March 2014

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People News The Grain Growers of Canada elected a new president and vice-president following its recent annual general meeting. Each member farm organization appoints a director to the GGC board, from which a five-person executive is elected each yea…

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CSAAC True Loose Smut Testing True loose smut of barley, which goes by the scientific name Ustilago nuda, is the only seed health consideration in the Seeds Act and Regulations (see table below). While it is true that some form of smut can attack all…

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NATIONAL CFIA RECEIVES SUBMISSION OF NOVEL GM SOYThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada have received a submission from Monsanto Canada seeking environmental safety approval for import purposes and livestock feed and food use of a soy …

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UPOV 91: A Win-Win“There’s no real negative impact on farmers,” said Anthony Parker, commissioner of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Plant Breeeders’ Rights office, speaking on the implementation of UPOV ‘91. Parker spoke via satell…

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Questions and Answers Three months into 2014, and the alternative service delivery of seed crop inspection is officially a reality. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been busy licensing private seed crop inspection providers. While the full tra…

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Canadian Seed Sector Makes a Difference in Africa The seed industry is supporting a project to provide education and agricultural training to Zambian children. Imagine living on less than a dollar a day and needing to find tuition money for your…