The Idaho State Board of Education recently approved an innovative agreement between the University of Idaho and Limagrain Cereal Seeds, one of the worlds largest seed companies.
This agreement is important to meet the needs of Idahos wheat growers and our ability to serve agriculture both in Idaho and in the Northwest, said College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean John Hammel.
Limagrain Cereal Seeds will contribute to research and education endowments for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to fund wheat-focused research and two $20,000 graduate-level assistantships annually.
The research endowments will help fund field studies by college faculty members focused on better ways to grow wheat on the Palouse surrounding Moscow.
We feel we bring some unique things to the table, a global germplasm base, some modern technologies and the opportunity to partner with the researchers and extension at the University of Idaho to really bring better information and better products to the growers of Idaho, said Jim Peterson, vice president for research for Limagrain Cereal Seeds at Fort Collins, Colo.
He previously worked as Oregon State Universitys wheat breeder and has strong ties to the University of Idaho, where his uncle Chuck Peterson, an agricultural engineer and biodiesel pioneer served as College of Engineering dean.
The nonexclusive agreement between the university and Limagrain means the two will develop and market some wheat varieties together under the trade name Varsity Idaho. The company and university will continue to develop varieties independently, collaborate with other parties and market varieties separately.