(Preliminary and subject to change, listed in alphabetical order)

Agriculture Counts: Real World Statistics USDA National Agricultural Statistics Survey (NASS)

Saturday, August 1 • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Organizers: Beth Carroll, Retired, Greensboro, NC, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Public Policy Board, NASS
Fee: $ 40

An opportunity for hands-on experience on how to utilize the extensive USDA
Agricultural statistics which are being used more frequently for regulatory and agricultural policy decisions. Experts from NASS will provide understanding and skills to help users get commonly requested statistics from the online database. The data can be used to manipulate and export the results, visualize the data on a map, or save a link for future research use. The workshop will focus on the NASS Census and Survey Programs, Quickstats use demonstrations and future programs including the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Participants should bring a computer and are encouraged to submit data requests to be used during the Quickstats demonstrations.

Analysis of Population Genetic Data in R

Saturday, August 1 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Organizers: Niklaus Grunwald and Zhian Kamvar, USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, Epidemiology
Fee: $25

Analysis of population genetic data remains challenging. This session will focus on the kinds of analyses typically conducted by plant pathologists. It will cover analyses of data from haploid and diploid populations with dominant or codominant marker systems applicable to a range of molecular genotyping techniques. Participants will gain hands-on experience with analysis in R using datasets provided by instructors.

FULL Design and Analysis of RNA-seq Experiments

Saturday, August 1 • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Li-Jun Ma, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors:
Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
Fee: $80

The continuing advance of sequencing technology enables application of RNA-seq in functional studies in almost all aspects of phytopathology. This workshop will help researchers identify potentially confounding sources of variability in differential expression experiments and consider how to improve the focus of their research on their question of interest. After an overview of experimental design, attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on data analysis using the Tuxedo package.

FULL Introduction to Multivariate Statistics in R

Saturday, August 1 • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Neil McRoberts, University of California – Davis, Davis, CA, U.S.A.; Paul Esker, University de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Epidemiology
Fee: $35

The aim of the workshop is to introduce new users to several useful multivariate analysis methods available in the R statistical computing language. Science is full of such data sets and there are many statistical techniques available for exploring them and teasing out the useful information they contain. The workshop will introduce some of the more commonly used techniques and will focus on application rather than background theory. Some prior experience of R will be useful but not necessary.

Simulation Modeling in Botanical Epidemiology and Crop Loss Analysis

Saturday, August 1 • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Laetitia Willocquet and Serge Savary, INRA, France
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Epidemiology
Fee: $40

Simulation modeling is a powerful approach to synthesize and integrate quantitative knowledge. It allows identifying key processes governing dynamic systems and exploring “futures” through scenario analyses. This workshop introduces basic concepts of systems analysis and simulation modeling. It then focuses on plant disease epidemics and crop yield losses. Simulation models will be used to explore model structures, their behavior, and the effect of key parameters on system dynamics.

Sustainability, Genetics, and Future Cultivars

Saturday, August 1 • 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Organizers: Brad Gabor, Monsanto, Woodland, CA, U.S.A.; Ray Shillito, Bayer CropScience, Morrisville, NC, U.S.A.; and Anne Bridges, AACCI, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Professionalism/Outreach, Professional Development
Fee: $25

Join us for a discussion of new technologies and the future food supply. Talk about the latest in food and feed crops and benefits across the entire supply chain. This workshop includes an overview of current plant breeding technologies, new crops and potential food and feed benefits, challenges of yield increases, emerging plant diseases, changes in crops and ingredients, managing new molecular traits in the supply chain, and new approaches in molecular detection technologies to manage authentication in the supply chain. We will also discuss insights to critique popular press and the Internet. View more information about the program and sponsorship.

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