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ICIA Winter 2013 Conaway's Column

ICIA Winter 2013 Conaway's Column12/01/2013

Winter is here which means a few very important items need to be on your “To Do List”. (1. Plan the busy holiday schedule 2. Complete all of the year end tasks 3. Register for the Corn Belt Seed Conference.) It is very important to ensure all of these items get completed. The Corn Belt Seed Conference (CBSC) is a joint conference by Indiana Crop Improvement (ICIA) and Indiana Seed Trade Association (ISTA), and is one of the premier seed conferences in the country! The CBSC is the only place to learn about all of the relevant topics of today from a lineup of unparalleled presenters all in one place. CBSC is also an excellent opportunity to network with other attendees connected to the industry, as well as a wide variety of exhibitors.

The CBSC gets kicked off on Tuesday February 4th with an employee development workshop. This is a one of a kind opportunity for all individuals in any organization, especially new attendees that have never attended this conference. This workshop is focused on developing all levels of employees, as well as creating a sound culture with multiple generations. Wednesday February 5th and a partial day on Thursday February 6th are filled with exciting topics. A few examples of the topics are: rebuilding the brand presented by the retired VP of Harley Davidson, commodity prices and the impact on today’s farming presented by Dr. Jay Akridge, Dean of Purdue College of Agriculture, as well as U.S. immigration reform presented by ICE Miller. There are multiple ways you can register, please check out the website cbsconference.org for additional information and to register on-line.

Lastly, this will be my final column as President of ICIA and I am proud to be part of a monumental year. This past year ICIA has finalized a few strategic developments that will keep the organization on the cutting edge of science and service for all of our members. Some of the developments that occurred this year include the hiring of Gil Waibel along with the start of a Native Seed Testing Program; the hiring of Srilaksmi Makkena as a Research Associate for the Genetics Program; the creation of an entire new website; and the approval and implementation of a new strategic plan that will guide the organization into the future. I have enjoyed working with the entire staff and getting to know more about all of them. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President of this wonderful organization.