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Seed regulation consultations are expected to change the way farmers can access seed, and their input is being sought.

Calling all farmers: Seed regs review kicks off

Regulations are under review and CFIA wants your input before March 15

Canadian farmers are urged to take part in a major review of regulations under the Seeds Act, starting with a survey ending March 15 assessing current regulations and the need for changes. Most producers probably don’t know much about the Byzantine legislation that goes back to 1905, when the Seeds Control Act was proclaimed, but

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Second Seeds Canada merger vote to proceed sans CSGA

Seed Growers membership had voted against amalgamation deal

A proposal to combine Canada’s seed industry groups into a single organization, to be dubbed Seeds Canada, will be subject to a new vote, this time with one less group on board. The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA); Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC) and Canadian Seed Institute announced


“When you get a vote like we got, then you get a clear message from your membership that’s not what they want to do.” – Jonathan Nyborg.

Seeds Canada likely despite CSGA rejection

Seed growers’ association finds some silver linings

Seeds Canada will likely be formed by the four seed organizations whose members voted strongly in favour of merging, said Ellen Sparry, president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). “We want to ensure the momentum keeps going,” Sparry, who is president of C & M Seeds in Palmerston, Ont., said in an interview Sept.

Some are worried that the federal government will kibosh plant breeding as the COVID deficit grows.

AAFC sits on value creation sidelines

In the meantime farmers and the seed industry are seeking consensus on how to proceed

After farmer push-back Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has hit pause on end point and trailing royalties consultations aimed at getting producers to contribute more money for plant breeding. But the controversial issue isn’t dead. Some farm groups and the seed industry are trying to find consensus on how to proceed. “What we’re trying to

'Governance on the new merged “Seeds Canada” organization will be stacked against the seed grower,' says Lyndon Stall.

Comment: Seed growers — wake up!

Producer voice must be heard in this month’s Seed Synergy vote

Large multinationals are counting on seed and commercial growers skimming headlines and staying on the sidelines. The Seed Synergy groups that want to merge their organizations into a new “Seeds Canada‚” The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI), Canadian Plant


Debate over seed royalties could be nearing end

Debate over seed royalties could be nearing end

A pilot project could be the beginning of the end for this long-standing issue

The long-awaited process of determining the future of seed royalty rates in Canada is approaching its final stages. At least, it seems that way. Consider first the process officially began in 2013 when the then federal government led by the Conservative party introduced a law allowing royalty collection on seeds. (Some may recognize this as

Come together?

Come together?

Seed sector ponders forming a unified voice, but some worry farmers won’t be heard

A meeting set for this summer in Winnipeg could be the scene of a historic vote to reorganize the Canadian seed industry. Seed Synergy, a plan to unite Canada’s five main seed-related organizations, could be put to a vote in July at the Canadian Seed Growers Association’s (CSGA) 116th annual meeting. It would see five

Farmers could consider partnering with plant breeders to fund new varieties as an alternative to the current seed royalty options being proposed.

If farmers must pay more for seed, they want more say

A third option has emerged for funding new crop varieties — one that keeps farmers in the driver’s seat. An agricultural economist says it has merit

[UPDATED: Feb. 22, 2019]* When it comes to funding the development of new crops varieties, there could be a third way. Western Canadian farmers collectively should consider partnering with plant breeders to fund new varieties as an alternative to the two new seed royalty options farm leaders say lack widespread farmer support. The idea has merit,


Private sector seed research spending trends.

Federal consultation on new seed royalties will stretch into next year

Public meetings are over but smaller-scale discussions will continue in the coming weeks and months

After four public meetings with farmers and the seed industry, a federal consultation on proposals for changes to plant breeders’ rights is moving to individual discussions and group sessions. Following the last public meeting Nov. 30 in Ottawa, officials from Agriculture Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will spend time assessing all the input

Why is canola winning acres and not wheat?

Why is canola winning acres and not wheat?

The percentage increase in yields for both are about the same leaving some to speculate it’s more about demand than genetics or private versus public variety development

Wheat needs more research money to compete with crops like canola. That’s the message organizers delivered at the first consultation meeting on two new proposed royalty options in Winnipeg Nov. 16. “Cereals are necessary in crop rotations to prevent pest and disease pressures from emerging,” a government slide presentation said. “However, due to declining profitability