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.
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.
CSTA’s 92nd Annual Meeting – Registration is now open for CSTA’s 92nd Annual Meeting. Join us at the magnificant Caesar’s Windsor right in the heart of of the fertile Essex County in the southern most part of Canada. Known as the “jewel on the Detroit, Windsor presents opportunities for delegates and their families to explore and be entertained. The 92nd Annual Meeting will run from July 12 to 14. You can find the meeting program, activity information and register and make your hotel reservations from the 92nd Annual Meeting Information page.
Executive Director – If you are a highly motivated and dedicated professional with a strong collaborative approach to leadership and driving strategies that will enhance the business interests of the CSTA, we want to hear from you. CSTA is seeking an Executive Director. Find more information here.
It is official. After more than 22 years of hard work, Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights legislation has been updated to conform to the most recent international convention. CSTA President Dave Baute joined the celebration in London Ontario. In his remarks he said: “CSTA thanks Members of Parliament and Senators for going the extra mile to bring Bill C-18 to reality. After 22 years of hard work, today’s announcement creates the winning conditions which will keep Canadian plant breeders and farmers competitive.” 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.
Seed Trade Urges Governments to Base Decisions on Science – The Canadian Seed Trade Association is extremely disappointed and concerned that the government of Ontario appears to have completely disregarded science with its recently announced targets for reductions in the use of neonicotinoid treated seed. Find a news release by following this link. Cliquez ici pour le communiqué en français
CSTA’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.
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.