SAG 225   On-Farm Plant Breeding (3 Hours)

Through this exploration of on-farm plant breeding, students will gain the understanding necessary to begin breeding their own crop varieties on-farm. Farmers have maintained symbiotic relationships with plants to supply food to our communities and societies since we domesticated the first crops thousands of years ago. Farmers guiding crops through the process of evolution (i.e., plant breeding) is an essential component of resilient and sustainable agricultural systems. Looking through the historical, biological, social, and practical dimensions of plant breeding, this course will enable you to create crop varieties that are tailored to your community, your farm, and you.