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PublicationsMailAgreement40030841 germination.ca JULY 2015 POLICIES and POLLINATORS WhatDoesIncorporation ByReferenceReallyMean Experts Review the Registration Overhaul INTERNATIONAL ISSUES HIT HOME Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award winner Francis Glenn nds success in a niche market. AGAINSTthe GRAIN For generations the Wiebe family has been producing high quality certified seed of SeCan genetics on our farm near Altona Manitoba. 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. JULY 2015 1 features CONTENTS JULY 2015 departments A shift in virulence of SCN means growers require additional management tools. Strategy Session 20 Times are changing and we have to change with the times. Giant Views 56 CSTA 38 CSGA 40 CSAAC 42 Regulatory Roundup 44 Cross Pollination 46 World Status 48 Industry News 50 04 AgainsttheGrain Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award winner Francis Glenn nds success in a niche market. 08 TreatyHelpstoFeed theWorld Industry looks to improve the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agricultures AccessandBenet-sharingMechanism. 10 PolicyPacksaSting The new restrictions on neonicotinoid-treated seeds increases costs and creates a lot of unnecessary red tape. 12 RecognizingExcellence CSGA honours nine individuals for their service to the industry and the association. 14 IntheFastLane Incorporation by Reference a part of the framework of Bill C-18 is expected to speed up regulatory change. 18 Committedtothe GreaterGood The Canadian Seed Trade Association recognizes two individuals for their commitment to the industry and the association. 30 SmootherSeasAhead What does the new variety registration process mean for the future of the industry 34 MovingSeedAcross BordersIsNoEasyTask Doing business internationally is a big challenge but the international seed industry is working to overcome the obstacles. on the cover Known for his leafy and oury corn Francis Glenn is the 2015 Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award recipient. 08 14 2 July 2015 - Vol.19 No.3 The magazine of the Canadian seed industry PUBLISHED BY Issues Ink 6327435 Canada Ltd. 403-313 Pacific Avenue Winnipeg MB R3A 0M2 Phone 204 453-1965 Fax 204 475-5247 email issuesissuesink.com Germination.ca PUBLISHER Shawn Brook sbrookissuesink.com EDITOR Julie Deering jdeeringissuesink.com EDITORIAL Mark Halsall mhalsallissuesink.com Lindsay Hoffman lhoffmanissuesink.com Shannon Schindle sschindleissuesink.com Marc Zienkiewicz mzienkiewiczissuesink.com MARKETING Craig Armstrong carmstrongissuesink.com Brenda Ezinicki bezinickiissuesink.com Sam Mostafa smostafaissuesink.com Hiten Shah hshahissuesink.com CREATIVE Theresa Kurjewicz Lesley Nakonechny DIGITAL Nick Buhr Kyle Dratowany Jill Hollosi Caleb MacDonald Ashley-Lynne Schmidt Lynne Roy CIRCULATION Dean French dfrenchissuesink.com Shawna Shimnowski sschimnowskiissuesink.com CONTRIBUTORS John Dietz Julie McNabb EDITORIAL BOARD Dave Akister Holly Gelech Shaun Haney Todd Hyra Doug Knight Lee Markert Ryan Murray Tim Welbanks SUBSCRIPTIONS Canada 47.25year including GST Foreign 95year Germination makesnoexpressedorimpliedwarrantiesofmerchantabilityor fitnessforaparticularpurposeorotherwiseconcerningtheuseofanyproductand assumesnoliabilityforanyinjuryordamagedirectorconsequentialincurredfrom theuseofsuchproductsorservicestherein.FederalProvincialandMunicipallaws andregulationssupersedetheinformationcontainedherein. 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Celebrating Fifty years of Innovative Storage Solutions with Meridian SmoothWall bins. Meridians SmoothWall and Hopper Design revolutionized on farm storage of feed grain seed and fertilizer. Celebrating over Sixty-Five years of Innovative Handling solutions with Meridian Augers. Meridians continuous flighting system and commitment to quality set a standard of excellence unmatched in the industry. World Class Quality. Locally Made Relationships. www.meridianmfg.com 2015 Meridian Manufacturing Inc. Registered Trademarks used under license. Watch Our Videos Online www.meridianmfg.comvideos Find your nearest dealer at www.meridianmfg.comdealerlocator ASa kid growing up on a dairy farm in eastern Ontario Francis Glenn knew he wanted to leave a legacy in agriculture. What he probably didnt realize back then was how big an impression he would have not only in Canadian ag circles but around the world. Today Glenn is recognized as a true visionary in breeding hybrid corn. The 68-year-old developed the worlds first leafy corn varieties three decades ago and has numerous other breakthroughs in breeding corn varieties for silage under his belt. Inspired to pursue corn research work during his under- graduate studies in the late 1960s Glenn graduated with a doctorate in corn breeding from the University of Guelph in 1974. He then joined Warwick Seed as a corn-breeding assistant and became the director of corn research when Warwick was purchased by Montreal-based Pfizer in 1976. Four years after that Glenn stepped out on his own and founded Glenn Seed Ltd. near Blenheim Ont. where he continues to breed foundation seed for hybrid corn produc- tion. During the course of 35 years Glenn worked to build a stellar reputation in the seed genetics trade. Glenns earliest breakthrough was the development of an extra leafy corn a gene that produced taller plants with more leaves resulting in an exceptional silage variety. Glenn whose approach was a departure from the conven- tional concept of producing corn for grain started breeding with this leafy gene in the mid-1980s. He saw a niche that needed to be filled as well as an excellent market opportunity. Nobody was developing a product for silage at that time so I decided to specialize in it Glenn says. The extra leafy corn developed produced more tonnage of silage and contained a softer starch that was more readily digested by dairy cows enhancing its feed value. Success in a Niche Market With the leafy product we offered a corn silage variety that had been selected for and met the requirements of silage producers much better than any grain corn would says Glenn who followed this up with floury leafy varie- ties that have enhanced levels of readily digestible starch. Compared to dual purpose corn Glenns leafy silage corn has more leaves above the ear and the ear is actually posi- tioned lower on the stalk. Glenn explains that the below portion of the stalk must be heavily lignified to support the weight of the ear so lowering the ear increases the digest- ibility of the fiber content of the plant. Glenn collaborates closely with rumen nutrition experts to better understand how corn breeding can improve feed utilization by dairy cows. For example the smaller size of the processed kernel pieces and lower density of the floury Going the Grain Recognized internationally as a true innovator in breeding new varieties of corn Francis Glenn is this years winner of the Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award. Against 4 PhotoGlennSeed. Ontario corn breeder Francis Glenn makes observations in a yield trial. JULY 2015 5 kernels in his leafy floury varieties enable the corn to stay in the rumen longer and be digested into more microbial protein. Almost all of the rest of corn breeding being done is for grain as the end product Glenn says. The grain trade is all about having kernels that can travel long distances with multiple handlings and arrive intact without any breakage. Thats a product that is really quite indigestible for animals. Our goal is to make a starch thats more digestible in the rumen of cows because thats what makes milk. Weve worked hard to determine what silage producers need for the greatest profitability. Glenns leafy corn lines both regular and floury confer numerous benefits to growers including drought tolerance disease resistance and a longer window of opportunity for harvesting. They also produce high overall yields with high grain content compared to dual-purpose hybrids developed for grain purposes and also sold for silage. Glenn Seed which Glenn operates with the help of four family members and two full-time employees develops inbred lines that hybrid companies propagate. It oper- ates one of only two designated silage programs in North America and is the only one dedicated to improving the digestibility of both fiber and grain parts of the corn plant. The company boasts an impressive share of the silage market with Glenn Seed leafy hybrids now accounting for 20 per cent of the silage acres in North America. In addi- tion Glenns lines are the parents of hybrids sold in France Italy Hungary Serbia Turkey Chile and New Zealand. In a highly competitive market Glenn Seed continues to flourish. The company is working to develop varieties that improve digestibility even further as well as new parental lines for full floury hybrids that will be used for corn silage as well as for producing high moisture corn for livestock feed. Glenns breeding and business triumphs have been widely recognized from both within and outside the seed industry. In 2006 Glenn was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Blenheim Chamber of Commerce and he also was singled out by Germination magazine for a Genius Award in rec- ognition of his numerous corn breeding achievements. In 2008 he was inducted into Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame. This year hes been named the winner of Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award which is given annually by the Canadian Seed Trade Association and Germination. Award winners are recognized for their significant contri- butions to the advancement of Canadian plant agriculture through research in plant breeding and genetics. They have demonstrated excellence in world-class application of the science of plant breeding and genetics creativity and commitment to achieving technical success and they have made a significant contribution to the advancement of agricultural productivity in Canada andor abroad. Dr. Glenns nomination highlighted a very strong con- tribution to agriculture in Canada and throughout North America says Patty Townsend CEO of CSTA noting that his unique field of breeding corn varieties for silage cer- tainly meets the creativity criteria. His breeding program has essentially gone against the grain focusing on factors that improve digestibility of all parts of the corn plant. Dave Baute President of Maizex Seeds put Glenns name forward for the Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Breeding with a focus on end use the leafy and floury corn for silage is easier for cows to digest. PhotoGlennSeed. Dr. Glenns nomination highlighted a very strong contribution to agriculture in Canada and throughout North America. His breeding program has essentially gone against the grain focusing on factors that improve digestibility of all parts of the corn plant. Patty Townsend 6 Award. For 35 years Dr. Francis Glenn has pursued a unique approach to breeding high yielding silage-specific corn hybrids. It is the only corn program in North America devoted to the improvement of digestibility of both the fiber and grain parts of the corn plant Baute wrote in his nomination letter. The market acceptance for products from his distinctive breeding program is a testament to the value of his work. Also endorsing Glenn for the Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award Matt Anderson manager of DLF Pickseed Canada Inc. commended the breeder for continuing to deliver innovative new products. His work in developing leafy floury hybrids has led to a further increase in readily available digestible starch resulting in an overall increase in milk production Anderson reported. He also offers many of his new lines with leading edge herbicide-resistant and insect-protected traits. His ability to adapt and compete in the ever-changing corn technology market is remarkable. Competing as an Independent Glenn believes its his independence as a breeder that has allowed his company to successfully tap into the unique market of corn varieties for silage. I think I have had the opportunity to follow my breeding objectives better than breeders who work for large com- panies he says adding that most plant breeders starting out nowadays lack the necessary resources to go it alone in todays breeding environment characterized by market consolidation and costly genomic techniques. When I started my own in business in 1980 there was an opportunity to establish myself as an independent breeder Glenn says. Theres very little opportunity to do that today. In his spare time Glenn enjoys landscaping and gardening as well as collecting and restoring antique fire engines he was a volunteer firefighter at one time. However he still considers plant breeding his favourite hobby as well as his profession. 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The treaty has been making rapid progress in addressing these goals by integrating and further developing its opera- tional mechanisms its open initiatives and its governance function throughout the entire value chain derived from plant genetic resources says Matthew Worrell ITPGRFA chair of the Sixth Session of the Governing Body. There are 135 contracting parties to the treaty and 64 crops accounting for 80 per cent of all human consumption are exchanged under the treaty. With the treaty in place plant breeders farmers and scientists of contracting parties have access to the worlds genetic resources. Resource Boom According to data from CGIAR more than 8500 transfers are made every week adding up to 440000 accessions in Treaty Helps to Feed the World In Luzon Philippines farmers build terraces of rice a key crop exchanged under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Industry experts look to improve the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agricultures Access and Benefit-sharing Mechanism. one year from international research centers alone. Farmers donors scientists and genebank managers all contribute to the success of the treatys multilateral system a system whereby countries that have ratified the treaty agree to make their genetic diversity and related information about the crops stored in their gene banks available. Its important to realize that we are all dependent on each other for genetic resources for food and agriculture says Anke van den Hurk of Plantum. Theres not a single country that has all the genetic resources needed for food produc- tion originating in their own country. Rice is one of the key crops exchanged under the treaty. In the Philippines the International Rice Research Institute has collected more than 100000 varieties of rice. Its staff of plant breeders at the IRRI gene bank improve rice varieties to help farmers prepare for future challenges. On average IRRI sends out 200 samples a day using the treatys Standard Material Transfer Agreement. According the treaty the Standard Material Transfer Agreement is a mandatory model for contracting parties wishing to provide and receive material under the multi- lateral system. JULY 2015 9 Everyone recognizes that its very important to send rice from one country to another but there is a big difficult question of fairness says Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton head of IRRIs Genetic Resources Center. It needs to be used but it needs to not be misused. The treaty in general and the Standard Material Transfer Agreement give us the confidence that we are not sending rice like that and the benefits will be shared fairly. Benets Not Realized Under the current system van den Hurk says that benefit- sharing can be monetary and non-monetary however non- monetary sharing is not always felt as sufficient particularly by developing countries. In principle when accessing genetic resources from another country the accessing party must abide by the Standard Material Transfer Agreement which has minimal upfront fees she says. Under the agreement if the devel- oped variety is not free for research and breeding then the accessor is obligated to pay 1.1 per cent of gross sales minus 30 per cent. If the variety is available for research and breeding accessors are asked to voluntarily contribute the same amount. To date van den Hurk says this has been done on a very limited scale. She says that theres also an alternative form of benefit-sharing for individuals or companies where they can pay .5 per cent of gross sales for a complete crop. No parties have chosen this option as its relatively expensive. As such in 2013 an Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing was formed to develop a range of measures for consideration and decision by the Sixth Session of the Governing Body which will be held Oct. 5-9 in Rome Italy. Plantums van den Hurk chair of the International Seed Federations Sustainable Agriculture Committee which works under the Breeders Committee and Tom Nickson of Monsanto committee co-chair represent the interests of the ISF on the ad hoc working group. Through the work of van den Hurk Nickson and other committee members a first discussion paper was devel- oped approved by the Breeders Committee and presented to the ad hoc working group in December. A more elabo- rate document was approved in March and sent to the working group for discussion in June. The system as it is now is not appreciated for different rea- sons and thats why there is a working group thats trying to improve the multilateral system van den Hurk says. One of the rules of the treaty is that if you are contracting party you should make your genetic resources of those 64 crops available in the multilateral system. In practice a lot of countries have not made those resources available. On the other hand some countries indicate that they