Aug 012011

With our head office  in Canada’s capital city, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) brings together 132 seed company  members engaged in all aspects of seed research, production and marketing and trade, both domestically and internationally.

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Oct 102014

Promo-AdRegistration is now open.  CSTA’s 2014 Semi-Annual Meeting will be held November 12 -14, 2014 at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montréal, Québec.   The CSTA Board and staff and looking forward to providing updates on important issues, and to receiving input and advice on policies and strategic direction.   Follow this link to view the program, register for the meeting and make your hotel reservations.   The site will be continuously updated so come back often.

Oct 102014

QandAQuestions and Answers on Plant Breeders’ Rights – CSTA is an active member of Partners in Innovation.  Partners in Innovation brings together 20 national, regional and provincial organizations representing the vast majority of farmers and almost all of the crop production in Canada, to support amendments to Plant Breeders’ Rights.   Partners in Innovation has developed a set of Questions and Answers to help its members and others to answer common questions about the proposed amendments.  You can find the Q&As on the Partners website by following this link.

Jul 212014

  •      Contributing  $5.61 billion  and over 57,000 jobs to the Canadian Economy- The National Seed Sector Value Chain Roundtable has completed and released its Seed Sector Profile.  Find  the entire report here in English and en Français.
Jan 132014

The Government of Canada has taken a very substantial step forward today with the introduction of the Canadian Agricultural Growth Act.   Bill C-18 proposes to amend 9 Canadian Agricultural Acts, including the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act.  Follow this link to find CSTA’s news release and information on Bill C-18, and the most recent fact sheets and information about proposed amendments to Plant Breeders’ Rights.


Dec 232013

Partners Partenaires

CSTA is pleased to be part of Partners in Innovation, which brings together major farmer, value chain and industry associations to support amendments to Canada’s Plant Breeders Rights Act.   Check out the Partners in Innovation website

Nov 292013

plant breedingCSTA’s private company members invested over $109 million in plant breeding, research and variety development in 2012.  That is an increase of more than90% from 5 years ago.   Find the results of the CSTA investment survey in the news section of this website.

Aug 262013

LabOn April 4 and 5, 2013, CSTA organized a value chain symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The objective was to bring the crop value chain together in the same place to make substantial progress towards three goals:

1. Reach a common understanding of how research and plant breeding is funded in other countries

2. Reach a common understanding of how research and plant breeding is funded for different crop kinds in different regions in Canada

3.  Develop a set of principles for a possible funding mechanism in Canada

It was a very well attended symposium with participation from plant breeders, researchers, funding institutions, producers, the seed industry, educational institutions and federal and provincial governments.  It was also a very successful symposium, surpassing the goals that were established.  The process doesn’t end with the symposium.   A working group has been established to, with continuous input and feedback from the value chain, develop a “strawman”  proposal for a Canadian mechanism to fund research and plant breeding, which will be presented to the larger symposium group this fall.   This process will be completely transparent and input will be sought and encouraged from all who have an interest.  Reports of the working group meetings; requests for input etc. will all be posted in a special section of CSTA’s website.  Just  follow this link.

Aug 252013

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.

Oct 012012

2011-12 Seed Trade Statistics are Now Available – This is the only place where you can find detailed statistics on Canada’s exports and imports of seed.  Follow this link to find summaries of exports and imports of seed over the past three years, updated for the crop year that ended June 30, 2012.   You can also find expanded lists of exports by destination and imports by country of origin.

Aug 112011

Corn Hybrids Commercially Available in CanadaCSTA’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.

Dec 012010

This presentation pulls together a thorough description of Canada’s seed industry. It was developed for CSTA’s members to use when you just need a snapshot of the industry and its contribution to agriculture and to Canada’s economy. Download it here.

Sep 222010

Canada is one of the only developed countries in the world whose Plant Breeders’ Rights Legislation doesn’t comply with the most recent international convention (UPOV 1991). This is having a detrimental impact on investment and on the ability of Canada’s producers to access new varieties for increased productivity and competitiveness. There is a lot of misinformation in the public about the impact of amending our legislation to comply with the most recent convention, so CSTA has produced a fact sheet that spells out in clear language, what it would mean to comply with UPOV 1991. Find the fact sheet in English and in French.