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Seed growers reject merger with other industry groups

Four other organizations may still merge, and even critics say change needed

Seed growers have rejected a proposed merger with four industry groups to create a single organization representing the seed sector. There were 751 votes by members of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association — with 414 voting against the merger and 337 voting in favour — even though the board of that organization as well as […] Read more

Seed groups weigh options as CSGA rejects merger

Grower group's membership calls nay on Seeds Canada amalgamation

The boards of five national seed sector groups planning a major merger are considering their next move after a less-than-unanimous vote on the proposal. Members of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA), Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI) and Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) had […] Read more


Alberta Seed Growers has new executive director

Kelly Chambers is the new executive director of the Alberta Seed Growers’ Association. Chambers has more than 30 years’ experience in the agriculture industry in Alberta and across Western Canada. “Kelly’s background in agricultural project research, co-ordination and group management will serve ASGA well as we work to drive forward our mandate and be active in […] Read more

Free guide available on dealing with treated seed

Guide offers stewardship practices on how to handle, store, transport and use treated seed

A new Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship provides a one-stop resource for those involved with handling, storage, transportation, and use of treated seed. Developed by a group of seed industry professionals, the guide offers best management practices for insecticide- and fungicide-treated seed. It is designed to complement CropLife Canada’s seed treatment operations standards, which provide uniform […] Read more


Seed growers should line up inspection services early as the new private system is untested, says CSGA executive director Dale Adolphe.

Line up private field crop inspection services early

A 109-year-old system is changing in just 18 months and nobody knows how smoothly it will go

Seed growers should make arrangements early with the company they want to inspect their pedigreed seed crops this year. “The key message is seed growers and (inspection) service providers need to be getting together over the next two to three months and nailing down the service agreement or arrangement for 2014,” Dale Adolphe, executive director […] Read more