So much has been said about GMOs– the good, the bad, the fiction and the myths. Some of these discussions are based on facts while others are based on hysteria and individual believes. Whether you are a crop or livestock farmer, a vegetable grower, a land/home owner, input supplier or an agribusiness manager, you have heard and perhaps participated in the debates about genetically modified crops or the popular version, genetically modified organisms (GMOs). So much has been said and written on this topic but the controversies surrounding the subject still remains. Often the facts on this topic are difficult to separate from myth and fiction. Clark County Extension in an effort to help its residents make sense of this controversial subject has invited an expert from Purdue University to come and talk on the subject. 

Dr. Peter Goldsbrough of the Purdue University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology will be our guest speaker. Peter is a plant molecular geneticist and physiologist who has been with Purdue University for more than 30 years. “The first genetically modified plants were produced shortly after Peter arrived at Purdue and he has followed how this technology has been developed and applied in agriculture”. Peter’s talk will center on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and their use in agriculture. He will cover the methods that are used to develop genetically modified organisms (GMOs); how these biotechnology traits and GMOs have been used in agriculture since their introduction in 1995; the impact of GMOs on agriculture in the US and elsewhere; how these GM crops are regulated in the US; what consumers should know about GMOs and the safety of foods that contain these products. 

 If you are a commercial farmer wondering how GMOs will affect your domestic and international business or you want to know the impact GM crops have on pesticides use, this is your opportunity. If you are a back yard gardener concerned about the impact of GMO’s on the vegetables you grow or you are a dairy or beef cattle farmer worried about the impact of GMOs on your feed and meat/milk quality, come hear the facts. If you are a home/land owner, an environmentalist or just a consumer concerned about the impact GM crops have on the environment or on your food and your surroundings, now is the time to come and hear from an expert and have your questions answered. 

The workshop is free and opened to all but registration is required to attend as a minimum number is required for the program to come on. To register for this event, or if you have questions about the event, please call the Clark County Extension office (812-256-4591) or email Skafari@purdue.edu.