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.
Seed is the start of it all, the entire agriculture and agri-food value chain. CSTA celebrates Canada’s first national Agriculture Day with the launch of its Better Seed, Better Life program and the first of a series of fact sheets, The A to Z of Garden Seeds. The program is based on materials created by the American Seed Trade Association and is a collaborative effort of ASTA and CSTA. Read CSTA’s news release. View The A to Z of Garden Seeds.
The new Plant Breeders’ Rights Tool Kit is now available. French version The Tool Kit is a one-stop library of the tools and resources available to help value chain members communicate with staff, retailers and customers on the changes and obligations associated with changes in the legislation. Contact Teresa Neuman to request printed copies for your organization.
Thank you to the more than 150 participants who attended CSTA’s very successful 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting in Ottawa, ON, November 8-10, 2016. Your participation in the meeting and feedback to the Board of Directors and staff is greatly appreciated. Presentations, updated committee work plans and minutes for most committees are now posted in the members’ only section of the CSTA website. Contact Teresa for more information.
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.