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Burchett Appointed to USDA Plant Variety Protection Board

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointeda west Kentuckian to a two-year term on the Plant Variety Protection Board. Brent Burchett is one of 14 members who will advise Perdue on how to uphold the rules and regulations of the Plant Variety Protection Act.

Burchett is the Director of Plant Marketing for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. He says protection is ‘critical’ to ensuring innovation in the seed sector.

“It's really important that we get feedback from home gardeners or anyone that is involved in plant propagation [...] to make sure that we are aware of how significant protecting these varieties are so we can have continued investment in the ag economy,” Burchett said.


He said there has been a lot of discussion by the previous board on allowingmolecular markers as supplemental evidence to determine morphologically indistinguishable plant varieties.  

Burchett said mostly the board will work to ensure that the language of the plant variety act meets the needs of farmers, researchers and the seed industry. Intellectual property protection offered to plant breeders can last up to 25 years.

The PVP Board consists of farmers, the seed industry, trade and professional associations, and public and private research institutions.  


Nicole Erwin is a Murray native and started working at WKMS during her time at Murray State University as a Psychology undergraduate student. Nicole left her job as a PTL dispatcher to join the newsroom after she was hired by former News Director Bryan Bartlett. Since, Nicole has completed a Masters in Sustainable Development from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where she lived for 2 1/2 years.
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