An Industry Under Pressure I was honoured to accept the president’s gavel at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. I look forward to working with a truly exceptional board of directors and a committed and engaged membershi…

CSTA Bee Health Remains a Priority We all have a vested interest in the health and well-being of pollinators, as they are critical for the production of many crops and the overall success and health of the Canadian agricultural industry. Mitigating r…

If you missed the association’s annual meeting, let Germination take you there and fill you in on key issues. The Canadian Seed Trade Association hosted its 91st Annual Meeting in mid-July in Banff, Alta., where more than 350 seed industry pro…

Research Funds Hinge on Collaboration The seed industry faces a number of issues. We can point to Bill C-18, developing a value capture model in cereals, low-level presence, mycotoxins and unrestricted trade. These are all important issues that deser…

CSTA Bill C-18: The Most Significant Piece of Legislation for Seed in Decades On Dec. 9, 2014, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced the introduction of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, in the House of Commons. Bill C-18 p…

Canadian Seed Growers’ Association and Canadian Seed Trade Association Achievement Awards CSGA Award Winners Robertson Associate Awards Rodney AltwasserAfter returning home in 1968 to the family farm near Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, Altwasswer …

Giant Biographies Erin Armstrong is director, research and product development, Canterra Seeds, and is responsible for variety acquisitions and licensing and intellectual property management. Armstrong joined the company in 2008 following her tenure …

Giant Numbers Dollars spent on plant breeding, research and variety development by the private sector in 2012. “In 2007, the private sector invested just over $56 million in plant breeding, research and variety development. In 2012, the investment …