an overview of Canadian Seed Testing and import requirements of the AOSA and ISTA rules. There will also be an introduction to sampling and preparation theory.
When:  July 11 & 12, 2016

Where: Crookham Company 
             301 W Warehouse St.,
             Caldwell ID 83605

Cost:    $150.00 for 2 days                                                                       
             $80.00 for 1 day   

Registration form can be found HERE.
Agenda can be found HERE.    
Registration cutoff date is June 24, 2016.

For questions, please contact: 
Danette Kroft                       
(208) 467-3314 ext. 205                 
isaa19782009@hotmail.com

 2/18/16

AOSA Vice-President and Executive Board Members Nominations 

AOSA is now taking nominations from our membership for Vice-President and two Executive Board Member positions.

The current AOSA Officers and Executive Board Members are:

 Position:                                             Name:                                                      Term Expires:          

 President

 Susan Reed, VA

 2016

 Vice-President 

 Randy Crowl, CO

 2016

 Secretary-Treasurer

 Janine Maruschak,
 CFIA Saskatoon 

 2017

 Board Member

 Victor Shaul, WA

 2016

 Board Member

 Andrae McMillian, AL 

 2016

 Board Member

 Jeff Prischmann, ND

 2017

 Board Member

 Johnny Zook, PA

 2017

 Board Member

 Deborah Meyer, CA

 2018

 Board Member

 Stan Akagi, UT

 2018 

 
Vice President: Randy Crowl will finish his term as Vice-President, as Susan Reed will finish her term as President. Randy will be the new President, so we are seeking nominations for a new Vice-President.

Executive Board Members: Victor Shaul’s term and Andrae McMillian’s term will expire this year. Both are eligible for nomination for another term.
 
Remember, you can nominate someone from your own lab if you choose.

Please take time to make thoughtful nominations at this time. As the Vice-President position leads to the President of the Association, we will want to elect a qualified individual. There are some criteria that we want our candidates for Vice-President to meet. Please refer to Article VI, 2.a. and b. in the Bylaws for the criteria.

A nomination form can be found HERE.  


Thank you, 

Stan Akagi 
Chairman
AOSA Elections Committee


2/18/16

CORRECTED
2016 AOSA/SCST EXAMINATION

Applications for examination are now being accepted for the following dates:
 
** An earlier administrative update contained incorrect dates for the germination and purity exams for Region V. Please review the corrected dates below for Region V.**

Region V: Southeast, August 25th and 26th, 2016
 
The USDA Seed Regulatory and Testing Division will be hosting the AOSA/SCST consolidated exam at the conclusion of their annual seed school in Gastonia, NC.  The purity exam will be given August 25th with the germination exam to follow on August 26th.  Applications for the August exam should be submitted to the Executive Director no later than July 1, 2016.  Please contact Pattsy Jackson for further information (pattsy.jackson@ams.usda.gov)

Please note: Applications will be considered in the order received.  Due to the nature of the exam, space is limited.  For all examinations, applications are available from the AOSA/SCST Executive Director.  Please submit applications to the Executive Director at the following location via mail, fax, or scan and email to:
 
          AOSA/SCST Administrative Office
          653 Constitution Ave. NE
          Washington, D.C. 20002
          Email:  kpolzin@wssdc.com
          Phone:  (202) 870-2412
          Fax:  (202) 330-5184
 
 
Thank you,
Jess Peterson
Executive Director
 
No payment is required at time of application. You will be invoiced for the examination upon acceptance of your application.


2/9/16

Corrected Order Form: Chapter 14 Now Available!

Greetings!

The newly revised Chapter 14 of the Seed Technologists Training Manual is now available for purchase. Chapter 14, Genetic Testing, is recommend for beginning and practicing seed technologists alike, along with the broader membership of the seed industry including seedsmen, researchers, government agencies, and students.

The comprehensive 86-page chapter starts at $200, and is available in print, on a CD, or electronically. Chapter 14 is available separately. To order, fill out and return the attached form.

Or visit:
http://www.seedtechnology.net/seed_technologists_training_manual

 ***An earlier administrative update contained a broken web link. Please see the attached document for the correct order form.** 

 Thank you,

Jess Peterson
Executive Director


2/5/16

Revised Chapter 14 - Available for Purchase Now!

Greetings!

On behalf of the Genetic Technology Accreditation Area Realignment subcommittee, we would like to announce the arrival of the newly revised Chapter 14 of the Seed Technologist Training Manual. The chapter, titled Genetic Testing, provides the most comprehensive look at modern methods and technologies related to the genetic testing of seeds.