will not make their genetic resources available as there is no benefit sharing coming through the Benefit-sharing Fund. It might be true that theres not a lot of direct benefit sharing but there is a lot of non-monetary sharing through developed varieties the breeding exemption and all sorts of support to maintain and improve genebank collections worldwide she says. It should be recognized that the breeding exemption is a big benefit on its own. As part of the discussion paper ISF proposes a multi- optional approach to enhance benefit sharing. One element of the approach is a subscription model that would be based on the crop accessed over multiple years. To encourage researchers and breeders to subscribe the recommended payment would be much lower than the current percentage. If accepted by the governing body different rates would apply for different crops taking into account a crops commercial value. In the discussion paper ISF also recommends a minimum incorporation threshold for consideration by the ad hoc working group. ISF proposes that if a product incorpo- rates at least 3.125 per cent of the plant genetic resources for food and agriculture from the multilateral system by pedigree five crosses andor incorporates a trait of value derived from the multilateral system then benefit-sharing obligations should be triggered. Trait of value is described as any trait that confers commer- cial value to a product including but not limited to agro- nomic traits traits conferring resistance to biotic or abiotic stresses traits that enhance the nutritional or processing value of harvested commodities and any other traits used to describe a product for the purpose of promoting its commercialization. ISF believes that the benefit-sharing obligations linked to per cent incorporation based on pedigree could be a gradu- ated scale where the payment is greater for a higher per cent incorporation on a sliding scale to no payment when per cent incorporation is less than 3.125 per cent. Other elements of the discussion paper include royalty payments upfront payments and termination clauses for a Standard Material Transfer Agreement. Van den Hurk hopes the ad hoc working group will come to some resolution as whatever comes from it will say a lot about the future outcome of the treaty. Its important that the seed business understand that there is a new concept of thinking internationally and that rules for access and benefit-sharing exist she says. The treaty approach for access and benefit-sharing is reasonable it might not be ideal but in principle it creates a level playing field for companies no matter the size. Julie Deering 10 DESPITEthe recently passed pollinator regu- lation in Ontario industry efforts are proving successful as shown by new numbers provided by Health Canadas Pest Management Regulatory Agency. On June 15 the Ontario government approved industry contested regulatory amendments which came into effect July 1 for neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed. The goal of these amendments is to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017. With more than 400 pollinator species in Ontario bees being the most common pollinator the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change hopes these new requirements help ensure treated seed is only used when there is evidence of a pest problem. The ministry believes that reducing neonicotinoid use in these two crops presents the greatest potential to reduce pollinator exposure to the neurotoxic insecticide. With the new requirements a new class of pesticides Class 12 has been created for corn and soybean seeds treated with imidacloprid thiamethoxam and clothianidin. Much of the food we eat and the vibrancy of Ontarios natural habitats depend on a healthy pollinator population says Glen Murray minister of the MOECC. Our government is taking necessary action to protect these vitally important species and the ecosystems they support. Additionally Ontario is establishing a new system for reg- ulating neonicotinoid-treated seeds. This system requires training on integrated pest management methods for farm- ers establishes methods that farmers can use to assess whether pest problems require the use of neonicotinoid- treated seeds sets out requirements for the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds and tracks the sale of neo- nicotinoid-treated seed. There are also new requirements for purchasing using and selling neonicotinoid-treated seed. The ministry reports that to sell neonicotinoid-treated seed seed companies will need to obtain a treated seed vendors licence which costs 200 and is valid for five years. Vendors will need to submit a List of Class 12 Pesticides Submission Form to the MOECC by July 31 every year starting in 2015 for Class 12 pesticides that they will have available for sale. Using this information the ministry will aggregate and publish a list on the Government of Ontarios website by Aug. 31 of each year. The submission form asks for the pesticides variety name concentration in milligrams per seed of imidacloprid clo- thianidin and thiamethoxam the name of the manufacturer of the pesticide the name and class of the pesticide that was used to treat the seed that makes it a Class 12 pesticide and the registration number assigned to the pesticide under the Pest Control Products Act. Other requirements for vendors include notifying purchas- ers that the seed is a neonicotinoid-treated seed ensuring untreated seeds are available for purchase and reporting the sale of neonicotinoid-treated and untreated seeds to the MOECC. Policy and PollinatorsThe new restrictions on neonicotinoid-treated seeds creates lots of buzz and red tape. JULY 2015 11 IndustryInnovator. www.maizex.com DR. FRANCIS GLENN Glenn Seeds Limited Congratulations Dr. Glenn on your achievements and contributions to the seed industry. Your vision and focus are an inspiration to us all. CONGRATULATIONS FRANCIS RECIPIENT OFTHE 2015CANADIAN PLANT BREEDINGANDGENETICSAWARD MAIZEX is a registered trademarkof MAIZEXSeeds Inc. The regulation also includes requirements for sales rep- resentatives custom seed treaters and direct-to-farm ven- dors. Sales representatives and direct-to-farm vendors must ensure purchasers provide the required documentation to purchase neonic-treated seed. Sales representatives and direct-to-farm vendors then provide this documentation to seed vendors. Sales and seed treatment data will be submit- ted annually to the MOECC and pest assessments are to be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs. Its important to note that from July 1 to Aug. 30 vendors will be able to sell Class 12 pesticides with no requirements or restrictions. However from Aug. 31 2015 to Aug. 30 2016 there will be two circumstances in which vendors can sell Class 12 pesticides. The first circumstance is if a farmer signs and gives vendors a completed Seed Amount Declaration Form confirming that he is not buying neonicotinoid-treated seed in an amount greater than what is required to plant 50 per cent of the total area in the agricultural operation where they intend to plant seeds of that commodity. The calculation should be done separately for each commodity. The second circumstance is that if a farmer wants to plant treated seed on more than 50 per cent of their total corn or soybean crop he must have a completed pest assessment report and provide that report to vendors. Unnecessary and Costly Regulations While these changes are designed to help protect the eco- system industry experts say they come with a costly price tag and are not based on the most recent data. Ontarios seed companies and farmers wont be the only ones impacted by the new restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides. Ontario citizens are already saddled with hun- dreds of billions of dollars of debt and a 10.5 billion- deficit says Ted Menzies president and CEO of CropLife Canada. Not only will the proposed restrictions on neonics hurt farmers and the environment conservative estimates show it will also cost Ontarians more than 660 million annually and do absolutely nothing to help bees. Menzies says that agriculture is the No. 2 contributor to the provinces gross domestic product. Reducing corn and soybean yields in Ontario which these regulations will do will have a direct impact on many other sectors of the economy transportation companies food manufacturers and exporters all of which will affect the GDP. The proposed regulations would come with about 26 mil- lion worth of red tape costs estimates RIAS a regulatory impact analysis firm. The costly measures required to comply with these regulations include applying for licenses pur- chase verification and tracking staff training and scouting fields using an unworkable process as well as the time and cost of the additional training and reporting for farmers. Neonicotinoids have been thoroughly assessed and approved by Health Canada. Its difficult to understand why the Ontario government would undermine farmers like this and put them at such a huge competitive disadvantage Menzies adds. Additionally the latest numbers from Health Canadas Pest Management Regulatory Agency show that the seed indus- trys action to protect bee health has had a positive impact. PMRA reports an 80 per cent reduction in bee incidents since 2013 showing that these efforts have been success- ful. Julie Deering WHEREON THE WEB For a complete list of the new requirements for seed vendors visit ontario.caenvironment-and-energyneonicotinoid-regulations- seed-vendors. 12 ATthe Canadian Seed Growers Association Annual General Meeting which was held in Montral Que. July 8-11 four individuals were recognized with the Robertson Associate Award and five members received the Honorary Life Award. Each year the Robertson Associate Award is given to recognize individ- uals who have fulfilled with utmost fidelity and success their obligation to CSGA. This years award recipients are Paul Adam Bernard Lepage Jean Ttreault and Rodrigue Tremblay. Paul Adam A second-generation seed grower from St-Flix-de-Valois Que. Adam wasnt afraid to try new things. He worked on agricultural issues for the Government of Quebec served as ter- ritory manager for a seed company farmed and grew seed. A leader in the industry Adam was the first in Canada to receive accreditation from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as an authorized seed conditioning establishment using a quality control manual. In 1994 he became a direc- tor on the board of the Syndicat des Producteurs de Semences Pedigree du Quebec SPSQ. Additionally Adam served on CSGAs board from 2000 to 2003 SPSQ president from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2012. Bernard Lepage A pioneer in oat processing Lepage of La Ferme Olofe in Quebec has been a seed grower and CSGA member since 1980. From 1985 to 1996 he served as president of Cultures Commerciales du Saguenay Lac-St-Jean where he was involved with the seed growers of Quebec. He also served as direc- tor of the regional UPA from 1973 to 1997. Through the years Lepage grew his farm from 180 acres to more than 2500 acres which are used to grow oats wheat and barley from pedigreed seed. Canola soya and flax are also an integral part of the rotation. Always looking for opportunities in the early 2000s Lepage built the first processing plant for oats for human consumption in Quebec. Today the business is well established and has 28 employees. Jean Ttreault A fourth-generation farmer Ttreault of St-Pie Que. got his start growing sugar beets corn and produce for can- ning. Upon the closing of the sugar refinery Ttreault began growing food quality wheat and soya seed with the aim of installing a screener to pro- cess his harvest. In 1990 Ttreault and a few partners founded Les Grains Semtech Inc. Through training and honing his seed growing skills he became a Select grower in 1992. He also trained to become a CFIA registered seed establishment grader and operator. Knowing that service is important Ttreault was appointed to the board of directors of the Association des Conditionneurs de Semences Pdigres du Qubec and served as president for 14 years. He has participated on a number of Recognizing Excellence CSGA honours seed growers who have contributed to the betterment of the association and all of Canadian agriculture. Paul Adam Bernard Lepage Jean Ttreault Rodrigue Tremblay CSGA committees and initiatives a few of which include organizing a trip to France for Quebecs seed industry launching a pilot program to retrieve and dispose of seed bags and address- ing concerns about neonicotinoids as it relates to seed processing. Rodrigue Tremblay After farming with his father Tremblay launched a pedigreed seed produc- tion business and grain conditioning center in 1981. As a Select seed grower he cultivates about 1400 acres. Known for cultivating experi- mental lots Tremblays farm has led to the introduction of new crops in the region namely peas wheat canola buckwheat and soya. He has served as a board member of the Fdration rgionale de lUPA du Saguenay- Lac-St-Jean regional president of the Syndicat de gestion agricole and presi- dent of the Corporation Moulin des Provinces La Dor. In 2002 La Ferme liro bought the Moulin A. Coutu in the Lanaudire region where artisan flour and flour mixes without gluten are prepared. When Tremblay took possession of the mill La Ferme liro changed its name to Moulin A. Coutu which rapidly carved out a place in the market for its cereals for human consumption and specialized seeds. JULY 2015 13 The Honorary Life Award is presented to members who by distinguished ser- vice to the association have contrib- uted to the betterment of Canadian agriculture. This years award recipi- ents include Ren Daoust Denis Pageau Randy Preater Sylvie Rioux and Anne Vanasse. Ren Daoust Hailing from Moose Creek Ont. Daoust joined CSGA in 1978 as the associations first bilingual staffer. For the next 35 years he worked to advance the association. He served on the Appeal Committee managed variety files appraised crop applica- tions and crop inspection reports and issued crop certificates. Additionally he was responsible for processing pro- bation applications approving Variety Certification Eligibility and preparing the Long Service Awards. Through his service and time spent with the asso- ciation Daoust developed close rela- tionships with the seed growers. Denis Pageau After earning his bachelors and mas- ters degrees from Laval University Pageau went to work for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a researcher in crop management at the Normandin Research Farm. In 198990 he took a sabbatical from AAFC to work in Africa. In Zaire now the Democratic Republic of the Congo he worked to implement small agricultural research stations. Back in Canada Pageau has worked on numerous aspects of grain and oilseed crops production. He was the first to assess ergot resistance in barley and wheat cultivars bringing to light that boron deficiency in the soil was responsible for the high infesta- tion rates of ergot. He was the first sci- entist to consider the development of canola in Quebec which resulted in its introduction in the early 90s. Hes also studied how management practices relate to grain toxicity and worked with breeders to identify cereal cul- tivars best adapted for Quebec. After 29 years of service to AAFC Pageau now works on the problem of insects and disease in canola crops specifi- cally clubroot. Randy Preater Preaters 40 years of work with seed certification began in 1973 with AAFCs Food Production Inspection Branch which later became CFIA. Then in 1996 CSGA hired Preater as program manager where he was responsible for providing technical support to CSGA operations staff while maintaining and nurturing working relations with growers government representatives and other agencies. Through the years Preater has helped Health Canadas Office of Controlled Substances develop regulations for industrial hemp by referencing requirements in the existing regu- latory framework for seed certification implementing ISO-audited HACCP-type quality management system requirements for breeder seed crop certification and sus- pension procedures for non-compliant plant breeders and developed a native plant certification program for Canada. Additionally he helped the Canadian Seed Institute and the Canadian Grain Commission develop an internation- ally recognized program for national branding and official recognition of identity preserved programs for food and industrial product exporters with variety-specific markets. Sylvie Rioux From Tingwick Que. Rioux earned her doctorate in phy- togenetics-phytopathology from Laval University and went to work for AAFC in 1992 before joining the Centre de Recherche sur les Grains CROM in 1998 as a researcher in grain pathology. At CROM she is responsible for the fusarium nursery where under artificial inoculation line- agescultivars of cereals are assessed to determine their sensitivity level. Riouxs work supported local and national researchers in developing more fusarium-tolerant cultivars. Information regarding the sensitivity level of the cultivars is also available in the Guide Rseau grandes cultures du Qubec. She also developed an artificial inoculation method to assess the sensitivity level of the soya lineagecultivars to sclerotinia stem rot. That method has become the bench- mark. Additionally Rioux participated in the assessment and validation of predictive models and the development of fusarium head blight in wheat and barley. Anne Vanasse A former professor of field crop management and agri- environment at Laval University Vanasse taught cereal and corn production as well as environmental management. She developed a research program