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…

What’s on the ASD Wish List? As year one of alternative service delivery begins to wrap up, the focus turns to 2015. Germination looks into what could be in store for next year. While 2014 marked a year of change for those involved in the seed …

Is there one ideal variety registration model that every country should adopt? Variety registration is not a one-size-fits-all scenario but there are certain characteristics that every variety registration system should have — flexibility and a mar…

It’s more than a job. For Ron DePauw, breeding wheat and playing a role in the creation of a safe, wholesome and affordable food supply is a passion — some might even say a way of life. When others said it couldn’t be done, Agriculture and…

Pushing for LLP Policy As Canada makes progress towards development of a national Low Level Presence policy for genetically modified materials in grain, the seed industry continues to be affected by LLP. There is no doubt that low level presence…

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 …

Giant Highlights The ability to offer real solutions to global challenges has placed the Canadian seed industry in a great position. Many of the experts in this year’s Giant Views of the Industry had interesting stories to tell about the opportunit…