Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Seeds and Sources Course



The National Organic Program regulations require that organic farmers use organically grown seeds, except when an equivalent organically produced variety is not commercially available.  The webinar will cover the availability of organic seed, as well presenting guidance to clarify the organic seed regulatory requirement. We will discuss the increasing enforcement of this requirement and the documentation required by certifiers. The presenters will also provide an industry and farmer perspective on traits of interest for agronomic crops grown organically, and what an organic farmer might look for when selecting varieties for organic production systems.

CCA/CPAg:  1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST:  1.0 Professional Meeting

Speaker Information:
Erin Silva
Assistant Professor, Organic Production Specialist
Universit of Wisconsin - Madison

Erin Silva is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and extension program includes organic row crop, vegetable, and pasture production.  A significant component of her research focuses on variety trialing and selection for organic production systems, including organic trials of silage corn, pasture grasses, and vegetables.  Dr. Silva serves on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council and the Organic Center’s Science Advisory Board.

Elia Romano
Sales Specialist
Albert Lea Seed

Elia Romano is a principal buyer of organic and non-gmo seed for the Albert Lea Seed House, a family-owned seed company based in Minnesota.  He has over 15 years of experience in the seed industry working directly with organic farmers in the U.S. and Canada.  In 2011, Elia was appointed to the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force and served two terms.

$25.00 Members/Certified Professionals
$40.00 Non-members

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  • Crop Management 1.0
  • Professional Meetings (PM) 1.0

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