on the control of field crops particularly bread-quality wheat spelt naked oats and canola. Vanasses research focused on the effects of rotations field tillage green fertilizers fertilizers and pes- ticides on yield and more. As a professor she trained 32 graduate students of which many are now researchers or professors. Her research led to 260 publications and she has been involved in writing numerous production guides. For the past three years she has been the scientific direc- tor of the Innovagrains Network comprised of 44 Quebec researchers involved in research and technology transfer in the grain sector. Julie Deering Ren Daoust Denis Pageau Sylvie Rioux Anne Vanasse Randy Preater 14 BILL C-18 which amends certain acts relating to agriculture and agri-food received Royal Assent earlier this year. The bill amends nine agricultural acts with perhaps the most important to the seed industry being bringing Canadas Plant Breeders Rights Act into compliance with the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties. However the inclusion of Incorporation by Reference in the bill also has the potential to impact seed industry regula- tion. Incorporation by Reference means that rather than including something in regulation in its entirety it is a standalone document to which regulation refers. Therefore the document is incorporated into regulation by reference. The objective of Bill C-18 is to move toward a more flex- ible timely regulatory system that fosters investment and innovation in agriculture says Patty Townsend CEO of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. Incorporation by Reference will allow for a more responsive system. It could speed up administrative changes and changes for which there is industry consensus by as much as two years. As the seed industry evolves at an increasing pace lead- ers have been advocating for a faster regulatory system for a number of years. We support the inclusion of Incorporation by Reference as it will better meet the needs of producers and the marketplace in terms of improved timeliness says Darcy Pawlik North America cereals seed lead for Syngenta. Variety Registration According to Townsend Incorporation by Reference would allow some things such as the list of crop kinds subject to variety registration to be held outside of regulation but to be referred to in regulation. When there is sufficient ration- ale and industry consensus change could be affected much more quickly. It is another step in the process to create a more flexible and timely regulatory system Townsend says. The list of crop kinds that are subject to variety registration Schedule III the list of crop kinds subject to certifica- tion Schedule II the Weed Seeds Order and the Grade Tables are all in the Seeds Regulations and any change is by regulatory change. When the government put in place the three-part variety registration system just over five years ago despite CSTAs requests to the contrary the decision was made that move- ment between parts of the system would be by regulatory change she explains. Since the system was implemented only forages and oilseed soybeans have moved between parts and that took over three years. Moving the list of crops subject to registration out of regulation and referring In the Fast Lane The recently passed Bill C18 includes Incorporation by Reference in its framework an element of the bill that the seed industry hopes will speed up regulatory change. 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Townsend says the government has already promised that the list will be moved. While the rationale for a move between the new Enhanced and Basic registration systems would still need to be provided and value chain support would still be required the administrative process involved with a regulatory change would not be required says Townsend. This process involves getting the attention of the regulatory divisions at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to make the change a priority for the regulatory process meet- ing Treasury Board and Cabinet deadlines posting in the Canada Gazette Part I and the mandatory comment periods once again getting the attention of regulatory divisions and lastly posting again in the Canada Gazette Part II. Change could be affected more quickly without the formal regulatory process Townsend says. Pawlik says the impact of Incorporation by Reference on variety registration will be positive for the industry. It will support more streamlined decision-making which will ultimately improve efficiency and time to market he says. It has been suggested that use of Incorporation by Reference will improve the speed of changes by up to 24 months which is significant in terms of life- cycle management and supporting industry competitiveness in a global context. This is a significant improvement over current require- ments which necessitate revision through seed regulations. Pawlik says that Syngenta anticipates Incorporation by Reference can streamline the current process for variety registration from three-plus years to approximately one year. Since inception only forages and oilseed soybeans have moved between parts having taken more than three years to accomplish he says. The move to Incorporation by Reference will streamline industrys ability to move crop kinds into their optimal position and support value chain competitiveness with other global producers and exporting nations. Streamlining Regulations Townsend says Incorporation by Reference could also help to prevent disconnects Darcy Pawlik North America cereals seed lead for Syngenta says Syngenta supports the inclusion of Incorporation by Reference as it will better meet the needs of producers and the marketplace in terms of improved timeliness. We know this farm like no one else. Joel Dykstra FCC Customer More of Canadas farm experts choose to do business with FCC Together well create the financing plan that works for you. We get to know you your farm and how you want to grow. If youre ready to get down to business talk to one of our farm business experts. fcc.caExpert2Expert 1-800-387-3232 JULY 2015 17 between regulations. The Weed Seeds Order which classi- fies weed seeds is currently out of synch with the regulated plant pest list she says. Work to bring the Weed Seeds Order up to date has been going on since 2005. While the science still needs to be done rationale consultations and so on the Order could be updated in a much more timely fashion ensuring that seed analysts and the seed sector has access to accurate and complete references. Consultation Still Key One question that has been raised in regards to Incorporation by Reference is whether removing the regu- latory change requirements would mean that changes will be made without rationale or consensus. The National Farmers Union is one group voicing concerns that proper consultation will not occur before regulations are changed. Incorporation by Reference allows regulations to be changed more quickly with less or no consultation says Ann Slater vice-president of policy for the National Farmers Union. Some suggest this is a benefit simply because gov- ernment can act more quickly to remove unnecessary regu- lation or bring in new regulations. However it leads to less opportunity for the public to give input on the benefits or challenges of any particular piece of regulation. This is something Townsend and CSTA are confident will not happen. Moving things out of regulation to establish Incorporation by Reference still needs to be a regulatory change Townsend says. Just setting up Incorporation by Reference would have to meet all of the regulatory change requirements. There will be plenty of opportunity to have input throughout that process. Once documents are incor- porated by reference we are still confident that the value chain will be consulted before any changes are made. For the seed industry there is little doubt that the rationale behind Incorporation by Reference in Bill C-18 is excellent speeding up regulatory change is critical for Canadas seed industry to remain competitive. As long as the affected parties are adequately consulted and their observations are taken into consideration Incorporation by Reference is a welcome component of the new bill. Julie McNabb Incorporation by Reference will allow for a more responsive system.It could speed up administrative changes and changes for which there is industry consensus by as much as two years. Patty Townsend Authorized local distributor Can-Seed Equipment Ltd. T 800.644.8397 salescanseedequip.com www.canseedequip.com Buhler Inc. T 209.983.8400 sortexsalesbuhlergroup.com www.buhlergroup.com Superior detection for maximum yield. The SORTEX A MultiVision ensures ultimate quality and yield for agricultural seeds including field crops vegetable seeds lawn seeds and many others. Utilizing its advanced MultiVision inspection system and broadband LED illumination the sorter is exceptional in the removal of contaminants and foreign materials such as discolored broken split spot defects and mud-stained product bird excreta glass stones and other seeds. The advanced inspection system can even detect the most challenging applications such as barley ergot and fusarium from wheat. Clean Seed. Productive Seed. BSOC 142895 Germination Advt_May 2014.indd 1 6192015 93558 PM 18 DURINGits annual meeting in Windsor Ont. the Canadian Seed Trade Association will present the 2015 Seed Achievement Award and the 2015 Honourary Life Membership Award. This year David Gehl is the recipient of the Seed Achievement Award. This award is pre- sented to an individual who has made a sig- nificant contribution to the Canadian seed industry in the private or public sector. For more than two decades Gehl was respon- sible for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadas Seed Increase Unit in Indian Head Sask. In this capacity he contributed to Canadas pedi- greed seed business positively impacting the livelihood of numerous farmers seed growers and seed companies. Gehl retired from AAFC in the fall of 2014. While at Indian Head Gehl was instrumental not only in providing high quality breeder seed of AAFC varieties for Canadian seed growers but also worked closely with industry on how to ensure a seamless introduction of varietal blend varieties into the marketplace and pub- lished a quality assurance manual on varietal blends in 2009 according to Eric McLean president of the Manitoba Seed Growers Association who wrote a letter in support of Gehls nomination. David found ways to work within the vari- ous provincial and federal regulations to con- tinue to provide breeder seed to the industry regardless of differing provincial legislations on acceptable fusarium levels McLean explains. This in itself would be a daunting task and Mr. Gehl accomplished this for the benefit of AAFC varieties and the seed industry. Committed to the Greater Good During his tenure at the seed increase unit Gehl was involved in the production of more than 1000 breeder seed plots and more than 600 breeder seed crop certificates. Daves total dedication to agriculture his lead- ership and integrity as a whole have positioned those of us in the industry for a very successful future says Jodee Karlowsky who serves as seed marketing coordinator for Alliance Seed. Literally Dave had a hand in many of the varieties that western Canadian farmers have grown during the past 25 years and will con- tinue to grow in the next several years. Dave Akister executive director of the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association shares that when crop production faced prob- lems for which the seed industry had not yet overcome through plant breeding Gehl often found his own solutions to maintain the effi- cacy of pedigreed seed. For example he conducted a research project to determine the impact of using glyphosate to dry down a seed crop before harvest as it relates to seed vigor perfected the use of heat treatment to reduce the F. graminearum contamination on high generation seed and developed a system to visually verify that seed blends were uniform when variety blends were implemented to combat orange blossom wheat midge Akister explains. His efforts have not only contributed to the improved production of pedigreed seed but to its mar- ketability as well. It is for these reasons listed above and his exemplary service to the industry that CSTA is honouring Gehl with the 2015 Seed Achievement Award. The Canadian Seed Trade Association recognizes two individuals for their commitment to the industry and the association. From 1989 to 2014 David Gehl was responsible for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadas Seed Increase Unit in Indian Head Sask. Gehl is the recipient of the 2015 Seed Achievement Award. Recipient of the 2015 Honourary Life Membership Award John Cowan worked through the Canadian Seed Trade Association to further the industry as a whole. JULY 2015 19 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. Dedicated to the Association John Cowan is being recognized with the Honourary Life Membership Award. CSTAs Honourary Life Membership Award is given to an indi- vidual in honour of his or her signifi- cant contribution to the Canadian seed industry as well as the association. Before being purchased in 2010 by Dow AgroSciences Cowan served as general manager for Hyland Seeds in Blenheim Ont. With more than a decade of service to the association Cowan has worked his way through a number of committees becoming increasingly familiar with the various issues facing the seed industry and into leadership roles helping to steer the association as a whole. Cowan has served on CSTAs Seed Corn Committee as secretary vice-chair and chair the Biotechnology Committee as board liaison and the External Relations Working Group as chair. As secretary of CSTAs Seed Corn Committee he along with Bob Pryce who at the time was serving as chair requested that hybrid corn be removed from variety registration. Throughout his career and time with CSTA Cowan has been a strong sup- porter of biotechnology and the use of certified seed. From 1998 to 2007 Cowan was a member of CSTAs board of directors. In 2003 he was selected to serve on the Executive Committee and in 200506 he served as president of CSTA. During his time as president Cowan focused his efforts on external rela- tions says Jeff Reid who nominated Cowan and serves as general manager for SeCan. Reid shares a unique communication tool that Cowan used when promoting initiatives such as CSTAs proposal for a certified seed tax incentive. He created the concept of a value circle where everyone can see all of the other stakeholders around the circle. With the value chain concept you only see the person immediately above and below you Reid explains. The value circle concept has fur- thered the understanding in the seed industry that all stakeholders are con- nected and have to share in the dol- lars spent and generated. Additionally Cowan was known to be very responsive to media and sought out opportunities to speak and engage different audiences. He was active in lobbying members of parliament and always welcomed the opportunity to tell the seed story. In bringing members of the seed industry together it was Cowan who hosted the joint CSTA meeting with the American Seed Trade Association in Chicago Ill. He worked hard to keep all participants in the seed indus- try together Reid says. Its for these contributions that CSTA is presenting Cowan with the Honourary Life Membership Award. Julie Deering 20 STRINGENT REGULATIONS cli- mate change and an increasing global population push both seed companies and farmers to grow more using less land and fewer resources. India is projected to be the fast- est growing market for seed followed by China due to government initia- tives in promoting technology driven agricultural practices according to a new report Seed Market by Type Global Trends Forecast to 2020. Additionally the cereals and grains segment is projected to be the big- gest market for seed globally from 2015 to 2020. Data from the report shows that land-use efficiency is emerging as one of the key drivers for sustainable agri- cultural and food production systems. This means that new higher-yielding plant varieties will be required along- side new seed innovations such as drought- or salt-tolerant crops to help keep the existing and bring new land currently considered unfit for farming into productive agricultural use. Seed is one of the most impor- tant factors in crop production and the efficient use of other agri-inputs depends on it. Business-critical information for retailers selling seed and seed treatment products. SUPPORTED BY NEW SOLUTIONS OFFER STRATEGIES TO TACKLE SOYBEAN PESTS This portion of the soybean root is infected with soybean cyst nematodes. Signs of infection include brown-white females or cysts with egg masses that are attached to the root surfaces. are increasing production and grow- ing more from less. Managing Biologicals According to Syngenta Seedcare a seed treatment is a chemicalbio- logical substance or physical process Every seed counts. Today farm- ers can plant a field of seeds with the expectation that every seed planted will emerge within a 24- to 48-hour window. The technologies that make this possible are seed treatments coatings and polymers. Today farmers JULY 2015 21 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 applied to seeds or seedlings to pro- tect against insects seed- and soil- borne diseases and certain weather conditions such as frost drought or flooding. One of the more recent advance- ments is the application of beneficial insects or parasites to seed to help protect it when its most vulnerable and throughout the growing season. A primary difference