Category Archives: Seed Industry

Seed Industry Consolidation is Still ‘Out of Hand’

Dr. Philip Howard of Michigan State University has just updated his very telling graphics representing consolidation in the global seed industry. “Not surprisingly, acquisitions have continued,” says Dr. Howard. “Despite the economic downturn since the last version of these graphics … Continue reading

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How to Address Climate Risks in Northwest Seed Production

Port Townsend, WA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will deliver five trainings this fall to help vegetable growers mitigate climatic risks in Northwest seed production. Trainings will begin in September, and will serve growers in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Thanks … Continue reading

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A Summer Letter from Our Director

Seed has been in the national headlines a lot these days. From a chance discovery of unauthorized genetically engineered (GE) wheat in Oregon to a Supreme Court decision involving patents on seed, our staff has been busy responding to news … Continue reading

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Did You Miss the California Seed Stakeholder Meeting?

At EcoFarm in January, OSA hosted a second California seed stakeholders meeting. More than two dozen seed producers, seed company representatives, university representatives, and seed buyers met to discuss how to improve seed systems in California. Below are a few … Continue reading

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Going to Seed: Year Two of Carrot Research

Color, flavor, nutrition, top strength, vigor, shape, and smoothness are all qualities under consideration as we select carrot roots this month to replant for breeding populations as part of the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project. OSA senior breeder, Dr. John … Continue reading

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