people news Alexandre Mailloux of La Coop Fédérée has stepped into his position as president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association for 2011-12. Mailloux took over from past-president Wayne Unger of BrettYoung Seeds at the CSTA annual meeting in N…

Technology Fuels Plant Breeder’s Passion In the face of a growing world population and an increasing demand for food, plant breeders shoulder much of the pressure to create new plant varieties that boast increased productivity and higher yields. Ho…

A Small World Full of Big Rules! It’s truly amazing that such a small group of individuals is in charge of the quality which leads to the movement and sales of so much seed in Canada. A group of fewer than 100 bench analysts perform the tests on mo…

The Blue Tag: A Global Symbol of Varietal Identity Assurance The blue Certified seed tag is known around the world as a symbol of varietal identity assurance. As more Canadian agri-food products are sold into high-end global markets, more producers a…

National New Tag for Imported SeedA new interagency certification tag for imported seed is now available from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The new tag indicates that the imported seed meets the Certified seed requirements of the CFIA. The CFI…

StatusISFThe International Seed Federation wrapped up its annual World Seed Congress at the start of June. This year’s congress took place in Belfast, Ireland, in which close to 1,400 people participated. Those who attended were able to witness the…

A New Face at the WGRF“I want every producer in Western Canada to understand what WGRF is doing for them through the wheat and barley check-offs, as well as the endowment fund. I also believe that because of its 30 years of experience and Western C…