between a biological and a synthetic seed treat- ment is that biologicals tend to be active and longer lasting than syn- thetic treatments because in some cases its a living organism thats being applied. However thats also caused the industry trouble as these living organisms can die and become ineffective if conditions are not con- ducive for survival. The newest biological seed treat- ment product to hit the market is Syngentas Clariva pn seed treatment designed to help protect the roots of soybeans and target soybean cyst nematode SCN. SCN is the leading cause of soy- bean yield loss in North America. These tiny creatures can cause yield reductions of 15 to 30 per cent or more on susceptible varieties yet show no visible symptoms of nem- atode damage. Additionally SCN spurs the spread and development of sudden death syndrome. Clariva pn treated soybean helps to provide season-long activity and suppression against SCN. Until now the most common method of managing SCN has been to select soybean varieties with resistance to the pest Klages says. However a shift in virulence of SCN means growers require additional management tools and Clariva pn fills that need. Klages says that Clariva pn is com- patible with Cruiser Maxx Vibrance beans and Vibrance Maxx seed treat- ments. In a BASF AgCelence Academy poll of Canadian farmers 66.7 per cent of farmers said they used seed treatments because earlier seeding ability is enhanced especially in cool and wet conditions. seeds will take current SCN manage- ment programs to the next level by reducing SCN feeding and reproduc- tion says Nathan Klages Syngenta Canada product lead for Seedcare and Inoculants. Klages explains that Clariva pn contains the Pasteuria nishizawae bacteria as the active ingredient. Each seed is treated with more than 1 mil- lion of these spores so as soon as it hits the ground it establishes a pro- tective zone around the young soy- bean plants roots. P. nishizawe spores infect and eventually kill SCN that come into contact with plant roots by curbing their ability to feed and reproduce he says adding that as the remnants of the nematodes decompose the spores are released back into the soil. This A shift in virulence of SCN means growers require additional management tools. Nathan Klages WhereontheWeb Join Germination and expert sources to learn more about controlling seed- and soil-borne pests and diseases with seed treatments. Learn more and register today at issuesink. comgerminationwebinar. SUPPORTED BY 22 Understandingthe SCNLifecycle Soybean cyst nematodes SCN infections are difficult to visually diagnose. Many growers might be affected but dont even know they have it. Experts agree that if a grower is seeing yield loss or SCN is known to be in the area to seek professional diagnosis. SCN is a microscopic roundworm. At the juvenile stage is when the nematode actually infects soybean roots and causes the formation of specialized feeding cells in the vascular system of the roots according to SCN Management Guide Fifth Edition. If the juveniles become males they leave the root after feeding for a few days and dont contribute to further plant damage however if they become females they lose the ability to move and swell into lemon-shaped objects as they mature. Females become too large to remain completely embedded within the root. Plant damage is primarily due to the feeding of females and the indirect effects of this feeding. These females become yellow as they age and then turn brown after they die. The brown stage is the cyst. Each cyst can contain up to 500 eggs. The cyst protects the eggs from the harsh soil environment helping them to persist for years in a dormant state. The guide shows that SCN can complete up to six generations during a single growing season depending on host suitability geographic location length of the growing season planting date presence of weed hosts and soil temperature. Dual Action BASF Canada offers Western soybean growers a couple seed-applied options. These include inoculants Nodulator NT and Nodulator PRO. Nodulator NT is biostacked with active ingredi- ents Bradyrhizobium japonicum and Bacillus subtilis. The liquid can be applied on the seed or in the furrow. The rhizobia help to maximize nodulation resulting in increased nitrogen fixation for higher yield and protein potential. The B. subtilis bioactive delivers enhanced nitrogen fixation by increasing plant vigor root mass and nodule formation. Once applied the seed has a maximum shelf-life of 10 days before it needs to be planted. Nodulator PRO contains the same active ingredients as Nodulator NT but it is formulated for longer days-on-seed survivability and professional application on seed. Biologicals are an opportunity for us to serve our cus- tomer better says Scott Kay business director for BASF Canada. BASF wants to bring innovation through sustain- ability. The companys acquisition of Becker Underwood continues to enable that. Now we are playing a role in what goes in with the seed from the time of planting to harvest. Additionally Monsanto Canada is preparing for the release of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans which the company reports will combine the yield potential of the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean traits along with a herbicide program containing both dicamba and glyphosate. Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have a stacked trait tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides. 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In fact groups outside of agriculture are already telling our story for us a story that doesnt reflect the reality that we care about our animals the land and producing safe and healthy food. We cant afford to let others tell our story. The good news is that were starting these conversations from a position of strength. National surveys continue to show that farmers and others involved in agriculture are some of the most trusted professionals in the country. That means when we talk people will listen. We just have to make sure were talking. Protecting our social licence The term social licence refers to an acceptance or approval of an organization or industry to operate by their stakeholders consumers or the general public. Social licence is created through timely and effective communication meaningful dialogue and ethical and responsible behaviour. For example consumers grant social licence based on their perception of company or industry credibility. On the flip side consumers can revoke that social licence when there is a real or perceived disconnect between their values and the values of the company or industry. An industry cannot operate to its full potential until the social licence is rebuilt. And social licence isnt static. As opinions change and issues arise our ability to engage and respond impacts consumers level of confidence and our overall credibility. By being open and proactively communicating with the public about how we grow food and why we operate in the ways we do we can protect our social licence to continue producing high-quality nutritious food in ways that are efficient and sustainable. Its no longer good enough to stand on the sidelines. We need to seize the opportunity and steer negative and inaccurate conversations back to the real story the story of an industry that provides an abundant and safe source of food to an ever-growing global population. While well never eliminate all the negative stories about ag if enough of us speak up we can ensure the one-off issues take a back seat to the overall image of agriculture as a diverse vibrant and important industry. And if we can take control of the dialogue in a real positive way we can take Canadian agriculture to even greater heights. Getting in on the difficult conversations about ag and food isnt easy but its necessary if were going to improve consumer perceptions. Talking Tough For more information about how to get in on the tough conversations keep reading or visit AgMoreThanEver.ca. 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Doug Chorney Manitoba 30 AFTERabout a decade of turbulence in seas of red tape and confusing clarifi- cations Canadas seed industry is moving toward smoother waters. The variety registration process according to three who are deeply involved in it appears set to sail smoothly in 2016 and beyond. Here are some of their thoughts on what has passed and whats ahead. Registration Review Its a positive step says Patty Townsend Canadian Seed Trade Association CEO. It may not be per- fect but its certainly a positive step to a better environment for investment and innovation in agriculture. The process of changing old registra- tion systems for seed varieties began in 2007 as part of a government-wide initiative to cut red tape. Working with the seed sector through the National Forum on Seed the gov- ernment came up with a framework for a three-part registration system. It set the stage but after a few years of operation it was realized that more needs to be done. So the government took a fresh look at the variety registration system and put out a proposal with four options for variety registrations going for- ward Townsend recalls. The Variety Registration Review began in January 2013 with a letter from the Minister of Agriculture to all 14 variety recommending committees in Canada. It asked them to focus on cutting red tape while fulfilling their mandates for insuring seed safety and quality. The options were considered by the industry Townsend says. There was a whole bunch of input. A year ago or so the government came up with a proposal for something they thought would best represent the industrys input and that proposal was just endorsed by the minister. On April 14 Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced upcoming changes to streamline and modernize the way crop varieties are registered in Canada. The changes include Streamlining variety registration into a two-tier system Basic and Enhanced. Model Operating Procedures MOPS to streamline the recom- mending committees. Incorporation by reference allowing SmootherSeasAhead Seed industry experts examine what the new variety registration process will mean for the future of the industry. value chain consensus to fast-track administrative changes and cutting process time by up to 24 months. Under the interim three-part system it took forages and oilseed type soy- beans up to three years to move from their original Part I designation to Part III. Going forward the registration system only has two parts and Part III becomes Basic registration. Moving from Enhanced to Basic will continue to be an option but the process will be shortened to about one year or less. A big difference is that it no longer requires a regulatory change. Once the new system is implemented Townsend says the new applica- tions for a Basic seed registration will go directly to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA. The CFIA Depending on the crop a variety will fall into either the Basic registration system or the Enhanced. JULY 2015 31 fusarium before it starts. In the ground. In the plant. The name in Grain Processing and Handling. www.canseedequip.com 1-800-644-8397 332 Packham Ave. Saskatoon SK. S7N 2T1 USC LLC LPX2000 Seed Treater Buhler Sortex A Series Optical Sorter Oliver Voyager Series Gravity Separator Oliver Voyager SeriesOliver Voyager Series Gravity SeparatorGravity Separator STOP takes the information provided along with a fee considers it and decides yes or no. The window for making that decision is eight weeks. Basic registration is simpler and serves a double purpose. Basic registration is for things like forages and crops where change is slow and resources are lim- ited she says. It also is for situa- tions that are the opposite where change is very quick where you need expeditious registration or where you just dont have the abil- ity to bring together a recommending committee or for where the industry thinks it isnt necessary. Its good to have that option as well. Enhanced registration will be very different from Basic but streamlined compared to the past. Enhanced registration applications will proceed to an officially recog- nized recommending committee she says. The committee will determine what information and data it needs to recommend the variety for regis- tration. That system had to be very substantially streamlined. That process is underway. Recommending commit- tees may still use parameters for per- formance for quality and disease. Canada had 14 of these committees when the review began. Operating procedures varied widely with inter- nal rules by region and by crop type. This is where we had all the diver- sity across the country. Some recom- mendations were specifically for some provinces and some crop kinds some only had a quality guideline. In wheat we were looking at a huge number of parameters around performance qual- ity and disease Townsend says. To standardize and simplify the com- mittee system MOPs are being imple- mented. The guidance document for recommending committees was sent out for feedback in 2013 to recom- mending committee members. After consultation a second document has been drafted. It is going to a wider audience for a 30-day consultation period this summer. Townsend says Each committee has to comply with the Model Operating Procedures that lay out rules for voting the kind of data the years of testing whether they can use internationally generated data or privately generated data and more. These have begun to come into use and are making the pro- cess much more efficient. Another issue is whether the Ag Minister can accomplish the substan- tial regulatory changes before the mandated Oct. 19 federal election. Its anyones guess. Townsend isnt opti- mistic noting that its already July. Implementing Incorporation by Reference is a significant challenge she says. This is the commitment to take Schedule III out of the Seeds Act regu- lations and make it a stand-alone docu- ment referenced in the regulations. Schedule III is the list of crop types that are subject to variety registra- tion. When the reconstruction is 32 DLF Pickseed 1 Greenfield Road Lindsay ON K9V 4R2 T 705 878 9240 1 800 661 4769 F 705 878 9249 pickseed.com Congratulations to Dr. Francis Glenn Canadian Plant Breeding Genetics Award Thank you Francis for your unwavering dedication and passion to developing ideal corn silage hybrids that benefit dairy farmers throughout Canada and the rest of the world. You have created a successful Canadian enterprise that contributes to the betterment of the agriculture industry. Well done. approved by the government the former Schedule III crop types would be incorporated by reference in the Seeds Act. Incorporation by Reference means youd still have to determine if there is consensus to make the change but you wouldnt have to go through Treasury Board and postings in the Canada Gazette and another consulta- tion. That would help to speed things up for the seed trade Townsend says. Moving Ahead My estimate is that Incorporation by Reference will be in place by some- time in 2016 says Mark Forhan chief of the Variety Registration Office for the CFIA in Ottawa Ont. However he believes most parts of the turbulent past few years are already receding. Much has been accomplished and adopted. The ministers directed review was led by AAFC Strategic Policy Branch and resulted in a lot of really good con- structive input from stakeholders. It was very clear that there was a need for change Forhan says. We focused on the things that could be changed and on where there was con- sensus. There were a lot of mixed opinions across the board on what people wanted but the net result was a pro- posal to the minister and the minister made the announcement in April. Now a process is underway to put the simplified system in place. Variety recommending committees are taking the lead in the changes. Theyve taken a huge step in the right direction because theyve been involved in this throughout the whole process Forhan says. Were hoping to have the Model Operating Procedures MOPs posted this fall September or earlier to for- malize it but by that time most committees already will have aligned with it he says. Theyve had the doc- ument for over a year. So the MOPs will be the first thing you actually see. The regulatory amendment pro- cess led by CFIAs Seed Section will take months at least to produce the structure that supports the simplified system. Whenever the regulatory amendment changes are approved to formalize the new Basic or Enhanced structure for variety registration they are more likely to arrive like quiet waters after a storm peacefully. The big changes that are going to have a significant impact on the industry already are or will be run- ning in 2016. Oilseed soybeans and forage crops already have been moved into what will be called Basic registra- tion. Stakeholders for crops that are left in Enhanced registration have indi- cated to us very clearly that by and large thats where they intend to stay Forhan shares. It was good to bring all of this up into review and ask the questions. It got each crop sector soul-searching and asking whats best for the development of the crop do we really want to stay in Enhanced or do we want to move to a lower regulatory stream he says. Patty Townsend serves as CEO of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. JULY 2015 33 Basic and Enhanced crops will no longer be locked in stone in Schedule III of the Seed Regulations. In the future Schedule III will be removed from the regulations and exist as an official document within the CFIA and there will be a proper process for making changes to the document Forhan says. A rationale for changes will be submitted along with