The Irish Seed Trade Association (ISTA) will host three 'Promoting Excellence' seminars this month.
The seminars will take place in the following locations from 10am – 12.30pm, followed by lunch:
- January 16, 2018 – Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Carlow;
- January 17, 2018 – Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, Tipperary; and
- January 18, 2018 – Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Meath.
"These seminars promise to showcase the value of sowing Irish-certified seed, the benefits of this scheme to Irish growers, as well as the best variety options for 2018 sowings," an ISTA spokesperson said.
The keynote speakers on the day will include Clodagh Whelan from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Andy Doyle, tillage editor at the Irish Farmers Journal.
"Clodagh will give an insight into crop and variety options for 2018 sowings, while Andy will present best practices for maximising crop potential. In addition, ISTA members Donal Fitzgerald and Tim O’Donovan will discuss the topic of certified seed standards, and how the certification scheme is helping to deliver new varieties," the spokesperson added.
The ISTA represents multipliers, producers and distributors of certified seed in Ireland and promotes the use of certified seed in tillage, forage and grassland crops to ensure the best varieties of seed are made available to Irish farmers.