About Us

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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.

Read more: About UsOur Mission, and  Our Core Values.  

Growing for the World . . . . Une croissance axée sur le monde


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CSTA 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting

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Sep 092015

CSTA 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting
November 17-19, 2015
Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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Registration is now open!

The Canadian Seed Trade Association will hold its 2015 Semi-Annual meeting at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon.  The meeting will start with the President’s Reception at 6:00pm on Tuesday November 17.  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.

Come back to this section of the website often for updated agendas and documents, a list of meeting delegates and exhibitors and much more.

New database helps to identify PBR protected varieties

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Aug 312015

Logo with words - colourCSTA 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’s 92nd Annual Meeting

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Mar 022015

caesars-windsor 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.

Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship

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Mar 012015

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.

PBRfacts.ca Launched

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Feb 282015

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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.

Seed Trade Statistics

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Jan 122015

globe&flag_newUpdated 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.

Seed Industry Profile, 2014

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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.

CSTA’s Members Invest

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Nov 292013

plant breedingCSTA’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.

Facilitating Choice Through Coexistence

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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.

Corn Hybrids Commercially Available in Canada

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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.

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