proof of consensus. It will remain an industry stakeholder-driven process and at any point a crop can move reg- ulatory streams. He adds From the feedback weve had the various crop sectors very much want this in place. They want flexibility to change quickly if the situation changes. When finished our regulations will be much more respon- sive to the industry and to the market. A Push for Exemption As a former plant breeder and member of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency board of directors Dave Harwood looks forward to the full implementation of the new variety registration system. Any time there is an effort to stream- line its a step in the right direction Harwood says. It can only help. Allowing plant breeding organiza- tions to operate more efficiently and to reduce the time they spend on non- value adding processes is helpful. It allows more resources to be deployed for real value-adding activities like plant breeding and seed production. Harwood of Chatham Ont. now serves as technical services manager responsible for the DuPont Pioneer seed technology product line man- agement in Canada. He recently com- pleted six years as an active CSTA board member. Harwood was part of a group of trade members that prompted CSTA to adopt the position that oilseed soy- beans should be exempt from variety registration similar to corn varieties. Our position through the entire vari- ety registration consultation process was one of moving all field crops including oilseed soybeans to the same treatment as corn where theres no requirement for variety registra- tion Harwood says. Corn is exempt from registration. Were happy the government has moved soybeans to the classification quicker and less onerous. With the new classification for soybeans we take everything except the informa- tion about performance from the pro- vincial recommending committee and submit it to CFIA Harwood explains. We didnt need to wait for a commit- tee to come to a ruling to initiate our application. Any time there is an effort to streamline its a step in the right direction. It allows more resources to be deployed for real value- adding activities like plant breeding and seed production. Dave Harwood it has now Basic its more business- friendly but we would have liked a full exemption. Still he says the net result of the review and restructuring is positive. His efforts to move soybeans into a simpler classification were rewarded in the past year as the process was We werent constrained by commit- tee timelines. It saved us months and workload enabling us to introduce our seeds to the growers in time for the planting season. We are apprecia- tive that soybeans have moved to that classification in the new system and view it as an improvement. John Dietz SCOTTHorner knows a thing or two about how hard it is to move seed across borders. The general manager for the Alberta-based pedigreed seed producer HyTech Production Ltd. says the roadblocks to doing business internationally are plentiful and HyTech deals with them every day it operates a location in Chile and ships seed to more than a dozen countries annually. Unfortunately it happens from time to time that complica- tions arise that restrict our ability to deliver seed production to certain markets for customers Horner says. Import requirements for certain countries can be difficult to obtain or sometimes change without notice making compliance time-consuming and difficult to achieve. Sometimes a customer will choose to ship seed to a spe- cific country after harvest has occurred only to find out that the import permit requires field inspection for a specific disease and despite the fact that lab tests exist the field inspection is the only method the importing country will accept and import is denied. Other times import permits are slow to be issued limiting our ability to comply with requirements. In general its difficult to get the National Plant Protection Organizations of exporting and importing countries to work together to find solutions. Its a convoluted process and a seemingly growing number of global issues represent a hurdle that the seed industry is continually trying to overcome to do business globally. Looking for Clarity Calgarys Kevin Brost is global director for FMCs seed treatment division. For Brost the sea of global regulations Moving Seed Across Borders Is No Easy Task concerning seed treatments are a challenge he deals with daily. As a global company we operate in almost every agricultural country in the world Brost says. Its difficult when youre trying to develop prod- ucts across borders when you have multiple regulatory systems. You have to adapt to reect the regula- tory regime in every country and there are a number of countries that have evolving regulatory regimes which makes it even more difficult. Its our biggest issue and our single biggest cost of doing business. When you have new technologies you first take them to the countries where the regulatory climate is most scientific and predictable. There may be coun- tries where you simply dont bring them forward at all as the costs and timelines of introduction are large or unpredictable. Its about picking and choosing and being aware of which parts of the world understand and evaluate tech- nologies scientifically and logically. Unpredictable requirements timelines and costs associated with such make it difficult to do business Brost says. FMC accomplishes that by interacting Doing business internationally is a bigger challenge than ever for seed companies but the international community is working together to overcome it. 34 JULY 2015 35 with regulatory bodies around the world and understanding the proper requirements. That doesnt always fix things today but you hope you can inuence harmonization around the globe Brost says. Similar or identical requirements or studies between bor- ders make technology more widely available. But Horner adds that clarity is often a major issue when it comes to moving seed across borders. You cant always find information on proper procedures to take in order to execute the exports so weve been really involved with the International Seed Federation ISF and the Seed Association of the Americas SAA which work to improve international trade of seed and reduce barriers to the seed trade Horner says. Brost agrees that wading through a sea of different rules and regulations is a huge barrier to the smooth movement of seed across borders. Quarantine issues are an issue when it comes to seed movement internationally Brost says. Sometimes coun- tries have specific seed treatment requirements and that brings with it its own set of complications. Other times its not specific they just specify that seed needs to be clean. So a lot of times the rules are not entirely clear to move seed across borders theyll state a technical but there may not be an appropriate product available. It makes it very difficult for a seed producer because they may not have access to the products or the active. Even Canada isnt immune to the issue Brost adds. In Canada you need an export label and the process for that is not always easy or clear. You may not be able to get the specific product required to get that seed across borders. It isnt simple. We are working with SAA and ISF at trying to improve that. Simplifying things may seem like an impossible task some- times but as the world increasingly becomes a global vil- lage connected via the Internet its becoming easier in a number of ways. Connecting with Europe and Beyond When it comes to airing concerns over phytosanitary issues at the international level Horner says the annual ISF World Seed Congress is one way of doing that. He recently returned from this years event held in Krakw Poland. A great deal of focus is being put on raising awareness with regulators and industry when it comes to phytosanitary Albertas HyTech Production Ltd. operates a location in Chile and ships seed to several South American countries. 36 issues. Those activities have been very valuable in raising awareness on both sides and bringing some real solutions to the table he says. The World Seed Congress brings seed industry members from around the world together every year to discuss all things seed-related. The 2015 event in Poland drew a record crowd of over 1600. Based in Switzerland ISF represents the interests of the seed industry at a global level by engaging with public and private institutions to facilitate international seed trade. Being involved in an international lobby group that hap- pens to be based in Europe is a huge asset for Terry Ewacha executive vice-president of wholesale for DLF Pickseed in Manitoba. Global seed supply is an issue thats of major concern for Ewacha. He says with forage seed commodity prices on a downswing its important to keep up-to-date with whats happening in Europe and around the world. What hap- pens globally affects business here at home. With the lower commodity prices theres more forage seed production in Europe that potentially displaces some of our production and adds to global supply he says. Its not good for our industry were a niche market and as soon as you get too much production building in Europe that impacts pricing even more. For Ewacha two international issues of interest are export demand in Europe and European regulations concerning low-level presence LLP the unintended presence at low levels of a genetically modified GM crop that is author- ized for commercial use or sale in one or more countries but is not yet authorized in an importing country. Wed like to see a little more tolerance toward GMOs at least by having some minimum presence levels Ewacha says. Theyre tested and most seed companies have a good protocol in place but thats always a concern we have to be careful with when it comes to exports. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC notes that Canada currently has a case-by-case risk-based approach to respond to the presence of LLP in imports. Garlich von Essen secretary-general for the European Seed Association ESA says that the European Union has yet to develop a formal set of rules for low-level presence of GMOs in non-GM products and a respective threshold. The EU has restricted its alleged solution to only the tip of what is seen as an iceberg of problems by limiting it to only a few products and setting a level of detection of 0.1 per cent as the highest acceptable level von Essen says. When it comes to LLP and the GMO debate in Europe the European Commission recently decided to allow its member states to restrict or even ban the import of GM WorldSeedCongress OffersBigValue The 2015 International Seed Federation ISF World Seed Congress in Krakw Poland set a new record with more than 1600 attendees. Its recognized as one of the most valuable international seed industry events. The major reason we go is because many of our clients attend says Terry Ewacha executive vice- president of wholesale for DLF Pickseed in Manitoba. Its a hugely productive way of getting in touch with your customers. Most people are there at one time and its a busy time with client meetings exchanges of information and is just another method of face-to-face contact and seeing whats being developed for the coming season. The United States is DLF Pickseeds biggest export market and Ewacha says connecting with international clients is hugely important. For Scott Horner general manager for HyTech Production Ltd. a highlight this year was hearing Michael Keller the new ISF secretary general speak. Keller called for change during his first speech to ISF delegates. It was really good to hear his vision for the association and what he believes needs to be done to improve the seed industry globally Horner says. I was impressed with his perspective and recognition of the challenges the industry is facing. I was left with a good degree of confidence in where ISF is going. Calgarys Kevin Brost global director for FMCs seed treatment division says ISF only becomes more relevant as technology progresses. ISF has been particularly important over the past decade as weve seen seed-applied technologies become a bigger part of the industry because of the increased value of genetics globally he says. Increased value has meant protecting that input cost has become increasingly important to the grower. That has increased the importance of events like the World Seed Congress. For us its the one time of year you can touch a lot of bases globally. JULY 2015 37 Batco Belt Conveyors minimize impact damage protecting the grade quality and germination performance of your delicate seed. Batco manufactures Long Conveyors and Field Loaders as well as Low Profile Transfers Pit Stops and custom conveyor options. Handling whats important. 877.667.7421 batcomfg.com Batco Belt Conveyors minimize impact well as Low Profile Transfers Pit Stops MINIMUM DAMAGE MAXIMUM GERMINATION crops into their respective countries Ewacha says the forage seed industry is at an advantage for now. We dont have any GMO products to date in the forage seed industry. However there are discussions in the U.S. where there are a couple products that are not GMOs but are Roundup- resistant and that has the European community concerned Ewacha says. The biggest issue we run into is GMO canola which may be contaminated with some of our products but there are checks and balances in place and we tend to manage quite well. Focusing on the Positives Despite the challenges and frustra- tions that come with doing business internationally in some areas things are improving and the international community is working together to ease the movement of seed across borders. Things work quite smoothly import- ing seed to the United States and from the United States into Canada Horner says. Requirements are clear and weve found officials on both sides of the border to be helpful when it comes to finding solutions to enable seed shipments to move in a timely and efficient manner. Brost says that while Canadas Pest Management Regulatory Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States might still do things very differently in many regards he sees things improving as far as communication between the two agencies. For Ewacha doing business interna- tionally is a relatively smooth process where once again the forage seed industry is at an advantage. Weve been fortunate with most of our products that go overseas or into the United States there havent been a lot of restrictions. We have to do phytosanitary testing on some prod- ucts but in most cases there are no issues he says. A lot of our products that go to Europe go with an orange international certificate which is an arms-length analysis done by author- ized labs. Taking part in international seed associations and other groups is a big asset for companies such as HyTech. We definitely see the value in sup- porting and participating in the activities of seed associations like the Canadian Seed Trade Association ANPROS in Chile and the American Seed Trade Association which take an active approach to addressing trade barriers. We participate in inter- national associations such as SAA and ISF in order to remain current on trade developments and to have a voice within the industry Horner explains. We strongly believe the solution is through collaboration rather than trying to combat these issues alone. Marc Zienkiewicz 38 CSTA COEXISTENCE PLANNING FOR SUCCESS BY 2050 the worlds farmers will need to double food production to feed a growing population and they will need to do it on the same amount of land while facing climate change and competition for natural resources such as water. To produce more with less farmers are increasingly turning to technology like biotechnology and other new breeding techniques. However markets are not keeping pace. The result is that many current and future customers for seed do not accept products of modern biotechnology and other advanced breeding techniques. Given our diverse membership and our members even more diverse customer base the Canadian Seed Trade Associations board of cirectors has made coexistence planning a priority. CSTAs goal is Depending on their operations and their customers and markets farmers need to be able to choose the production system that best suits their needs whether the production system is organic conventional or makes use of products developed by modern biotechnology. In 2005 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave full food feed and environmental release approval to alfalfa that has been genetically modified to be resistant to glyphosate. In 2013 a number of varieties were registered paving the way for commercialization in Canada. Despite the fact that the commercialization decision has not yet been made given the potential for GM alfalfa to be on the market in Eastern Canada in the nearer future alfalfa was chosen for the first coexistence plan. Landmark Plan In 2013 Planning for Choice Coexistence Plan for Alfalfa Hay in Eastern Canada was launched. Facilitated by CSTA and starting with a broad value chain workshop the plan was designed by a team of academics researchers forage specialists alfalfa producers and users. The science-based document includes suggested best management practices for farmers. The BMPs are simple and practical and were developed based on a thorough assessment of alfalfa production and biology in Eastern Canada. The plan and check list to aid farmers in recording BMPs are available at cdnseed.orgfacilitating-choice-through-coexistence. While there are very strongly-held views on both sides of the debate on GM alfalfa all participants worked cooperatively to develop the plan and the BMPs. CSTA does not advocate for or against commercialization of GM alfalfa or favour one production system over another but on behalf of our members and their farmer customers who rely on all three production systems organic conventional and modern biotechnology. CSTA was proud to have facilitated the development of the coexistence plan for Eastern Canada. But variety registrations and approvals are national in scope. To ensure choice across the country we are beginning to address coexistence planning in the west which is substantially different than the east. One difference is the focus on alfalfa seed production for export markets. The research on alfalfa and alfalfa production systems for Western Canada has been done and written into a background piece for the plan. A group of interested individuals from the alfalfa value chain in Western Canada is being assembled. The first task will be to review the work done to date and develop categories for BMPs. The plan is to have a smaller expert group assemble to draft the actual BMPs for consideration by the larger group. CSTA hopes that the plan can be completed before the end of 2015. PrinciplesofCoexistence 1. The goal of coexistence planning is to provide producers with freedom of choice and opportunity to pursue diverse markets. 