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PublicationsMailAgreement40030841 germination.ca SEPTEMBER 2015 Those in the seed industry value chain drive change to dene the future of agriculture. Seedsof CHANGE WHERESthe GMALFALFA THEEVOLUTIONOF CEREALSEEDTREATMENTS CSTA Celebrates a Milestone Year How One Woman Transformed an Organization INVESTINGIN NEW RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS For generations the Weigum family has been producing high quality certified seed of SeCan genetics on our farm near Three Hills Alberta. Its in our genes. Genes that fit your farm and Its in our genes are registered trademarks of SeCan. www.secan.com Its in our genes. Its in our genes. SEPTEMBER 2015 1 features CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2015 departments All the companies are looking at biologicals to see how they affect crops from a plant health standpoint and improved disease control. Strategy Session 18 Are you performing ride-alongs with your seed customers Do they know the rule changes that affect new varieties Giant Views 40 CSTA 26 CSGA 28 CSAAC 30 Cross Pollination 32 Regulatory Roundup 33 World Status 34 Industry News 36 06 AYeartoRemember The Canadian Seed Trade Association celebrates a milestone year at its 92nd Annual Meeting in Windsor Ont. Get the meeting highlights here. 10 WherestheGMAlfalfa The commercialization of new alfalfa technologies hinge on the development and implementation of coexistence plans not regulatory approvals for both Eastern and Western Canada. 13 LaunchingaNew Product For Monsanto training begins even before a product is available to retailers and growers helping to ensure product familiarity and manage expectations as well as stewardship. 16 InvestinginNew ResearchPartnerships A new research partnership between CANTERRA SEEDS and Limagrain aims to bring wheat genetics to the forefront in Western Canada. 06 10 22 Transformingan Organization As CSTAs Patty Townsend stepped down as chief executive ocer the industry pauses to recognize the role she played in elevating the voice and presence of the seed industry among government ocials members of parliament and other agricultural groups in the value chain. 22 Innovation and Performance Meridian SmoothWall Bins World Class Quality. 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By partnering with some of Canadas premium seed growers and time-honoured grassroots agricultural organizations Alliance Seed is committed to bringing value to your cereal acres through easy access to top quality genetics and linking your farm to all points along the value chain. NOW AVAILABLE RED SPRING W H E AT C A N A D A W E S T E R N A A C E L I E AMBER DURUM W H E AT C A N A D A W E S T E R N A A C C U R R E N T Strong. Vigorous. Dependable. 6 THEsouthernmost city in Canada played home to more than 220 seedsmen and women who came together to discuss business network and help the industry forge ahead during the Canadian Seed Trade Associations 92nd Annual Meeting held July 12-14. Dave Baute who served as CSTA president for the past year welcomed attendees to Windsor Ont. during the opening general session. Baute said its been a milestone year for CSTA as he noted some of the associations accomplishments during the past year as well as the challenges that need to be addressed. One such accomplishment was the royal assent of the Agricultural Growth Act Feb. 27 which amended Canadas Plant Breeders Rights Act. Almost immediately new varie- ties of wheat oats flax and potatoes became available Baute said. On June 19 Canada formally ratified the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants tying the bow on this package. With this we have sent the message to the world that Canada is open for national and international investment Baute said. He also mentioned that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadas announcement to update variety registration will help to ensure quality and create the predictability flexibility and efficiency the seed industry needs to deliver new and inno- vative varieties to farmers. We drew on the expertise of our industry partners to form coalitions and often led to reach our goals Baute said highlighting Partners in Innovation which brought together 20 national organizations in support of amendments to Plant Breeders Rights. At every opportunity the Partners set the record straight with policymakers on the benefits of this legislation. CELEBRATING A MILESTONE YEAR At the Canadian Seed Trade Associations 92nd Annual Meeting industry leaders recognized achievements of the past year discussed important issues and outlined a path forward for the year ahead. Another coalition that CSTA was pivotal in creating in 2012 is the Seed Applied Insecticide and Pollinator Health Value Chain Coalition designed to maintain the highest standards for the use of treated seed. Baute shared that CSTA worked with the Canadian Seed Growers Association to create a new stewardship plan that provides a one-stop resource for those involved with treated seed. In addition CSTA is working with the Bee Health Round Table to implement a national action plan. Farmers aware of the risk of unintended dust off during planting installed deflector kits and used improved seed lubricants to reduce the risk Baute reported noting that early numbers from Ontario compiled by the Pest CSTAs Dave Baute and Patty Townsend thank Dave Van Kesteren MP for bringing greetings on behalf of the Canadian government. PhotosCSTAandJulieNowicki. SEPTEMBER 2015 7 Management Regulatory Agency in 2015 show that the efforts are working and apiarists are seeing a dramatic reduction in overwintering losses. Among these victories were also challenges one of which is Ontarios regulatory strategy to limit the use of neonico- tinoid treated corn and soybean seed. Baute thanked Dave Carey CSTA manager of policy initiatives and Steve Denys of Pride Seeds for their hard work and tireless efforts in keeping up with the file and presenting the seed industrys case for a more science-based approach. Baute also noted the industrys ability and need to tell its story. The seed industry does so many great things for worlds population and the environment he says. At the same time we are facing increased public expectations for how we operate in relation to the environment food production and safety and the welfare of animals. It isnt enough to says that we feed the world. To help with this two speakers were brought in to share ideas for turning this challenge into opportunity Tim Burrack from the Truth About Trade and Technology and Allyson Perry from the Center for Food Integrity. Baute explained that the industry needs to think differently about how to change the conversation regarding agricultural tech- nology specifically seed treatments. Baute also mentioned the need for increased investment in plant breeding and variety development. He shared that CSTA is leading a value chain process to explore ideas that capture value from investment. Seeds of Change All of this progress as well as the challenges mean change for the industry. We must prepare for the changes that are coming Baute said. CSTA has been talking with other organizations about the current and future environment for the seed sector and how our organizations might work better together to capture opportunities meet challenges and improve services for mem- bers and customers. Baute said this project is called the Seed Synergy Project and to keep an eye out for it in CSTAs Trade Winds newsletter. Additionally with the tightening of federal dollars CSTA leaders anticipate an expanded role for CSTA members as governments role decreases. While this represents an opportunity it also means change Baute said. Furthermore there is an internal change in leadership with the retirement of Patty Townsend who after more than 10 years of service to the industry stepped down as chief executive officer of CSTA July 31. We have seen huge advances in policies regulations and the increased profile of the seed industry and its members during her tenure Baute said. We wish Patty the best of luck in all her new endeavours. For more about Townsends service to the seed industry read Transforming an Organization on page 22. Filling the role of executive director is Crosby Devitt. His energy and passion will drive CSTA ahead as we work to make our association stronger Baute said. David Gehl was recognized with the 2015 CSTA Seed Achievement Award. Focus is the name of the game at the annual CSTA golf tournament. 8 As part of every CSTA annual meeting is the changing of the guard as board members who have completed their terms of service step down and new ones are installed. For more informa- tion about these changes check out CSTAs column on page 26. In his closing remarks Baute said Its been a privilege for me to have repre- sented CSTA this past year and to have voiced your interests with governments stakeholders and the media. Our mem- bers are the heart of CSTA and none of our successes would have been possible without your continued support. As Baute transitioned to past presi- dent Scott Horner general manager of HyTech Production Ltd. in Lethbridge Alta. was elected CSTA president for 2015-16. The Future Horner said its a privilege to follow in Bautes footsteps and congratulated him on hosting such as successful meeting that drove engagement and was both informative and fun. He mentioned the introduction and implementation of CSTAs new work plans at this meeting which outline committee actions and activities. These are agreed upon priorities within the committee and provide a pathway moving forward Horner said noting that there might still be some fine-tuning to the process. This means theres one document that you can go to and find out what the committees are working on who is involved. In talking about his role as president Horner highlighted that CSTA repre- sents 125 companies that work with more than 50 different crop kinds and are engaged in all production systems organic conventional and biotech. We range from small single-family seed growers to large multinational firms he said. We are involved in all aspects of the seed industry from plant breeding and research to pro- duction and from conditioning treating and packaging to marketing and international trade. The Canadian seed industry contributes more than 5.6 billion to the economy seed exports are valued at 450 million and more than 57000 Canadians are employed in the industry. Additionally the value of seed pur- chased by Canadian farmers has grown from 1.39 billion in 2009 to more than 2 billion in 2013 nearly a 50 per cent increase in five years. It is estimated that nine out of every 10 bites of food taken by people around the world start with the plant- ing of a seed. Seed is the driver of innovation that the worlds farmers will need to feed fuel and clothe a global population that is expected to reach 9.3 billion in fewer than 40 years while at the same time facing the challenges of climate change and competing demand for water land and resources. Horner said this information frames his perspective as he moves into the year as president of the association. My goal as president is to make tangible progress in improving the environment for the investment and innovation in our industry so that sig- nificant value creation can occur for our stakeholders Horner said. A lot is happening to generate the oppor- tunity for significant value creation in the seed industry but more needs to The Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award was presented to Francis Glenn pictured center. be done if we are to reach our true potential. Horner outlined that the Canadian Wheat Board single-desk marketing monopoly was eliminated and changes to variety registration have been ini- tiated. Additionally the Agricultural Growth Act was passed into law and UPOV 91 was ratified. These changes have helped set the stage for significant growth in our industry Horner said noting that positive change is already underway as demonstrated by two multimillion dollar investment announcements by member companies early in July. However Horner said more needs to happen if these types of investments are to be successful in building value and creating opportunity. While its important to launch new traits grow early corn and soybean breeding for Western Canada discover innovative seed-applied technologies increase investment in private breeding and drive demand from new end users opportunity hinges in the regulatory environment. For new technology to take root grow and flourish there has to be a favour- able environment Horner said. There has to be regulatory support and intel- lectual property protection. SEPTEMBER 2015 9 Watch Usc Products In Action NEW NEW Seed Conditioner Treating with high application rates Reduces need for double dumping treated seed. Decreases bridging and clumping in tenders. Uses gentle ambient air flow to condition. Variable speeds for fans and chain belt. Over 1800 lbsminute of soybeans. Inline flow behind treater. Ties into USC treating system. We were able to be more efficient in our treating process. Now we load soybeans directly onto customers tenders. Well worth the investment Dusty Neugebauer 266 Ag Service LLC Reading MN USC LLC. 866.703.7576 www.USCLLC.com These are two of our challenges and these challenges have to be addressed. We have a regulatory system that needs our support. It must be functional understood and respected by society it must evolve to keep up with the industry it serves it must run efficiently it must be flexible and forward-looking. Horner referenced the fact that the president of CFIA and other government representatives spoke at CSTAs 92nd Annual Meeting something thats not been common of past meetings. There is a new opportunity to influence the regulatory environment within which we operate Horner said. We have a responsibility to seize this opportunity and create impactful change. As such Horner challenged members to engage with CSTA in a greater degree. Invest your time your energy and your capital to help support CSTA in developing solutions to challenges and creating mechanisms to capture opportunity he said. The results of your investment will pay dividends for your industry and in turn your business. Julie Deering ManagingIndustryIssues At the Canadian Seed Trade Associations 92nd Annual Meeting in Windsor Ont. participants discussed a number of initiatives and issues including biotechnology seed-applied technologies and intellectual property. Attendees heard from a diverse group of speakers. Pierre Patelle of CropLife Canada discussed Ontarios pollinator activities Nathalie Dor of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada gave a presentation on Canadas low-level presence policy and Darrell Dziver CSTAs representative to the International Seed Federations Phytosanitary Committee gave an update on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures. The scope of information provided during the conference cant be included in a single story so be sure to check back in at germination.ca and issues to follow as the Germination editorial team will continue to track these and other hot button files throughout the year.WHEREON THE WEB For more information from CSTAs 92nd Annual Meeting visit cdnseed.orgpresentations-from-cstas-92nd-annual-meeting. 