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Seeds & Breeds: Public Plant and Animal Breeding

About Seeds and Breeds:

The federal government has largely stopped funding classical breeding efforts at State land grant institutions to develop public cultivars, and has largely shifted agricultural germplasm research toward only patented varieties that prevent farmers from saving seeds. Yet one of the basic building blocks of any successful agricultural system - conventional or organic - is farmer access to seeds and breeds that are well adapted to local conditions, soils and climates. NOC advocates to make classical plant and animal breeding a priority within the USDA research apparatus.


October 27, 2015
Sign-on Letter from Members of Senate Expressing Support for Classical Plant and Animal Breeding and Need for NIFA to Invest

October 31, 2014
Proceedings of 2014 Summit on Seeds and Breeds for the 21st Century Agriculture


July 16, 2014    
Sign-on letter to Congresswoman Delbene requesting action to halt a plan that would diminish the research capacity at a Prosser, WA, research unit currently operated by the Agriculture Research
Service (ARS) and Washington State University.


Articles on Genetic Engineering in Seeds

Monsanto's Growing Monopoly-by Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance

5 Reasons To Be Thankful for Organic Seeds

Seeds and Breeds Documents

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat NOC AFRI Classical Breeding Analysis and Recommendations (June 2011)

NOC Letter to USDA, RE: Plant Breeding Listening Session NOC Letter to USDA, RE: Plant Breeding Listening Session (August 2013)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE WheatSign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat (July 2013)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat Sign-On Letter for Seeds and Breeds Research (May 2013)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat NOC Letter to Secretary Vilsack Regarding Public Cultivars (January, 2013)
Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat Secretary Vilsack Letter for Jan 8, 2013 Meeting (January 2013)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat Multi-Sector Letter to Secretary Vilsack Calling for Greater Public Plant and Animal Breeding Resources (August 2012) 

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat Michael Sligh Presentation to NIFA (August 2012)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat Sign-on Letter for Tester Amendment Seeds and Breeds (June 2012)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat NOC letter to AFRI re: "Prospective Comments on FY 2013 RFA for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative" (March 2012)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat NOC letter to Kathleen Merrigan regarding National Genetic Resources Advisory Committee (NGRAC) (January 2012)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat NOC follow up with Kathleen Merrigan regarding the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) (January 2012)

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Vilsack, RE: GE Wheat AFRI Classical Breeding Letter to Secretary Vilsack (January 2010)

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