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Five beef advisers commented on the national cattle strategy. 
Left to right; moderator Bryan Walton, (Alberta Cattle Feeders CEO), 
Jeff Warrack, Dave Solverson, David Bolduc, Tim Oleksyn and 
Jack Hextall.

In their words: Beef leaders talk about new national strategy

More co-operation, research, and efficiency — and less red tape — hailed as keys to a more prosperous future

The new national beef strategy is being led by a group of “Canadian beef advisers.” Five of those industry leaders spoke about the five-year plan at the recent Alberta Beef Industry Conference. Here is a condensed version of some of their comments. Jeff Warrack, National Cattle Feeders Association past chair, on working together: “We’ve been […] Read more

“No matter what model is chosen,  farmer money invested in farmer-funded research needs to be directed and controlled by farmers.” – Cole Christensen

Federal bill brings Canada one step closer to an end-point royalty system

Bill C-18 amends Plant Breeders’ Rights Act to bring it into compliance 
with an international seed treaty known as UPOV ’91

Federal NDP MPs only delayed the “inevitable” by voting against the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) in late November, said an Alberta Barley spokesperson at a recent meeting in Lacombe. “It might slow things down a bit, but nonetheless, we believe that it will be approved by Parliament in early 2015, after which work will […] Read more


Anthony Parker, commissioner of Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Office, says farmers are allowed to save seed under UPOV ’91, but the introduction of end-point royalties is not automatic once Bill C-18 becomes law.

Debunking myths around Canada’s UPOV ’91 legislation

Farmers can still save seed, but end-use royalties aren’t guaranteed, says Plant Breeders’ Rights commissioner

Farmers won’t lose the ability to save and reuse seed under UPOV ’91 and they won’t automatically be paying end-use royalties, the commissioner of Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Office says. “I hope to debunk some of the myths that are out there…,” Anthony Parker told the Prairie Grain Development Committee’s annual meeting in Winnipeg Feb. […] Read more

CFA comes out in full support of new farm legislation

Government now has backing of most groups for omnibus Farm Bill

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has endorsed the contents of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, meaning Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has the backing of most farm groups for the legislation. CFA had already endorsed the plant breeders’ rights portion of the bill but reserved judgment on the rest until it had time to review […] Read more