10 FORAGEGenetics International has made the decision to hold off on commercial sales of its herbicide-tolerant genetically modified alfalfa despite the fact that it was granted full food feed and environmental approval by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2005. Furthermore CFIA granted registration to several varieties in 2013 meaning the company could legally sell the biotech alfalfa nationwide. FGI will not sell traits in Canada this year says Mike Peterson Forage Genetics International global traits lead. No decisions have been made by FGI as to whether we will sell alfalfa traits in Canada in 2016 or beyond. This year the company expanded on-farm field trials with farmers in Ontario and Quebec adding eight growers for a total of 20 farm cooperators. According to feedback gath- ered from farmers in the 2014 trial program Roundup Ready alfalfa delivers outstanding weed control superior crop safety quick stand establishment and vigorous growth. Peterson says the company worked with the Canadian Seed Trade Association and a wide range of stakeholders and experts to develop a coexistence plan for alfalfa hay in Eastern Canada which includes best management practices. A list of these best management practices is available at cdnseed.org under Facilitating Choice Through Coexistence. Its a hot button issue that spans the entire value chain with various conventional biotech and organic groups bringing different views to the table. Dave Carey CSTA manager of Wheres the GM Alfalfa Roundup Ready alfalfa has received regulatory approval and varieties have been registered so why is there still no seed being sold in the market It all comes down to one companys commitment to coexistence. policy initiatives says there are a few misconceptions around the trait as it has received approval and varieties have been registered but the seed isnt yet being sold. When we had the coexistence planning workshop for alfalfa hay in Eastern Canada there were some groups that came Were striving for a successful coexistence plan that is collaboratively developed and accepted by all stakeholders. Crosby Devitt thinking it was an opportunity to stop the regulatory pro- cess but CSTA is not a regulatory body and it had already received full CFIA approval Carey says. At this point its a business decision of FGI. Carey says it is important to note that this is for alfalfa hay production and not for seed production. According to FGI the company has no intention to sell seed for anything but hay production in Eastern Canada. Coordinating Coexistence Through dialogue and consultation with farmers and seed companies a coexistence plan for Eastern Canada SEPTEMBER 2015 11 that allows for the production of biotech conventional and organic forage has been developed. Additional work on coexistence has been ongoing with a commitment from FGI and CSTA to develop a Hay-to- Hay Coexistence Plan for Western Canada. The goal is to have this plan completed by January 2016 Peterson reports. The plan for Western Canada is in response to requests for additional stewardship actions that address the possibility of product moving from OntarioQuebec to Western Canada. At this time FGI does not have plans to introduce biotech- enhanced alfalfa traits to growers in Western Canada. CSTA defines coexistence asA framework that guides the implementation ofstewardship and best management prac- tices to be employedin order for three production systems organic conventional and GM to successfully coexist. The value of a coexistence plan is critical as biotech alfalfa moves closer to market says Crosby Devitt CSTA executive director. The owner of the technology and the varieties sees this as a critical component before going to market because no one in the value chain wants to see one person doing something that negatively affects other stakeholders. The organic hay producers who are not interested in the technology should be able to coexist and run their busi- ness as they see fit. And thats the challenge but its also the opportunity. Were striving for a successful coexistence plan that is collaboratively developed and accepted by all stakeholders. Kevin Nixon chair of the Canadian Honey Council says his group was brought on board after raising concern that the GM event has not been registered as safe for consumption specifically in Europe. We have been included in the coex- istence plan for Western Canada and we are happy there is a plan Nixon says. Our question is does the coexistence plan go far enough It would seem if the GM event could impose a trade restriction to our industry the work is not complete. We hope this particular item will be a part of the coexistence plan. Allen Van Deynze associate director of the Plant Breeding Center at the University of California Davis and his col- leagues have studied gene flow in alfalfa seed and hay as well as bee movement for more than a decade. He was brought into the discussion to share his expertise. Coexistence of production systems is particularly important in alfalfa to allow farmers access to different products input systems and markets from differences in quality domesti- cally to export standards he says. Coexistence is absolutely feasible and happening with other crops. The key is to have good communication among growers and respect allowing farmers to address their particular market. Another key is to have established processes that minimize adventitious gene flow. Practical non-zero thresholds are StackedAlfalfaTraits In December 2014 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency granted regulatory approval for the unconfined environmental release of Forage Genetics Internationals next- generation alfalfa technology a stacked trait alfalfa product containing both the Roundup Ready trait and a reduced-lignin trait. The reduced-lignin trait will be branded HarvXtra alfalfa and the stack will be sold as HarvXtra alfalfa with Roundup Ready technology. The company reports this technology will provide weed control to growers with an added nutritionaldigestibility benefit for dairy and beef cows. No decision on the commercial launch of HarvXtra with Roundup Ready technology has been made at this time but the 2015 on-farm trials include two small-scale research trials. 12 The STORM Seed Treatment Optimized Rate Metering is the latest innovation in seed treatment equipment delivering precision application in a convenient and simple to use package for in-the-yard treating that you control. Specifically designed to maximize the return of seed applied products and to take the guesswork out of the treatment process. See your local Westfield or Wheatheart dealer for more information. 855.662.6609 aggrowth.comstorm TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT OF SEED TREATMENT WITH THE STORM SEED TREATER. WHEREON THE WEB Planning for Choice A Coexistence Plan for Alfalfa Hay in Eastern Canada is accessible at httpgoo.gl5HA6Au. essential as the cost of attaining low thresholds increases exponentially as you decrease that value. Canada has been a leader in developing processes to maintain seed purity for well over 100 years including for alfalfa. The reason for focusing on commer- cialization in Eastern Canada first is because its home to the majority of dairy production which is the target for both Roundup Ready alfalfa and HarvXtra alfalfa with the Roundup Ready technology designed to provide a nutritional benefit for dairy cows. Also there is no seed production in Eastern Canada so this is one less consideration for introduction. Peterson says if and when Roundup Ready alfalfa moves into Western Canada it will be important to respect the exist- ing seed production market. An important consideration about the coexistence of alfalfa is that the vast majority of the product is not for seed but for hay Van Deynze explains. The majority of gene flow issues occur from seed to seed. Although alfalfa is grown in every province and territory seed is mainly grown in the West. At the time of the coexistence meeting GM alfalfa was being considered for introduction only in eastern provinces. Hay-to-hay gene flow was well below 0.5 per cent in all our trials at all distances beginning at 165 feet as viable seed in hay rarely develops. Hay-to-seed occurs but rates in our trials were less than 0.5 per cent. Although Canadas conditions are dif- ferent the concepts are similar. The goal is to have Western Canadas coexistence plan in place by January 2016. It took about a year for the east- ern plan to come together after the ini- tial meeting says CSTAs Carey. Many of the principles of the eastern plan can be applied to the western plan but different groups have to be consulted. Not a Regulatory Issue Carey and Devitt want to be clear Coexistence planning and the commer- cialization of Roundup Ready alfalfa is not a regulatory issue it was approved in 2005 after it underwent livestock feed environmental safety and food assessments conducted by the CFIA and Health Canada. As part of the process the CFIAs envi- ronmental safety assessment concluded that Roundup Ready alfalfa is as safe for the environment as conventional alfalfa says Tammy Jarbeau of the CFIA media relations team. The CFIA and HC work together to assess the safety of plants with novel traits. These plants cannot enter the market- place unless the CFIA and HCs rigor- ous assessment determine that they are as safe for use as food feed and released into the environment as other conventional plant varieties already being grown. Once an alfalfa product receives variety registration it can be fully commercialized in Canada. Devitt and Carey say the development of coexistence plans is an industry stewardship effort to have something in place to manage the introduction of new technology. Julie McNabb SEPTEMBER 2015 13 FOR Monsanto marketing a new product doesnt begin when it becomes available for retailers to sell and farmers to buy. It begins by educating potential custom- ers in anticipation of its official launch. The company recently unveiled its Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System for soybeans in Brandon Man. Its not for sale quite yet but Monsanto wants retailers and growers to be famil- iar with it when the time comes an important marketing strategy that ensures retailers know how to promote it and growers are well informed too. When farmer customers finally do have access to this new technology theyll know how to use it to be as successful as possible on their farm says Joe Vink Monsanto weed man- agement technical lead. Outreach and education days like were having today are extremely valuable he adds. Monsanto held numerous events in Manitoba during June introducing retailers and growers to the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System offering them a chance to ask questions and find out more about the product. Although its just now being unveiled to retailers and growers Monsanto employees have had several years to become familiar with the product. In Canada our first field trials were in 2008. Were eight seasons into the project and it speaks to our confi- dence in what the product is what it isnt the importance of the proper formulation and how to get the most out of this new opportunity with dicamba says Mark Lawton national technology development lead for Monsanto. EducationisCriticalin NewProductLaunch The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System for soybeans is intended to provide farmers with more consistent flexible control of weeds especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate- resistant weeds and to help maxi- mize crop yield potential. