Biotech & Barley: a webinar hosted by the American Malting Barley Association exploring innovation in the industry
  • 05/20/2022

Biotech & Barley: a webinar hosted by the American Malting Barley Association exploring innovation in the industry

Advancements in a wide range of biotechnologies are having a significant impact in the way improvements are being made to crops; whether to increase yields or to make them more resilient to stressors, barley is no different. Given the shifting landscape of the biotechnology industry, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) is hosting a webinar to develop a shared understanding of what technologies exist, how they are being applied, and the implications for their use. Registration is now open for this live webinar to be held on June 15th at noon CT. 

Dr. Jason Walling, research geneticist at the USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit and director of the Barley Malt Quality Lab, will provide an overview of the history of plant breeding through today, including the latest advancements in gene editing. This will establish a shared lexicon of terms and approaches. He will illustrate how these technologies are being applied by showcasing some case studies on barley and other cereal crops. Dr. Fan-Li Chou, vice president for scientific affairs and policy at the American Seed Trade Association, will dive a bit deeper and share what regulatory frameworks overlay these technologies, and will specifically walk through the regulations that impact the shared case studies. Domestic and international implications will be explored that lean on the markets most relevant to the barley industry. The webinar will conclude with a live Q&A session with our presenters. 

Registration is limited to the first 100 attendees. A recording of the webinar will be made available a week after the event. If you are unable to attend the live session, but are interested in being notified when the recording is available, skip registration and send an email to Ashley directly to get added to the mailing list. 


Fan-Li Chou is the Vice President for Scientific Affairs and Policy at the American Seed Trade Association, where she leads ASTA initiatives on plant breeding innovation, intellectual property rights, domestic and international regulatory policies. Prior to ASTA, Fan-Li served at USDA for over 10 years, including as the Agricultural Biotechnology Advisor to the Office of the Secretary and in positions with the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  She is an accomplished policy and program leader, with expertise in agricultural biotechnology regulatory, trade issues, and multilateral negotiations. 

Jason Walling is a research geneticist and director of the USDA-ARS Barley Malt Lab located at the Cereal Crops Research Unit (CCRU) in Madison, WI.  Jason completed his undergraduate at the University of Minnesota and spent some of that time working in the barley research plots of Dr. Donald Rasmussen.  He completed his Master’s degree in Plant Genetics at Montana State University and his PhD from UW Madison in Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics.  His research at CCRU focuses on the genetic mechanisms controlling seed dormancy and germination (preharvest sprouting) and their effects on malt quality.  Jason has been a member of AMBA’s technical committee since 2019.