The new Missouri Soybean Center will be unveiled at an event named after the new center on the University of Missouri, Columbia, campus. The Missouri Soybean Center Symposium will be held April 28 in the Monsanto Auditorium, which is in the Bond Life Sciences Center.

MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is home to the soybean center. The new center focuses on promoting and enhancing soybean research, teaching and Extension. The symposium that is being held in conjunction with the center unveiling is being sponsored by MFA Inc., Dow AgroSciences and United Soybean Board.

Besides soybean experts from the nation being on the agenda, the symposium is expected to draw many more top soybean experts for the one-day event. The symposium is open to those interested in soybean research and cutting edge soybean production developments.  

Randy Nelson of the University of Illinois will give the Poehlman lecture on the importance of diversity in plant breeding. The other speakers and topics for the day include:

Bill Wiebold, MU Extension soybean specialist, will speak on the history of Missouri soybean production and trends, and he will serve as emcee for the symposium.

Prairie Home farmer Robert Alpers will talk about the challenges of growing soybean in 2015.

MU doctoral student Michelle Folta will speak on the use of RNA interference to reduce soybean seed raffinose.

USDA research scientist Doug Allen will explain the use of isotope labeling and metabolic flux analysis to understand soybean metabolism.

MU Associate Professor Melissa Mitchum will talks about soybean cyst nematodes.

Registration is available at https://soybeancenter.missouri.edu/.