SCC-33 National Variety Testing Group
SCC-33 (formerly SRIEG-33) was formed in 1983 and provides a national forum for information exchange between state crop variety testing programs and the seed/agribusiness industry. The group is primarily composed of university variety testing specialists, breeders, & extension specialists and seed company representatives, but is open to anyone interested in this area of research.
Primary objectives are to improve state variety testing programs by: learning new techniques / technologies related to variety testing and to understand the goals, new seed technologies and future direction of seed company interests, and to provide an interface for discussion and resolution of problems common to public institutions and private organizations. Other goals are to expidite the transfer of information to crop producers and agribusiness clientele; maintain directory of variety testing personnel and web links to state programs and seed companies/agribusiness; recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the area of variety testing.
2015 National Variety Testing Meeting - February 2-4, 2015 - Destin, FL
The location and date has been set for our 2015 edition of the SCC-33 variety testing information exchange meeting. We are very excited to announce that we will be heading to Destin, FL to the Hilton San Destin- Beach, Golf Resort and Spa. This resort is an amazing place to have a meeting. In addition to four on site, award winning, golf courses, it is in the middle of some of the best fishing the Gulf of Mexico has to offer. Throw in some awesome Gulf Coast seafood and you may find it hard to return to the office!
We would like to make a special effort to invite our UCTA counterparts from the Northern region this year. Please forward this invitation to any peers and colleagues whose email was left off the list so we can reach as many as possible with the most accurate email addresses. Also, if you are an OVT coordinator, forward this invitation to your seed company personnel participants. We need as much participation from industry as possible.
We have an exciting agenda planned with technology updates, equipment innovations, and pertinent discussion topics that apply to everyone engaged in variety testing. We still have room available in the agenda for volunteers or suggestions for presentations. Feel free to send those comments and ideas to myself or Fred.
We will begin Monday night the 2nd with a reception and on-site registration. The meetings will be Tuesday and Wednesday. During the conference sessions, break refreshments are included in our registration fee but all meals are on our own. We will send out an agenda closer to the meeting date and post it on the SCC33 website.
When contacting the Hotel by phone to make your room reservations, reference “SCC-33 Variety Testing Meeting”. If you are making online reservations, use the Group Code ”SCC” to access the discount and to make sure our group gets credit against our reserved block of rooms. Only King single rooms and Queen double rooms are available from the website with our Group code. If you would like to upgrade to a different style room, you need to call the front desk at the number below and give them our Group code.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Boulevard South
Destin, Florida 32550
Hilton will honor the discount rate for our conference from Sat. the 31 st through Friday the 6 th for anyone wanting to take advantage of an extended stay before or after the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!
Your 2015 Meeting Coordinators:
Monty Malone Fred Allen
Bayer CropScience University of Tennessee
Photo from 2013 meeting at Ponce, Puerto Rico.