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Schoesler, Floyd to Speak at Spillman Field Day July 12

Posted by Seth Truscott | July 1, 2007

State Sen. Mark Schoesler and new Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd are scheduled to speak during the noon program of the Spillman Agronomy Farm Field Day on Thursday, July 12.

Registration for the field day begins at 7:15 a.m.

Tours are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a complimentary lunch.

During plot tours, researchers will make presentations on advances in cereal and legume breeding, genetics and pathology. Emphasis will be on biotechnology applications. Some presentations will be complemented by demonstrations.

Schoesler will share his perspectives on biofuels and the last legislative session. Floyd will discuss the land grant-university mission and his vision for WSU.

After the lunch program, participants are invited to a two-hour marker-assisted selection workshop beginning at 1:45 p.m. in Room 31 of the Orville Vogel plant biosciences building on the WSU campus.

Participants will learn about the potential of the application DNA marker technology in wheat improvement. They will cross-hybridize wheat plants, extract DNA, conduct molecular marker analyses and select plants for the next stage of breeding based on marker profiles. To register for the workshop, call Deb Marsh, (509) 335-2915 or email

The Spillman Agronomy Farm is located southwest of Pullman at 1452 Johnson Road. A map of the farm’s location is available at