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans will contain the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean trait technology stacked with a trait that contains tolerance to dicamba. As a component of the crop system Monsanto will sell two herbicide options Roundup Xtend herbi- cide with VaporGrip Technology and XtendiMAX with VaporGrip Technology. The Roundup Xtend her- bicide will be a premix of dicamba and glyphosate thats currently under regulatory review and the XtendiMAX herbicide will be a straight dicamba product and with full regulatory approval. They are designed to manage weeds before planting and as Training begins even before a product is available to retailers and growers. an over-the-top option on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans during the growing season. Monsanto has received approval in Canada to sell the crop system but is waiting for some international approv- als before rolling it out. Engagement with the international community is another key part to rolling out a new product Lawton says. Its important that soybeans exported from Canada are accepted by other big countries so there is a process to get import approvals in the key export markets for specific crops Lawton explains. China is one thats high on our list. Were optimistic thats going to be complete later this year. Were planning for success and growing varieties this year in anticipation of those approvals so that well have new varieties with the Xtend trait in them for farmers as early as 2016. Marc Zienkiewicz Dekalb agronomist Liz Simpson speaks at a recent field day about the benefits of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System and its ability to control weeds. PhotoMarcZienkiewicz. Under the theme Certified Seed a tradition of excellence seed growers reunited in Montreal July 8 to 11th 2015 for CSGAs 111th Annual General Meeting. More than 230 people participated in the activities. Members passed a resolution asking the Board to consider ways to lower the cost of Annual Meeting registration fees. Attendance atthe 2015 Annual Meeting met historical registration numbers of years passed but registration isstill low when considering the total number of seed growers across the country. The Board will be looking at ways to lower registration costs to increase attendance and attract young seed growers to the meeting. Participants appreciated the activities organized for the meeting. In addition to the business session other highlights included a presentation from Vincent Cloutier an agronomist and economist for La Coop fdre Agricultural Outlook and from Frederic Dion adventurist Dreams passion attitude perseverance values. Certified Seed A Tradition of Excellence CSGAs 2015 Board of Directors At the July Annual General MeetingNational Board DirectorsDon Zeghers of Manitoba Daniel Lanoie of Quebec and Ed Hadland of British Columbia stepped off the National Board. These three directors were presented with plaques to thank them for their dedication to CSGA. CSGA extends a warm welcome to new Board Directors Ryan Murray of Manitoba Andr Lussier of Quebec and David Wuthrich of B.C. and thanks them for their involvement and dedication to CSGA and the seed industry. CSGA 2016 Annual General Meeting The Manitoba Seed Growers Association is pleasedto welcome you next summer to thescenic and beautifulElkhorn Resort and Conference Centreat Clear Lake Man. in Riding Mountain National Park.Plan on joining us next summer July 6 to 8 2016 in Manitobas spectacular Parkland region to Invigorate your mind body and soul at the 2015 CSGA Annual Meeting FrontrowLtoRMitchellJappRichardStampDaleAdolpheNormLysterKevinRunnallsBryanHarvey Bob Rugg. Middle row L to R David Wuthrich Dan McEachern Ryan Murray Mark McNaughton Jim Baillie Jonathan Nyborg Patti Rottenburger Ron Markert Joe Renick Julie Robinson. Back row L to R JackvanRoestelDougHeamanDjibySallMartinProvencherAndrLussierDaleConnellPeterScott. The CSGA would like to thank our generous sponsors LACPS tiens remercier nos gnreux commanditaires Agritex Agri Conseils Maska Agrocentre Belcan Agro-Inspection BioVision Seed Labs Canadian Grain Commission CASA Comptoir agricole Ste-Anne Crla Coop Agriscar Coop Agrilait Coop Covilac Coop ProfidOr DL Seeds Nexeed Seed Corn Growers Semences C S Daviau Semences Crpeau Inc. Soya Excel BREEDER LEVEL NIVEAU SLECTIONNEUR SELECT LEVEL NIVEAU SELECT FOUNDATION LEVEL NIVEAU FONDATION REGISTERED LEVEL NIVEAU ENREGISTR CERTIFIED LEVEL NIVEAU CERTIFI 16 CANTERRASEEDS and French-genetics breeder Limagrain are part- nering to bring higher yielding wheat varieties to farmers. Limagrain Cereals Research Canada a new business venture headquartered in Saskatoon Sask. will focus on wheat breed- ing and specialize in varieties best suited for the prairies. This venture will bring Limagrains expertise in plant genetics to producers through CANTERRAs long-standing presence in Canadian agriculture says David Hansen CANTERRA SEEDS president and CEO. CANTERRA will hold a minority equity position in the new company. According to Hansen the passage the Agricultural Growth Act has opened the doors to international joint ventures. By passing Bill C-18 and ratifying UPOV 91 Canada is finally on a level playing field with the rest of the inter- national plant breeding community Hansen says. For BILL C-18 OPENS DOORS FOR NEW RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS A new research partnership between CANTERRA SEEDS and Limagrain aims to bring wheat genetics to the forefront in Western Canada. CANTERRA SEEDS this has thrown open the door to new opportunities that we can pass on to our customers. Bruno Carette CEO of Limagrain Field Seeds says the passing of Bill C-18 was a clear signal that Canada will support genetic progress in breeding particularly with wheat. This offers wheat one of the most poorly funded crops in terms of research a new opportunity for yield gains along with an improved tool box of genetic qualities Carette says. The remedy for wheat is to increase research and breeding and we plan to bring genetic gains to this com- plex genome as a result of this partnership. According to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz this new ven- ture comes as no surprise now that Bill C-18 has passed. This is only the beginning for future genetic collabora- tion and partnerships that further Canadas cereal breeding work he says. At the unveiling of Limagrain Cereals Research Canada Bruno Carette CEO of Limagrain Field Seeds discusses the new opportunities this partnership brings for the advancement of wheat yields across the prairies. SEPTEMBER 2015 17 A Vision of New Varieties Erin Armstrong who was named CEO of LCRC says the goal is to bring the first new wheat varieties to market within five years. We expect to pro- duce a steady stream of new varieties she says. The first new varieties could include material which has been in CANTERRA SEEDS field trial evalua- tion program for the past three years. Armstrong notes that Canada Western Hard Red Spring Wheat Canada Prairie Spring Wheat and Canada Western Red Winter Wheat are three areas of opportunity that LCRC will focus its genetic research initially. Beyond this she fully expects their research capabilities to expand into other varieties. While we are at the very early stages the intent is over time to also work on durum barley rye and triticale and possibly other crops as well she says. However the specific crop types will largely depend on the direction of agriculture in Western Canada. Currently LCRC is preparing to staff a senior breeder as soon as possible and within the next couple of years reach full-staff capacity. Carette says Limagrain will support the partnership through germplasm its technology platform and its long- standing knowledge of global and local wheat markets. The companys material will be trialed in Western Canada through both inter- nal company sites as well as collabora- tions with others in the industry. Over time Armstrong expects the number and distribution of trial sites to grow. This growth will ensure comprehen- sive testing and the ability to select lines for advancement and commer- cialization based on a thorough and sound understanding of trial per- formance in the various regions of Western Canada Armstrong explains. LCRC will also use GM tools to fur- ther its understanding of and research in wheat. The understanding we develop through research done with GM technologies can be applied to the development of non-GM prod- ucts Armstrong explains noting that at this time the public is not ready for the application of GM technology in wheat products. While our breeding efforts will take time we do have a head start with our previous work together over the past three years Carette says. Armstrong adds that LCRC will oper- ate its business with the same princi- pal as both partner companies. LCRC will collaborate and partner with other breeding programs both public and private in Canada and around the world she says. The goal has always been to bring the best research the most innovative technologies and traits and the best germplasm from part- nerships new and existing including Limagrains global resources and deliver those benefits to the western Canadian farmer. CANTERRA SEEDS collaboration with Limagrain is part of its long-term growth strategy to offer a full portfolio of products. We want to be engaged through the entire value chain in seed development Hansen says. Growing Partnerships CANTERRA SEEDS Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Alberta Wheat Commission also announced a first-of-its-kind publicprivatepro- ducer partnership in wheat breeding. The goal of the partnership is to advance the development and com- mercialization of Canadian prairie spring wheat varieties. This partnership ... will support Canadian wheat producers in the global marketplace by helping them maximize their commercial and trade opportunities Ritz says. Hansen adds that This partnership speaks to the level of co-operation that exists in our industry both public and private. The Agricultural Growth Act set the stage for this and I fully expect farmers will see cascading benefits of the modernization of industry regulations through new partnerships like this. Shannon Schindle LIKE MANY DISCOVERIES seed treatments got their start by accident. In the 1600s a boat full of grain sank off the coast of England. While the wheat recovered was unfit for milling some local farmers tried planting it. The seawater-soaked seed produced a crop mostly free of smut while unsoaked seed produced crops with heavy smut infestations. Thus began the quest for the holy grail of seed treatments. For the next two centuries farmers botanists and scientists worked with a range of products to control cereal crop diseases. Starting with products such as salt lye saltpeter lime and urine com- pounds progressed to copper sulfate formaldehyde and organic mercury. By the early 1900s research favoured copper carbonate methylmercury and ethylmethylmercury with commercial products developed and registered in Sweden the United States and Australia. Most of these early products con- trolled pathogens on the seeds sur- face but would not penetrate the inner workings. In the 1970s concern about mercury toxicity spelled the end of those treatments. This aligned with the discovery and development of systemic products such as carboxin providing control for smut. Combined with the Business-critical information for retailers selling seed and seed treatment products. SUPPORTED BY 18 THE EVOLUTION OF CEREAL SEED TREATMENTS fungicide thiram this seed treatment came to market as Vitavax 200. Graham Hastie Bayer SeedGrowth portfolio manager for cereals says the early oil-based products were hard to apply and sensitive to temperature. Since then weve moved to more water-based products which are easier to clean flow better and cover the seed more effectively Hastie says. Changing Farm Practices During the past two decades farm- ers shifted to direct seeding and con- tinuous cropping which increased the amount of crop residue left in fields. With summerfallow there wasnt much inoculum left from the previous crop but continuous cropping allowed the fungus to survive from year to year and we saw a buildup of more fusarium in the soil says Ted Labun Syngenta Seedcare technical lead. Additionally farmers were seeding earlier. With the earlier seeding we saw more Pythium issues resulting in seed decay and root rot Labun says. This impacted pre- and post-emer- gence damping off plus seed decay and the new active ingredients being screened for these diseases were very specific and very good. Seed treatment fungicides con- trolled a variety of bunts root rots smut and seed decay among others. The original systemic fungicide carboxin inhibited mitochondrial function. The next generation prod- ucts thiram maneb mancozeb PCNB and captan disrupted enzymes cru- cial for cell metabolism. Todays products have more spe- cific modes of action. Thiabendazole stops nuclear division. Metalaxyl inhibits RNA synthesis. And the newest compounds such as tebucona- zole difenoconazole and triadimenol inhibit sterol biosynthesis. These are effective at low doses systemic in plants and control a variety of fungal pathogens. Labun says the active ingredi- ents developed in the past five years target specific diseases. We just launched Vibrance which is good on Rhizoctonia he says. But all the new chemistries provide consistent perfor- mance uniform stand establishment and prevent seed decay. Hastie adds that the products out today offer contact and systemic modes of action which are important. Both Bayer and Syngenta have contact fun- gicides effective on fusarium. GETTING KEY MESSAGES INTO THE HANDS THAT NEED THEM. For a grower handout on this topic visit Germination.ca.. Send us your company name and logo and well develop a customized PDF for you to distribute to your grower customers. ENDORSED BY SEPTEMBER 2015 19 Theyre both comparable in activ- ity its just the formulation to get them on the seed that differentiates them Hastie explains. A big part of the seed treatment evolution has been improving product application. Years ago growers may have been getting the correct volume on but the coverage wasnt there. On-farm treating has improved making a difference on the perfor- mance and return on investment for growers Labun says. When we treated in the early days secondary mixing was a huge requirement. Today we see much better primary applica- tion so distribution on each individual seed has improved dramatically. Labun says by atomizing the seed treatment with a pressurized system such as a nozzle or a spinning disk coverage is improved. Batch treaters also ensure proper application rates. When it comes to storage Sarah Foster president of 2020 Seed Labs says seed storage trials show no issue with storing treated cereal seed for one year as long as you confirm germina- tion rates with a test before seeding. Seed labs have been an independ- ent voice in the seed treatment busi- ness for many years. Foster says her lab has worked with the major manufactur- ers since the mid-1990s. The initial work 2020 did with Syngenta dealt with carrying over treated seed and the effect on germina- tion Foster says. Work moved to root rots in barley and more recently the effectiveness of seed treatment control of the various fusarium pathogens. From the initial fungicide tests Foster says her lab developed a fungal screen test. We can look at all the pathogens saprophytic parasitic and storage fungi that affect cereals and the development of seed without a seed treatment she says. If one or several Graham Hastie Bayer SeedGrowth cereals portfolio manager says todays chemistries provide consistent performance uniform stand establishment and prevent seed decay. 