With genetically modified corn and soybean seeds accounting for 80-90% of all seed planted in 2014, the seed industry will continue to rely on seed technologists to ensure the most accurate information on genetic purity of biotechnology products. Biotechnology markets are growing at an increasing rate; and with it will grow the need for continuing education of our seed technologists.

Chapter 14, Genetic Testing, represents the collaborative efforts and unrelenting dedication of the Genetic Technology Accreditation Area Realignment subcommittee in ensuring the most up-to-date and accurate information is presented in the newly revised manual. In addition to current technologies including electrophoresis, isoelectric focusing, immunoassay, herbicide bioassay, polymerase chain reaction there is information describing functional areas of genetic purity, trait purity and adventitious presence testing. Colorful pictures and illustrations, self-assessments, and end-of-section questions allow the reader to gauge learning comprehension as you go. Chapter 14, Genetic Testing, is recommend for beginning and practicing seed technologists alike, along with the broader membership of the seed industry including seedsmen, researchers, government agencies, and students.

Chapter 14 is available for purchase separately, or as part of the complete Seed Technologists Training Manual. To order, fill out and return this form. Or visit http://www.seedtechnology.net and click on “Seed Technologists Training Manual” under the Publications tab.

Thank you,


Jess Peterson
Executive Director


2/18/16 

2016 AOSA/SCST EXAMINATION

Applications for examination are now being accepted for the following dates:

Region II: Midwest, April 22nd and 29th, 2016

Iowa State University will be hosting an AOSA/SCST examination in Ames, IA in conjunction with their annual AOSA Short Course. The purity examination will be administered on April 22, 2016 and the germination examination on April 29, 2016. Application deadline is March 11, 2016. Information regarding accommodations and travel is available at here


Region I: Northwest, June 2nd and 3rd, 2016

AOSA/SCST together will be hosting a consolidated exam in conjunction with their Annual Meeting. The exam will be held at Agri Seed Testing in Salem, OR. The germination exam will be administered on June 2 and the purity exam on June 3. Application deadline for the June exam is April 20, 2016. There will be a cap of 20 exam candidates for this exam.

For the candidates’ convenience, a block of hotel rooms has been reserved in Salem, which is approximately one hour south of Portland. Further details will follow acceptance of application. Please contact Sharon Davidson (sdagriseed@comcast.net or 503-585-1440) or Cindy Davis (cdavis@agr.wa.gov or 509-249-6950) for additional information.

Region V: Southeast, August 25th and 26th, 2016

The USDA Seed Regulatory and Testing Division will be hosting the AOSA/SCST consolidated exam at the conclusion of their annual seed school in Gastonia, NC. The germination exam will be given August 25th with the purity to follow on August 26th. Applications for the August exam should be submitted to the Executive Director no later than July 1, 2016. Please contact Pattsy Jackson for further information (pattsy.jackson@ams.usda.gov)

Please note: Applications will be considered in the order received. Due to the nature of the exam, space is limited. For all examinations, applications are available from the AOSA/SCST Executive Director. Please submit applications to the Executive Director at the following location via mail, fax, or scan and email to:

               AOSA/SCST Administrative Office
               653 Constitution Ave. NE
               Washington, D.C. 20002
               Email: kpolzin@wssdc.com
               Phone: (202) 870-2412
               Fax: (202) 330-5184

 Thank you,

Jess Peterson
Executive Director

 No payment is required at time of application. You will be invoiced for the examination upon acceptance of your application.


 1/29/16


 1/29/16

USDA, AMS, Seed Regulatory & Testing Division

FEDERAL SEED SCHOOL 2016

Gastonia, NC

 

The USDA Seed Regulatory and Testing Division will host its annual Seed Analyst Workshop at its facility in Gastonia, August 22-24, 2016.  The three day workshop will focus on purity and identification of similar crop and weed species, with emphasis on identification of noxious-weed seeds.  Other topics such as the uniform blowing procedure, calculations for seed testing, TZ evaluations, and pure seed definitions will also be covered.  Depending upon interest, SRTD will also conduct workshops on biotechnology tests in seed variety, traits, and seed health.  The AOSA/SCST consolidated exam will be held in August 25-26, 2016.

These workshops are open to seed analysts from private and government seed testing laboratories.  Presentation of topics will be on a level appropriate for intermediate and experienced seed analysts. Enrollment at each of the workshop will be limited to 20 participants due to the hands-on nature of the topics and one-on-one attention from the instructors.  Participants from non-government laboratories will be charged a fee of $160 ($32 per day).

