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Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics

Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee

The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (SCC 080) is a forum for leadership regarding issues, problems, and opportunities of long-term strategic importance to the contribution of plant breeding to national goals. The committee will create the only regular opportunity to provide such leadership across all crops. The nature of plant breeding as an integrative discipline par excellence is reflected in multidisciplinary committee membership.

The past decade has brought major changes in the U.S. national plant breeding investment. Both the numbers of plant breeders and their distribution across sectors and crops has changed. There must be a clear analysis of the role of plant breeding in meeting national goals for administrators and other decision makers to understand the implications of the changes and respond most effectively for the future. Although recent changes in investment are the impetus for this committee, the need to articulate the role of plant breeding in meeting national goals is likely to be ongoing regardless of immediate circumstances.

The group has established six subcommittees that are based on USDA strategic goals: 1) excellence in science; 2) a globally competitive agricultural system; 3) competitiveness, sustainability, and quality of life in rural America; 4) a safe and secure food and biomaterials system; 5) a healthy, well-nourished population; and 6) harmony between agriculture and environment.

The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee, multistate committee SCC 080, was approved by the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors in 2006 and will operate through September 2015. The administrative advisor is Eric Young of North Carolina State University. The NIFA/USDA liaison is Ann Marie Thro.

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