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June 11, 2014

Daniels, World Food Prize laureates to speak at seed conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Purdue's two World Food Prize laureates, Gebisa Ejeta and Philip E. Nelson, will speak Thursday (June 12) at the American Seed Trade Association's annual convention in Indianapolis.

Daniels will give the keynote address during the opening session and breakfast, which will run 8-10 a.m.  His presentation, expected to begin shortly before 9 a.m., will include remarks about the importance of plant science research that is needed to help feed a rapidly growing world population and the role Purdue Moves will play in that.

Purdue Moves is a range of initiatives introduced by Daniels to broaden Purdue's global impact and enhance educational opportunities for its students. Plant sciences are a component of Purdue Moves.

Ejeta and Nelson will speak from 10:15 a.m. to noon as panelists sharing their insights and experiences to help shape businesses in the seed industry. Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture, will moderate.

The convention will be at the JW Marriott hotel, 10 S. West St., in downtown Indianapolis.

Journalists wanting to cover the presentations should contact Janice Walters, director of communications for the association, at 571-527-9840 or by email at jwalters@amseed.org for credentials.

 The American Seed Trade Association consists of more than 700 companies involved in seed production and distribution, plant breeding and related industries in North America.           

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu

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