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Second Seeds Canada merger vote to proceed sans CSGA

Seed Growers membership had voted against amalgamation deal

A proposal to combine Canada’s seed industry groups into a single organization, to be dubbed Seeds Canada, will be subject to a new vote, this time with one less group on board. The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA); Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC) and Canadian Seed Institute announced […] Read more

Seed growers reject merger with other industry groups

Seed growers reject merger with other industry groups

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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


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National seeds sector groups put merger plan to vote

New organization, if approved, would be called Seeds Canada

Members of five national seed sector organizations are set to vote this summer on their proposed amalgamation under a single banner, Seeds Canada. A “detailed ratification package” has gone out to members of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI), Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA) and Commercial […] Read more

If a proposed merger results in one national seed organization with regulating authority, then companies selling seed to farmers will have greater control.

Opinion: When it comes to rules, it matters who writes them

Reading Time: 4 minutes I recently read The Myth of Capitalism where author Jonathan Tepper argues that if competition is a key tenet of capitalism, then it’s a myth to say the 21st-century economy is capitalistic. Many industries lack true competition and are dominated by monopolies and oligopolies, allowing them to charge higher prices and pay lower wages. One […] Read more


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Spitz to continue using Canadian sunflower seed

The parent company for sunflower seed processor Spitz is poised to close the plant in the brand’s home town, but says it’s still “committed” to Canadian-grown seeds. PepsiCo, the U.S. parent for Frito-Lay, the owner of Spitz International since 2008, announced Thursday it will close the company’s processing plant at Bow Island, Alta., about 60 […] Read more

Alberta Seed Growers has new executive director

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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


treated corn seed

Free guide available on dealing with treated seed

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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