Seed Business 101 Field Crops, August 20 - 24, St. Charles, IL

Davis, CA (May 4, 2018) - Seed Business 101 is a one-week course designed to expose the participants to the five functional areas of a seed company (R&D, production, operations, sales and marketing; and administration).

The class gives new employees a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability.

The course is taught by widely respected industry executives.  The core lecturers are: Craig Newman, the former President & CEO of AgReliant Genetics; Tom Francis, the former Global Head of Product Evaluation and Assessment for Syngenta; and Dave Westphal, who held leadership positions with Cargill Inc. and Monsanto’s subsidiaries.

For the 2018 St. Charles session, they will be supported by several guest speakers, including John Latham, Latham Hi Tech Seeds, and John Wyffels, Wyffels Hybrids. In addition, the participants will have the opportunity to visit two state-of-the-art Illinois facilities, Monsanto Production location at Waterman and Ag Reliant Research location at Kirkland.

Early-bird registration ends June 30, 2018.

For more information and registration, please contact Julie Tillman ( or visit