Coexistence in Eastern Canadian Alfalfa Hay Production – Workshop Proceedings

 

Background

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Seed Trade Association has placed a very high priority on the development of broad coexistence plans for organic, conventional and GM production systems in Canadian crops .   The objective of the process is to ensure that Canadian farmers continue to benefit from a diversity of markets and the production systems that are required to participate in those diverse markets: whether organic, conventional or GM production systems.

It is the Board’s opinion that CSTA’s broad membership base, which includes members with interests in all three production systems, mandates that our Association play a leading role in this effort.  The first steps were taken when CSTA facilitated a working session to develop coexistence principles and plans for alfalfa hay Eastern Canada.

45 participants, representing the seed sector across Canada, farmers, academics, forage specialists, agronomists, the organic sector and technology developers and marketers spent the day in Kitchener, Ontario to gain a better understanding of each others’ concerns and objectives and to outline the necessary elements of a coexistence plan for alfalfa hay in Eastern Canada.

Following are the proceedings of the workshop.  It is a compilation of formal presentations, speaking notes, transcripts and the conclusions as captured by the meeting’s facilitators.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Workshop Participants

Workshop Presentations

Transcripts of the Open Mike Session

Reports from Breakout Sessions (facilitator’s notes)

Additional Points and Next Steps (facilitator’s notes)