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 sector’s 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 guide was developed by a working group of seed industry professionals to specifically recommend best management practices for insecticide and fungicide-treated seed. It is designed to complement the CropLife Canada-developed Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) Accredited Seed Treatment Operations Standards, which provide uniform health and safety practises for the storage and handling of seed treatment products in Canada.

The guide may also be helpful for those making operational decisions on the stewardship of seed enhanced with biological, inoculants, fertilizers or functional seed coatings such as polymers.

More information is available at: http://cdnseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Final_Guide-to-Treated-Seed-Stewardship_-NR_May2015_EN2.pdf

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