2020 Seed Labs develops a seed treatment prescription for farmers helping them to choose the most economical option shares Sarah Foster president. Ted Labun Syngenta Seedcare technical lead says the seed treatments of today do a better job of targeting a specific disease or pest. SUPPORTED BY 20 are present and the appropriate seed treatment is not applied emergence could be compromised. We started doing this as prescrip- tive testing. We identify the issues pre- sent the producer gets a prescription for products on the market that would be effective and then they choose which ones to use. Fosters lab identifies which patho- gens would affect economic perfor- mance however if a certain level of contamination is reached they recom- mend not using the seed at all. Today biologicals is the buzz word. All the companies are looking at biologicals to see how they affect crops from a plant health standpoint and improved disease control Hastie says. They show promise in facilitating disease control and may help prevent resistance to some active ingredients. But Hastie says biologicals are no silver bullet. From my experience biologicals cant manage disease to the levels were use to so theyll be used alongside traditional chemistries. Kip Workman Stoller Enterprises Canadian technical product manager works with biological seed treatments. Our products are designed to mitigate seedling stress that can occur within the first six weeks of seeding Workman says. When a plant is stressed theres a hormonal imbalance. Our treatments regulate these growth hormones and to tell the plant its not under stress and to continue growing. Whether youre using a traditional chemistry or at the forefront with bio- logicals the benefits seed treatments deliver to cereal farmers is a great suc- cess story. A variety of chemistries are used so resistance is less of an issue the fungicides used generally have low toxicity to plants and animals plus they are applied in low doses so have little environmental impact. Bill Strautman SixTipsto CreateCredibleStripTrials Testing new seed treatments can be a challenge but it can also add value to your retail business. Here experts provide six tips to successfully create credible strip trials. Select the Best Site Start with a plot of land thats as fair and fertilized as possible says Kip Workman Stoller Enterprises Canadian technical product manager. Look for something flat with no high or low spots so its an apples-to-apples comparison. We want the agronomics across all treatments the same with the only difference being the treatment. Workman adds that if you can set up replicated trials it will carry more weight with farmers. Use the Same Seed Lot Make sure you use the same seed lot across the entire trial so youre not disadvantaging one product over another says Ted Labun Syngenta Seedcare technical lead. Different seed lots can have different disease or germination issues even if its the same variety. Labun also says its a good idea to get a complete diagnostics done on the seed lot so you know the germination rate and the disease pressure. Apply the Treatment Accurately Whatever your plot size make sure your application is bang on Labun says. You need good seed coverage. Seed at the Proper Rate Seeding rates for cereals will vary depending on location. Those in dry areas will have lower rates while those in higher rainfall regions might choose higher rates. As long as each treatment has the same plant population it should be a fair trial he says. When you switch treatments or to an untreated control recalibrate the drill to make sure youre using the same planting rate. Capture the Data After planting Labun says to count emergence. If there are soil-borne pests they may not kill the seedling but they can delay it he says. Monitor the crop for the first 21 days and capture that information. Workman takes growers out a couple weeks after seeding to look for differences in vigour and emergence. Compare Yields Nobody pays for emergence or vigour they pay for bushels Workman says. At the end of the year weigh or use yield monitors on those trials. Discover the Products that Protect Cereal Seed LIVE WEBINAR OCT. 15 2015 1 p.m. Eastern Set yourself up for success and register today at ISSUESINK.COMGERMINATIONWEBINAR PROUDLY SPONSORED BY This webinar will help you understand the diseases that pose the biggest threat to wheat oats barley and rye in Canada today. Our speakers will walk you through some of the seed treatment products on the market to help protect the seed and give farmers the biggest return on investment. Youll also learn what products to use where. Look to increase the sale of seed treatments with the addition of replicated strip trials. We know farmers like to see results with their own eyes and marketing materials alone just dont cut it anymore. Our experts will help you get started in creating your own strip trials. Here youll learn about best management practices and tips to avoid pitfalls. DESIGNED FOR Ag Retailers Agronomists Crop Advisors BootprintandTractorIconsdesignedbyFreepik 22 ITwasnt long ago that Todd Hyra would have hesitated to sit down with a Member of Parliament to advocate for the Canadian seed industry. To meet with federal MPs on Parliament Hill for some- one who has never done that before could be quite intimidating says Hyra who sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Seed Trade Association CSTA. But when Patty Townsend took over as vice-president of the CSTA in 2006 things began to change in that regard. She coached us on how to communicate with politicians at a local level a provincial level and a federal level what their expectations are from their constituents and how we can ensure our voice is heard says Hyra SeCan business manager for Western Canada. Her understanding of the political system and the personalities involved went a long way in helping us understand how to best communicate our needs as an industry. It was a great personal growth opportunity for many of us who had never experienced that before. To those who worked with her Patty Townsend was the perfect person to take the Canadian Seed Trade Association where it had never gone before. Transforming an Organization SEPTEMBER 2015 23 Hyras story is just one example of how Townsend who retired earlier this year as CSTAs chief executive officer had a major effect on the organization and took it in an entirely new direction raising its profile as the voice for the Canadian seed industry. Those who know her and worked with her during her tenure at CSTA say she will be remembered for her strong work ethic and drive to ensure the Canadian seed indus- try succeeded a mission that earlier this year led to the passing of some of the most important agriculture-related legislation. Strength in Numbers Townsend joined the CSTA Board of Directors as vice- president with a primary focus on government member and public relations strategic planning and governance. In 2011 she became CEO. It was the beginning of dramatic change for the organization which was founded in 1923. She was CSTAs first female chief executive but it wasnt the first time Townsend had broken barriers during her career. After receiving her degree in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1980 she became the first female Agriculture Canada dairy inspector in Western Canada. Following that she spent almost four years in a radio and television newsroom in Saskatchewan before deciding to dedicate her career to association management and public and government affairs at the provincial national and inter- national levels. Tom Steve now general manager for the Alberta Wheat Commission shared that newsroom with Townsend back in the 1980s. Our desks were about three feet apart Steve tells. She was on the agriculture news desk and I was in the general news department. Right away I picked up on her tenacity shes very determined and professional. That was the beginning of her working relationship with farmers interviewing them about various issues of the day. During the course of her career Townsend has worked for and with farmers and companies involved in every sector of Canadian agriculture and for academics extension special- ists educators and scientists. Prior to becoming chief exec- utive at CSTA she was executive director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. When she took over the CEO role at CSTA she brought that diverse experience with her. She brought together a diverse group of people from outside of the seed trade industry grain handlers farmers and var- ious stakeholders Hyra says. She could ensure everyones voice was heard and CSTA wasnt operating in isolation. According to Hyra having worked with such a wide swath of people is what made her such an effective as CEO. Shes able to step far enough back so she can understand or pull together a broad enough group he says. Thats key in a role like the one she filled so youre not just pushing one agenda but rather having a broader industry solution that will gain more traction as you try to move it forward. Rather than just seed youre working on a comprehensive approach to meet seed industry needs. Patty can do that in spades. Changing an Organization With its head office in Ottawa Ont. CSTA brings together 125 seed company members engaged in all aspects of seed research production marketing and trade both domesti- cally and internationally. It was instrumental in ensuring the passage of Bill C-18 Canadas Agricultural Growth Act early this year. The Act represents Canadas formal ratification of the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants UPOV 91 which makes important changes to Plant Breeders Rights in Canada. Were it not for Townsend that may not have happened. According to Dave Carey CSTA manager of policy ini- tiatives the organization was at a turning point when Townsend became CEO either become more relevant and stand above the crowd or continue to struggle to get the seed industrys message out. Under Pattys watch CSTA became a trusted source of information for politicians and bureaucrats which elevated the associations profile Carey says. We did a great job engaging our members but didnt do the same concerted outreach to regularly engage with policymakers. Her mantra was that CSTA as a modern organization couldnt go it alone and needed to bring together the whole value chain including groups that dont always share everything in common or have the same goals whether theyre industry or grower-based. The philosophy she brought forward is that we collaborate whenever we can to come up with a unified message from the ag sector. The initiative that best defined her philosophy according to Alberta Wheat Commissions Steve was the formation of Partners in Innovation a group of leading Canadian farmer and agricultural organizations that support gov- ernment legislation intended to improve PBR in Canada. One of the groups major goals was accomplished after the She coached us on how to communicate with politicians ... what their expectations are ... and how we can ensure our voice is heard. Todd Hyra passing of Bill C-18 in February the federal government formally ratified the UPOV 91 Convention in June. We had numerous conference calls and conversations over the course of the legislation being before Parliament Steve says. I would say her determination on the tasks at hand was what struck me as being a hugely important factor in UPOV 91 becoming a reality in Canada. Peter Entz Richardson Internationals assistant vice-presi- dent of seed and traits and former CSTA president agrees. He describes Townsends drive to ensure UPOV 91 was ratified as relentless. Until June of this year Canada was one of only two developed country UPOV members whose legislation did not comply with the 1991 Convention. The passing of Bill C-18 is hailed as a modern victory for the Canadian seed industry but Entz notes that it took years of behind-the-scenes work to get there and much of that work was spearheaded by Townsend. When she wasnt taking calls or doing interviews she was serving as a liaison with bureaucrats Entz says. It was really a very persistent well-executed strategy to keep that issue on the radar for so long. When Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz broke the news on June 19 that Canada had formally ratified UPOV 91 it was a celebratory day that served to highlight how instrumental Townsend had been in ensuring the legislation was ulti- mately passed. We were able to go to our MPs and say Thank you for making this a reality it means a lot to us Hyra says. That comfort level in approaching an MP that will be something that stays with me forever because of Patty. InHerOwnWords Germination caught up with Patty Townsend just prior to her retirement as CEO of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. Heres what she had to say. What made CSTA so successful at lobbying government officials for the ratification of UPOV 91 in Canada From an organizational perspective you cant do things in isolation anymore. Things need to be done in partnership with people who have similar interests and things to gain. The reason this really happened is that most of the farm organizations and farmers representing all commodities across Canada came together to tell the government that this was really important to them. 24 Working with Government Keeping an issue on the political agenda can be tricky for any organization more so if its members dont have much experience. Working directly with government rep- resented a culture shift within CSTA Entz notes. That was a place she took CSTA to that we hadnt been before Entz says. Wed been a little more subservient to government sort of a yes sir no sir kind of attitude. Under Pattys watch we developed more of a collaborative relationship with government. She cultivated those rela- tionships to the point where she was working very closely with the ag ministers office and Gerry Ritz himself. For Ritz a conservative MP from Saskatchewan and agri- culture minister in Prime Minister Stephen Harpers cabi- net who oversaw Bill C-18 Townsend was a driving force behind the legislation. He says the respect Townsend gar- nered in the Canadian seed industry helped her to be so effective at driving it forward. She has been a consistent champion for our seed industry Ritz says. Anthony Parker commissioner of the Plant Breeders Rights Office for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA worked closely with Townsend for the past four years. From the perspective of someone who works on the govern- ment side Parker says Townsend brought a fresh modern approach that helped CFIA work effectively with the seed industry to help make UPOV 91 a reality. For the difficult problems Patty knew the only way to overcome them was through cooperation and collabora- tion