2. Coexistence plans will be based on good communication and mutual respect between neighbours individuals and companies who have opted for different approaches to production to capture different market opportunitiesorganic conventional andbiotechnology. 3. Coexistence plans are built on science- based stewardship programs and tools for monitoring the efficacy of such programs. 4. Coexistence standards practices and tolerances must be practical achievable and economically feasible and mustfocuson market opportunity. They are not meant to addressthe health and safety of food feed and the environment which is the focus of regulation. 5. Those who benefit from each system must accept the responsibility for implementing thepractices required to achieve coexistence. Lewis M. 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It offers assurances in varietal purity quality and access to the latest genetic advantages. This level of quality is often seen by growers as coming at a higher expense and some growers might be reluctant to make the investment when they have bin-run seed on-hand. However CSGA encourages companies and growers to stand by their brand. Certified seed reduces many risks for growers. Seed growers need to communicate the benefits of using certified seed to customers. This conversation should include a discussion of risk management. Unlike most of the other inputs used to produce a crop seed is a living organism it brings risks not associated with some of the other inputs such as fertilizer and chemicals. The more a grower knows about the seed and how it was produced and processed the more it reduces these risks. The certification process with its requirements for field inspection assures the crop meets CSGAs certification standards. The processing of the crop in an accredited facility and grading by licensed graders assures the purity of the seed. Storage and handling of crops by people who are trained and licensed gives further assurance of the quality of the seed. It can also be important to emphasize the technology developed in the most recent varieties and how it benefits a customers bottom line. Most new crop varieties are brought to market as certified seed which brings economic advantage whether it is higher yield higher protein or improved agronomics such as standability maturity or disease resistance. By using certified seed growers set themselves up with every advantage for a successful harvest. The extra cost comes with quality guarantees and traceability as well as deals on crop insurance. It gives customers access to better traits and can be one of the best risk management tools on the farm. Certainty in Certified As a grower having confidence in and understanding the value and benefits of certified seed helps promote your brand. Certified means certainty. Customers know what they are buying and when necessary have third- party assurance that the product was grown to their specifications. Whether you are multiplying seed stock supplying grain and oilseed products for specific end-use or buying ingredients made from grains and oilseed to use in food products your reputation depends on delivering consistent quality to customers which means knowing where how and from what progeny your seed or food ingredients were produced. Canadas seed growers are committed to Canadas seed system and its standards and methods of producing clean true-to-type high quality seed. 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As Canadas national plant protection organization the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulates the import sale and movement of plants into and within Canada monitors imports to prevent entry of invasive plants and conducts surveillance to determine if an invasive plant is here or to confirm that an area is free of a specific invasive plant. The invasive plants regulated under the Plant Protection Act are included in the list of Pests Regulated by Canada. The invasive plants regu- lated under the Seeds Act are listed in the Weed Seeds Order 2005. The Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada will be doing a series of articles to highlight invasive plants. Information has been obtained from CFIA at inspection.gc.cainvasive. In this column we chose to focus on the Chinese Yam Igname de Chine. Dioscorea polystachya is from the family Dioscoreaceae. Native to eastern Asia where it is cultivated for its edible roots or tubers and used in traditional Chinese medicine Chinese yam is a peren- nial. It is a climbing vine that rapidly invades undis- turbed habitats reduces biodiversity and damages the branches of large trees and shrubs. Its hairless stems are purplish-red and its leaves are broad and heart-shaped. Its flowers are small yellowish and have a cinnamon- like fragrance. Manual removal of this plant is possible for small isolated patches however multiple herbicide treatments are required for larger infestations. Established populations of the invasive species have not been found in Canada. Since its introduction into North America it has spread throughout the eastern United States. Chinese yam is found in many habitats including forests ravines mountain slopes along rivers and in undisturbed areas. No similar species are known. Intentional introduction as an ornamental garden plant has been the most significant route of entry to North America. Within North America Chinese yam reproduces through small above-ground bulbs called bulbils which are spread by rodents gathering and feeding on them. Chinese Yam is a true seed although plants can produce vegetative bulbils. Seed is about eight to 15 millimetres long and seven to 10 millimetres wide with an oblong wing straight sides with rounded ends. Surface tex- ture is smooth and fibrous and is light yellow around the edges becoming yellow toward the centre. The large papery wing is usually torn or removed during processing. What You Can Do First avoid planting invasive plants in your garden. Use clean high-quality seed. Declare all plants and related products when returning to Canada. Contact your local CFIA office if you suspect you have found this invasive plant. The CFIA will follow up and determine if further action is needed. 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This premium quality product delivers exceptional results by outperforming traditional sulphur-bentonite products. New TIGER XP dust suppressant coating also improves safety and handling standards. TIGER XP is the next leap forward in great crop performances. 44 PROVINCIAL MANITOBA STRENGTHENS NOXIOUS WEEDS ACT Agriculture Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced that the Manitoba government has introduced proposed amendments to strengthen its Noxious Weeds Act and better protect agricultural lands and natural areas in Manitoba from the spread of noxious and invasive weeds. Four major changes have been proposed. The rst change is a tiered approach for noxious weed classication that would allow exibility in regional weed control programs and a simpler way to add or remove weeds from the provincial list. The second is the ability to designate new invasive weeds for a period of one year which would allow timely response to new weeds found in the province. Next is adjusting provisions to allow municipalities to recoup expenses from controlling noxious weeds on non-municipal land so they could be more easily adjusted to reect actual costs. And last is the development of a new intermediary enforcement tool that would help ensure municipal governments take the necessary steps to deal with a noxious weeds as required in the proposed legislation. The minister noted the Noxious Weeds Act is one of the provinces oldest pieces of legislation and was rst proclaimed in 1871. It requires landowners and occupants to prevent the growth ripening and spread of weeds and weed seeds with municipal weed inspectors responsible for enforcement. NATIONAL TOLERANCES FOR RED SMUDGE TO BE REMOVED IN AMBER DURUM The Canadian Grain Commission has announced that tolerances for red smudge in amber durum wheat will be removed and the total smudge tolerance for No. 1 amber durum is changing from 0.3 per cent to 0.5 per cent as of July 1 in Eastern Canada and as of August 1 in Western Canada. These changes are based on recommendations made to the commission by the Western Standards Committee and the Eastern Standards Committee at their meetings in April. As well based on the committees recommendation an updated standard print for Lentils Canada other than Red Reasonably Good Natural Colour took effect on 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. SENATE COMMITTEE ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEE HEALTH Canadas Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry tables its latest report entitled The Importance of Bee Health to Sustainable Food Production in Canada Current Status and Strategies for Improvement. The report provides a roadmap of nine recommendations the committee believes are necessary to improve bee health. Among them the committee is calling on the Pest Management Regulatory Agency PMRA to keep monitoring pollinator mortality to assess whether the protective 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. measures adopted for the 2014 planting season were efcient. Furthermore the committee is recommending the PMRA conclude without delay its re-evaluation of neonicotinoid insecticides based on evidence and sound scientic principles with an objective of protecting the health of bees. The full report is available here parl.gc.caContentSENCommittee412agfo rms02may15home-e.htm. CGC REVIEWS CWRS AND CPSR WHEAT CLASSES Stakeholders expressed strong support in their responses to the Canadian Grain Commissions CGC proposal to protect the quality consistency and end use performance of the Canada Western Red Spring CWRS and Canada Prairie Spring Red CPSR wheat classes. As a result a review of the varieties assigned to the CWRS and CPSR wheat classes was initiated. Letters were sent to CWRS and CPSR variety owners requesting that they indicate before the end of May their intention to complete additional trials or to transition their variety to a different class. Further decisions regarding the modernized wheat class system will be announced once the CGC has reviewed further information and input regarding market demand and has determined an appropriate class and transition period for identied varieties that do not meet the criteria for CWRS or CPSR wheat. An interim wheat class will be put in place for the Faller and Prosper wheat varieties which received interim registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and could include the ND Elgin wheat variety which was supported for interim registration by the Prairie Grain Development Committee if it becomes registered by the CFIA. This will allow the CGC to assess the viability of a new wheat class before making a decision on the permanence of the class. CFIA PROVIDES GREATER ACCESS TO CROP VARIETY INFORMATION The Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA has introduced a new database containing all of the registered varieties of crop kinds 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 and downloadable 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 Registered Varieties List can be found at inspection.gc.ca activenetappregvarregvar_lookupe.aspx. BULK SEED SYSTEMS With 30 years of experience designing and manufacturing seed handling systems Convey-All is the logical choice for your bulk seed site. 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Whether you require an individual component or a complete system for your outside storage yard or inside your plant our systems are designed to handle delicate seeds and reduce cross contamination. With Convey-All you get the peace of mind that all our products include Complete custom design fabrication installation and after sales services In-plant and storage yard systems Capacities to match your exact requirements Seed treating and other systems are compatible and can be incorporated Ideal for bulk seed plants www.convey-all.com from Convey-All Industries Inc. RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY SEED HANDLING INFORMATION PACKAGE Call 1-800-418-9461 or register at WWW.CONVEY-ALL.COM 46 Exploring ideas and views on all aspects of the seed industry. REPORT SHOWS FEWER HUNGRY PEOPLE The number of hungry people worldwide has decreased to about 795 million which is 216 million less than in the early 1990s reports the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Despite the significant population increase the decline in the number of undernourished individuals is more evident in developing regions. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 covers the progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal and World Food Summit hunger targets which expire in 2015. The report also makes recommendations for the transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. Seventy-nine out of 129 developing countries monitored have achieved the Millennium Development Goal hunger target which requires the proportion of undernourished individuals in the total population to be reduced by half. In devel- oping regions the prevalence of undernourishment and the proportion of underweight children under 5 years of age have declined. In some regions including western Africa south- eastern Asia and South America undernourishment declined faster than the rate for underweight children. This suggests that theres room for improving the qual- ity of diets hygiene conditions and access to clean water. One finding from the report is that economic growth is a key success factor for reducing undernour- ishment but it has to be inclusive and provide oppor- tunities for improving livelihoods of the poor. IS FARMING IN SPACE POSSIBLE In December three twelfth-grade students from Germany will see their research blast-off to the International Space Station. Their research focuses on the ability to produce large quan- tities of quality vegetables in space. Under normal gravitational con- ditions cuttings can be used to reproduce plants. If cuttings could be used for the reproduction of plants in microgravity this would be a major step forward in the effort to supply long-term space flights with food from space farming. The ques- tion the students are attempting to answer is simple but groundbreaking Can cuttings grow their own root system without gravity to guide them The student research team is developing an experimental design. BASF is providing knowledge on how to keep the plants healthy and free from fungal disease during the 30 days in space. The students will do an internship with experts at the BASF Agricultural Center in Limburgerhof Germany before conducting trials at Kennedy Space Center laboratories. RESEARCH SHOWS TODAYS WHEAT IS NUTRITIONALLY SIMILAR TO THE WHEAT OF THE 1860S New research published in the journal Cereal Chemistry shows that the nutritional composi- tion of modern wheat is similar to wheat grown in Canada 150 years ago. While the increase in grain yields during the past century has been significant the increases in the total grain protein concentration including gluten in wheat grain has been very modest about 1 per cent. Hence the overall nutritional quality and composition of wheat grain over time has seen little change. The research was led by Ravindra Chibbar and Pierre Hucl at the University of Saskatchewan. These researchers took seeds from 37 varieties of wheat representing grain from each decade from the 1860s onward grew the wheat and compared the nutritional composition against modern Canada Western Red Spring CWRS varieties in field trials during 2013 and 2014. Our results substantiate that the wheat grown by Canadian farmers today is nutritionally similar to wheat grown in 1860 Chibbar says. There is no evidence to suggest that the increased incidences of obesity diabetes or other health conditions in todays society are related to the wheat varieties developed during the recent decades as claimed by some critics. Tuesday August 11 2015 11 a.m. EST The Future And Where We Are TodayWEBINAR Discover the latest technologies to tackle soybean pests and enhance productivity PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN ABOUT Current threats to Canadas soybean crop. New products to hit the market to help protect yield and how they work. The future of seed technologies with a focus on biologicals. Register Nowat issuesink.comgerminationwebinar This webinar is hosted by Germination in partnership with our sponsors. 