Thirty-two percent of conventional farmers wish their seed company offered more non-GMO options, according to a 2010 survey. But where are improved non-GMO corn hybrids available? Can farmers obtain them to plant on their farms?
You can get answers to your questions and learn more about this topic at a field day on Thursday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ames, Iowa. The event is sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa and the U.S. Testing Network, or USTN.
"If you are interested we encourage you to come learn and connect with seed salesmen, farmers and corn breeders who are increasing the number of non-GMO corn hybrid options -- both conventional and organic corn -- on the market today," says Sarah Carlson, research coordinator for PFI.
The U.S. Testing Network, or USTN, coordinates a rigorous testing program to evaluate public and private corn germplasm. The USTN is primarily concerned with the evaluation of germplasm being developed for the organic and non-transgenic grain industry. To reach that purpose the USTN's members provide corn to be tested, provide locations for testing and/or financial support. The USTN is a membership organization founded in 2009.
Attendance is free, but you are asked to please preregister
This field day is free and the public is invited. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is suggested to Sarah Carlson at [email protected] or 515-232-5661.
You will have the opportunity to view the newest conventional and organic corn hybrids, listen to a USDA research update, participate in a corn disease and corn insect I.D. workshop and hear presentations from seed retailers, production specialists, and other exhibitors involved in the non-GMO marketplace.
Directions: From Hwy. 35 in Ames, travel west on Hwy. 30 for 5 miles to the ISU Agronomy Research Farm. Turn left (south) on U Ave. Look for signs to the turquoise Morton Building. For more information, call 515-232-5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.