September 2013

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Are you Licensed to Sell Seed? When I started selling seed more than 35 years ago, no one ever questioned my qualifications. Not one grower questioned my ability to perform the duties of a seed salesman or prove that I was qualified to make important…

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People News Makhteshim Agan of North America, Canada has hired Donald Surgeoner as its eastern business manager and Canadian Quali-Pro manager, handling customer relations and sales for the expanding crop protection and turf grass product lineups. Mo…

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CSGA· What’s Behind the Certified Seed Brand? Canadian Certified Blue Tag seed is an internationally recognized brand of quality assurance, varietal identity and varietal purity. This brand has emerged from decades of processes, procedures, standa…

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CSTA Seed-Applied Insecticide and Pollinator Health Value Chain Coalition In light of recent events around pollinator mortality, CSTA took the first steps toward facilitating the creation of the Seed-Applied Insecticide and Pollinator Health Value Ch…

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CSAAC Seed Testing Options When marketing or purchasing seed, assurance of seed quality is a must. As a seller you have built your reputation on the quality of seed you provide and as a purchaser of the seed you rely on the potential income from that…

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NATIONAL CFIA Receives Submission of Novel GM Soybean  Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. has made a submission to the Plant Biosafety Office and Animal Feed Division of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to approve DAS-81419-2, a g…

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Monsanto Invests in Europe“People have said we are exiting the GMO business in Europe, but we don’t really have a business,” Monsanto’s president and managing director for Europe, Jose Manuel Madero, recently told Reuters in an interview. “…

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An in-depth overview of the global seed industry. From logistics challenges in Brazil to a new Australian database for pasture seed products. STATUS BRAZILThis year is likely to be a very difficult year for agribusiness logistics in Brazil, according…

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In today’s increasingly litigious seed industry, the onus is on seed companies to ensure they have their bases covered. It was to a full house at the Canadian Seed Trade Association/Canadian Seed Growers’ Association joint annual meeting tha…

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In the Driver’s Seat: Successful Product Positioning Depends on Seed Sellers It’s the million-dollar question — with double, triple and quadruple trait stacks becoming the norm industry wide, how do seed companies get the right seed, in the…