Joe Lauer to discuss transgenic crops at WN@tL – Sept. 9

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab (WN@tL) on Sept. 9 will feature agronomy professor Joe Lauer on “Transgenic Crops and Cropping Systems in the Midwest.” This talk runs from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in room 1111 in the Genetics/Biotechnology Center and is free and open to the public. Here’s the full description of the talk, from the WN@tL website:

Speaker: Joe Lauer, UW-Madison professor of agronomy

You either love ’em or hate ’em — GMOs, that is. The impact of transgenic crops has been as revolutionary as hybrid corn was in the 1930s, when farmers were reluctant to adopt scientific farming practices. However, within five years, more than 90 percent of Midwest farmers had adopted hybrid corn. Farmers have quickly adopted transgenic corn as well, but consumers have not. Thus, a “grand experiment” has been going on in the countryside since 1996. We’ll explore the ups and downs of the first 20 years of transgenic crops in our Midwest cropping systems.

About the Speaker:
Lauer grew up in north-central Minnesota and holds degrees from St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota. From 1985 to 1994, he was faculty Extension agronomist at the University of Wyoming, and in 1994, he joined the agronomy faculty at the University of Wisconsin, where he’s responsible for conducting applied research and delivering Extension educational programming for Wisconsin farmers, advisers, and industry.