Parker says. One of those problems was the large degree of misinfor- mation among the public regarding the bill Parker says. Whats your advice in working to accomplish industry goals We dont have the answers to everything and we need to work with partners in the value chain to achieve goals. Its not easy to do that people often think that things need to be 110 per cent how they want when their chances of getting that are less than zero. If you can accommodate their interests and deal with the fears and the anxieties of the entire value chain and come up with something that will take you 99 per cent of the way youve really made progress. How did you get farmers support You tell them the truth. You ask them not tell them to help design something thats going to work for everyone. Yet you must be willing to make compromises and know that you cant do it without them. Now that UPOV 91 has been ratified what needs to be done There are issues around biotechnology approvals and thats not just Canada its an international issue thats really important. Our world is getting smaller and seed can travel through 10 15 and 20 different countries before it reaches its final destination. Countries that havent approved genetically modified traits countries with different phytosanitary reguiations can hold that journey up. SEPTEMBER 2015 25 People didnt understand it the text was very legalese and a small part of the agriculture sector that was opposed to it often dominated coverage in the media Parker explains. Initially when we were trying to move the legislation for- ward myself within government and Patty on the outside she said something to me that sort of changed my perspec- tive and still sticks with me to this day. She told me that the really challenging problems arent solved by one person anymore. They require a cooperative effort by everyone. She has been a consistent champion for our seed industry. Gerry Ritz Leadership Dave Baute CSTA past-president and the owner of Ontarios Maizex Seeds says Townsend will be remem- bered as a master consensus builder whose attention to detail was often unparalleled something that made her a great leader and able to accomplish what she did for the industry. She has an amazing memory and can draw facts and info from years past and that afforded her a lot of credibility so people would listen to her he says. Shes creative doesnt have a set formula for any particular course of action. You tend to follow people like that. I was reluctant to come onto the CSTA executive board at first but it was her leadership that gave me the confidence to step into that role. Townsend also has a work ethic Baute calls second-to- none and Baute himself is no stranger to the importance of a good work ethic. He grew up in a family where hard work was valued and no job was too small or insignificant. Patty was totally engaged all the time and as a business owner I can relate to that he says. To have that level of dedication is remarkable. Today Baute describes CSTA as the go-to organization for all matters that affect the Canadian seed industry and he says that making it so will be what Townsend is most remembered for. Its a nice feeling but comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility Baute adds. Were in a position to pick up where Patty left off and drive CSTA forward. Were in a very good spot and Patty put us there. Marc Zienkiewicz You can count on accurate results with 2020. Find out more at 2020seedlabs.cathe2020difference Contact us toll-free at 1-877-420-2099 We are Canadas first fully accredited independently owned seed testing laboratory. With over 25 years of experience we are focused on science and innovative technologies. Our team of analysts plant pathologists and molecular biologists are experts in domestic and international markets. We deliver services to meet your unique business needs. Canadas Seed Testing Leaders ISO 90012008 certified Discover the2020difference Join the conversation the2020difference Lab locations in Canada I South America I Europe 26 CSTA CHANGE FACILITATES OPPORTUNITY RECENT LEADERSHIP changes at the Canadian Seed Trade Association have positioned the organization to leverage opportunities and tackle challenges in the coming years. Among those changes is the addition of Crosby Devitt who joined CSTA July 27 as the executive director. Known across the seed sector from his work at Grain Farmers of Ontario to his participation in many of CSTAs committees and value chain working groups Devitt took the reins from Patty Townsend who retired at the end of July. An experienced and collaborative leader Devitt is focused on keeping CSTA front and centre as the national voice for Canadas seed companies and he has already started to drive CSTAs priorities forward. Devitt has a B.Sc. in agriculture and a M.Sc. in animal science from the University of Guelph. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Nuffield Canada Agricultural Scholarship where he expanded his knowledge of international business and farming and built networks with agricultural leaders around the world. New Industry Leadership Meanwhile Scott Horner of Albertas HyTech Production was elected as CSTAs 64th president during the 92nd Annual Meeting. Horner is a passionate seed industry advocate and has been a member of CSTAs Board of Directors since 2008. Horner represents CSTA at the Seed Association of the Americas and was past chair of the International Committee and the Hybrid Canola Seed Production Sub-Committee. In this new role Horner takes over from Dave Baute of Maizex Seeds who represented the association as UPOV 91 was ratified and passed into law Leaving are past-president Peter Entz of Richardson International and ASTA representative Jim Schweigert as their mandates have finished. Entz was first elected to the CSTA Board of Directors in July 2006 and guided the organization as president in 2013-14. He was instrumental in developing CSTAs position on variety registration. Members also elected Darrell Dziver of BrettYoung to a second term. Readers can meet the 2015-16 Board of Directors at cdnseed.orgcontact-listdirectors. Looking Ahead The Board of Directors is looking ahead five 10 and even 15 years. It is strategizing and implementing action plans to capture opportunity align stakeholder needs influence the changing regulatory environment and seize opportunities to create impactful change. CSTA will keep you informed as these unfold. Be sure to bookmark www.cdnseed.org and watch this column for updates. and also on the pollinator health file. Baute will spend the next year as past- president of the association. Horner has already started to engage the energies of the Board of Directors members and stakeholders on creating a healthy climate for investment and innovation in the seed industry and on fostering a favourable regulatory environment that is forward looking and prioritizes members needs. These goals cannot be achieved without member support and Horner encourages each CSTA member to actively participate in the association and lend their creativity and expertise to help capture opportunities across the industry. In addition to Devitt and Horner two new faces can now be found at the Board of Directors table. Doug Alderman of Pride Seeds and Matt Hynes the representative from the American Seed Trade Association were elected to the Board of Directors. 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We also have manual and fully automaac wweighing systems including bagging and robooc palleezing. 28 WORKING THROUGH CHANGE TOGETHER THE CANADIAN SEED GROWERS Association and Canadian seed growers have seen big changes in the past two years in the way business is conducted. The 2012 federal budget and the gradual withdraw of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency from the direct inspection of seed crops in Canada necessitated change. A look back at 2014 and the start of 2015 shows how the change was managed how the change occurred with relative success and how it continues to evolve. Although this change was imposed by government regulations and policymakers the change was managed in a style somewhat uncharacteristic of modern day industry government relationships generally prevail in Canada. An Industry-Government Working Group took on the task of coordinating and developing alternative service delivery for seed crop inspection. It started in July 2012 with a completion date of April 1 2014. Collaboration cooperation and objectivity characterized the work environment for the Industry-Government Working Group. Decisions were made on the basis of what was best for the seed sector and what could get done within the timelines given. The solution was the roll-out of an independent third party inspection model that would be operated by service providers who were authorized by CFIA essentially a privatization of the inspection model seed growers were accustomed to through the CFIA seed crop inspections of decades past. This was coupled with training and licensing of private seed crop inspectors. The inspection model effectively went from 3500 seed growers communicating with CSGA and CFIA and vice versa to 3500 seed growers communicating with 24 private service providers plus CFIA and CSGA. CSGA in turn had to communicate with 3500 seed growers CFIA 24 service providers and nearly 300 private inspectors. The new complexity of the communication challenge called for drastic change in data management and data transfer. Then and Now A component of this solution was to go as totally electronic as possible in the timeframe available. Prior to alternative service delivery about 5 per cent of the inspected acres were inspected by licensed private inspectors. Less than 10 per cent of the inspection reports were being submitted electronically and that was a result of a pilot project initiated to test the concept of going electronic. Although online applications for seed crop inspection had been available for a few years in 2013 only 27 per cent of the applications were submitted online. The change occurred and its not over yet. In 2014 89.5 per cent of the inspected acres were performed through authorized seed crop inspection services. For 2014 24 service providers were authorized about 200 inspectors were licensed more than 90 per cent of the applications were submitted online and 100 per cent of the inspection reports were transmitted to CSGA electronically a big leap forward from 2013. In 2015 the number of authorized service providers increased to 27 the number of licensed inspectors is approaching 300 and about 98 per cent of the applications are received electronically. Additionally more and more payments for seed crop inspection are also being made electronically. Did these changes lead to efficiencies The answer is a resounding yes coupled with a resounding no. The fact that alternative service was rolled out in 2014 on nearly 90 per cent of the inspected acres and over 90 per cent of the applications were submitted online demonstrates the efficiencies of going electronic. However moving from one dominant service provider CFIA to 24 in 2014 and 27 in 2015 when coupled with moving from about 200 CFIA inspectors to 300 licensed inspectors demonstrates the inefficiencies if only in numbers of going to alternative service delivery. How the overall system evolves in 2015 and 2016 will be an interesting measure of how change adapts to meet the needs of the seed sector. What is certain is that the collaboration cooperation and objectivity seen since 2012 needs to continue. All players in the seed sector can benefit from the changes yet to come if we continue to work together to implement future change in the best interests of the entire seed sector. Collectively not individually we comprise the seed sector. CSGA VISION. BUSINESS. SEED. CANADIAN SEED TRADE ASSOCIATION LASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DU COMMERCE DES SEMENCES SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING November 17-19 2015 Radisson Saskatoon Saskatchewan For more information contact 613 829-9527 or visit cdnseed.org Join Us 30 EACH YEAR THE COMMERCIAL SEED Analysts Association of Canada CSAAC presents the Outstanding Achievement Award established in 2005 to honour members who promote exceptional leadership and professionalism in CSAAC and seed testing. The first recipient was Marie Greeniaus after whom the award was named in 2006. In honour of her friend Janet Dornian sculpts a piece for the award winner making each sculpture as unique as the individual winner. This years recipient of the prestigious Marie Greeniaus Award is Dianne Gilhuly. Gilhuly started in the seed industry in 1980 with Maple Leaf Mills working in soybean and corn production and processing. Then in 1992 she became a founding partner of Kent Agri Lab in Tupperville Ont. and a senior seed analyst in 1997. Gilhuly has been a mainstay on CSAACs Board of Directors serving for a number of years on a variety of committees and in a number of positions. Her dedication to CSAACs success is demonstrated by her willingness to serve two consecutive terms as president and three as past-president. In addition to serving CSAAC she has been a licensed field crop inspector for 13 years and a consultant in agriculture quality systems and food safety. Gilhuly has been an accredited auditor with the Canadian Seed Institute CSI since 1998 and she has been a member of the CSI Board for 10 years as the CSAAC representa- tive. She has also served as their president and currently serves as their past-president. Gilhuly has always been a role model for all seed analysts and is always willing to share her knowledge with all. CSAAC along with the seed industry have all greatly benefitted her knowledge expertise wisdom and professionalism. Another deserving individual is Susan Putz who was recognized as the 2015 CSAAC Honourary Member. Putz took the Biological Sciences Technology Program at SIAST in Saskatoon Sask. From 1972 to 1973 she worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and later returned to CFIA in 1989. While away from the CSAAC RECOGNIZES THOSE COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE IN SEED TESTING CSAAC PhotoCSAAC. CFIA Putz worked for the Soil Science Department at the University of Alberta and with the Geological Survey at the Alberta Research Council. In 1991 she attained her accreditation for seed purity and germination. At