48 STATUSChina SINCE 2000 when the existing Seed Law of the Peoples Republic of China was put into effect the Chinese seed industry has been tainted with problems. Protection for germplasm resources is not enough and the resources available are not put to full use. Plus the breeding innovation mechanism does not meet the requirements needed to develop a modern seed industry. Additionally the complicated management links of seed production need to be simplified. The competitive power of the Chinese seed industry is weak in the global market. Rights and obligations of basic law-enforcement institutes of the seed industry are indistinct and the scope of the legal liability is narrow and the penalty is light. These shortcomings led the National Peoples Congress to release a new draft to the seed law May 5. The new seed law is designed to Enhance protection on germplasm resources encourage innovation and crack down on infringement. Complete the breeding innovation mechanism and support basic advanced and non-public breeding research. Bring the predominant role of the market into play and guide it and support it to develop. Safeguard security of the seed industry and biology. Reinforce supervision. Comments to the proposed law were due June 4 and its expected to be put into effect at the end of 2015. The draft law aims to encourage innovation and deter illegal uses of germplasm resources. On 29 April 2015 BAAFS and Shunxin Group set up a company named Shunxin Nongke. It shows that the two parties have entered a new phase of cooperation from merely corn variety trade to equity cooperation. Chinese seed enterprises usually adopt four methods to acquire new varieties. They might buy new varieties directly outsource variety breeding research and development make pre- contracts for outstanding varieties in experimental fields and then apply for verification or select superior combinations from private breeders for verification. In April the Opinions on Building Unified Crop Variety Verification Mechanism in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region was released showing that crop varieties within this region will have unified verification and can be promoted in the three provinces in the future. Meanwhile it has been four years since the State Coun- cil released the Opinions on Advancing the Development of Modern Crop Seed Industry. Since then the Chinese gov- ernment has issued policies in succession to uphold com- mercialized variety breeding encourage scientists to work in enterprises and reform the sci- entific research system of the seed industry. Source Market Research Reports Inc. STATUSFiji A NEW NATIONAL seed policy will soon be drafted as the Ministry of Agriculture in Fiji moves to increase quality seed production. Speaking at a consultation workshop ahead of the policys formulation Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu said the seed industry has made positive developments. We are beginning to produce high quality locally-produced seeds that are benefiting farmers and are suitable for the export markets Seruiratu said. The national seed policy aims to provide policy direction to guide and ensure increased production of improved quality seeds to all stakeholders in a timely and affordable manner. A major thrust of this policy will be targeted toward strengthening the institutional arrangement and coordination amongst key partners and stakeholders. Seruiratu noted that the seed industry had also been identified as a key part of developing the agriculture sector under the Fiji 2020 Agriculture Sector Policy Agenda. The ministry is already taking a leading role in technical matters such as seed purifica- Proposed laws new varieties and advanced technologies look to propel the status of the global seed industry forward. JULY 2015 49 tion and breeder stock mainte- nance seed health adaptation trial seed buffer stocking adaptation of new varieties and facilities upgrading he said. STATUS United Kingdom AT THE 2015 CEREALS Event Celia Bequain a senior wheat breeder for RAGT Seeds Ltd. in the United Kingdom was presented with the Cereals Cup while professor Mike Gooding of the Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural SciencesGerminal received the Variety Cup for perennial ryegrass variety AberGreen. Varieties of all types of crops are reviewed on an annual basis by NIABs technical staff as candidates for the Variety and Cereals Cups says Tina Barsby chief executive of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany NIAB. There were a number of strong contenders this year for both with the winning varieties Skyfall and AberGreen showcasing the strength and diversity of the UKs premier plant breeding programs. NIAB cereal crop technical specialist Clare Leaman says Skyfall represents a significant step for winter wheat in closing the yield gap between nabim Group 1 and feed varieties. Skyfall is the first variety since the spring barley Quench in 2009 that has met our strict criteria with its combination of orange wheat blossom midge PCH1 eyespot resistance yield and approved bread- making quality she says. It is the first RAGT UK- adapted variety to originate from our integrated approach to crossing selection and screening and brings much needed genetic diversity to the UKs bread quality sector. The breeding of Skyfall should give confidence to the industry in the efforts being made to breed genetically diverse competitive varieties. NIAB forage crop technical specialist Simon Kerr highlights AberGreens significantly higher yield and quality characteristics in simulated grazing and conservation management systems. AberGreen was promoted this year from provisional to fully recommended after eight years of testing and immedi- ately fulfilled one of the Cups specifications for the most improved high quality fully recommended variety Kerr says. It shows strong grazing performance in the summer and autumn as well as having good ground cover scores and crown rust resistance and is a very worthy winner. STATUS United States RESEARCHERS AT THE University of Georgia have used CRISPRCas a new gene editing tool to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. The researchers reduced the concentration of two naturally occurring plant polymers lignin and condensed tannin by mutating specific genes in Populus. The modified Populus plants contained about 20 per cent less lignin and 50 per cent less condensed tannins than wild trees. CRISPR is a relatively new technology but it could improve our ability to produce novel varieties of food crops animal feeds and biofuel feedstocks says C.J. Tsai a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and lead author of the study. Compared to some other gene editing techniques this is incredibly simple cost- effective and highly efficient and it could serve as the foundation for a new era of discovery in plant genetics. CRISPR technology is derived from a defence mechanism evolved by bacteria and other single-celled organisms. When a bacterium is attacked by an invader such as a virus it captures some of the viruss DNA chops it up and incorporates a segment of the viral DNA into its own genome. As the bacterium experiences more threats it accumulates a bank of past infections in a special part of its genetic code called CRISPR short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats which act as a kind of immune system to protect against future invasion. This is a mechanism that evolved naturally but we can borrow the bacterias gene- cutting abilities and use it to edit very specific genes in all kinds of organisms including plants and animals Tsai says. Its like using a pair of scis- sors with GPS tracking to locate and snip out tiny bits of DNA enough to nul- lify the gene you dont want while leaving everything else unchanged. Source University of Georgia. 50 PEOPLE NEWS On June 24 the Canadian Seed Trade Association announced the appointment of Crosby Devitt as its new executive director. Devitt who wont ofcially start in this role until July 27 comes from Grain Farmers of Ontario where has served as vice-president of strategic development. In this role he has led and managed the communications research and market development departments for the organization. He has also been instrumental in forming the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance and currently serves as chair. We are delighted to add an experienced leader like Crosby Devitt to our team says Dave Baute CSTA president. Crosbys passion commitment and energy will drive CSTA ahead as we work with government and stakeholders to advance the seed industry and our members. Marion Smorenburg now serves as head of global corporate and marketing communications with INCOTEC in Enkhuizen The Netherlands. In a dynamic international organization such as INCOTEC clear communication within the sector and within the company is crucial and we are delighted to have Marion supporting this worldwide says Douwe Zijp CEO of INCOTEC. For the past four years Smorenburg was head of communications for mainland Europe at Tata Steel. CANTERRA SEEDS welcomes Bruce McTavish as director of sales effective June 29. An agricultural industry veteran McTavish has nearly 30 years of experience working for companies such as American Cyanamid Wyeth BASF and Viterra. Most recently he 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. Bruce brings a tremendous depth of experience to CANTERRA SEEDS says David Hansen company president and CEO. His agriculture and sales experience will help to lead and grow our presence in the eld and his knowledge of downstream markets will enable us to take CANTERRA SEEDS to a new level. Monsanto Canada appointed Michiel de Jongh as 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 marketing and sales plans deliver continued growth to Monsanto Canadas seeds traits and chemistry businesses. He will also oversee Monsantos efforts to provide solutions to Canadian farmers that help them grow food in a sustainable way using fewer resources with less impact on the environment. In addition to his responsibilities in Canada he will also serve on Monsanto Companys global commercial leadership team and its management advisory council. De Jongh replaces Mike McGuire who retired from Monsanto Canada in January of this year. 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. BioVision adds two new staff. Sydney Voss serves as marketing coordinator and works from Sherwood Park Alta. She grew up on an Alberta seed farm and earned a bachelors degree in agriculture business management from the University of Alberta. Nathan Flim a seed crop inspector also joins BioVision. He is from Oshawa Ont. and currently lives in Edmonton Alta. Flim completed crop inspection for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2013. He earned a bachelors degree in chemistry from Kings University. Douwe Zijp CEO INCOTEC Group was elected to the board of directors of the International Seed Federation by the general assembly which took place during the 2015 World Seed Congress in Krakw Poland. The International Seed Federation represents the seed industry at a global level and participates in several intergovernmental organizations. It aims to facilitate the international movement of seed and defend the general interest of the seed industry. In his role as board member Zijp will actively participate in the effort to achieve these goals. Zijp has been working in the agricultural industry for more than 25 years including his current position as CEO of INCOTEC Group market leader in seed enhancement technology and his previous position as CEO of seed producer Nunhems. Vive Crop Protection Inc. welcomes Amy Yoder to its board of directors. Yoder is the CEO of a leading a company delivering innovative technology to the fertilizer industry and was the president of North America and Australia for Arysta LifeScience. She has more than 20 years of agribusiness and chemical industry experience including serving as a senior advisor for Atlas Advisors president of the United Industries division of Spectrum Brands Inc. and vice-president and general manager of Biolab a subsidiary of Chemtura Inc. She also has held progressively responsible positions with DuPont Monsanto UAP Timberland and Nufarm Americas. BASF appointed Julia Harnal as marketing manager for crop protection Canada. Harnal joined BASF in 2001 and has held a number of positions in Germany and France including portfolio lead for seed treatments and insecticides as well as director of marketing for crop protection. Most recently Harnal was the global content lead for the Sales Excellence Program for Agricultural Solutions. Born and raised in Germany Harnal received a masters degree in agricultural sciences from Christian-Albrechts University in Germany. Canadian agriculture biotech company Inocucor Technologies Inc. welcomes additional professionals to its sales production and operations staff to meet increased demand for its products in North America. Sustainable agriculture professional Patricia Tripp is Inocucors regional sales manager for Virginia and North Carolina. Tripp has 18 years of experience in the food industry specializing in sustainable agriculture production JULY 2015 51 systems post-harvest physiology food safety and the biological dimensions of soil health. Ramesh Murugesan joins the production staff at Inocucors new cGMP manufacturing facility in Technoparc Montreal as senior process development engineer. He recently completed his PhD at McGill University in Montreal where he worked with biological materials and fermentation to develop new products as part of an International Development Research Centre IDRC project. Jim Samaha has joined Inocucor as nance manager following nance management positions with 5N Plus Inc. in Saint-Laurent Que. and ITT Water Wastewater now called Xylem Canada in Pointe-Claire Que. He earned his Certied Management Accountant at Hautes tudes Commerciale in Montreal and is a Certied Public Accountant. Indianas AgReliant Genetics announces the hiring of Canadas Bruce Howison as vice-president of sales for the company. Howison started his professional career with Cargill after graduating from the University of Winnipeg. After holding a variety of positions within Cargill including the role of general manager for seed he transitioned to Advanta Seeds. He would later become Advanta Seeds president and general manager leading overall operations in Canada including canola corn and sunower. Howison comes to AgReliant Genetics from Syngenta as the previous head of the Seedcare product line in North America. He will report to Craig Anderson AgReliant Genetics chief operating ofcer. As a member of the operating committee he will be responsible for brand sales organizations corporate supply and sales recruiting. INDUSTRY NEWS A new stewardship plan the Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship has been launched by two leading seed sector organizations and provides a one-stop resource for those involved with handling storage transportation and use of treated seed. As part of the seed sectors commitment to health safety and the environment the Canadian Seed Trade Association and the Canadian Seed Growers Association partnered to create the Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship Best Practises for the Safe Handling Storage Transportation Use and Disposal of Treated Seed. The guide will help those who work with treated seed to create and implement their own stewardship plans comply with provincial and territorial regulations and maintain operationally and environmentally sound operations. The full guide is available at cdnseed.org. The next generation of genetics developed by Crop Production Services CPS a subsidiary of Agrium Inc. demonstrates high levels of resistance to eld populations of clubroot pathotype 5X as well as pathotypes 2 3 5 6 and 8 according to preliminary data from CPS research and development collaborations. Advanced CPS-bred Brassica napus canola hybrids with high levels of resistance to new emerging clubroot pathotypes would mark a rst in the ght against the growing threat of this disease. Multi-year research conducted in collaboration with the University of Alberta and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada identied multiple unique gene sources of 5X clubroot resistance. While some canola hybrids have demonstrated intermediate CR resistance until now there has been no genetic offering that provides high levels of resistance to emerging new pathotypes including 5X. CPS will be testing hybrids against pathotype 5X this summer. June marked the launch of Buzzing Gardens a national program spearheaded by Bees Matter that provides free seeds to plant pollinator-friendly gardens. Farmers beekeepers and several agricultural organizations have come together in support of honeybee health and are helping improve access to nutritious food sources. Statistics Canada reports honeybee colony numbers across the country are increasing but honeybee health is very complex and every Canadian can play a role in keeping honeybees healthy. Most bee health experts agree that there is no single factor affecting honeybee health. Instead parasites like the deadly Varroa mite diseases harsh weather incorrect use of pesticides and inadequate nutrition all affect honeybee colonies. Now through the Buzzing Gardens Ad Number SEC_GER15_Cowan John Cowan CSTA Honorary Life Member Were proud to have worked with you. Thanks for your contribution to the Canadian seed trade. ProducedbySeCan ProductCampaignCSTACongratulatory DateProducedJune2015 AdNumberSEC_GER15_Cowan PublicationGermination TrimQuarterPageVertical3.5x4.75 SEC_GER15_Cowan.qxd 6315 1239 PM Page 1 52 program Canadians can do their part by visiting beesmatter.ca