With our head office in Canada’s capital city, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) brings together 128 seed company members engaged in all aspects of seed research, production and marketing and trade, both domestically and internationally.
CSTA 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting
November 8-10, 2016
The Westin Hotel – Ottawa, Ontario
Registration now open for the 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting! Agendas will be posted as they become available behind the members’ only log-in.
The Canadian Seed Trade Association will hold its 2016 Semi-Annual meeting at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. The meeting will start with the President’s Reception at 6:00pm on Tuesday November 8th. The next day and a half will be spent helping to develop CSTA policies and strategies, with plenty of time and room for delegates to hold private meetings.
Visit this section often for updated agendas and documents, a list of meeting delegates and much more.
The Coexistence Plan for Alfalfa Hay in Western Canada is now available. The Plan contains background on alfalfa production systems in Western Canada, the principles of coexistence, and voluntary Best Management Practices. Learn more about coexistence here. Read the News Release here.
CSTA has launched the new Crop Varieties Registered in Canada and Plant Breeders’ Rights Status database to assist seed sector stakeholders to easily identify PBR protection on crop varieties registered for sale in Canada. Visit the Library to learn more about the database.
In keeping with the seed sector’s commitment to health, safety and the environment, the Canadian Seed Trade Association and the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association partnered to create the Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship: Best Practises for the Safe Handling, Storage, Transportation, Use, and Disposal of Treated Seed. The Guide will help those who work with treated seed to create and implement their own stewardship plans, comply with provincial and territorial regulations, and maintain operationally and environmentally sound operations. Find the guide in English and en français.
A new website has been launched to provide a one-stop source of information for the crop value chain on the new Plant Breeders’ Rights environment. www.PBRfacts.ca was developed by the CSTA with input from the Plant Breeders’ Rights Office at the CFIA and from intellectual property specialists. It is meant to inform those stakeholders along the value chain who need to be aware of the new requirements created by the expanded breeder’s right.
Wheat, Oats, Flax and Potato varieties are the first to be granted rights under new PBR legislation. Find CSTA’s news release here.
Updated Seed Trade Statistics – CSTA’s website is the only place where detailed statistics on Canada’s exports and imports of seed can be found. By following this link you can find summaries of exports and imports for the 2013-14 crop year. You can also find detailed statistic by country.
Given the fast pace of technology in agriculture around the world, CSTA’s Board of Directors placed a high priority on the development of science based coexistence plans. The goal is to ensure that CSTA’s members and the farmers that they serve have the choice of the production system that best serves their businesses and the markets that they serve, whether the production system is organic, conventional or makes use of products of modern biotechnology. CSTA’s activities on coexistence can be found here.
Corn Hybrids Commercially Available in Canada – CSTA’s Corn Hybrid List is now a Corn Hybrid Data Base. It provides a great deal more information, including refuge requirements for insect protected hybrids. Find the new corn hybrid data base and other important information here.