the CFIA Putz was responsible for training future seed analysts CFIA inspectors seed graders and seed import conformity assessors. When she retired in 2013 Putz was the seed purity supervisor. Throughout the years Putz trained and more impor- tantly inspired many Canadian seed analysts. Putzs attention to detail and willingness to share knowledge inspired many seed analysts to aspire to her level of knowledge. Her willingness to share her knowledge made it easier for trainees to quickly learn methods of identifying difficult seeds. Putzs contribution to seed testing training is invaluable. The Marie Greeniaus Award and the Honourary Member Award are given every two years. Previous award winners can be found on the CSAAC website at www.seedanalysts.ca. CSAAC President Christine DeRooy left presents Dianne Gilhuly the Marie Greeniaus Award. SEPTEMBER 2015 31 32 Exploring ideas and views on all aspects of the seed industry. WHAT DOES THE UPCOMING ELECTION MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE In the run up to election party leaders voice policies they think would benefit agriculture. Conservative leader Stephen Harper is in the middle of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership with agricul- tural producers falling on both sides of the issue for and against it largely depend- ing on what they produce. Tom Mulcair of the New Democratic Party proposes a payment protection program for produce farmers that would protect businesses dealing in the fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables markets. This proposal would also give farmers the right to preserve save and condition seed for their own use. Meanwhile the Liberal Partys Justin Trudeau has proposed policy to protect pollinators by introducing stricter man- agement of neonicotinoids. And Elizabeth May of the Green Party has proposed a shift toward organic family farming and away from large-scale agribusinesses. The party does not support subsidizing manufacturers of agricultural chemicals industrial food producers or the develop- ment of genetically modified organisms. VALUE IN TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS As part of the annual meeting between federal provincial and territorial agriculture ministers that took place in July the ministers noted the impor- tance of temporary foreign workers to agriculture and discussed the implications of changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Provincial and territorial ministers encouraged the federal government to continue discussions to evaluate program changes to meet labour requirements. In Ontario the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program SAWP which is administered by Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services F.A.R.M.S. has linked approximately 16000 requests for seasonal workers with jobs at Ontario farms this growing season. Not only does the 49-year-old program provide a long list of benefits to the workers and the farmers but it also creates two Canadian jobs in the agri- food industry for every worker employed through SAWP at Ontario agricultural opera- tions says Ken Forth president of F.A.R.M.S. Governments and agricultural organizations around the world are looking at this program as a model Forth says. For decades this program has provided Ontario farmers a steady source of reliable labour as a supplement to local labour. At the same time it gives the seasonal workers well-paying employment benefits and educa- tional opportunities. DRAINAGE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ISSUES FACING RURAL SASKATCHEWAN SO WE ARE PLEASED THAT GOVERNMENT IS IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS MEANT TO ADDRESS DEFICIENCIES WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM. RAY ORB SASKATCHEWAN TO IMPLEMENT NEW DRAINAGE RULES In the next 10 years Saskatchewan aims to bring all farm drainage works including previously grandfathered drains into compliance with a new set of regulations. According to Herb Cox minister for the provinces Water Security Agency WSA these new regulations are part of the development of a risk-based agricultural water management strategy. Cox explains that the goal of the new regulations is to ensure impacts related to flooding water quality problems and habitat loss are addressed as part of the drainage works approval process. The new regulations will be implemented in phases. The first phase of the agricultural water management strategy will be the development and refining of policies and program delivery that will be used in a series of pilot projects before being expanded to the rest of the province. Drainage is one of the major issues facing rural Saskatchewan so we are pleased that government is implementing regulations meant to address deficiencies with the current system says Ray Orb president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. SEPTEMBER 2015 33 PROVINCIAL ONTARIO RESTRICTS NEONICOTINOIDS Ontario is the rst jurisdiction in North America to enact new rules to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid- treated corn and soybean seed by 80 per cent by 2017. To support this goal new requirements will be put in place for the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed that will help ensure treated seed is only used when there is evidence of a pest problem. The province will also develop a pollinator health action plan in consultation with the public and experts to address other stressors that affect pollinators. GFO TAKES PROVINCE TO COURT Grain Farmers of Ontario has commenced legal proceedings against the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in regard to the provinces legislation concerning neonicotinoid seed treatments. GFO asked the Superior Court to delay the implementation of the proposed regulations until May 1 2016 or such time as the requirements of the regulation can reasonably be met. If the court provides a stay against the regulations farmers will be able to plant next year under the same rules followed this planting season. A court date of Sept. 28 is set to hear GFOs request for a stay of the neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations brought into law July 1. If a stay is granted the regulations will be subject to further review. The outcome of our multi-step legal strategy will be critical to the livelihood of grain farmers says Barry Senft CEO of GFO. NATIONAL CFIA PROVIDES GREATER ACCESS TO CROP VARIETY INFORMATION The Canadian Food Inspection Agency introduced a new database containing all varieties of crops that are subject to registration in Canada. The Registered Varieties List RVL provides single-window access to the most up-to-date information on varieties registered in Canada. Users can now download the most current data on registered varieties from one location at any time. This searchable database will improve the accuracy of variety registration information. The RVL provides information on what varieties can be legally sold in Canada and identies the Canadian representative for each variety. It replaces all other lists of registered varieties previously issued by the CFIA. The RVL is available online at www.inspection. gc.caactivenetappregvarregvar_lookupe.aspx. AMBER DURUM GETS TOLERANCES FOR RED SMUDGE REMOVED Tolerances for red smudge in amber durum wheat have been removed and the total smudge tolerance for No. 1 amber durum has changed from 0.3 per cent to 0.5 per cent according to the Canadian Grain Commission. These changes are based on recommendations made to the CGC by the Western Standards Committee and the Eastern Standards Committee at their meetings in April. Also based on the committees recommendation an updated standard print for Lentils Canada other than Red Reasonably Good Natural Colour took effect April 24 in both Eastern and Western Canada. Standard samples and standard prints previously adopted for other grades and grains will continue to be used. CHANGES TO CWRS AND CPSR WHEAT VARIETY DESIGNATIONS After conducting a thorough evaluation the Canadian Grain Commission will designate 29 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring CWRS and Canada Prairie Spring Red CPSR wheat to another class as of Aug. 1 2017. In an evaluation of varieties against the revised quality parameters for the CWRS and CPSR classes the CGC determined these varieties do not meet the quality characteristics of their current designated class CWRS CPSR. In addition in 2016 the CGC will initiate a review for a period of up to two years of CWRS and CPSR varieties for which more quality data is needed before a decision about their class designation can be made. These varieties will remain in their designated classes unless the evaluation shows they do not meet the revised quality parameters. Notice will be given at least two years before any of these varieties are designated to another class. As of Feb. 26 2015 the check varieties for CWRS and CPSR were changed by the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat Rye and Triticale. Varieties slated for evaluation will be compared to these check varieties. An interim wheat class will be put in place for Faller Prosper and Elgin ND wheat varieties effective Aug. 1 2015. This will allow the CGC in consultation with value chain stakeholders to gather more data before making a decision on the permanence of the class. CDC VALOUR AND SCEPTRE VARIETIES CANCELLED The registration for the axseed variety CDC Valour is cancelled effective Aug. 1. CDC Valour will be removed from the variety designation list and will only be eligible for the grade Flaxseed 3 Canada Western. The variety registration for the amber durum variety Plenty is also cancelled effective Aug. 1. Variety registration for the amber durum Sceptre was cancelled Oct. 24 2014. Both varieties are removed from the variety designation list and will only be eligible for delivery into the grade No. 5 Canada Western Amber Durum. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RATIFIES UPOV 91 The Government of Canada ofcially ratied the 1991 Act of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants UPOV 91. UPOV provides and promotes an effective system of plant variety protection with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants for the benet of society. Canada already one of the 72 UPOV members is the 53rd member to become bound by the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention. The 1991 Act entered into force for Canada July 19. REGULATORY ROUNDUP Keeping you informed of legislative and regulatory changes at the provincial national and international levels from lawsuits to approvals to other regulatory issues affecting your business. 34 STATUSChina THROUGH ITS website the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture issued a statement saying that all certified genetically modified foods that are sold on the Chinese market are safe. China has established a safety supervision system that covers the complete chain of GM products including research production and trading according to the ministry. The ministry will work with other departments to improve legislation of GM products and testing of technologies to ensure their safety the ministry said in a reply to a March proposal by 10 members of Chinas top political advisory body on the improved safety management of GM foods. The reply posted on the ministrys website said that China and other countries have done much research on the safety of GM foods that proved certified GM foods are as safe as traditional foods. Internationally there is a conclusion on the safety of GM foods that is that all GM foods that have passed safety evaluation and been certified are safe reported the ministry. The reply added The conclusion by the World Health Organization is that no health damage has been seen in any people worldwide who have consumed GM foods that have been approved by authorities. Producers for the Chinese market are obliged to label any product that contains elements of GM soybeans rapeseed corn cotton or tomato the five major types of GM products in China according to a regulation issued by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2002. The Chinese food and drug authorities will improve super- vision of labeling of GM foods and those GM food producers who fail to label their products will be punished according to the online statement. Source Ministry of Agriculture of the Peoples Republic of China. STATUSEgypt THE SIXTH International Arab Workshop on Biotechnology hosted by the Arab Scientific Research Councils in partnership with the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology was held Aug. 24-25 at the National Research Center. More than 200 participants attended the event including scientists from Sudan Tunisia and Jordan. Among the topics presented was a look at how traditional biotechnology differs from that of modern biotech in Egypt. Naglaa Abdallah director of Egypt Biotechnology Information Center gave a presentation on the challenges and opportunities of genome editing for crop improvement comparing this new technique with mutagenesis and genetic modification. Abdallah says that although genome-editing technologies promise to be more efficient and precise in editing genes it is at an early stage and could not replace GM crops completely. GM crops might have some disadvantages such as regulatory delays cost and time to launch but until now it is the technique of choice. Many of these techniques could cause variation in the genotype that is indistinguishable from the natural means or conventional mutagenesis and therefore they do not fit the definitions of GMO used within most regulatory regimes she explains. Regulation will focus on the process used rather than the nature of the novel phenotype developed. Founded in 2003 EBICs mis- sion is to build a solid public awareness program grounded on transparency scientifically- based information and free dialogue with North Africas Arab-speaking countries. Source International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. STATUSEUROPE AT THE UNIVERSAL Expo in Milan the Agri-Food Chain Coalition AFCC representing 11 industry associations presented Food for Thought A Vision for Unlocking the Potential of Agriculture and Food Industries in the EU to Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. The joint declaration was designed to showcase the importance of