and ordering a free Buzzing Garden seed packet. A government delegation representing Ontarios leading farming and food processing technology saw investment opportunities in the Chinese market during a recent visit. The Ontario group attended an international vegetable technology fair in Shouguang a city in East Chinas Shandong Province known for its greenhouse vegetable production. Since 2000 the China Shouguang International Vegetable Sci-Tec Fair has been co-hosted by several of Chinas ministries including agriculture commerce and science and technology. It is the largest of its kind in China. From April 20-May 30 40 countries and regions attended the 16th annual fair to promote their new vegetable and fruit products technologies and related agriculture services. Ontario ag minister Jeff Leal and immigration minister Michael Chan led the Ontario delegation. Deputy ministers agricultural specialists and policy advisers from Ontario and the trade representatives from Ontario ofce in Beijing met their Chinese counterparts during the fair. Leal who was a keynote speaker at the fairs opening ceremony said Ontario products such as wine meat and vegetables will be available on Chinas online shopping websites soon. A delegation that consists of government ofcials and food and agricultural technology companies from Shandong have been invited by the Ontario government to visit Canada. Burts Bees Canada and Fairmont Hotels Resorts expanded their Wild for Bees partnership by installing 16 uniquely built bee hotels across Canada including three major bee hotels in downtown Vancouver. This brings the total number of hotels to 21 since the partnership began in 2014. Important national partners on this project include Pollinator Partnership Canada and Sustainable.TO Architecture Building Sustainable.TO. Sustainable.TO led the design and construction of the bee hotels nationwide while Pollinator Partnership Canada provided strategic guidance and expertise on pollinator health. In Vancouver Hives for Humanity built the bee hotel the Fairmont Waterfront will host. Pollinator bee hotels are sustainable nesting spaces for solitary pollinator bees. While other types of bees such as honeybees and bumblebees typically work and nest in groups solitary bees visit owers and nest individually without a queen or a hive solitary bees must seek out nesting grounds on their own. The owners of a Winnipeg feed mill will receive 1.1 million to install two new infrared grain sorters that identify and remove undesirable grain kernels signicantly increasing the value of the nal product. With the support of a 1.1-million government investment Standard Nutrition Canada Co. will become the only company in the country using infrared grain-sorting technology. This equipment removes grains infected with fusarium head blight or ergot from crops before they are made into animal feed. This increases the overall grade and quality of grains which allows sales into higher-value markets. It is expected to increase the value of Manitoba grains by 4 million annually. Standard Nutrition Canada Co. will be investing an additional 1.1 million in the project. The company currently has more than 90 full-time employees and expects to hire up to eight more as a result of the new equipment. A new feasibility study funded by the Canada and Manitoba governments and industry partners nds the province has the right mix of production and market demand to support a soybean crushing facility. The study determined a crushing facility would be economically viable based on the growth of the provinces soybean acreage and the demand for soybean meal in the western Canadian livestock industry. There are currently no large-scale soybean crushing facilities in Western Canada. Manitoba currently produces 18 per cent of all soybeans grown in the country more than 1.25 million acres. The study estimates soybean acreage could quadruple in Western Canada during the next decade partially in response to growing global demand for the crop as well as processed soybean meal and oil. Currently most soybeans grown in Manitoba are either shipped to the United States or China for processing. The study did not identify Systems Equipment Equipment design manufacturing and installation From the smallest laboratory system to complete large-scale seed coating plants Polymers Colorants Seed coating polymers that provide a smooth even coverage Many color offerings. 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This investment will enable COTA to attend international conferences and trade shows and lead outgoing missions to raise awareness of Canadian organic products in key markets in Europe the United States Asia and Latin America. BUSINESS NEWS In its third quarter results Monsanto company reafrmed its guidance estimates for scal year 2015 earnings per share and free cash ow. Total net sales for the quarter increased from the prior years third quarter to 4.6 billion with gross prot for the quarter also increasing from the prior year to 2.7 billion. In Monsantos seeds and genomics segment net sales for the third quarter were 3.2 billion compared to 3 billion for the same period last year. For the rst time in nine months net sales for this segment were 9 billion down 372 million over the same period last year. In corn Monsanto reports that it continues to see demand for newer hybrids and technologies. Exclusive of currency headwinds the company expects to deliver positive germplasm mix lift for the full year. Additionally Monsanto continues to achieve footprint expansion even in the difcult ag environment remaining on track to hold or grow branded share in every major market according to a recent news release. Novozymes signed a deal with Lyngby-Taarbk Municipality to acquire a 140000-square-meter site in Lyngby. The site is located 13 kilometers north of Copenhagen and seven kilometers from its headquarters in Bagsvrd. Novozymes goal is to build a new campus dedicated to research and business development. With the location in Lyngby in close proximity to Denmarks Technical University our ambition is to create a global hub for biotech research says Per Falholt executive vice-president for research and development at Novozymes. Our new campus will be important in creating the ultimate conditions for product development while simultaneously offering our employees a great workplace. We are delighted that the Lyngby-Taarbk Municipality is interested in this project. BASF opened a new Agricultural Research Station in Loni Kand Pune India. This new research and development center will focus on global agricultural research on herbicides fungicides and insecticides as well as on solutions that go beyond classical crop protection. The facility will employ new experts including biologists farm managers and workers. In addition to conducting research in areas of global agricultural interest the RD center will also investigate scenarios that are unique to India. These include challenges such as Indias weeds and pests as well as climate stresses such as drought ood cycles and heat stress. Through its extensive research efforts the RD center aims to help farmers make better decisions and improve productivity during the entire cultivation cycle. In mid June Inocucor Technologies Inc opened its new 10000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 7220 Frederick- Banting in Montreals Technoparc. This new facility is designed to be compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practices 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. The inauguration of this beautiful state-of-the-art facility gives Inocucor a launching pad from which to develop and introduce rst-in-class sustainable bio-stimulant and bio- protectant products that enable plants to grow more vigorously and increase their ability to ght disease says Donald Marvin Inocucor president and CEO. Our plans and pipeline for new products are ambitious. But theyre attainable because our technology solution is unique in the agricultural biologicals sector. Congratulates David Gehl on receiving the 2015 Seed Achievement Award on receiving the 2015 Seed Achievement Award 54 AerHyve Aerial Technologies partners with PrecisionHawk. AerHyve analyzes high quality multi-sensor data from unmanned aerial vehicles for use in precision agriculture. PrecisionHawk is a leader in UAV remote sensing and GIS data processing. This partnership will provide AerHyve clients with access to PrecisionHawks hardware and software tools. For AerHyve the partnership will bring increased exposure and scalability to its data analysis tools in an emerging global market. AerHyve can provide agricultural operations with actionable data on the status of crops that otherwise would be difcult if not impossible to access. Our precision agriculture developments focus on the ability to detect plant health and stresses outside of the normal human range of visualization says John Frost president of AerHyve Aerial Technologies. By pooling multiple data streams like microclimate surrounding habitat soil composition and moisture were also looking deeper into the patterns of growing cycles and associated anomalies. Frost says their developments will also ultimately be used to optimize harvest and pollination efcacy and increase yields. U.S. holding company Compass Diversied Holdings enters into an agreement to acquire Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd. also known as Manitoba Harvest for 132.5 million. Headquartered in Winnipeg Manitoba Harvest is a marketer of branded hemp- based foods. The companys products are the fastest-growing in the hemp food market and among the fastest-growing in the natural foods industry according to a news release. Manitoba Harvests products are currently carried in about 7000 retail stores across the United States and Canada. Mike Fata will continue to serve as CEO of the company. Toronto-based Ceres Global Ag Corp. announces it has expanded the breadth of its operations by opening a grain merchandising ofce in Guelph Ont. The new location will play a key role in extending the companys trading and merchandising reach into Ontario and eastern Canadian markets. Concurrently Ceres has announced the addition of Dana Omland to its trading and risk management team. Omland will be based in Guelph and has more than 25 years of experience in the commodity and nance sectors notably within the Ontario grains industry. Previously Omland worked in grain merchandising for Lansing Canada as well as Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board. Omland holds a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Saskatchewan. The expansion of our merchandising presence in Ontario will contribute to enhancing the market opportunity for our western Canadian grain origination business says CEO Patrick Bracken. Ontarios Harvest Specialty Mills has secured 2.6 million in 1930 1950 1970 1990 2010 1950 1970 1990 2010 Trust the Experience. Call today to learn how Satake can help solve your seed sorting demands. 1 281 276-3600 JULY 2015 55 Series-A funding to construct a state-of-the-art 21000-square-foot HACCP Kosher BRC-certied food-grade facility in Burlington. The facility will offer grains pulses and dried fruits. To support wholesale and retail sales of Canadian Food Inspection Agency- approved food grade ingredients Harvest Specialty Mills is working with Shopify on an industry-rst Customer Relations Management and online ordering system. Harvest Specialty Mills is strategically positioned to take advantage of the growing trend to mainstream highly nutritious ingredients by melding artisanal grains pulses and dried fruits with modern sales techniques utilizing Shopify infrastructure says Jon Dwyer Harvest Specialty Mills CEO. PRODUCT NEWS On June 17 at Canadas Farm Progress Show Morris unveiled a revolutionary prototype commodity tender cart. According to the company this new prototype lets farmers gain hours of seeding time provides ll times that are four times faster and boosts productivity. Its a four-wheel cart with four individual tanks. Each tank is sized differently from back to front to match up with the 9-series air carts. It is equipped with the DigiStar load cell systems which allows you to weigh the amount of material going into the tank and vice versa. Morris also introduced its new 9s Series which is an air cart that features accurate metering and distribution electronic monitoring and single- or double-shoot options. Saskatchewans Seed Hawk launched several new websites that make it easier for users to access the information they need about Seed Hawk Seeding Systems the Tempo Planter and Carrier Tillage. The company also launched a new corporate site. Updates to the web spaces include better access from mobile devices to information about seeding planting and tillage implements to help innovative farmers evolve their farm. In addition to the three product sites all corporate and careersjob posting information will be available at seedhawk.com as well as a revamped and updated blog. NOTILLville.com will become From the Ground Up and will contain all new and archived blog content from its former home. Find the new websites at seedhawkseeder.com tempoplanter. com carriertillage.com and seedhawk.com and follow them on Twitter at SeedHawk TempoNA and NOTILLville CANTERRA SEEDS launches CS2100 a new GENRR canola hybrid with improved blackleg resistance. CS2100 also has been observed to have higher tolerance to pod shatter relative to 45H29 which is being further evaluated this season. CS2100 is a hybrid with full season maturity best suited to the long season zone where it yielded on average 110 per cent of 45H29 in 2014. fpgenetics.ca FP Genetics along with our Western Canadian seed growers would like to thank FPGenetics is a trademark of FP Genetics Inc. 1342-1.06.15 The Cereal Seed Experts for their contributions to the seed industry. David Gehl 2015 CSTA Seed Achievement Award John Cowan 2015 CSTA Honourary Life Membership Award Dr. Francis Glenn 2015 Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award 56 As secretary general of the International Seed Federation Ive travelled extensively to meet with mem- bers and better understand their needs to align the organization of the secretariat and the work of ISF with members priorities. One thing is clear Wherever I go I come across well-organized national seed associations doing a great job for their members and promoting the seed sector. Today ISF represents 95 per cent of the global seed industry and more than 7000 companies. As an international association representing members worldwide who have very different priorities we understand the diversity of their needs and expectations. However as the world shrinks and the global seed trade grows countries actually have more issues in common than one might originally think. Times are changing and we have to move with the times. Today ISF is focused on developing a five-year strategic plan. In doing so staff and leaders have been asked to revisit the mission vision and core values of ISF to increase their relevance in todays environment. As part of this the ISF secretariat has been finalizing their strategic objectives which will be linked to the work of ISF committees and sections and coordinated through new action plans. We need to be clear about where ISF is today how it got here and where it is going so that we adopt a joined approach at every level both inside and outside of the organization. Clearly Communicate This year ISF launched a Working Group on Plant Breeding and Innovation to develop a strategy for political outreach and communications. The working group along with ISFs communications manager Jennifer Clowes is working to develop messages targeting specific stakeholders. Coordinating communications and creating the context for collaboration are central to ISFs new communications function. The ISF team is working to communicate more about the benefits of seed applied technologies with technical director Piero Sismondo at the helm. The Need for Change Inside ISF the Seed Applied Technologies Committee SATCom is a group of experts who have been following the development of the technologies and the emergence of challenging situations worldwide. The SAT-Com is working to promote good stewardship practices prepare technical guidelines and produce tools to inform members. Focus on Phyto Our job at ISF is to help companies get high-quality seed on the market. Radha Ranganathan has done great work moving the International Standard on Phytosanitary Measures ISPM specific to seed forward. ISF contributed to the process in the form of a dozen or more papers that explained the workings of the seed industry and through the participation of an industry representative in the Expert Working Group drafting the standard. The first draft of the standard was opened to the International Plant Protection Convention IPPC Member Countries for consultation in June 2014 and attracted more than a 1000 comments. A revised version that takes these comments into consideration is being prepared which will also undergo close scrutiny before being approved for adoption by IPPCs contracting parties. Navigate Plant Breeders Rights With respect to plant breeders rights PBR the ISF leadership team is facilitating discussion which plays an important role in protecting PBR and stimulating innovation a prerequisite to overcoming the challenges we face such as food security. A new model referred to as an International System of Cooperation has been presented by industry and UPOV. In addition to receiving support from ISF the proposed system of cooperation is also endorsed by CropLife International and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties. 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