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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Nov 242014

Promo-AdCSTA 2014 Semi-Annual Meeting - 150 delegates participated in CSTA’s 2014 Semi-Annual meeting in Montreal November 12 -14.   Presentations helped to stimulate discussion and strategic proposals from delegates to the CSTA Board and staff.   Many of the presentations can be found on CSTA’s public site by following this link.   At the request of the speakers, some of the presentations are only available on CSTA’s password protected Members Only Site.

Nov 052014

Future Influencers at GrowCanada® – Three bright and enthusiastic young people will participate at the GrowCanada® conference in Ottawa in December as CSTA Future Influencers.  Bailey Gitzel, a grade 11 student from Graysville, Manitoba; Cameron Choquette, a grade 12 student from Kelvington, Saskatchewan and Karly Rumpel, a grade 12 student from Craven Saskatchewan will bring the perspective of youth the Canada’s premier agricultural conference.  Find out more about CSTA’s Future Influencers by following this link.

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.
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.

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.