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Craig Newman Joins UC-Davis Seed Business 101 as Instructor

Date Posted: March 7, 2017

Seed Business 101 Field Crops | August 28 – September 1, 2017 |St. Charles, IL

Craig Newman

The UC - Davis Seed Biotechnology Center is pleased to announce the next Seed Business 101 Field Crops will be held in St. Charles, Illinois at the beautiful Pheasant Run Resort. Joining the team of instructors for the upcoming course is Craig Newman.

Craig is the former President & CEO of AgReliant Genetics, the third largest corn seed company in the U.S. Prior to being named CEO in 2012, Craig served as the company’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing since its inception in 2000. During his career, he held various positions with Akin Seed, Callahan Seeds and AgriGold Hybrids, including General Manager, before the company became a division of AgReliant Genetics in 2000. In addition, he also served as the Chairman of the American Seed Trade Association Board of Directors and on the Executive Board. Craig recently retired in June 2016. As a newly retiree and active consultant, Craig brings over 38 years of experience in the seed business to team of instructors.

Seed Business 101 is offered by UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center. This one-week course is designed to expose the participants to the five functional areas of a seed company (R&D, production, operations, sales and marketing; and administration). By creating a virtual seed company and case studies for each functional area, the program content is delivered in a very interactive way.

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

The class is taught by widely respected industry executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers. Since 2010, there have been over 400 seed professionals attend Seed Business 101.

For course information, please visit Seed Business 101, or contact Rebeca Madrigal at

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