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.
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.
CSTA has been reaching out with an education campaign to increase awareness of the new obligations that come with expanded Plant Breeders’ Rights. How are we doing so far? Please complete a short survey. The first 50 completed surveys will qualify to receive a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card.
CSTA’s 92nd Annual Meeting – CSTA’s 92nd Annual Meeting was held July 12 – 14 in Windsor, Ontario. More than 240 delegates spent two very full days discussing and contributing to the strategic direction of their national association. Presentations from the meeting are now available. Just follow this link. CSTA thanks our sponsors for their support. Their generous contributions helped to ensure our success.
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.
CSTA’s private company members invested over $101 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.
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.
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.