Last fall, the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (National C-FAR) and the American Seed Trade Association co-hosted a Capitol Hill research seminar on the topic of genome editing. Led by Dr. Ann Blechl of the USDA Agricultural Research Service lab in Albany, California, the two sessions—one in the Senate and one in the House–were well attended by more than 80 Congressional staff and stakeholders.

The program covered the evolution of plant breeding to include more sophisticated tools, how breeders are using genome editing, and its potential to more economically and efficiently sustain the diverse, nutritious and high quality food we enjoy today.

Dr. Blechl’s presentation, titled: “The Latest Innovation in Plant Breeding: Genome Editing,” is available here:

Ann Blechl Presentation.

The National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (National C-FAR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, consensus-based, and customer-led coalition that brings food, agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and natural resource stakeholders together with the food and agriculture research and Extension community, serving as a forum and a unified voice in support of sustaining and increasing public investment at the national level in food and agricultural research, Extension, and education.