Minutes of the American Oat Workers Business
July 28, 1998, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The meeting was called to order by Brian Rossnagel, chair.
(1) Minutes of the last meeting of the AOWC, held June 22, 1994,
at Minneapolis, Minnesota
Doug Brown moved and Fred Kolb seconded that the minutes be accepted
as printed in the 1994 Oat Newsletter, Vol. 42. The motion carried.
(2) Oat Workers' Code of Ethics Report
Deon Stuthman reported that The Oat Workers' Code of Ethics as proposed
and discussed at the 1994 American Oat Workers Conference in 1994 in Minneapolis
and the Fifth International Oat Conference in 1996 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,
has met almost total agreement. A current copy of the Code is posted in
this Newsletter. A point still requiring clarification for application
for some people is the term "owner." This term may be important for issues
of generated income because more than one institution may be involved in
the steps of hybridization, selection, and evaluation in the breeding process
of a line or cultivar. A form of equitable revenue sharing then would be
Anyone with suggestions on this point or with suggestions or reservations
on other points should contact Deon Stuthman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Revisions will be posted on the Oat Newsletter website. It is anticipated
that the Code will be finalized and accepted by the International Oat Conference
at their meeting in New Zealand in 2000.
(3) International Oat Parent Germplasm Exchange Nursery
Deon Stuthman, coordinator, reported on the status and plans for this
nursery. This Nursery, currently made up of about 100 elite lines from
various Cooperative Regional Nurseries and programs, will be grown at six
or seven locations representing major oat growing regions around the world.
Entries and use of them will be under guidance of the Oat Workers' Code
of Ethics. Queries regarding observation of, or participation in, the Nursery
should be directed to Dr. Stuthman (email@example.com).
(4) Retirement and Necrology Recognitions
Brian Rossnagel acknowledged oat workers who have passed away or retired
in the past few years.
(5) Oat Crop Germplasm Committee
James Stage - University of Minnesota
Don Bell - University of Saskatchewan
Dr. John Schmidt - University of Nebraska
Dr. Ron Bhatty - University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Calvin Konzak - Washington State University
Harry Smith - Quaker Oats Canada, Peterborough
Dr. Vernon Burrows - Agriculture Canada, Ottawa
David Goslin - Quaker Oats Canada, Peterborough
Darrell Wesenberg reported in the absence of Greg Shaner, chair. The
Committee will be meeting this fall. Items for discussion or action at
the meeting should be brought to the attention of Greg Shaner, chair, or
a member of the committee which includes Darrell Wesenberg, Michael McMullen,
Paul Murphy, David Peterson, Pam White, Harold Bockelman, and Chuck Murphy.
Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Oat Newsletter website after
(6) Oat Newsletter Editorial Committee
On behalf of the Nominations Committee Howard Rines moved that the
following revision be made in the Statement of the Purpose of Organization
of the American Oat Workers Conference regarding the makeup of the Oat
Newsletter Editorial Committee. The motion was seconded by Fred Kolb and
(7) Oat Newsletter Publication
"The Oat Newsletter Editorial Committee shall consist of four members:
Editor, Past Editor, Editor-Elect, and an Industrial Representative. Each
will serve a four-year term with the Editor-Elect being elected by the
membership of the Conference during the regular business meeting to be
held each time the Conference meets. The Industrial Representative shall
be appointed by the Executive Committee of the AOWC. The Editor shall have
primary responsibility for preparation and distribution of the Oat Newsletter.
It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to appoint an
Acting Editor of the Oat Newsletter should the position be vacated between
regular Conference meetings."
As indicated in earlier communications to oat workers from Editor James
Chong, the Oat Newsletter has been changed to an electronics-only communication
accessible on a website through Graingenes. This change was necessitated
by the lack of any source of funds for printing and mail distribution of
the Oat Newsletter, which has amounted to several thousand dollars per
issue. James Chong stated that the next issue is essentially ready for
posting as soon as minutes of the 1998 AOWC business meeting are ready
(8) Gene Nomenclature and Cataloguing Committee
Doug Brown, chair, reported that 61 new gene designations had been
assigned since 1978, the date of the last formal published report on oat
gene nomenclature. Copies of the 1978 publication entitled "Oats: A standardized
system of nomenclature for genes and chromosomes and catalog of genes governing
characters" are available from Dr. Brown. It is anticipated that the information
and updates will at some point be added to the Oat Newsletter website.
(9) 2002 Site Selection Committee
Fred Kolb, chair, reported that the committee recommended that 2002
AOWC meeting be held at Raleigh, North Carolina. Paul Murphy presented
an invitation to the AOWC to have the meeting there. Fred Kolb moved and
Darrell Wesenberg seconded that the invitation be accepted. The motion
was enthusiastically passed.
(10) Distinguished Service to Oat Improvement Awards
Brian Rossnagel reported on behalf of the Distinguished Service to
Oat Improvement Awards committee, chaired by Herb Ohm, at the AOWC Banquet
July 27, 1998, in the form of presentation of awards to Richard Halstead,
Don Harder, and Darrell Wesenberg.
(11) Nomination Committee
Sam Weaver moved, Jim Menzies seconded, and the motion passed that
the following slate of officers proposed by the Nominations Committee be
elected for the four years 1998-2002.
(12) Resolutions Committee
Chair-elect - Jim Holland
Secretary - Howard Rines
Member at Large - Dale Reeves, Trevor Pizzey, Darrell Wesenberg
The following resolutions were presented on behalf of the committee
by Dale Reeves, chair:
(13) The meeting was adjourned by the passing of the chairmanship of
the AOWC from Brian Rossnagel to Fred Kolb.
#1 Whereas this has been a most successful and enjoyable American Oat
Workers' Conference, and whereas this success has been largely due to the
excellent organization provided by our hosts; therefore be it Resolved
that the Conference participants express their sincere appreciation to
the staff from the oat program at the Cereal Research Centre, Winnipeg,
Manitoba, and in particular to James Chong, Don Harder, Jim Menzies, Scott
Duguid, Doug Brown, Greg Penner, and Trevor Pizzey.
#2 Whereas Quaker Oats (USA), Quaker Oats (Canada), General Mills, Agriculture
and Agri-food Canada, Cargill Ltd., Can-Oat Milling, Value Added Seeds,
Secan, Gustafson, and Emerson Milling have provided generous financial
support to this conference; therefore be it Resolved that the Conference
participants gratefully acknowledge these contributions.
#3 Whereas Dr. Brian Rossnagel has faithfully served the American Oat
Workers' Conference as chairman for the past four years, be it Resolved
that the members of the AOWC extend their sincere appreciation for his
leadership during that period.
#4 Whereas Dr. James Chong has worked diligently as Editor of the Oat
Newsletter for the past year, be it Resolved that the AOWC extend their
sincere thanks to James for his exemplary work.
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