Current Speakers (Alphabetized by Last Name):
Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Researcher, Washington State University
Family and Board of Directors Member, Lundberg Family Farms
Professor, Bunda College, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
Sergio Núñez de Arco
CEO, Andean Naturals
Lisa Polchowski Nuñez de Arco
President, I Heart Keenwah, a brand of Pre-Columbian Productions
Susana Vilariño Rodriguez
Research and Development, Algodonera del Sur
Ingrid von Baer
Research Station Manager, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA
More coming soon! Check back for updates.
Kevin Murphy, WSU Sustainable Seed Systems Lab Director
Kevin is an Associate Professor of International Seed and Cropping Systems in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU, where he leads the Sustainable Seed Systems Lab and their work on specialty crop breeding and agronomy program. The goal of his lab is to increase the genetic- and bio-diversity of cropping systems across Washington State through the development of new cultivars and implementation of ecologically-rooted production practices. Internationally, he conducts participatory breeding and agronomic research on quinoa, barley, and millets in Rwanda, Malawi, and Ecuador. His group focuses on breeding and/or cropping systems research in barley, quinoa, spelt, buckwheat, perennial grains, and millets. He and his team emphasize crops, varieties, and/or farming systems that optimize nutritional value and provide tolerance to heat, drought, and diseases while improving yield, flavor and end-use quality, and their cropping systems research has included studies on intercropping, cover crops, crop rotation effects, no-till farming, crop-livestock integration, and optimal planting dates and nitrogen, irrigation and seeding rates.