science and innovation in the European Unions agri-food sector. Governments and researchers seek to increase food security around the world from creating policies that are conducive to scientific research to training plant breeders. Access to technology is vital as you can see from the status updates. SEPTEMBER 2015 35 Innovation is the key to sustainable food security through innovation we can improve resource-efficiency adapt to climate change improve food safety diversity and quality while maintaining the competitiveness of the agri-food sector and creating more and better jobs in rural areas Hogan said. Speaking on behalf of the AFCC Alexander Dring chair of the AFCC and secretary general of the European Feed Manufacturers Federation said AFCC members insist on the need to reshape the EU policy framework by removing bottlenecks and providing new incentives to favour the development of a comprehensive innovation toolbox allowing EU agri- food chain partners to become more productive in a sustainable way. Members of the AFCC called on the commissioner to con- sider the recommendations outlined in the joint declaration to help ensure that Europes agri-food chain can continue to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers grow sustainably innovate and cre- ate jobs. Source European Seed Association. STATUSGhana THE UNIVERSITY of Ghanas West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement WACCI organized a two-day workshop for the five World Bank Africa Centres of Excellence ACEs in agriculture. The workshop themed The March Toward Food Security in Africa brought together 52 scientists researchers and professionals from West and Central Africa. The goal was to facilitate the information exchange between ACEs and WACCI a partnership between the University of Ghana and Cornell University that was established with funding from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. Through the partnership the University of Ghana trains plant breeders in Africa working on the improvement of African crops. Since its inception WACCI has enrolled 82 doctoral students from West East and Central African countries and graduated 28 highly-qualified and competent plant breeders says Eric Yirenkyi Danquah professor and director of WACCI. Currently WACCI has students enrolled from Ghana Burkina Faso Cameroon Niger Nigeria Mali Senegal Sierra Leone Togo South Sudan Kenya and Uganda. According to Yirenkyi Danquah graduates have demonstrated the value of quality plant breed- ing education in the region. He says the success stories of the centre have made the WACCI doctorate program a model for sub-Sahara Africa and beyond. A network of well-trained com- mitted and hardworking plant breeders would fast-track at- tainment of food security in the sub-region he says. Source Ghana News Agency. STATUSIndia THE INDIAN Council of Agricultural Research ICAR wants to conduct trials of genetically modified crops but activist groups pressure the government not to. ICARs strategic plan known as Vision 2050 outlines that research into GMOs is one of nine areas that must be harnessed for the country to enhance productivity improve nutrient availability and increase farm income. According to ICAR Genetic enhancement is considered to be a major option to bridge the demand and supply gap under normal situations as well as under projected scenarios of increased frequency and intensity of stresses. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a document July 25 that recognizes that GMOs do not provide a miracle solution to all problems however he noted that scientific research in this area backed by proper field trials would help in dealing with safety and ethical aspects of genetically engineered crops. While Indias central regulator the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee GEAC has approved field trials of transgenic rice wheat maize sorghum cotton brinjal mustard potato sugarcane and chickpea its up to the individual states to give approval to seed companies to conduct those trials. As part of its structure the GEAC made it mandatory for seed companies and research institutions to first get ap- proval from the state where they want to conduct field tri- als. As a result trials of many transgenic varieties of food crops have been declined. Source The Times of India. 36 INDUSTRY NEWS Designed for seed professionals Industry News delivers people industry business and product news you need to know. Submissions are welcome. Email us at newsissuesink.com. INDUSTRY NEWS Genome Canada announced that four projects led by or involving researchers from the University of Saskatchewan would receive 33.6 million as part of its Genomics and Feeding the Future competition. Researchers are challenged to use the study of genes and their functions to address issues related to global food safety security and production. In the universitys College of Agriculture and Bioresources plant science professors Kirstin Bett and Albert Vandenberg will head a 7.9-million project designed to determine the genetics underlying the ability of lentils to grow in different environments around the world. They will also look to build a strategy to increase Canadian lentil production by three per cent which equates to a 550-million increase in export revenues for Canada. Looking at another major Canadian crop wheat will be Curtis Pozniak also a professor of plant sciences. He is co- leading an effort to develop tools to help plant breeders design wheat strains that are more productive and resistant to disease pests heat and drought. Pozniaks project received 8.5 million. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Canterra Seeds and the Alberta Wheat Commission are partnering to combine the strengths of producers along with the public and private sectors to create improved Canada Prairie Spring Red CPSR wheat varieties for farmers. With a total contribution of 3.4 million throughout ve years from AAFC Canterra Seeds and the Alberta Wheat Commission this publicprivateproducer partnership or 4-P will strengthen Harpinder Randhawas CPSR breeding program at the Lethbridge Research Centre. Through combined expertise this collaboration will streamline the development and commercialization of CPSR wheat at AAFC Lethbridge Research Centre benetting Alberta farmers and Western Canada. The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded 37.2 million over seven years by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund for research and technology that will transform crop breeding and provide solutions to national and global food security. To achieve this agricultural and nutritional scientists from the university will collaborate with computer scientists engineers and imaging technologists to use powerful computational informatics the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and other imaging facilities to create digital representations of plant phenotypes agricultural traits. Data analytics experts will then link these phenotypes to specic genes DNA sequences specifying important crop traits. The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has been awarded rst-time research funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation CFI to provide growers with resources to produce high-quality and competitive crops. Through a valued collaborative partnership with the University of Toronto Vineland will investigate techniques to promote plant health through the suppression of pathogens or by enhancing plant immune response to support eld and greenhouse crops. Vinelands goal is to enhance Canadian growers commercial success through results-oriented innovation. It is an independent not-for-prot organization funded in part by Growing Forward 2. New data from the Government of Canadas Pest Management Regulatory Agency shows an 80 per cent in-season bee mortality decrease for the 2015 corn and soybean planting season compared to 2013. The 2014 season saw a 70 per cent decline in bee mortality suggesting the federal governments leadership on neonicotinoids through improved best practices has been successful Grain Farmers of Ontario reports. GFO adds that Ontarios provincial apiarist in their 2014 report suggested measures taken by grain farmers contributed to the reduction in bee mortality. This year marks the launch of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association CAMA Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at the 2015 Best of CAMA award show in Winnipeg Man. Nov. 5. The CAMA Lifetime Achievement Award will be judged based on accomplishments innovative ability leadership marketing emphasis perseverance and dedication and commitment to agriculture. Recipients of the CAMA Lifetime Achievement Award will have worked in the agriculture industry for at least 20 years and will have been associated with CAMA for 15 years or more. For questions or to nominate a deserving individual contact Mary Thornley at infocama.org. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 17 2015. The federal government will invest 358175 in Soy Canada to help identify new and emerging international markets and demand for Canadian soybean products. This investment will enable Soy Canada to implement a market development strategy attend international trade shows and lead missions to increase awareness of Canadian soybeans concentrating efforts on expanding key markets in China the United States Korea Japan and Europe. Saskatchewans Canterra Seeds and France-based Limagrain through its listed company Vilmorin Et Cie S.A. established a new cereal breeding and development partnership Limagrain Cereals Research Canada which will be located in Saskatoon Sask. Limagrain Cereals will bring signicant added value to western Canadian agriculture by developing new varieties of cereals with a specic focus on wheat using the most advanced technologies available according to the companies. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced the governments of Canada and Manitoba will invest more than 2 million over three years SEPTEMBER 2015 37 to support 24 research and development projects in Manitobas agriculture and agri-food sector. Research and development continue to be key to driving innovation in Canadas agriculture and agri-food industry Ritz says. Investments in new research such as these will help create further economic opportunities for our producers and processors. The funded projects cover a range of agricultural issues including animal and human health on-farm production technologies and value-added industries. BUSINESS NEWS Cargill completed its new seed innovation centre in Fort Collins Colo. The facility will be the centre of Cargills specialty canola hybrid development. The building is stacked with sustainable features such as energy-efcient LED lighting a recycling centre and water-saving xtures. Cargill invested 10 million to build the new research and development facility where the company will select the next generation of Victory seed varieties. Victory canola hybrids have been available in Canada during the past decade and are grown and harvested in Canada and the United States before being crushed and rened to become Clear Valley high oleic canola oils. DuPont Pioneer and Ontarios Hill Hill Farms Limited a retailer of agricultural seed and a division of Varna Grain Ltd. have entered into a condential settlement regarding a lawsuit for unlawful selling activity. As part of the settlement Hill Hill acknowledged that it engaged in unlawfully selling DuPont Pioneers protected wheat variety under the Canadian Plant Breeders Rights Act. Legend Seeds an independent seed company in the American Midwest and Sevita International a conventional and food- grade soybean supplier processor and exporter have partnered to expand their respective seed offerings in the United States and Eastern Canada. Under the agreement Sevita International will distribute and market Legend Seeds branded corn hybrids with a full array of trait technologies through its PROSeeds business in the provinces of Ontario Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Legend Seeds will bring Sevita International conventional- and food-grade soybean varieties to its trade area in the United States where they will be branded Legend Seeds. In addition Legend Seeds Canada will distribute PROSeeds Genuity soybeans in Western Canada. While Monsanto Company continues to believe a merger with Syngenta would create tremendous value for the share owners of both companies and farmers it has dropped its bid to take over its Swiss rival. Syngenta says Monsantos enhanced proposal did not meet Syngentas nancial expectations. Without a basis for constructive engagement from Syngenta Monsanto announced it will not pursue the matter. Monsanto conrmed it communicated a revised proposal on Aug. 18 to Syngenta to combine the two companies. The enhanced proposal subject to due diligence and other customary conditions included a number of elements. In a statement from Syngenta the company says the revised proposal from Monsanto signicantly undervalued Syngenta and was fraught with execution risk. Maizex Seeds an independent family-owned seed corn and soybean company in Ontario celebrates 30 years. Maizex Seeds initially produced commercial seed corn for export to the U.S. market as well as specialty corns for domestic food processors. In 1997 it began commercial sale of the seed corn it produced under its own Maizex brand. Today the company markets corn through its distribution network which has a presence throughout all of Canadas corn growing regions. BrettYoung approves the largest single investment in company history. The investment plan will signicantly expand seed storage cleaning blending and bagging capacity at its Winnipeg Man. facility and improve blending and bagging throughput at the companys Calmar Alta. location. Design work construction planning and permitting are underway and the new capacity is anticipated to come online in several phases during the next 12 months. Inocucor Technologies an agriculture biotech company opens its new 10000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 7220 Frederick-Banting in Technoparc Montreal Que. Its new facility was designed to be compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practices cGMPs for the food industry. It serves as the companys headquarters research and development and pilot production laboratories for