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Ex-GFO CEO to manage Seeds Canada

Barry Senft to help build up merged seed-industry group

The four Canadian seed industry organizations now operating as Seeds Canada have named their first organizer-in-chief. Barry Senft, whose resume in Canadian agriculture includes stints as CEO for Grain Farmers of Ontario, executive director for the Canadian International Grains Institute, chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission and second vice-president for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, becomes

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Prairie farm slapped with plant breeders’ rights infringement penalties

Farmers need to know who they are buying seed from to avoid potentially significant costs

Infringing on Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) has cost a large southern Alberta farm a record $737,597. “The settlement relates to unauthorized advertisements and sales of PBR-protected barley and wheat varieties,” Alliance Seed, SeCan and an unnamed seed company said in a news release Wednesday. The settlement “includes the royalties, plus legal fees and penalties,” Todd


Seeds Canada will include seed grower voices

Seeds Canada will include seed grower voices

That’s despite the Canadian Seed Growers Association’s decision not to participate in new organization

The Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) isn’t part of the merger creating Seeds Canada, but some seed growers will be part of Seeds Canada. “While there may be one less amalgamating partner (CSGA), the vision for Seeds Canada to become the voice of the seed sector, including seed growers, analysts, and the seed trade, remains

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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

Much to consider after merger rejection

Much to consider after merger rejection

Seeds Canada is likely but the seed growers’ association won’t be joining

Canada’s seed sector has some contemplating and healing to do in the wake of seed grower association members rejecting a merger with four other seed groups, which would have formed a new, single entity called Seeds Canada. Since the other four voted strongly to merge, it’s expected Seeds Canada will go ahead, but without the


“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.

Manitoba seed growers weigh in on failed merger

Manitoba seed growers weigh in on failed merger

The Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association says it is disappointed with vote results

The Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association (MSGA), which endorsed the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) merger with four other seed groups to form Seeds Canada, is disappointed CSGA members voted it down. But the MSGA said it is pleased many of its members took time to study the issue and vote. “Our take-home message to our

Eric McLean (left) and Norm Lyster.

Seed sector merger will affect grain farmers

Seed growers have differing views on a plan to create Seeds Canada

Most Manitoba farmers, unless they are seed growers, haven’t heard of Seeds Canada. Its pending creation will either help or hurt seed producers and grain farmers depending on who you talk to. Seeds Canada is a proposed new seed industry organization that will be formed if two-thirds of members of five separate organizations — the