46-14 USDA's Roadmap for Plant Breeding.
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=OCS. Stakeholder comments to USDA included the value of USDA’s work in genetic resources-- including conservation, characterization, distribution, and pre-breeding--; the importance of the recruitment and education of future plant breeders in active breeding programs; and the value of the federal-state partnership and associated grower-groups partnerships . Additional needs expressed for USDA’s work in plant breeding included public-sector plant varieties (cultivars) when /as needed for meeting national goals; translational work in the incorporation of biological research results in new breeding methods, tools and approaches, to address ever-more complex goals; and extramural funding programs both appropriate and adequate for long-term health of the robust federal/state model for public plant breeding in the United States. Some of the issues raised by stakeholders are broader than any single entity, including recruitment of young people; optimal understanding and use of intellectual property rights and tech transfer mechanisms; and fostering optimal public/private investment balance to ensure that all critical needs are addressed . This talk will invite questions and discussion regarding the USDA Plant Breeding Roadmap and possible next steps.