Submissions & Presentations

 
  • PBR Facts for the Grain Value Chain Round Table – CSTA presented its outreach and education campaign on the new Plant Breeders’ Rights environment to the Grain Sector Value Chain Round Table.  You can find the presentation by following this link.
  • CSTA Input to Grain Commission Consultations on Wheat Class Modernization – Focussing on process and the relationship between wheat classification and variety registration, CSTA has contributed to the consultations on CGC proposals for wheat class modernization.   Find the letter here.
  • Meeting with Minister Ritz – CSTA’s President and CSTA’s CEO met with Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on Thursday March 26.  The discussion focused on creating and maintaining a science based, flexible regulatory and intellectual property system that fosters innovation.  Find the submission here.
  • Does Certified Seed Really Matter? – a presentation designed for use with farmers and other interested groups.   What are the benefits of certified seed?   Testimonials and facts.   Download it here.
  • What Do We Do With Your Membership Fees? – a presentation to the Quebec Seed Trade Association, February, 2015
  • Promoting Domestic Trade of Agricultural and Agri-Food Products by Reducing Interprovincial Barriers – a Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, February, 2015
  • Follow up on Variety Registration – a letter from the CSTA to the Assistant Deputy Minister of the AAFC Strategic Policy Branch to follow up on CSTA’s input on variety registration changes can be found here.
  • Seeding Success for Canadian Agriculture: Creating an Environment that Fosters Innovation – Earlier in February, members of CSTA’s Board of Directors met with a large number of Members of Parliament and Senators to talk about the seed trade and its objectives.   You can find the submission that was used here in English and en Français.
  • CSTA Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry – for its study of Bill C-18: the Agricultural Growth Act.   Find the submission here in English and en Français.  Find the speaking notes for the hearing here.
  • CSTA Submission to the Government of Ontario – CSTA made a submission to the Government of Ontario for its consultations on its proposed regulatory measures on neonicotinoid seed treatments and pollinator health.   You can find the submission here.   Find more information on CSTA activities on this issue in the new Pollinator Health section of the CSTA website.
  • CSTA at CIGI Combine to Customer – CSTA was invited to make a presentation to western Canadian farmers who participate in three Combine to Customer sessions at the Canadian International Grains Institute.   The first presentation was on January 19.  You can find it here.
  • Bill C-18: Agricultural Growth Act – CSTA submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food for its study of Bill C-18  Find it here in English and en français
  • Québec Seed Trade Association – CSTA Director Georges Chaussé made a presentation of CSTA activities and accomplishments to the Québec Seed Trade Association.  Find it here in English and en français.
  • CSTA at the Ontario Forage Committee – see a short update to the Ontario Forage Committee by following this link.
  • Alberta’s Fusarium Management Plan and Bill 201 – CSTA made a presentation to the Alberta Legislature’s Resource Stewardship Committee as it studied a private members bill on Fusarium.
  • CSTA Presentation to the International Seed Federation’s Field Crops Section, May, 2014
  • CSTA Update on Priority Issues presented to the Commercial Seed Analysts of Canada on May 27, 2014.
  • CSTA Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food – the House Ag. Committee has launched a study of innovation and competitiveness in Canadian Agriculture.  CSTA appeared before the committee on April 30.   Find the speaking notes by following this link.
  • Seed Borne Insecticides and Pollinator Health – a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry  English and en Français
  • Garden Seed in Canada – for a session hosted by CSTA for garden seed companies participating at the ASTA Vegetables and Flowers Convention
  • Modernizing Variety Registration – In addition to participating in the Government’s on line consultation on options for the future of variety registration, CSTA made a formal submission.  You can find it here.
  • Navigating the Variety Registration Pathwaya presentation made to a number of grower groups, including the Grain Growers of Canada; the CSGA Interprovincial meeting; and Monsanto’s Grower Advisory Committee
  • Turning Crisis into Opportunity: The Role of Seed – a presentation made to Federated Coops Ltd. in Saskatoon in October.
  • Value of Seed Treatments and Role of Industry –  In light of recent events around pollinator mortality, CSTA took the first steps towards facilitating the creation of a ‘Seed Applied Insecticide and Pollinator Health Value Chain Coalition’. The industry led coalition brings together grower groups, developers, applicators, marketers and users of seed treatments and treated seed. A PowerPoint presentation was developed that both discusses the value of seed treatments as well as outlines the role that industry has to play in ensuring the safe and responsible use of the products. The PowerPoint presentation can be found in both English and French
  • CSTA’s Input to CFIA Consultations on Woolly Cupgrass in Quebec – CFIA has concluded its consultations on options for controlling Eriochloa Villosa (Woolly Cupgrass) in Quebec.   You can find CSTA’s input here.