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The Science Behind GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) Workshop - 2020

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
1 - 5 p.m.

Live Webinar Via Zoom

Cost: $30.00 per participant   

GMO's are possibly one of the most misunderstood organisms on the face of the planet. "GMO" stands for genetically modified organism, something gardeners have been doing for thousands of years. How does a gardener make informed choices, not only about food items but also later on, with seeds and plants? Through this intensive workshop, three separate presenters will be exploring the complexity of this science while providing facts to help unravel the jargon we find in popular culture. The Zoom meeting-style workshop will allow participant interaction with our panel of experts. The Zoom meeting ID and passcode will be emailed to all paid registrants on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. If you do not receive it, please be sure to check your spam or trash folders.
If you can not attend the day of the workshop, a recording will be made available to all registrants for a period of time afterwards.  

Below are the experts and topics that will be covered during this webinar:

Dr. Rebecca Grumet, Michigan State University Professor, Department of Horticulture, Graduate Program in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, Graduate Program in Genetics.  
  *   What are GMOs?
  *   GMO relationship to conventional breeding
  *   Consumer controversy

Dr. Ron Goldy, Michigan State University Extension, Senior Extension Educator
A Consumer-oriented approach to how Genetically Engineered products are produced and why/where they are currently being used in agriculture
GMO types - herbicides, insect and virus resistance

Dr. Alison Bernstein, Michigan State University Assistant Professor Department of Translational Neuroscience
From Scared Mom to Science Mom

Technology Requirements: Below are recommendations for the optimal interactive online training:
  *  A computer, laptop or tablet with the latest version of your browser
  *  A reliable internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  *  Webcam or HD Webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
  *  Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in wireless Bluetooth

Re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardeners: attendees will earn 4 continuing education hours (to be reported by selecting the VMS project of Environmental Stewardship: IPM - General).

Register today to learn more Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Registration deadline: Nov. 11, 2020 or when workshop is full. 
No registrations after November 11.

Payment by Credit Card: Payment due date Nov. 11, 2020 (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted):This payment method is recommended, via the secure MSU payment site to expedite your seat reservation. To ensure your transaction is processed, please enter your personal information exactly as shown on the credit card and do not include dashes or spaces when entering your credit card number. You will receive confirmation of transaction approval upon completion of the payment process. 

Payment by Check/Money Order: Postmark deadline is Nov. 1, 2020. Your seat is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Make payment to MSU and mail your payment to:

MSU ANR Event Services - 2020 GMO Workshop
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive, Room 11
East Lansing, MI  48824

Refund Policy

  • A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the workshop has started.
  • Substitutions allowed.

Registration for 2020 Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 11, 2020.

There are 24 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information or if you are seeking financial assistance, please contact Deb Gulick with Kent MSU Extension at gulickde@msu.edu