For more information about these seed schools or to request a pre-registration sheet, please contact Botanist Pattsy Jackson at pattsy.jackson@ams.usda.gov or seedservice@ams.usda.gov.

 


 1/25/16

Dear AOSA members:
 
The AOSA Membership Committee is in the midst of updating the website. Please look over the membership directory and verify that your laboratory’s information is correct. Be sure that all addresses, phone numbers, employees, titles, email addresses, and tests performed are current.
 
This email may not reach all employees at your lab - please review your laboratory's information to confirm that it is up to date.  Let us know if there are individuals listed that no longer work at your lab, or if new employees should be added.
 
Keeping an updated membership list is important, as it allows for better networking opportunities within the Association while helping to maintain a current list of CSA’s for continuing education points.
 
Please send a response within the next week to Ciara Clark atcclark@ndseed.ndsu.edu to confirm your laboratory’s information or propose any changes or corrections. Thank you from your AOSA membership committee.
 
Ciara Clark
Senior Seed Analyst
North Dakota State Seed Department
cclark@ndseed.ndsu.edu
 
Randy Crowl
Purity Analyst
Colorado Seed Laboratory
AOSA Vice President
Randy.Crowl@colostate.edu
 
Jess Peterson
AOSA Executive Director
jess@wssdc.com
(202) 870-2412

 


 1/18/16

Organized by the SCST Genetic Technology Committee and its Working Groups
Seed Science Center, Iowa State University
February 8-12, 2016

The SCST Super Workshop is held every other year and is composed of five individual workshops on genetic seed testing in one week. The workshops are targeted towards those preparing to take the Registered or Certified Genetic Technologist exams (RGT, CGT), individuals looking for a refresher course, and those beginning in this field.  Workshops include lecture, hands-on activities, and materials to take home. Time will also be spent discussing preparing for the exams, genetic testing issues, new technology, training resources, and sources of information for testing products. 

New for 2016: We will cover SCST switching from exams based on technology areas (herbicide bioassay, PCR, electrophoresis, immunoassay) to testing areas (genetic purity, biotech trait purity, adventitious presence) with continuing focus on the technology areas.

Particulars

  • Participants are encouraged to stay at the Best Western University Park Inn and Suites (877-229-6668 or 515-296-2500).  This will facilitate shuttling to and from campus (free shuttle).  A block of rooms and a special rate is available.
  • Iowa State University is located in Ames.  Ames is at the junction of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 30.  Best Western is located just south of Highway 30 on University Blvd.  The Seed Science Center is easily reached by driving north on University Blvd.  Map provided on request.
  • Participants can attend all five workshops or whatever number is best for them.  There is a discount for those attending all week.
  • Lunch and break food is provided.
  • The Super Workshop is offered by members of the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists (SCST).  Certificates and continuing education points will be from SCST.
  • Please contact Mike Stahr (mgstahr@iastate.edu, 515-294-0117) with any questions or comments.  The best way to reach Mike is by e-mail.
    Super Workshop website for more information
    www.seedtechnology.net

 


1/6/16

Register TODAY! -  Genetic Testing Super Workshop

The SCST Genetic Technology Committee will offer the sixth biennial Genetic Testing Super Workshop February 8-12, 2016 at the Iowa State University Seed Science Center in Ames, Iowa.  What can you expect? A series of workshops on genetic testing of seeds by herbicide bioassay, immunoassay (ELISA & lateral flow strips), electrophoresis, PCR, and on molecular biology.  The workshops are appropriate for beginners and accredited analysts, and is designed to prepare individuals to take the Registered (RGT) or Certified (CGT) genetic technologist exams.

Workshops will consist of lectures, hands-on learning, and materials to take home.  A shuttle will be provided to and from the hotel to the Seed Science Center.  Meals will be provided.  

Register online at https://goo.gl/PTKzp3.

Super Workshop Schedule (tentative, subject to change):

•    Monday:          Molecular Biology (Information on upcoming revisions to the RGT structure and exams.)
•    Tuesday:         PCR
•    Wednesday:   Immunoassay
•    Thursday:       Herbicide Bioassay
•    Friday:            Electrophoresis

Super Workshop Cost:
$350.00: All five workshops
$50 - $100 each for individual workshops

SCST is changing accreditation from herbicide bioassay, immunoassay, electrophoresis, & PCR to genetic purity, biotech trait purity, and adventitious presence using one or more of the areas noted above.  The upcoming changes will be discussed in the workshop.

Please contact Mike Stahr for additional information or questions at 515-294-0117 or mgstahr@iastate.edu.

Regards,
SCST Genetic Technology Committee

 


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