its next-generation bio-stimulation products for production agriculture which have attracted collaborators from both the private and academic sectors in Canada and the United States. Arcadia Biosciences and Canadas Phytola a leader in oilseed crop research collaborate to develop soybean varieties with increased oil content. The research and development project recently received funding from Genome Canada. Based on research by Randall Weselake scientic director of Phytola the project will use genome analysis to isolate soybean seed traits that enhance oil production without negatively affecting protein levels. Arcadia intends to validate the best targets using its proprietary TILLING platform and genetics resources and if successful targets are identied would lead commercialization efforts in North and South America through Verdeca its joint venture with Bioceres S.A. DuPont Pioneer opens a new research facility in Lethbridge Alta. that will provide growers with additional higher-value crop choices and fuel growth of the Western Canada agricultural landscape. This facility is part of a ve-year 35-million investment in research and development for Western Canada. The Lethbridge research facility will further Pioneers work to 38 develop ultra-early maturity corn hybrids canola hybrids and soybean varieties for the area. The federal government and the provincial government of Manitoba are investing in new equipment to support the growth of the hemp seed processing industry. Combined the governments will provide nearly 390000 to Hemp Oil Canada Inc. to purchase and install a new optical sorter and packaging system at its new processing facility in Sainte-Agathe-des- Monts Que. The equipment will modernize the packing line improve food safety and ensure the company can remain competitive in the international hemp seed market. Pride Seeds and Canterra Seeds announce a distribution agreement that brings the Pride Seeds portfolio of hybrid seed corn and soybean seed to Canterra Seeds dealers in Manitoba Saskatchewan and Alberta. Pride Seeds is part of AgReliant Genetics one of the top ve agricultural research programs in North America. PRODUCT NEWS Dow AgroSciences launched a new seed brand in the Canadian marketplace Dow Seeds which includes the best of Hyland Seeds and Mycogen Seeds a deeper portfolio and renewed focus on customer success. To ensure all our customers have access to our best genetics in this period of rapid advancement in traits and technology we are introducing one new seed brand combining all the resources of Dow AgroSciences into a single focused effort says Brad Orr president of Dow AgroSciences Canada. Dows investment in innovation will continue with the introduction of the Enlist Weed Control System PowerCore above- ground insect control for corn and a 14000-square-foot expansion of the research facility in St. Marys Ont. Syngenta Canada launched Clariva pn seed treatment a new biological seed treatment that helps in the management of soybean cyst nematode. Clariva pn contains the Pasteuria nishizawae bacteria as its active ingredient says Nathan Klages seed care and inoculants product lead with Syngenta Canada. When Clariva pn treated seed is planted the P. nishizawae spores are released into the soil and establish a protective zone around the young soybean plants roots. Syngenta Canada adds SY4166 to its growing canola seed portfolio. According to the company SY4166 is a new broadly adapted Genuity Roundup Ready hybrid canola variety suited for the mid-to-long season growing zones in Western Canada. The variety includes an agronomic package including multi-genic blackleg resistance. SY4166 also has excellent standability which delivers time savings at swathing and harvest. In a series of 2014 small plot trials SY4166 reached full maturity on average 1.5 days later than SY4135 and one to 1.5 days earlier than SY4157. DuPont Pioneer announces the launch of six new corn hybrids including three ultra-early maturity corn hybrids and one new soybean variety for Western Canada. DuPont Pioneer has the most extensive corn and soybean breeding program in Western Canada and the early maturity agronomic performance and yield potential of these seed products are game-changers for corn and soybean production in Western Canada says Greg Stokke DuPont Pioneer business director Western Canada. PEOPLE NEWS Yuksel a seed company headquartered in Turkey increases its presence in the Canadian market. Recently greenhouse grower and consultant Tyler Clark was hired to develop the Canadian market for the vegetable seed company. An industry veteran Clark started as an assistant grower at Mastronardi Produce and was later responsible for managing 30 acres of tomatoes on the vine at Nature Fresh Farms. With more than 700 tomato and 300 pepper varieties grown to date he has gained product knowledge and understanding. Clark later served as biological systems specialist at Koppert Canada. Scott Horner of HyTech Production Ltd. in Lethbridge Alta. was elected as the Canadian Seed Trade Associations 64th president. Horner accepted the presidents gavel during the associations 92nd Annual Meeting which took place July 12-14 in Windsor Ont. A familiar face to members and stakeholders alike Horner is well known for his active contributions to the association. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and represents CSTA on the Board of Directors of the Seed Association of the Americas. He has been chairman of both the International Committee and the Hybrid Canola Seed Production Sub-Committee. Joe Olesko has been named the regional account manager in Western Canada for Verdesian Life Sciences which is based in North Carolina. Oleskos role begins the initiative to increase Verdesians offerings in Canada due to the potential growth opportunity in the market. Trevor Thiessen joined the BrettYoung Seeds Limited Board of Directors Aug. 20. Thiessen brings extensive sales marketing operations and leadership experience to the BrettYoung board having spent 20-plus years in leadership positions in Limagrain Canada Seeds Philom Bios Novozymes BioAg and most recently in his capacity as co-owner and president of Redekop Manufacturing. Thiessen lls the seat recently vacated by Clayton Manness who retired from the board in June. Monsanto Canada appointed Michiel de Jongh to the position of president and general manager of its Canadian business operations effective June 1. De Jongh is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Monsanto Canada as well as management of Canadian business operations to ensure SEPTEMBER 2015 39 FULLY ACCREDITED SEED LAB NO. 1215 EMPLOYEE OWNED OPERATED CALL US TODAY 1-866-980-8324 infoseedcheck.net WWW.SEEDCHECK.NET Have Faith in Our Seed Technologists. PreparetoExpectWonders. marketing and sales plans deliver continued growth to Monsanto Canadas seeds traits and chemistry businesses. In addition to his responsibilities in Canada he serves on Monsantos global commercial leadership team and its management advisory council. De Jongh replaces Mike McGuire who retired from Monsanto Canada in January of this year. Winnipegs Canterra Seeds welcomed Bruce McTavish as director of sales. An industry veteran McTavish has nearly 30 years of experience working for companies such as American Cyanamid Wyeth BASF and Viterra. Most recently McTavish was vice-president of sales and marketing at Pacic Coast Canola where he led the development launch and marketing on the rst non-GMO canola oil program in North America. Arysta LifeScience North America adds Mike Hilhorst to its Canadian sales team. Hilhorst joins the company as a technical sales manager for the north central Alberta region. In this role Hilhorst will work side-by-side with Arysta LifeScience territory managers to provide additional agronomic support to the territory while helping to further establish relationships with farm customers and consultants. Hilhorst has more than 15 years of sales and agronomic experience. He previously worked with Dow AgroSciences Farmers Edge and Andrukow Group Solutions as well as Arysta LifeScience. The Canadian Fertilizer Institute Board of Directors appointed Garth Whyte as president and chief executive ofcer. Whyte brings decades of industry association advocacy and government experience most recently as president and CEO of Restaurants Canada. Previously Whyte was executive vice- president at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business where he held several other positions in his 23-year career. The Canadian Seed Trade Association appointed Crosby Devitt as its new executive director. Devitt joined CSTA July 27 from Grain Farmers of Ontario where he served as vice-president of strategic development. In this role he was responsible for leading and managing the communications research and market development departments of the organization. He was also instrumental in forming the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance. Ontarios CM Seeds appoints Ellen Sparry as general manager. According to the company the appointment of Sparry continues to direct CM Seeds toward its primary focus of providing industry-leading and innovative cereal genetics to Eastern Canada. Sparry has 30 years of experience in the agricultural industry and previously was assistant breeder with King Agro. She sits on the board of the Canadian Seed Trade Association and International Seed Federation and is actively involved in the Ontario Cereal Crop Committee coordinating the provincial cereal trials. Glyn Chancey has been chosen as the new executive director for the Canadian Seed Growers Association. He will start Oct. 5 2015 and will work with the current executive director Dale Adolphe during a transition period leading up to Adolphes retirement later in the year. Chancey brings to CSGA a wealth of experience in various government positions. During the past 30 years he has held executive positions with a number of Government of Canada departments and agencies including the Market and Industry Services Branch of Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada the Plant Health and Biosecurity Directorate of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency the Red Tape Reduction Commission Secretariat at the Treasury Board Secretariat and most recently the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council Secretariat at the Privy Council Ofce. 40 When a producer buys a new piece of equip- ment the salesperson or member of the support team performs a ride-along. The producer operates the machine while the salesperson points out the machines various features. A large part of this customer visit is to review the actions the machine cannot or should not do. These dont do actions may have been done by older machines or have been common practice. These ride-alongs are done out of respect for the customer and serve as a way to avoid future problems with poorer than accepted performance or even legal problems resulting from inappropriate use. Are you performing ride-alongs with your seed customers Do they know the rule changes that affect new varieties UPOV 91 Increases Responsibility Under the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants UPOV 91 there are 31 improved crop varieties that have been granted protection in Canada. Compiling the rights that are part of Plant Breeders Rights PBR is now the responsibility of the whole value chain. All the players in value chain seed sellers seed processors and grain handlers are taking steps to reinforce legitimate use. If a producer has made a legitimate purchase of certified seed they are not impacted however the sale processing or delivery to market of brown-bag seed is an infringement. Producers will be asked to sign invoices work orders and declarations to confirm they have made a legitimate certified seed purchase. Failure to sign or a false declaration will result in seed sellers seed processors and grain buyers refusing to complete transactions. To help the Canadian Seed Trade Association has developed three tools to assist seed companies certification marks a website and a database. CSTA has established a certification mark for both types of PBR protection 78 and 91. The PBR certification marks should be used with specific varieties. The website www.PBRfacts.ca is the source of information on Canadas PBR rules. It includes specific fact sheets that provide clear information for each Respect Your Customer Review the Rules member of the value chain. Here producers retailers seed processors and grain buyers can review information specific to their responsibilities. Additionally Crop Varieties Registered in Canada and Plant Breeders Rights Status is a new database launched by CSTA that allows producers to access current information on the registration and PBR status of crop varieties in Canada. Quality Controls Exist While producers may have increased access to improved varieties its important to remember that market acceptance still applies. Changes to the grain marketing system have generated increased interest in wheat varieties from other countries. Producers should be made aware that the wheat value chain supports varieties with tested and designated quality parameters. Importing grain of unregistered varieties and using that grain for planting is still regulated. The foundation of Canadas wheat quality system relies on testing varieties in Canada for proper designation based on quality factors. Customers buy Canadian-produced wheat by class and grade. In Canada wheat classes are designated by varieties grown under Canadian conditions. Producers who import unregistered varieties should be aware that when planting that grain the harvested grain cannot be sold into the Canadian grain system. The crop will be refused at delivery. If unregistered wheat contaminates a shipment the financial penalties to the producers who made that delivery could be severe. The Canadian Grain Commission publishes variety designation lists every August which are available online at www.grainscanada.gc.ca. Seed companies and seed retailers provide an abundance of performance data on seed varieties. This data encourages producers to make informed choices about the best varieties for their farm. The industry has developed several valuable tools to inform producers of the rules. Respect your customers ride along with them and review the rules. 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