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2014 - 8th Annual Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee Meeting
_____4th Annual National Association of Plant Breeders Meeting______

“Breeding for Water Stress”
Minneapolis, MN August 5-8, 2014
Early Bird discount May 30, 2014
Registration site at

Abstract submission deadline June 2, 2014
Nominations for 2014 Plant Breeding awards deadline June 16, 2014


See the DRAFT agenda for the 2014 NAPB meeting.

Please be aware that dates and deadlines for abstacts, registration, and awards are likely to be different from previous years because of the different meeting dates.

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. William Beavis, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Dr. Patrick Byrne, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Maria Deguera, University of California, Davis, CA
Dr. Jane Dever, Texas A & M, College Station, TX
Dr. Nancy Ehlke, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Ron Ferris, Syngenta Seeds, Stanton, MN
Dr. Chad Geater, Syngenta Seeds, Slater  IA
Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Dr. Elliot Heffner, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Des Moines, IA
Dr. Johnie Jenkins, 2013 Lifetime awardee, USDA/ARS, MS
Dr. David Mackill, Mars Incorporated, Davis , CA
Dr. Rita Mumm, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Dr. Seth Murray, 2013 Early Career awardee, Texas A & M, College Station, TX
Dr. Ian Ray, New Mexico State University, Los Cruces, NM
Dr. Diane Rowland, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Dr. Mark Sorrells, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2014 NAPB/PBCC Joint Program

Tuesday, August 5th
-Opening reception
Wednesday morning, August 6th 
-Business Meetings
Wednesday afternoon,
-2013 NAPB Awardee talks
-Breeding for Water Stress
-Student poster introductions
-Poster session 1
Thursday morning, August 7th
-Tour - Syngenta Stanton, MN station
Thursday afternoon
-Graduate student talks
-Poster session 2
-Controlling Genotype x Environment Interactions
-Phenotyping and Physiological Responses of Water Stress
Thursday evening
-Plenary Speaker
Friday morning, August 8th          
-University of Minnesota Field Day
Friday afternoon
-Closing session
-Graduate student workshop - Industry Breeders’ Perspectives

-Tools to Model and Optimize Breeding Programs

pictureSponsorship Opportunities
Please contact Allen Van Deynze,

National Association of Plant Breeders 2014 Awards
The National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) is pleased to announce that nominations
are now being accepted for three professional awards and six "student" awards. Awardees
will be recognized at the NAPB Annual Meeting on August 5-8 in Minneapolis, MN. Annual Meeting
information can be found at

EARLY CAREER AWARD - Recognizes a young public or private sector scientist who is active in
the plant breeding field. Applicants should exhibit the ability to establish strong research foundations
(experimental techniques, novel ideas, publications, etc.), to interact with multidisciplinary teams,
and to participate in professional societies relevant to their discipline. The nominee must have
obtained their Ph.D. after December 31, 2004.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Recognizes an individual who has given distinguished longterm
service to the plant breeding discipline in areas such as breeding/genetics research and
publication, education (graduate or undergraduate training), extension outreach, and regional,
national, and/or international leadership.

PLANT BREEDING IMPACT AWARD - Recognizes an individual who has made significant
advancements in the field of plant breeding, specifically in the area of applied variety and/or
technology development. Public or private plant breeders whose improved germplasm or
technological contributions have had a measurable impact on crop production are eligible to receive
this award.

Nomination procedures and entry forms containing more detail are included with this announcement
and may be found on our website These
awards are not based on the nature of employment (public, private, etc.) and the nominee does not
have to be a member of the NAPB.

Award recipients will be recognized at the NAPB annual meeting the year of the award, where they
will receive a plaque and cash award (if applicable). Furthermore, the awardees will be announced
on the NAPB web site. In addition, awardees will be provided a reimbursed trip to the next year’s
NAPB annual meeting, where they will be expected to give a presentation.

Nominations are currently being accepted and the final deadline is June 2, 2014 (5:00 pm Pacific
time). Awards nominations that were previously submitted and were not awarded must be
resubmitted annually for continued consideration (and the nominee must still be eligible for the Early
Career Award), but letters of support can be used for up to three years. For inquiries or questions
please contact the Awards Panel Chair, Phil Simon, 608-262-1248,

INVITED ORAL PRESENTATIONS (3) -- based on accepted poster abstracts of qualified
applicants. Three 15-minute slots for oral presentations will be awarded to three advanced graduate
students or recent graduates whose research is judged to be most meritorious, based on their poster
abstracts. Details, qualifications and rules will be provided in the abstract submission instructions.
Winners will be contacted before the meeting.

GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER AWARDS (3) – Three posters (1st, 2nd and 3rd places) will
receive monetary awards ($300, $200 and $100). To be eligible, the graduate student must be "first
author" and the "presenting author" and thus in attendance. The posters should report on the
student's graduate breeding/genetics research. Criteria for quality will include content and delivery.
Details, qualifications and rules will be provided in the abstract submission instructions and meeting

DRAFT poster information is availible but you must be registered to submit an abstract.

EntranceMeeting Registration

Registration site (note that this is on a secure site to handle credit card transactions, which we are migrating to from this site)

Hotel reservations: Minneapolis Airport Marriott
            NAPB Rate is $121 / $139 per night;   Room block expires June 23, 2014.




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