2020 Native Seed Stakeholder Meeting
A full summary of the meeting will be shared here in April 2020.
2019 Meeting Summary
Response to the extreme spike in demand for native forb seed following the roll-out of the pollinator mix (CP-42) for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) plantings.
- 2015-2017, over 230,000 acres of pollinator CRP were planted in Iowa alone
- high demand for forb seed resulted in price increases and ripple effects through the native seed supply chain
Nearly 50 participants from 4 states representing a range of perspectives on native seed - seed producers, consumers, conservation professionals, researchers, and regulators
- a draft model of the native seed supply chain to increase understanding of how its parts interact
- a set of suggestions for improving the seed plan development process (direct communication between suppliers and field offices, improved efficiency)
- ideas for increasing communication among seed producers so that they can share best practices and learn about policy changes
- questions about seed mix design and planting practices that could be addressed through research
- clarification of the issues around seed quality assurance
- other research questions – seed testing variability, methods for improving production plot longevity/productivity, market research for source-identified seed
For detailed information, see: Report on Native Seed Stakeholders Meeting