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Organic/Sustainable Conference In Indiana -- November

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Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

Activities at the American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings

If you would like to participate, please contact Kim Leval, Chair, Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, or Phone: 541-687-1490,

Workshop on Public Plant and Animal Breeding: Sunday 11/12 from 1:30 to 5:30 P.M.

November 12-16, 2006, Indianapolis, IN

 - Panel Discussion on public breeding program challenges and opportunities with Henry Shands (ARS), Harvey Blackburn (ARS), Michael Sligh (RAFI), farmers and others.

 - Open discussion on current issues

 - Further refinement of the "Seed and Breed" action plan for future policy and educational efforts related to public breeding programs

Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Roundtable: Monday 11/13 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.

  - Reception and Cash Bar featuring locally produced gourmet cuisine

 - Presentations and Discussion of Participatory Research in Sustainable Agricultural Systems with Laurie Drinkwater (Cornell), and Jeffrey Steiner, ARS

 - Presentations and discussion of how to revitalize Public Plant and Animal Breeding

Symposium on the Role of Systems Research in Sustainable Agriculture: All Day, Wednesday 11/15

 - Co-sponsored by the Ecological Society of America

 - Speakers include: Deb Stinner and Richard Moore, Nancy Creamer, John Westra, Laurie Drinkwater, Larry Phelan, Chuck Francis, Sue Ellen Johnson and more

If you would like to participate, please contact Kim Leval, Chair,
Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture or Phone: 541-687-1490

Here is the link to pre-register for the conference if you are a member or a non member who would like to attend for multiple days.
If you want to attend the conference just for one day you can register on site. It will be $195 for members/1 day or $235 for non-members/1 day
You can book your housing/hotel at
The COSA events are in the following locations:
Sunday, November 12 - 9am to noon Seed and Breed Group meeting - Albany Room Downtown Marriot, Second Floor
Sunday, November 12 - 1:30 to 5:30 Public Plant and Animal Breeding Workshop - Marriott Ballroom 1
Monday, November 13 - 6pm to 8:30pm - COSA Roundtable - Hilton Indiana Ballroom, Second Floor
Wednesday, November 15 - 7:50am to 5pm Systems Research I and II - Convention Center Room 206 and 207
Wednesday, November 15 - 4 to 6pm - Systems Poster session - Convention Center Exhibit Hall A,B,C
Kim Leval, Senior Policy Analyst
Rural Policy Program
Center for Rural Affairs
PO Box 10836
Eugene, OR 97440
Ph: (541) 687-1490 Cell: 402-870-0658
Fax: (541)686-1380

Please consider contributing to the Center to support our good work! Online at

or at or mail your donation to PO Box 136 Lyons, NE 68038

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.